posted August 20, 2001 12:04 PM
Elkin, N.C. 28621
Story submitted by Jimmy Layell and Cynthia Allred
August 18, 2001
Although rain clouds loomed on the horizon for most of the evening it did not dampen the excitement and enthusiasm of another full program of Dirt Track racing at Friendship Speedway in Elkin, NC Saturday evening.
Jamie Holcomb of Hamptonville, NC in his Ada’s Place Motel, Country Folks Café Mustang, after experiencing several weeks of disappointment found his way back into victory lane. In the caution riddled event Holcomb outlasted Junior Welborn and Tim Wyatt who finished second and third. Sandy Martin and Eddie Blackburn were fourth and fifth.
An inverted starting field in the Sportsman feature provided a different type of action with John Stamper of Mount Airy, NC in his South Main Street Service Center, 98.1 WBRT Camaro taking the top honors after trading positions with a strong running Terry Zachary throughout much of the race. Zachary held on to finish second with Daniel Moss in third, Tony Lowe fourth and Ken Church fifth.
Young Tommy Zachary of Yadkinville, NC in his Matthews Brothers Grading, JR and Sons Mobile Home Transport Monte Carlo set the pace for much of the Late Model feature to take down his first win in this division. Veteran Keith Holder worked his way from an eighth place starting position to battle Zachary for the lead, but had to settle for second. Points leader Chad Paxton finished in third with Ronald Blankenship and Chris Knight rounding out the top five.
Marty Billings of Traphill, NC, after starting at the rear in the Pure Stock feature, took the win in his Cornerstone Exteriors, Danny’s Automotive Camaro. Early leader Paul West and Jimmy Grimes challenged Billings as he worked his way through the field to finish second and third. Fourth and fifth place positions were taken by Steve Payne and Dale McCarty respectively.
In the crowd-pleasing Mudslingers division, Steven Anderson of Statesville, NC took the checkers in a sideways style after going into a slide on the home stretch. Jack Moss, Anderson’s strongest challenger, finished second ahead of Marshall Eller in third. The no cautions event top five was rounded out by Johnny Kennedy and Denver Eller.
Upcoming events at Friendship Speedway include the Labor Day weekend double header serving up the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series on Saturday September 1 and finishing up on Monday September 3 with a $2000.00 to win Late Model show. The gates will open at 4:00 PM this Saturday evening with a full slate of racing in all divisions starting at 6:00 PM.
Top Five Finishers
Jamie Holcomb, Hamptonville, NC
Junior Welborn, Wilkesboro, NC
Tim Wyatt, Millers Creek, NC
Sandy Martin, Ronda, NC
Eddie Blackburn, Elkin, NC
John Stamper, Mt Airy, NC
Terry Zachary, Yadkinville, NC
Daniel Moss, Elk Creek, VA
Tony Lowe, White Plains, NC
Ken Church, Boone, NC
Tommy Zachary, Yadkinville, NC
Keith Holder, Pilot Mountain, NC
Chad Paxton, Troutman, NC
Ronald Blankenship, Mooresville, NC
Chris Knight, Lawsonville, NC
Marty Billings, Traphill, NC
Paul West, Boomer, NC
Jimmy Grimes, Hayes, NC
Steve Payne, Boonville, NC
Dale McCarty, Hayes, NC
Steven Anderson, Statesville, NC
Jack Moss, Elk Creek, VA
Marshall Eller, Millers Creek, NC
Johnny Kennedy, Hamptonville, NC
Denver Eller, Millers Creek, NC