posted August 19, 2001 10:34 PM
Short Claims Winged Sprint Accolades: Savage attacks Limited Late Models
Three drivers visited victory lane for the first time this year at Auto Tire and Parts Racepark on Saturday night. The night also dealt with rain showers that postponed the Pure Street feature until next Saturday night.
Farmington racer Steve Short did not let two caution flags and one red flag interfere with his bid for the Winged Sprint car feature win. Short led all 25 laps of the event earning his first Winged Sprint checkered flag at ATPR.
Charlie Savage dominated the Limited Late Models picking up his first win on the year. In the Open-Wheel Modifieds, Jeff Parmer also picked up his first win on the year. Before the Pure Street feature could get three laps under the belt heavy rains started to fall. The feature event was postponed until next weekend.
In the Winged Sprint event Steve Short started for the point and jumped out to a quick lead on the start. Jeff Davis dragged race with Short down the frontstretch but could not land the bid for first. Mike Ward was in tow handling third place with Robbie Standridge and Randy Dukes making up the top-five.
Before the first lap was complete, Lee Dunn made a hard-Charging move on the high side in turns one and two skating into the wall turning his J&J racer on its side. Dunn continued throughout the event even though he suffered major wing damage. The accident brought out the red flag.
The next 24 laps would see the yellow flag twice closing the field to the tail of the number 8 car driven by Short. While Davis and the rest of the sprinters would close in on the leader they would never be able make a challenge on the leader.
Ward, Alex Shanks and Steve Zelch Jr. waged a big war for third, fourth and fifth with Ward ending the night in the third spot. Shanks and Zelch Jr. swapped the final top-five positions back and forth several times with Zelch Jr. finally coming out on top. Shanks settled for fifth.
After causing the first incident of the evening Dunn passed 14 cars en route to a sixth place finish. Keith Burch had a solid run completing the night in seventh while Deans Adams Jr. was just behind him in eighth.
The Open-Wheel Modified main saw a caution filled event with Jeff Parmer coming out on top with Terry Johnson and Chris Hall laying claim to the top-three positions.
After five yellow flag were thrown before the first lap was complete Chris Hall jumped out to the lead once the green flag finally waved. Hall led the next four laps before Parmer slid around him for the lead.
Upon nailing down the top-spot Parmer continued to dominate the event moving to over a half-lap advantage before the main event was completed.
Johnson, Hall and Jared Wagster wage a big war for the top-five positions with Johnson finally coming out on top after making the pass on Hall on the ninth lap.
Matt James picked up a career best run at Auto Tire and Parts Racepark earning a fifth place finish just behind the cars of Hall and Wagster.
After a dominating performance in his heat race Charlie Savage backed the win up by controlling all 20 laps of the Limited Late Model feature event.
Savage jumped out to the lead on the first lap of the event with Keith Adamson and Henry Nash trailing. On the second lap Nash turned sideways while maneuvering for a pass and dropped back several positions quickly. Chris Winger inherited third position.
The cars of Savage and Nash put on a heated battle for all 20 laps of the feature event. Adamson threatened Savage for the lead on several occasions put couldn’t complete the pass.
The race, which was slowed by three cautions, got real exciting on final lap when Terry James’ engine expired in turn one bringing out the final yellow flag. The caution set up a green/white/checkered dash for the win, which put Adamson on the bumper of Savage. Savage was too strong as the 91 machine of Adamson did not benefit from the final caution.
Nash fought his way back up to third at the checkered flag, Rodney Pense nailed down fourth and Gary Kinder completed the top-five.
The Pure Street feature got underway just as the rain clouds started to move in. Jared Wagster jumped out to the lead and led for three laps just as the downpour came. Gene Fowler was laying claim to second, Johnny Houart was third, Greg Casey and Billy Hopkins rounded out the top five.
The feature event will resume next weekend with the same lineup and beginning on the third lap.
Steve Short (8) Farmington, Mo.
Jeff Davis (33) Pittsburgh, Ill.
Mike Ward (88) Memphis, Tenn.
Steve Zelch Jr. (z34) Perryville, Mo.
Alex Shanks (1c) Marion, Ill.
Lee Dunn (66) East Prairie, Mo.
Keith Burch (24) Farmington, Mo.
Dean Adams Jr. (3a) Bonne Terre, Mo.
Tommy Scott (4s) Springfield, Ill.
Andy Holden (3h) Dudley, Mo.
Jeff Parmer (5p) Fenton, Mo.
Terry Johnson (1j) Benton, Mo.
Chris Hall (66) Sikeston, Mo.
Jared Wagster (24) Portagville, Mo.
Matt James (55j) Jackson, Mo.
Bobby Barnes (24) Bernie, Mo.
Karl Adams (1ab) Perryville, Mo.
Keith Gegg (34) Ste. Genevieve, Mo.
Joe Geisler (85g) St. Mary, Mo.
Shawn Haynes (21) Malden, Mo.
Limited Late Models
Charlie Savage (13) Annapolis, Mo.
Keith Adamson (91) Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Henry Nash (99) Middlebrook, Mo.
Rodney Pense (10) Fredericktown, Mo.
Gary Kinder (50) Jonesboro, Ill.
Leo Kiefer (62) Perryville, Mo.
Brad Mashek (13r) Farmington, Mo.
Terry James (19) Jackson, Mo.
Joe Meyer (11sr) Sikeston, Mo.
Chris Winters (X) Duqoin, Ill.
Rainout-Did not race: Feature to be ran