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posted May 06, 2001 02:14 PM UIN: 16262997
HODGES TAKES 2nd WIN IN A ROW

Article by Harvey Simpson May 5, 2001

CORDELE, GA - Remember how young boys often like to brag that "my daddy can
beat your daddy?" Well, after Saturday night's 30-lap late model feature at
Cordele Motor Speedway, Valdosta's David Hodges Jr. could boast that his new
car could beat Tom Jones' new car. In just the third time he's run his
latest Car 16, Hodges brought it in an eighth-lap or so ahead of Jones' Car
21 that was taking the track for its first race ever. Hodges immediately
flexed his car's muscle. First, he turned in a 15.68 qualifying time that
was the fastest of the year by any driver. Then, he gradually pulled away
from Barwick's Jones and the rest of the field in the feature as his lead
grew from 4-5 car lengths after 10 laps to 12-15 car lengths after 20 laps
to an eighth-lap by race's end. Hodges did create a bit of excitement at
the finish, fish-tailing past the flagstand while taking the checkers.
Jones, who turned in the second fastest qualifying time (16.07), ran second
throughout the main event. Rounding out the top five were, in order, Slyder
Guthrie of Adel, Woody Calloway of Bonaire and 77-year-old Harvey Jones of
Tallahassee.

Rowland rolls in hobby
In equaling his win total for all of the abbreviated 2000 season, Macon's
Allen Rowland ran out front all night in the 20-lap hobby duel and, like
Hodges, slowly padded his lead with each trip around the three-eighths mile
paved oval. His lead over Vienna's Shan Akin, who ran second all night,
grew from a couple of car lengths after five laps to 6-8 car lengths at the
midway mark to 8-10 car lengths after 15 laps to 10-12 car lengths by race's
end. Randy Woodard of Perry came in third, Dwight Thompson of Fitzgerald
took fourth and Jimmy Chancey of Kathleen wound up fifth.

Mullis takes super street
After picking up his initial win of the season by filing a successful March
17 protest, Hawkinsville's Daniel Mullis recorded his first on-the-track
triumph with a solid showing in the 20-lap super street feature. Mullis'
victory certainly didn't come easily, though, as seldom did he lead by more
than a car length over first Eastman's Jim Brophy, who ran second from laps
1-6, and then Cordele's Gary Youngblood, who held the runner-up spot the
rest of the way. Mullis finished just a half-car length in front of
Youngblood who came in only 2-3 car lengths ahead of Brophy. Jimmy Berube of
Valdosta and Earl Lord of Dublin took the fourth and fifth spots,
respectively.

Etheridge keeps on winning
While Doerun's Tal Etheridge recorded his eighth pure stock win in nine
tries this season, he didn't have quite the clear sailing to first place
that he's had in most of the other races. Sylvester's Leon Childs, who's
the only driver to beat Etheridge this year, set the pace on laps one and
six and ran alongside the eventual winner much of the time in the first half
of the race. Toward the end of the 15-lapper, though, Etheridge began
pulling away and eventually won by a considerable margin. Following
Etheridge and Shiver across the finish line to complete the top five were
Warwick's Craig Shiver, Macon's Pam Bird and Americus' Paul York.

Chastain logs first win
The last driver to win an enduro race here in 2000, Pavo's Myron Chastain
recorded his first victory of 2001 in a 20-lap race that offered an
exciting, but dangerous duel for second place. Cordele's Buddy Hayslip ran
second for all but the last few yards when he spun on the final turn and
triggered a crash that resulted in extensive damage to several cars and a
trip to the hospital for one of the drivers involved. Macon's Arty Bird
wound up second despite being sent to the back of a 20-car pack on lap eight
for spinning out the car running in front of him at the time.
Bird slowly but surely battled his way back toward the front, taking fifth
place on lap 16, fourth on lap 17 and third on lap 18. Both he and his
wife, Pam, sandwiched Hayslip on the final lap and then got past him when he
had his spinout on the final lap. Arty Bird came in 6-8 car lengths behind
Chastain and a car length in front of Pam Bird. Frank Johnson of Lizella
placed fourth and Colby Eubanks of Leesburg took fifth.

Icard extends win streak
Can anybody running here beat Josh Icard? That's a questions fans and
drivers alike are asking after watching the Bonaire driver continue his
domination of the mini-stock field. In running his winning string to six
and prevailing for the eighth time in nine tries this season, Icard
stretched his lead over the field as the 15-lap race progressed. He
eventually wound up winning by an eighth-lap over Cordele's Scott Rainey who
came in two car lengths ahead of third place finisher Justin Edwards of Ft.
Valley. Jimmy Self of Leslie finished fourth and Jason Richard of Cordele
wound up fifth.

Special race on tap
Highlighting this weekend's card that calls for competitions in all
divisions will be the Pure Stock Iron Man 50/50. A special 50-lap pure
stock race paying $1,000 to win sponsored by Southwestern Chevrolet of
Americus.


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