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posted July 16, 2001 06:50 AM UIN: 16262997
Jimmy Hudgins Claims Long Awaited Win at TST

Talladega, Alabama-Another huge crowd was hand for the weekly racing
activities at Talladega Short Track and they were treated to a lot of racing
as over 120 racecars filled the pits at the thriving racing facility. Fans
and drivers also played their parts as a film crew was on hand filming
portions of the soon to be released video for country music superstar Alan
Jackson. The racing action was abundant highlighted by the Summer
Championship for the Sportsman division and the high flying Kilpatrick
Chevrolet Super Late Models.

The Super Late Model class had "The T-Town Hustler" Jimmy Hudgins of
Talladega, Alabama pick up his first feature win of the year over a potent
26-car field at TST. Hudgins, driving his Black Warrior Equipment/
sponsored Warrior Grand Prix inherited the Pole for the 30 lap main event
when fast qualifier and Dash For Cash winner, "The Redneck" Ross Martin who
was the Fast Gun of the evening with a 14.072-second lap
on the 3/10's mile oval pulled off the track before one lap was officially
in the books. Hudgins would then hold off early second place runner Stacy
Holmes and then late race charges from "The High Plains Drifter" Ted Lackey
and finally Chris Mullinax. Following Hudgins were Birmingham's Chris
Mullinax, Ted Lackey of Munford, Oxford's Terry Smith, and veteran Earl
Smith of Rockmart, Georgia completing the top five. Rounding out the top ten
were Skip Freeman, Kenny Gaither, Freddie Lee, Jimmy Hiett, and Bubba

Kevin Tallant of Gadsden, Alabama claimed the big Sportsman Summer
Championship 30 lap event and the $1,200 first place prize for the Late
Model Sportsman cars. The "Boaz Bullet" Tim Busha was second followed by RD
Smith, Springville's Heath Farmer, and one of the most improved drivers at
TST this year, young Josh Atkins of Talladega. The early stages of the event
saw Ricky Stinson out front with Jason Hiett also challenging for the point
but it was Tallant who survived the caution plagued event and took home the
cash and Championship trophy back to Etowah County.

The Gulf Coast Region IMCA Modified class would have Jamey Wynn take home
the feature win over a strong 19-car field with regional championship
contender Jamie Gowers finishing second. Petie Poe, Eddie Brannon, and Traci
Hudnall rounded out the top five finishers.

The Southern Division IMCA Stock Cars class had a frequent winner back in
Victory Lane as Steven Forsythe of Anniston claimed the checkers. Adam
Cummings, Johnny Ford, Billy Yarbrough, and Tommy Shelnut completed the top
five in the "three wide anytime" class. The new Bomber class had Michael
Williams top a 15-car field over Shane Martin, Kelly Stroud, Robbie Goodman,
and Jerry Greer.

Another strong field of over 20 Pony Stock drivers were on hand with Randy
Martin being the man of the hour and taking the win. Jonathan Chapman was
second followed by Alan Glaze of Odenville, Chris Knight, and Joe Burtram.

The Wild and Crazy Cruiser victory went to the tandem of McAvoy and McAvoy
with the team of King and King second and Goble and Greenwood completing the

TST will host a Full Racing Program including a $500 to win Pony Stock
Championship next Saturday night July 21st. On Saturday night July 28th, the
Southern All Stars will be at TST for the 54 lap, $5,400 to win 4th Annual
Michael Head JR Memorial. The event has become one of the biggest shows in
the southeast and always draws a large crowd and stellar field of drivers.

TST event information can be obtained by calling the TST event hotline at
256-831-1413 or by visiting

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