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posted June 23, 2001 12:45 PM UIN: 16262997
North Alabama Speedway "Southern All Star" Results, June 22

Chattanooga, Tennessee's Ronnie Johnson driving his Barry Wright Chassis
Pontiac Grand Prix ended the Southern All Star streak of eleven
different winners in eleven races in 2001 but started a new streak for
himself by winning his second event in a row at North Alabama Speedway
Friday night.
Thirty one SAS Late Models were set to time trial with thirty going on
the clock. The "Decatur Raider" Mark Mears experienced a fuel problem
and could not get his Rayburn Monte Carlo to fire and thus was relegated
to the Last Chance race along with fourteen other racers.
Fast Time was set by Florence, Alabama 's "Flyin''" Byron Michael with
a time of 14.241 on the 3/8's mile clay oval at NAS. Johnson was second
at 14.244 with Scott Dedwylder third at 14.380. Southern All Star points
leader Rex Richie and Danny Peoples were fourth and fifth in Time Trials
The Field was so tightly bunched that "The Mississippi Flyer" Jerry
InMon's time of 14.783 was only good enough for seventeenth and this
relegated InMon to the Last Chance race as only the top sixteen
transferred from time trials. Tuscumbia's own Ricky Steen was the
sixteenth and final qualifier to transfer to the 50 lap Main event from
time trials with a clocking of 14.779.
Fifteen racers were scheduled to start the 10 lap Last Chance race but
only thirteen made the call as Shannon, Mississippi's Marcus Minga and
defending North Alabama Speedway Open Wheel Champion Craig Dunavon from
Jackson, Tennessee failed to start. The 10 lap event was a cake walk for
Bruce, Mississippi's Jerry InMon as he drove his GRT Monte Carlo to an
easy win over Clay Hughes, Nolan Smith and Tim Parker. Mike Head
driving a loaner race car and Doug McKelroy were the final two
transferee's from the Last Chance race to the main event. The Final two
spots in the 24 car field were taken by Mark Mears and Morgantown,
Georgia's Shane Tankersley. The latter duo took SAS provisionals.
The field was now set and as the green flag was unfurled to begin the 50
lap feature event it was Ronnie Johnson who stormed out front with Byron
Michael in tow. Not for long though, as current Points leader Rex
Richie got by Byron on the high side to take second by the completion of
lap one. On lap two Dedwylder slipped by Michael for third and on lap
three a caution flew for Tim Parker. Doug MCKelroy exited under yellow
and Nolan Smith driving Jackie Walkers mount was through on lap seven.
Eighteen year old Jeremy Taylor was involved in a multiple car accident
that sent the young upstart to the pits on lap eight. With everyone else
being able to restart. Michael went to the pits on lap eight and
returned later but two laps in arrears. With Johnson having things his
own way up front it was Jay Brinkley on the move in his Ricky Tucker
prepared Barry Wright Mustang "Spec Engined" racer. Brinkley started
eight and was on the move climbing to fifth on lap three then fourth on
lap five and getting around Dedwylder (also in a Spec Racer) on lap
eleven. Scott fought back and reassumed the third spot on lap twelve
with Brinkley regaining third on lap thirteen. These two would battle
all night, much to the delight of the fans. More on the Spec Engine war
later. On lap fifteen, Brinkley slid by the "Ringold (Ga.) Rocket"
Richie for the runner-up slot and began to persue the leader Johnson.
The feature went caution free from lap ten until lap forty two with
Johnson destroying the competition. Brinkley, Richie and Dedwylder were
in hot pursuit but with a plethora of lapped traffic to contend with.
At the halfway mark it was still Johnson, Brinkley, Dedwylder, Richie
and Kosciusco's (MS.) Anthony Rushing in fifth. Defending SAS champion,
Clint Smith was sixth with Danny Peoples, Dale Ledlow, Mark Mears and
Danny Christian(also in a "Spec Engine" GRT) rounding out the Top 10.
Columbus, Mississippi's Rick Rickman was the last car on the lead lap.
Seven racers were already down one lap with eighteen still on the track.
By the time the next caution flag flew on lap forty two there would be
only six racers left on the lead lap! Johnson, Brinkley, Rushing,
Dedwylder, Smith and Peoples. SAS rules relegate lapped cars to the rear
and the top six were nose to tale on the restart. The fans were
anticipating an eight lap shootout and Brinkley finally had his chance
at Johnson. On the restart however it was Dedwylder who would regroup
and charge past Rushing for third on lap 44 an challenge Brinkley for
the runner-up spot on lap forty five. Dedwylder and Brinkley ran side by
side for three laps allowing Johnson to get away from the competion.
Johnson finally crossed the checkered flag the winner with Dedwylder
wrestling the runner-up spot from Brinkley. Rushing was third with Clint
Smith and Danny Peoples the final drivers on the lead lap. Mark Mears,
Dale Ledlow, Danny Christian and Rick Rickman were seven through tenth,
all one lap down. Three spec engine racers were in the pits on this
night and all three went away with Top 10 finishes (second, third and
ninth), pretty impressive.
SAS Feature Finish
1) Ronnie Johnson, Chattanooga, TN, Barry Wright
2) Scott Dedwylder, Vossburg, MS, GRT(Spec Engine)
3) Jay Brinkley, Shelbyville, TN, Barry Wright( Ford Spec Engine)
4) Anthony Rushing, Kosciusco, MS, GRT
5) Clint Smith, Griffin, GA, GRT
6) Danny Peoples, Margaret, AL, TNT
7) Mark Mears, Decatur, AL, Rayburn
8) Dale Ledlow, Muscle Shoals, AL, GRT
9) Danny Christian, Corinth, MS, GRT (Spec Engine)
10) Rick Rickman, Columbus, MS, Larry Shaw
11) Clay Hughes, Farmington, MS, Dominator
12) Jason Cliburn, Jackson, MS, GRT
13) Ronald Dunn, Corinth, MS, GRT
14) Byron Michael, Florence, AL, Rocket (DNF)
15) Rex Richie, Ringold, GA, GRT (DNF)
16) Ricky Steen, Tuscumbia, AL, GRT (DNF)
17) Shane Tankersly, Morganton, GA, GRT (DNF)
18) Patrick Duggan, Lenior City, TN, Stinger (DNF)
19) Mike Head, Ellenwood, GA, GRT (DNF)
20) Jerry InMon, Bruce, MS, GRT, (DNF)
21) Tim Parker, Northport, AL, Rayburn, (DNF)
22) Jeremy Taylor, Fayetteville, TN, Stinger (DNF)
23) Nolan Smith, Muscle Shoals, AL, MB (DNF)
24) Doug McKelroy, Muscle Shoal, AL, Rayburn (DNF)

*Marcus Minga (DNS)
*Craig Dunavon (DNS)
*Dearl Poss (DNS)
*Eddie Houston (DNS)
*Clint Hardin (DNS)
*Mike Holloway (DNS)
*Cleve White (DNS)

The IMCA "Type" Open Wheel racers ran there final tune up before next
Friday nights (June 29) big $2,000 to win "Alabama State Championship"
for Open wheels and what a crowd pleaser the feature was. Heat winner
Randy Todd and Jason Sullivan dueled the entire twenty laps with
Sullivan getting by four times three times for the lead but each time
Sullivan tried to pull a slide job on Todd, Randy ducked low and went
back around Jason. On lap fourteen Sullivan finally made the pass stick
and held off Todd and Mark Haddon for the win. Rick Rickman won heat
Open Wheel
1) Jason Sullivan
2) Randy Todd
3) Mark Haddon
4) Derrick White
5) Michael Burgess
6) Brian Rickman
7) Steve Garner
8) Steve Reed
9) Wayne Jones
10) Sam Range

Renegade point leader Dwayne Parsons had some new and formidable
competition in the form of Randy Ice but that didn't deter Parsons from
his mission to win the track championship. Dwayne padded his point lead
by winning his fourth feature of the year with Ice taking the place
position and Doug Cross debuting a new Camaro in third. Parsons also won
his heat race.
1) Dwayne Parsons
2) Randy Ice
3) Doug Cross
4) Roger Brewer
5) Dexter Rogers

As Eddie Murphy says, in 48 Hours, "There's a new Sheriff in Town",
and his name is Tony Simmons. Street Stock competitor Simmons won his
third feature event in a row topping Chris Sims and Aaron Brumbaloe.
Simmons, Sims and Len ****s had a waged a thrilling battle until lap ten
when ****s and Sims tangled on the backstretch sending both off the
track. ****s was through for the night but Sims motored on to a second
place finish. Robert Scott was third and Miss Tory Smith showed the guys
that racing is not just a man's sport as she had a terrific run to nab
fifth. Simmons and Sims both were heat race victors.
Street Stock
1) Tony Simmons
2) Chris Sims
3) Aaron Brumbaloe
4) Robert Scott
5) "Miss" Tory Smith
It seemed as though young Logan Mize would never get that first win,
what with five second place finishes before he finally picked up win
number one last Friday night. With the "Monkey" off his back ( but not
Shane Parker!), so to speak, Mize fought back his perennial nemesis
Shane Parker to win his second ever main event. Points leader Parker was
a very close second with Doug Webb finishing third. Cotton James and
Mize were the heat race winners.
Mini Stocks
1) Logan Mize
2) Shane Parker
3) Doug Webb
4) Brian Knebberlin
5) Jamie Gann

Racing continues this Friday night, June 29 with the Alabama State Open
Wheel Championship paying $2,000 to win and $100 to start.
Dennis Bowling

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