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posted July 29, 2001 07:21 PM UIN: 16262997

Article by Harvey Simpson
July 28, 2001

CORDELE, GA - Stomping the pedal to the metal from the moment he took the
track, Sylvester's Stacey Roberts put himself in position Saturday night at
Cordele Motor Speedway to eventually earn $12,500 in a special late model
sportsman "Shootout Series."

Roberts first blistered the three-eighths mile paved oval with a
track-record 15.48 qualifying run that will earn him $500 if no other driver
betters the clocking in the two remaining series races. The old mark of
15.55 was jointly held by Valdosta's David Hodges Jr. and Moultrie's Lavon
Sloan. Although Roberts was never clocked as fast during the 40-lap feature
as he was in time trials, he still had what it took to hold off the
remaining 18 cars in the starting field. Roberts' second win of the season
earned him $3,000 and made him the only candidate capable of winning a
$1,000 bonus offered to any driver who wins the three-race series. The
second leg of that event comes this Saturday in another 40-lapper also
paying $3,000 to win. The third and final leg is set for Labor Day weekend
when a 100-lapper paying $5,000 to win is on tap. Albany's Jeff Gordon ran
second to Roberts until spinning out on lap 17 while making a costly bid for
the lead. For that, he was sent to the back of the pack and was never in
contention again. Hodges, the No. 2 qualifier this night at 15.61, inherited
second place at that point and kept it the rest of the way. He was 4-5 car
lengths off Roberts' pace when the checkers waved. Sylvester's Richard
Souter, the No. 3 man under the clock at 15.63, finished 2-3 car lengths
behind Hodges and the same distance ahead of Barwick's Tom Jones. Steve
Lashley of Americus rounded out the top five.

Bradley prevails in hobby
In posting a win that was his second straight and third within the last four
weeks, Sylvester's Wayne Bradley became only the track's third double-digit
victor this year. His 10th hobby division triumph of 2001 ultimately came by
5-6 car lengths over Vienna's Shan Akin who for most of the 20-lapper had
run closer to him than that. Fitzgerald's Dwight Thompson came in 6-8 car
lengths behind Akin and 2-3 car lengths ahead of the fourth place finisher,
Perry's Randy Woodard. Another Perry driver, Steve Renner, placed a distant

Talley repeats in street
En route to a third straight and eighth overall super street victory this
year, Pineview's Troy Talley put on a hard-charging performance for a second
consecutive week. Starting near the middle of a 14-car pack, Talley moved
into fourth place on lap four, took third on lap six, claimed second on lap
nine and wrested the lead from Macon's Sam Odom on lap 15. Odom, who was
seeking a fourth win in the class, eventually wound up 8-10 car lengths
behind Talley and just half a car length in front of Gray's Todd Griffin who
beat Eastman's Brophy to the flagstand by the same margin. Vienna's Wayne
Duckworth placed fifth in the 20-lap duel.

Childs rules in pure stock
In becoming the third Sylvester driver to post a feature win on the evening,
Leon Childs also ran out front from start to finish in the 20-lap pure stock
class. While recording his third feature win of the year, Childs got his
stiffest challenge from Doerun's Tal Etheridge, the class leader in wins
with 14. Etheridge stayed within 3-4 car lengths of Childs throughout the
race and was even closer than that to him when the checkers waved. Still,
Etheridge wound up third, narrowly losing the runner-up spot to Macon's Pam
Bird, last week's feature winner, on the final lap of the race. She came in
just a couple of car lengths behind Childs. Gator Berryhill of Cochran and
Wayne Barfield of Byron claimed the fourth and fifth positions.

Bird holds on in enduro
In snapping a tie with fellow Maconite Sam Odom for the enduro division lead
in wins (six), Arty Bird built an eighth-lap lead during the early going
only to see it erased by several caution flags that flew in the final laps
of the race. Bird eventually won the 15-lapper by just a half-car length
over Cordele's Billy Nipper who engaged in a heated, crowd-pleasing,
position-swapping duel for second place with Lizella's Frank Johnson and
Odom for much of the night. Third place went to Lizella's Stevie Yarborough
while the fourth spot belonged to Odom. Merle Diem Jr. of Montezuma wound up

Edwards takes thriller
For half the 15-lap mini-stock race, it appeared that Bonaire's Josh Icard,
the track's driver with the most wins to date, would post his 16th victory
of the season. He led for seven-plus laps before Ft. Valley's Justin Edwards
shot past him to take the top spot he maintained the rest of the way. The
winner and runner-up were only separated by two car lengths at the finish.
The victory was Edwards' third of the year. Rounding out the top five were,
in order, Gene Self of Americus, Jimmy Self of Leslie and Brad Milson of

Mitchell dominates legends
On his way to a second legends class win this year (his other came June 2),
Marc Mitchell set a dominating pace from start to finish. The Tallahassee,
Fla., driver built an eighth-lap lead over Dawson's Josh Conyers in the
first five trips around the three-eighths mile oval and still owned that
advantage at race's end. Lawrenceville's David Odell came in third 4-5 car
lengths behind Conyers. Ralph Snowden of Fitzgerald took fourth and Eddie
Mitchell of Tallahassee wound up fifth.

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