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posted June 10, 2001 11:11 PM UIN: 16262997
A Night of Records at Columbus Speedway

Columbus, Speedway-Another night of record-breaking activities was the order
of the night as a new Sprint Car event record crowd was on hand as thousands
of race fans attended the wild evening events. The special event featured
two main events with the headline race of the evening featuring the Atlanta
based United Sprint Car Series along with a huge throng of Columbus Speedway
local divisions.

The standing room only, record setting crowd witnessed the fastest laps ever
recorded at the speedway as the USCS Sprint Car were clocked with lap times
in the mid 12-second range on the brutally fast 3/10's-mile high banked clay
oval. The USCS Sprint Car entrants represented eight different states but
the winner of the main event was the current USCS point's leader of
Bartlett, Tennessee's Terry Gray. Gray charged from the starting position to
take the lead and survive the wild main event which featured cars flipping
and excitement abound. Gray held off the persistent charges of Memphis pilot
Ernie Ainsworth, with Georgia's Chris Rogers charging to a third place
finish after starting thirteenth. Completing the top five were Marshall
Skinner of West Memphis, Arkansas, and Marietta, Georgia's Jim Raptis
completing the top five. Local driver Corey Herring of Columbus finished
seventh in the main event and also won a qualifying race earlier in the

The second part of the twin bill was the 30-lap Super Late Model main event
and it was a thriller. The victory went to Steve Russell of Pontotoc,
Mississippi as the veteran driver passed Ethel, Mississippi's David
Breazeale with two laps to go in lapped traffic to take the win. Russell
driving his Victory Lane Race Car Parts sponsored TNT Monte Carlo showed the
patience of a veteran as he waited for an opening and passed Breazeale as
the two played a game of high speed chase as the top three cars worked their
way through the maze of lapped traffic. The order at the finish were
Russell, Breazeale, along with the first appearance of Vicksburg,
Mississippi's Bub McCool in years who claimed a popular third place finish.
Completing the top five were last week's feature winner Tombo Callahan of
Weir and the fifth place finisher was first time visitor Kelly Hanvey from
Cullman, Alabama.

The Pro Street division saw current point's leader Bill Sudduth of Millport,
Alabama take the win followed by Frank Cox, Billy Franklin, "Big" Ed Atkins,
and Bobby Nichols completing the top five. The Street Stock main event win
went to Terry Mosely as the Gilbertown, Alabama resident makes it two wins
in a row at Columbus Speedway. Following Mosely across the stripe were
Richard West, Jonathan Edwards, Harold Trim, and Jimmy Rogers rounding out
the top five of the twenty-car field.

Greg Glover of Vernon, Alabama claimed the Mini Stock main event. Following
Glover was another Buddy Glover with Marty Oliver, Mike Minor, and Nick
Deese in pursuit. The Pro 4 win went to Jimmy Beachler of Reform, Alabama
with Steve Lowe, David Goins, Jamie Blakney, and Wyman Blakney rounding out
the top five. The Pro 4 division will have their Summer Championship on June

The wildest event of the evening was the Cruiser main event. As usual,
carnage was the norm rather than the exception with calamity at every
corner. The event featured a horrendous flip which caused the race to be red
flagged on lap nine and be called complete as rescue workers and track
personnel attended to clean up of the vicious incident. The winners of the
Cruiser main event were the team of Randal Barton and Jamie Sudduth as the
two once again took the yellow Cadillac to Victory Lane over the fourteen
car field and received a huge round of applause from the exhilarated crowd.
Finishing second in the action packed feature were the team of Mark Weathers
and Brad Price. Completing the podium finishers were the team of Eric
Yarbrough and Chris Handley.

Columbus Speedway will have a Full Racing Program Saturday night June 16th.
The next special event at Columbus Speedway will be on June 23rd as the
legendary Southern All Star Super Late Model Series rolls into Columbus
Speedway for their only 2001 Mississippi appearance. The best drivers from
across the south are expected to compete in the 50 lap Championship SAS Main
event. For Columbus Speedway information please call the event hotline at

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