posted July 16, 2001 06:50 AM
The Pontotoc Pirate Raids Columbus Speedway!
Columbus, Mississippi-A Full Racing Program was staged at Columbus Speedway
Saturday night with the car count topping the century mark once again and
with one of the larger weekly racing event crowds of the year on hand to
watch the exciting racing action. Once again, the recently enhanced racing
program was completed at 11:20pm to the pleasure of the large crowd and
jam-packed pit area of drivers and supporters.
The headline event of the evening belonged to the Super Late Models, as the
best drivers in the region were on hand to do battle at what is now
considered "the place to race" in Mississippi and West Alabama. Action would
get underway with the "Raging Rebel" David Breazeale of Four Corners,
Mississippi earning the fast time honors during MidSouthRacing.com Pole
Qualifying. Earning the outside front row for the 30 lap main event was Mr.
Spectacular Scott Dedwylder over the talent filled twenty five car field of
ground pounding Super Late Models.
The 30 lap main event would get underway with Breazeale jumping out to an
early lead with Pontotoc, Mississippi's Steve Russell in tow. Breazeale
would continue to lead until and altercation with lapped traffic would cause
him to go to the pits to change a flat tire. Russell would then inherit the
lead and have to go withstand with multiple challenges with Dedwylder. The
final four laps of the event were classic as Dedwylder would nose ahead of
Russell using the low line off of turn two, only to see Russell use the
momentum off the high side of the track to edge back ahead. Russell would
finally take the checkers driving his Victory Lane Race Parts sponsored TNT
Monte Carlo and put another win in the record books for the Pontotoc Pirate.
Following Russell across the line was an ever so close Scott Dedwylder who
continues to make the long haul from Vossburg, Mississippi to race at
Columbus Speedway. Columbus hometown hero Rick Rickman ran another
competitive race and gathered a fine third place finish in his Mills Morris
Auto Parts sponsored Grand Prix. Shawn Edwards continued his consistent 2001
season with another top five finish. The Louisville driver also regained the
point's lead for the coveted Track Championship over Tony Gray with a fourth
place run in his Copy Systems sponsored Monte Carlo. Last week's feature
winner Jason Steele finished fifth as the Steve Russell protégé' is having a
strong rookie year in the Super Late Model ranks.
The remainder of the top ten finishers were Joe D Hollis who charged from
the rear of the pack using the bottom of the track, Corinth's Ronald Dunn
was seventh followed by Clyde Hughes, Muscle Shoals' resident Doug McElroy,
and Robert Utz of Kosciusko.
Detroit, Alabama's Frank Cox driving his Tim's Paint and Body sponsored
Camaro claimed the Pro Street main event as he broke a win streak by
eventual second place finisher Bill Sudduth. Tupelo's Paul Robinson was
third with Tuscaloosa's Rusty Duncan and Columbus' Ken Shirey rounding out
the top five.
The Mississippi Modified division had a new winner but the last name
remained the same. Brian Hollis of Columbus took the checkers over
Sulligent's "Midnight" Matt Price. Dr. David Eaton was third followed by
newcomer Caleb Myers and Ronnie McDaniel in the ten-car field. The
Mississippi Modified class is featured this coming Saturday night with their
Summer Championship offering a large purse and Championship trophy.
The Street Stock division continues to draw huge field of cars weekly as
twenty-five of the wild and wooly drivers were on hand to compete and try to
unseat Lee ray as the dominant force in the division. It did not happen.
Once again Lee Ray continued to his march to his second consecutive Street
Stock Track Championship with another win in the fan pleasing class.
2001-season rival Tim White, also of Columbus followed Ray. Terry Mosely
made the long haul from Butler, Alabama but could not outclass the to
Columbus hometown aces and finished third. Danny Gable of West Point was
fourth and Jimmy Rogers finished fifth.
The Cruiser division continues to be much like Columbus Speedway itself, the
class is experiencing hyper growth, as a season high car count of sixteen
Cruisers rolled out for the 10 lap main event. The Cruiser division has been
a huge part of the success of Columbus Speedway and amazingly this class did
not run its first point's event ever at Columbus Speedway until late May.
The fans once again were treated to carnage and mayhem during the 10 lap no
holds barred slugfest. The victors were none other than the tandem simply
known as "The 2 Rednecks." The brother team of Will and Nick House claimed
the win. First timers in the Cruiser class were also runner-ups as Columbus
Nissan owner Charles Rigdon and Tom Briggs wheeled their Cruiser racecar to
second place. Jep Cole and Max Branch were third, early season winners
Randall Barton and Jamie Sudduth finished fourth in the Rock n Roll Express,
and the 13 year old driving team on TK King and Tom McReynolds could not
back up last weeks win as they finished fifth in the diverse field of
Vernon, Alabama's Buddy Glover earned the Mini Stock win in his Glover
Trucking sponsored Ford Mustang. Scott Gable was second as he continues to
lead the points, followed by Coker's Marty Oliver, with Jeff Massey fourth
and Columbus teenager Ryan Rigdon completing the top five. The Pro 4 class
once again saw Northport's David Goins take the checkers in the outlaw style
4 cylinder-powered division. Jimmy Beachler of Reform was the bride's maid
with Wyman Blakney, James Blakney, and Colby Glasgow rounding out the top
five of the Alabama dominated class.
Columbus Speedway will be in action on Saturday night July 21st featuring
the Mississippi Modified Summer Championship plus all divisions. Columbus
Speedway will be closed on Saturday night July 28th as all fans and
competitors are encouraged to attend the 4th Annual Michael Head JR Memorial
race featuring the Southern All Star Super Late Models at Talladega Short
Track. Columbus Speedway will reopen the doors in grand style on Saturday
night August 4th with the Summer Championship for the Street Stock class.
For more upcoming event information please visit www.MidSouthRacing.com or
call the Columbus Speedway event hotline at 662-241-5004.
Super Late Model winner Steve Russell of Pontotoc, MS
Cruiser winners Will and Nick House of Columbus. AKA "The 2 Rednecks