posted May 28, 2001 02:12 PM
May prevails in Winged Sprint Feature at Auto Tire and Parts Racepark,
Bollinger wins again.
Paul May continued his success at Auto Tire and Parts Racepark by mastering the 3/8ths-mile gumbo at Benton, Mo. The win for the Terre Haute, Ind. Native was his second of the season at the track and giving him three top-two runs for the year in three races.
Starting from the pole May raced into the lead with Robbie Standridge holding on to second.
Just as the second lap was complete the caution flag was brought out for a spin. The caution flag would bunch the field up creating a single file restart, which was a strong advantage for May.
On the restart May took control of the race again while Standridge held on to the second position. Paul Hart, Bob Thoman and Alex Shanks maintained the top five spots.
Coming around for the tenth circuit former track champion, Todd Rowland made contact with the frontstretch wall bringing out the second caution flag for the evening. Rowland would retire from competition for the evening.
The two frontrunners of May and Standridge were running into heavy lap traffic at the time of the caution flag.
At the restart it was May in control with Standridge, Hart, Thoman and Lee Dunn making out the top-five positions. Dunn started eighth in the race and was steadily moving toward the front of the field.
Lap 19 the caution once again was flown as the 1c and the 63 car spun into the infield.
As the green flag flew Dunn got a fantastic restart and was able to move into the third position by passing Thoman and Hart.
At the same time May and Standridge began to extend their lead on the competition maintaining at least Ĺ lap advantage as the checkered flag waved.
The win for May was his second on the season in three races; the third race May finished second. Standridge has yet to finish farther back then second as he has two seconds and one win on the season.
The third place finisher, Dunn, drove a car fielded by Joe Reddick and a teammate to Standridge, it was Dunnís first appearance at the track this year.
Paul Hart and Bob Thoman continued to run well at the track rounding out the top-five positions. Former track champion Shawn King continues to iron the bugs out of his new sprinter finishing eighth. Alex Shanks was able to come back from an early spin to finish just ahead of King.
In the open-wheel modified division it was St. Mary, Mo. resident Joseph Giesler topping the field winning his first feature of the year.
Taking the green flag for the start of the race it was Giesler jumping out to an early lead over Larry Hull, Terry Johnson, and Chris Hall.
Just as the field began to dice it out for position, Mark Warren brought out the caution on the first lap bunching the field back up for the restart.
On the restart it was again Hull chasing Giesler, Hall, Johnson and Sissom were battling out for the top five spots.
Fighting out for the leading position on lap 10, Larry Hull blew his engine in turn two, dropping him out of contention for the evening. Johnson then inherited the second position.
On lap 15 the fourth place car of Sissom suffered a flat tire bringing out yet another caution flag.
Giesler maintained the lead for the last five circuits holding off a hard-charging Greg Gross who nipped Johnson at the line for second. Johnson had to settle for third, while the 5 car of John Barnett finished fourth. Gross started 11th in the feature.
Deitrich Bollinger of Benton, was once again the class of the competition in the pure street class. Bollinger fought off charges from Cline Myers Jr. and Danny Hampton to take his second win of the year.
Bollinger started on the outside of the first row and jumped into the lead before the first lap was completed. Hampton was able to maintain the second position, but not for long as Myers moved into second dropping Hampton the third.
The Benton Bullet drove through lapped traffic like a seasoned veteran keeping control of the top spot for all 15 laps.
Myers Jr. followed Bollinger across the line to finish second, Hampton held onto third, Lacy and Robards rounded out the top-five.
The cruiser division feature event had to be cancelled as rain moved into the area. The cruiser feature will be made up June 2.
Paul May Terre Haute, Ind
Robbie Standridge Springfied, Ill
Lee Dunn Dorena, Mo
Paul Hart Troy, Tenn
Bob Thoman Higginsville, Mo
Jeff Davis Pittsburgh, Ill
Shawn King Cape Girardeau, Mo
Alex Shanks Marion, Ill
Randy Dukes Cape Girardeau, Mo
Tyce Shubert Cape Girardeau, Mo
Joseph Giesler St. Mary, Mo
Greg Gross Scott City, Mo
Terry Johnson Benton, Mo
John Barnett Sikeston, Mo
Danny Sissom Cape Girardeau, Mo
Mark Warren Bertrand, Mo
Chris Hall Bertrand, Mo
Larry Hull Old Appleton, Mo
Dietrich Bollinger Benton, Mo
Cline Myers Jr. Scott City, Mo
Danny Hampton Sikeston, Mo
Ron Lacy Bell City, Mo
Darrick Bruce Morley, Mo
Pat Davidson Jackson, Mo
Ron Snider Broseley, Mo
Danny Little Chaffee, Mo
Rainout did not compete
Makeup feature will be ran Jun. 2