posted May 07, 2001 08:02 PM
Columbus Speedway News
Racing Results May 5th
Anthony Rushing Wins John L Cliett Tribute Event at Columbus Speedway
Columbus, MS-Anthony Rushing continues to dominate the racing activities at
Columbus Speedway by virtue of taking his third trip to Columbus Speedway
Victory Lane of the year at the Second Annual John l Cliett Tribute. "The
Kosciusko Kamikaze" Anthony Rushing driving his Midsouth Truck and
Trailer/Joe Salers Chicken Fertilizer sponsored Jay Dickens powered Rocket
Monte Carlo had to earn the $3,090 victory in round five of the Mississippi
State Championship Challenge Series holding off numerous challenges from
James Dean, Mark Stokes, and Mike Boland.
Anthony Rushing would lead laps 1-18 only to lose the lead to Dean on lap 19
and slip back to third place. Dean used a slide job on Rushing in turn two
as the two made contact to take the lead as the crowd rose to their feet
cheering wildly. A somewhat inspired Rushing would charge back past Mark
Stokes and apply heavy pressure on Dean on the well prepared and multi
groove track. Rushing would retake the lead on lap 26 as Dean slipped off
the top edge of the high banked speedplant in turn one and Rushing would
lead the final 33 laps of 59 lap wild and action filled event. Following
Rushing across the stripe was Mike Boland, Rick Rickman from seventh, hard
charger Steve Russell from deep in the pack and a seventeenth place starting
position, and Satsuma, Alabama's Randy Little completed the top five.
Rounding out the top ten finishers were an always improving Shawn Edwards,
veteran Jerry Inmon, newcomer Jason Steele, James Dean, and Joe D Hollis in
Mark Stokes was running a strong second in the very late stages of the event
when he and Dean both went off turn one as they battled for position. A
heated exchange followed between the two drivers but Stokes was sidelined
for the evening and Dean continued after tagging the tail of the lead lap in
his battered chariot. Scott Slay also retired from the event with less than
10 laps remaining after charging up to third from tenth starting position.
Other hard luck candidates included Scott Dedwylder who retired with a
broken throttle linkage after quickly charging from twelfth to sixth. Ronny
Hollingsworth also took one of the wilder rides in Columbus Speedway history
as he barrel rolled down the front stretch after tangling with Todd Gray.
Luckily Hollingsworth was uninjured but the same could not be said for the
Rushing also claimed the lead in the ever tightening points chase for the
Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series title. Rushing now holds a
35 point lead over Mike Boland with James Dean in third, Jerry Inmon in
fourth, and Scott Slay slipping to fifth. The top five drivers are amazingly
only separated by a mere 65 points after five races.
Action began with three Super Late Model qualifying races. Qualifying race
number one would have Mike Boland seize the lead after a side by side dual
with Scott Shepherd to claim the win from fourth starting position. Shepherd
was second and Rick Rickman was third.
The second qualifying race was loaded. Anthony Rushing jumped from his
sixth starting position to the point like a man possessed. Not to be
outdone, James Dean charged from eighth to second putting on a show to the
delight of the Columbus faithful. Scott Slay held steady and finished 3rd.
The final qualifying race had DG Hawkins go flag to flag with Corinth's
Danny Christian finishing second, and Mark Stokes finishing third.
Steve Russell won the B-Main with Ronny Hollingsworth, Shawn Edwards, and
Joe D Hollis transferring. Provisional starting positions were awarded to
Johnny Hughes and Tony Gray.
Official MSCCS Finish and stats
Lap Leaders: Rushing 1-18, 26-59. Dean 19-25
1. 70 1/2 Anthony Rushing
2. 222 Mike Boland
3. 86 Rick Rickman
4. 18 Steve Russell
5. L97 Randy Little
6. 5 Shawn Edwards
7. D7 Jerry Inmon
8. 9 Jason Steele
9. 16 James Dean
10. 21 Joe Hollis
11. 69 Tony Lawson
12. 11 Johnny Hughes
13. 5 Danny Christian
14. 2 Mark Stokes
15. 35 Tony Gray
16. 6 Scott Slay
17. 20 Tombo Callahan
18. 96 D.G. Hawkins
19. 33 Scott Dedwylder
20. 211 Scott Shepherd
21. 4U Ronny Hollingsworth
22. 7 Todd Gray
Mississippi State Championship Challenge Points as of 5/6/01
1. Anthony Rushing - 572
2. Mike Boland - 537
3. James Dean - 532
4. Jerry Inmon - 510
5. Scott Slay - 507
6. Johnny Hughes - 458
7. Darin Dorsey - 432
8. Tony Lawson - 383
9. Randy Little - 357
10. Danny Christian - 332
Upcoming MSCCS Events
May 11--Hattiesburg Speedway--Hattiesburg, MS--40 laps
June 2--Jackson Motor Speedway--Jackson, MS--50 laps
In Columbus Speedway local division action Bill Sudduth of Steens, AL
claimed his first victory of the year in the ultra competitive Pro Street
division followed by Todd Graham and Toby Nichols in the sixteen car field.
Once again Jason Hollis was victorious in the Mississippi Modified class.
The Bounty on Hollis grows to $150 this week. Meridian, Mississippi driver
Traci Hudnall ran a strong second with "Midnight" Matt Price capturing the
last spot for the podium finish.
The Street Stock win went to Tim White with Jimmy Rogers and Danny Gable in
hot pursuit. The Mini Stock win went to Robert Sanders with Mike Minor in
tow and Scott Gable rounding out the fourteen car field of four bangers. The
growing Cruiser class saw the team of Brad and Chad Fortner take the win
followed by the team of Wilson and Crawford, along with Alan Greenhaw and
Blake Prescott taking third in the seven car field. The Pro 4 win went to
David Goins followed by Jimmy Beachler, and James Blakney.
Columbus Speedway will host a Full Racing Program this Saturday night May
12th and with the next special event being on May 19th as the Pro Street and
Cruiser classes will have their Spring Championship events.
For complete Columbus Speedway information please visit www.midsuthracing.com or call 662-241-5004.