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posted May 13, 2001 09:40 PM UIN: 16262997

Article by Harvey Simpson May 12th, 2001

CORDELE, GA - When Cordele Motor Speedway officials pledged to give $100 to
whomever caught the hat of the eventual winner in Saturday's special 50-lap
pure stock race, the fan lucky enough to grab Tal Etheridge's headwear
probably had the money already spent in his or her mind. There was obvious
good reason for that line of thinking as Etheridge had already won eight of
the nine features held this season. And at the midway mark of the race that
arrived with Etheridge holding an eighth-lap lead, the hat holder still had
no reason to doubt the C-note was going anywhere but home with them. All
that changed moments later, though, when on a 26th lap restart Doerun's
Etheridge and Sylvester's Leon Childs, the runner-up at the time, tangled
coming out of turn four. Both cars sustained major damage and could not
continue. That gave the lead to Americus' Paul York whose favorite fan had
to be the person who caught his hat when it was tossed into the grandstands
prior to the race. That spectator turned out to be a disappointed one, too,
as York fell out of contention after leading the pack of 20-plus cars from
laps 26-44. When Albany's Billy Rogers shot into the lead on the 45th lap
restart, the fan who had snared his hat had to be thinking the $100 prize
might just be coming to him. Optimism quickly turned to pessimism for that
spectator when Rogers fell by the wayside in the late going that saw Quitman
's Tommy Hall shoot into the lead on a 48th lap restart and hold on for his
first win here. Hall couldn't have picked a better time to record his
initial win as thanks to race sponsor Southwestern Chevrolet of Americus
first place on this night earned $1,000. Hall beat eventual runner-up Tuffy
Johnson of Lizella by 8-10 car lengths. Smithville's Kenny Thomas came in
third just a half-car length behind Johnson. Ft. Valley's Shannon Moye and
Cobb's Jason Jones wound up in the fourth and fifth spots.

Ross rules late models
For most of the night, Lake Park's Gene Ross seemed destined for a close
second place finish to Valdosta's David Hodges Jr. who was seeking a third
straight late models win. When Hodges got caught up in lapped traffic on
the 21st trip around the three-eighths mile paved oval, though, Ross
maneuvered his way into the lead and kept it the rest of the way to post his
second win of 2001. Ross, who had the top qualifying time of 15.88, took
the checkers 3-4 car lengths ahead of Hodges, the No. 2 qualifier at 15.91.
Jones, the No. 3 man under the clock at 16.07, finished a distant third in
the feature. Richard Souter of Sylvester and Earl Boyett of Bainbridge
rounded out the top five.

Woodard prevails in hobby
After running second to Macon's Allen Rowland for almost two-thirds of the
15-lap hobby feature, Perry's Randy Woodard shot out front on lap 10 and
quickly pulled away from the rest of the field. Woodard wound up an
eighth-lap in front of Rowland who in the battle for second place held off
Akin by a car length. The victory was Woodard's second of the season.
Vienna's Shan Akin, Fitzgerald's Dwight Thompson and Macon's Donald Rumney
placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Mullis repeats in street
En route to his second straight and third overall super street win of the
season, Hawkinsville's Daniel Mullis took the point position from
Tallahassee's Harvey Jenkins on lap four and held it for the remaining 11
laps. Valdosta's Jimmy Berube passed Jenkins on lap 11 for the No. 2 spot
where he finished 6-8 car lengths behind Mullis and a car length in front of
Jenkins. Jim Brophy of Eastman and Gary Youngblood of Cordele rounded out
the top five.

Chastain does it again
In the night's closest overall duel, Pavo's Myron Chastain brought the nose
of his car across the finish line just in front of Macon's Arty Bird who was
running alongside him at the wire in the 15-lap enduro duel. En route to a
second straight win, Chastain moved into the lead on lap six when former
pacesetter David Huntzinger of Hayneville was sent to the rear for spinning
Chastain out as he was being passed. Albany's Matthew Holt took third place
just two car lengths behind Bird and a car length in front of fourth place
finisher Frank Johnson of Lizella. Byron's Danny Eberhardt wound up fifth.

Icard's streak snapped
A heated battle between Ft. Valley's Justin Edwards and Bonaire's Josh Icard
spiced the 20-lap mini-stock division feature. Edwards ran out front from
laps 1-5 before Icard, who shares the 2001 track lead in wins (8) with pure
stock driver Etheridge, passed him on lap 6. Icard, who had won six
straight races, continued to hold the lead until lap 12 when he and Edwards
tangled and were sent to the back of the pack. They quickly battled back
into contention, with Icard taking fourth place on lap 13 and second place
behind Leslie's Jimmy Self on lap 14. Edwards got around Icard on lap 17
and passed Self for the lead on lap 19. In the end, Edwards got his first
win of the season by just a yard or so in front of Self. Icard came in the
same distance behind Self. Banks Perdue of Dahlonega took fourth place and
Jason Richardson of Cordele claimed the fifth spot.

Pilgram prevails in legends
After surrendering the top spot he had held in the early going to Albany's
Bob Galloway, Suwanee's Dwight Pilgram regained first place with five laps
left in the 20-lap mini-stock feature. Pilgram held off late charges by
first Galloway and then Douglas' Greg Hunkapiller to record his second
straight and third overall triumph of the season. Hunkapiller finished 5-6
car lengths behind Pilgram and two car lengths ahead of Valdosta's Jason
Barrett who wound up third. Galloway came in fourth and Lawrenceville's
David Odell took the fifth spot.

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