posted August 12, 2001 07:29 PM
Icard takes Mini Stock win after Race car has Highway Crash
Article by Harvey Simpson August 11, 2001
CORDELE, GA - Is 13 really an unlucky number as some people insist? Based
upon Saturday night racing results at Cordele Motor Speedway, arguments
could be made for and against that line of thinking.
Those who insist it bodes bad luck can use the fate of late model driver
Bailey Harris of Cordele whose car bears that number as an example. In
contrast, those who say it's just another number can use the evening
mini=stock driver Josh Icard of Bonaire had as an illustration as he, too,
uses 13 as his calling card on the track. You be the the judge after taking
into consideration the outcome the two drivers experienced on a night where
it seemed to be raining most everywhere but the track itself.
For almost two-thirds of the 30-lap late model duel, Harris, the No. 2 man
under the clock at 15.87, ran out front after getting the jump on polesitter
Tom Jones of Barwick. Harris' luck began to change on lap 20, though, when
Jones, the fastest qualifier at 15.81, forged into the lead after having run
an extremely close second up to that point. The night really went sour for
Harris six laps later, though, when he fell totally out of the running after
apparently torching an engine. That gave clear sailing to Jones who went on
to post his fourth victory of the season to move into a tie with Cordele's
Jay Carpenter for the class lead in wins. Sylvester's Richard Souter came
in second 6-8 car lengths behind Jones and about the same distance ahead of
Moultrie's Lavon Sloan. Woody Calloway of Bonaire passed Bainbridge's Earl
Boyette on the final trip around the three-eighths mile paved oval to win
the battle for fourth place.
Icard takes Mini Stock win after highway crash
On the way to the track, the cable holding Josh Icard's mount on a trailer
towing it, snapped as he was getting onto I-75. The car rolled off and was
tagged twice by a southbound Chevy blazer in a mishap that resulted in no
injuries and for the most part only minor damage. Instead of being an omen
that bad things were awaiting Icard this night, just the opposite happened.
After finishing second to Ft. Valley's Justin Edwards in a heat race, Icard
took the first of two leads he held in the 15-lap mini-stock feature on lap
two. Except for the very narrow deficit he found himself in on lap six,
Icard led the rest of the way while holding on to beat Edwards by a car
length for his track-leading 16th triumph of the season. Rounding out the
top five were, in order, Chris Hill of Byron, Jimmy Self of Leslie and
Anthony Bustamonte of Ft. Valley.
Renner gets first win
For most of the night, Perry's Steve Renner appeared destined for a second
place hobby division finish behind Sylvester's Wayne Bradley, the class
leader in wins with 10. On a 17th lap re-start, though, both Renner and
Vienna's Shan Akin got the jump on Bradley. They ran 1-2 until tangling with
each other in turn one of the 20th and final lap where Akin spun out of
control after the contact to lose second place. Renner went on to record
his first victory of the year by an eighth-lap over Bradley. Chuck Williams
of Eastman, Brett Pike of Palmetto and Akin came in third, fourth and fifth,
Talley continues to sizzle
The hottest driver at the track of late, Pineview's Troy Talley continued
his torrid streak by posting a fifth straight and 10th overall super street
victory. Now one of just four double digit feature winners this year, he
led the 20-lapper from start to finish although he didn't open a really
comfortable lead over Eastman's Jim Brophy, who ran second throughout, until
the final five laps. Talley's ultimate victory margin was about an
eighth-lap. Trailing the top two cars across the finish line while rounding
out the top five were Paul York of Andersonville, Harvey Jenkins of
Tallahassee, Fla., and Jay Poss of Macon.
Childs takes stock thriller
The night's most exciting feature came in the pure stock division where the
top three cars really put on a heated battle to the delight of fans. Macon'
s Pam Bird led the first 10 laps but never by more than a car length over
eventual winner Leon Childs of Sylvester. In addition to attempting to
overtake the leader most of the night, Childs had his hands full trying to
hold off a challenge by Doerun's Tal Etheridge who stayed within a car
length of him until the end. Both Childs and Etheridge, who has 14 wins to
his credit this year, got around Bird on lap 11. Bird passed Etheridge in
the late going, though, to beat him by a car length for second place 8-10
car lengths behind Childs. Rob Crawford of Bronwood came in fourth and Andy
Logue of Sandersville took fifth.
Bird extends streak
Having a little better luck than his wife Pam did in her feature, Macon's
Arty Bird led the 15-lap enduro battle all the way. While notching his
third straight and eighth victory overall, he held off a stout challenge by
fellow hometown driver Wayne Day who seldom trailed by more than the yard's
length that separated the two when the checkers waved. Cordele's Bill
Nipper came in third 4-5 car lengths behind that pair and a car length in
front of fourth place finisher Robert Reetz of Valdosta. Buddy Hayslip of
Cordele placed fifth.
Odell prevails in legends
Lawrenceville's David Odell led from flag to flag while posting his
class-leading sixth victory in the legends ranks. In the process, he held
off two different runners-up as Alamo's Jerry Martin ran a tight second to
him until getting together with Chad Brawn of Anderson, S.C., on lap 12.
That collision sent Martin to the back of the pack and gave second place to
Fitzgerald's Ralph Snowden who saw his deficit behind Odell grow from 8-10
car lengths after 15 laps to an eighth-lap by race's end. Lake Park's Randy
Howell was just a half-car length behind Snowden at the finish. Martin wound
up fourth and Brown fifth.
Special events planned
Leading up to its Labor Day weekend card that will be highlighted by a
100-lap late model duel paying $5,000 to win, track officials have announced
special events for the next two cards. This coming Saturday, an autograph
session is planned during which fans may have pictures taken with their
favorite drivers from 6-6:30 p.m. and again at intermission.
On Aug. 25th, youngsters under eight years of age will be allowed to race
their battery-powered toys on the track after participating in a drawing to
see which regular racer will serve as their pit crew chief