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jammin
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posted August 26, 2001 05:03 PM UIN: 16262997
In front of a hills side full of fans and a over 70 racecars from four
states in the pits, Half Mountain Speedway hoped to build on the excellent
racing action that the track saw the weekend before and from the action on
the track the fans and the drivers got their money's worth with some of the
best side by side racing action the mountains of Eastern Kentucky have seen
in quite a while.

The Late Models got the action started by being the first to hit the track
to qualify, with the #1 of Eddie Carrier Jr. of Leburn KY setting the best
lap of the night of the sixteen cars that checked in, with a lap of 17.79
seconds, at a speed of almost 81 MPH.

Modified Division had the 7J of Jerry Rutherford from Lawrenceburg KY.
setting the pace of the 20+ Modified cars with a time of 20.33, at a speed
of around 71 MPH.

The 19 of Jamie Slone of Top Most Ky. led the 8 car strong Super Bomber
Division in time with a quick time of 20.04 at a speed of over 75 MPH.

Next was the first of two splendid heat races for the Late Models on the
front row was the 1 of Carrier Jr. From Leburn KY and the 18 of Brandon
Kinzer from Allen KY. On the start it was Carrier Jr. jumping out to the
early lead with Kinzer and the 33 of Aaron Hatton from Mt. Sterling in the
rest of the field in tow Carrier Jr. led all 12 laps of the opening heat but
Kinzer and Hatton put on a show for second with Hatton finding the line to
get by on the 9th lap of the race and would hold off Kinzer to finish second
moving Kinzer back to third but Carrier Jr. secured Pole Position for the
$2,000 to win feature with the win in the heat.

Heat two might down as maybe the best heat in the young season at HMS with
the 28 of Chucky May from Allen KY and the 38 of Al Maddin making up the
front row. On the start May jumped to the early lead with the 10 of Paul
Harris from Prestonsburg KY and the 39 of Henry Hornsby of Bradley WV. Both
working their way by Maddin moving Maddin to fourth at the end of lap one
from here things got really interesting as Harris set his site on the lead
Harris and May would put on a side by side clinic running several laps wheel
to wheel proving that the HMS second groove was open for business Harris was
ale to wrestle the lead away from May on lap 10 and Harris would go under
the white flag as the leader and would come out of the fourth turn looking
at the checkers, but May wasn't satisfied with second and got a good run at
Harris and beat Harris to the line by inches taking the outside pole for the
feature.

The first of three big Modified heats rolled out next with the 7J of Jerry
Rutherford Lawrenceburg on the pole and the 39 of Todd Robinson of South
Point Ohio on the outside front row. Rutherford took the lead on from the
start but he had plenty of company at the front as the field of six
modified's that took the green spread out all over the 100 ft wide track
trying to gain positions but after 10 hard fought laps it was the 7J of
Rutherford that was able to hold onto the lead the entire race and pick up
the pole for the feature.

Heat two had the 69 of Tim Moore from Logan WV and the RV1 of John Burdette
of Coolville Ohio on the front row. Heat two had much of the same action as
heat one with Moore jumping out to the early lead with Burdett in close
pursuit and the 23 of Danny Aldridge of Pedro Ohio and the 14 of Jim Branham
of Martin KY. rounding out the top four. Branham was able to get by Aldridge
on lap three and would be a major player in the battle for the lead as the
top three close enough to throw a blanket over them but Branham ran into
trouble on the 7th lap sending him to the pits for the remainder of the
event and moving Aldridge back to third. Moore was able to hold onto the
lead the last three laps to pick up a hard fought win and outside pole for
the feature with Burdette able to hold on the second and Aldridge in third.

Heat three had the 62 of Joel Jenson of Auxier KY and the 3 of Jim Allen of
Martin KY on the front row. Jenson jumped to the lead on the start with
Allen in second and the 13 of Glenn May of Allen KY in third and the J7 of
Gibson in fourth and the 25 of Walt Mayhabb of Campton KY rounding out the
field in this 10 lap heat. Up front Jenson set the pace but on lap 6 the J7
of Gibson made a move from fourth to the second position and challenged
Jenson for the top spot but Jenson was up for the challenge and was able to
hold off Gibson to take the win, meanwhile behind this race the 13 of May
was working on Allen and on the 8th lap May was able to find the groove and
take the third spot dropping Allen to fourth at the finish with Mayhabb
rounding out the five car field.

Super Bomber heat had the 19 of Jamie Slone of Top Most KY and the 660 of JR
Hunley from Salyersville KY on the front row on the start Slone jumped out
to lead with Hunley in second and the 24H of Michael Paul Howard of Falcon
KY in third Gary Rager of Ulysses KY in fourth and the 46 of Dennis DeBoard
of Prestonsburg KY rounding out the top five. After 8 laps of some good
racing for second on back the finish had not changed a bit from the start.

Bomber heat had the 17 of Buck Lemaster from Salyersville KY and the R7 of
Ryan Risner on the front row for the 6 laps heat race. On the start Lemaster
took the lead flowed by Risner the 2x of Tandy Spurlock of Printer KY, the
50 of Bucky Collins of Prestonsburg KY, the 11 of Cole Hudson Salyers from
Salyersville KY, the 18 of Dewayne Ferguson, and the 41 of Jimmy Manning. In
the end it was the 17 of Buck Lemaster molding on to the lead the entire
race to take the checkers.

Last week the Late Models was the recipients of the quick six dash for cash
this week the decision was made for the Modified division to take center
stage and run six laps for $200 winner take all race. The top six car's from
qualifying was inverted making for a interesting six lap shootout. The 3 of
Jim Allen was on the pole for the quick six with the RV1 of John Burdett
along side on the start Allen jumped to the early lead but the 39 of Todd
Robinson quickly moved from his third starting position to the point at the
completion of lap two. Robinson would go on to pick up the $200 win coming
in second was the 7J of Jerry Rutherford who started the race dead last by
being the fast qualifier of the night third was the 69 of Tim Moore who
started next to last then was the 62 of Joel Jenson who passed both the 3 of
Allen on the last lap to finish fourth and Allen fell to fifth with the RV1
of Burdette falling out early to prepare for the feature.

Road Hogs heat had the 55 of BJ Ousley of Prestonsburg KY and the 404w of
Calvin Wireman on the front row. Ousley took the early lead but the R77 of
Randy Risner from Salyersville quicly moved to the point on the completion
of lap two with the 21k of Keith Williams in tow knocking Ousley back to
third. But up front the R77 of Randy risner held the point and was able to
hold off the charge by Williams to pick up the heat win.

4-Cylinder heat had the 43E of Eric Hall from Wayland KY and the 7d of Harry
C. Davis from Salyersville KY. In a always entertaining division this race
was know exception on the start the Hall took the lead but back in the field
the X-Rated car of John Allen form Garrett KY moved from his 9th starting
position on the start to the runner up position at the completion of lap one
by using the high line in his journey and by the 3rd lap Allen had taken
over the top spot and would continue to lead the rest of the way with the
43E of Hall finishing second and the 99 of Jarrod Breeding of Isom KY coming
in third.

Late Model feature was next with the 1 of Eddie Carrier JR from Leburn KY
and the 28 of Chucky May from Allen KY on the front row. Carrier JR jumped
out to an early lead but May and the 10 of Paul Harris from Prestonsburg KY
and the rest of the 16-car field was eager to get to the front. On lap two
Harris was able to beat May back to the line to move into second but by lap
seven May fought back and retook second, meanwhile Carrier JR was watching
all this action in his rearview mirror as he continued to set the pace and
while the battle between May and Harris continued they were some rumblings
on back in the pack as well as they were battles all over the track for
postions the one that got a lot of attention was the other 10 car in the
field the 10 of Raymond Nichols from Jeremiah KY, Nichols started the race
in the 13th position and at the end of lap one had already moved to tenth
and stayed pretty quiet but in the midstages of the race Nichols began
picking off cars one by one and by the half way point had moved into the 5th
spot behind the Carrier JR who was leading, May who was second, Harris who
was third, the 33 of Aaron Hatton who was fourth then Nichols was fifth.
Nichols would catch a break from the bad luck of Hatton who spun sending him
to the tail and moving Nichols to fourth on the 14th lap the field stayed in
line for the next few laps until Nichols received a challenge from the 18 of
Brandon Kinzer from Allen who had been running with the leader the entire
race Kinzer used all the power his Ernie Elliot engine could muster to mover
by Nichols on the 20th lap sending Kinzer to fourth and and dropping Nichols
to fifth. Kinzer then set his eyes on Harris's third place position Harris
would keep his throd spot position until with two laps to go both Kinzer and
Harris would get around Harris dropping Harris from third to fifth in one
lap. At the end of the 25 lap action packed feature it was the 1 of Eddie
Carrier JR able to keep all this action in his rear view mirror, but at the
end of the race it was discovered while the cars Carrier JR was in line to
be weighed Carrier JR had a flat right rear tire, but as luck would have it
the tire lasted long enough to pick up his second victory in two races at
Half Mountain Speedway. Chucky May finished a strong second, third was the
18 of Brandon Kinzer, fourth was the 10 of Raymond Nichols, fifth was the 10
of Paul Harris, sixth was the 33 of Aaron Hatton who was able to fight his
was back from a early spin, seventh was the 38 of Al Maddin from Premium KY
had a very consistent run by starting eight and finishing seventh, the 17w
of Chris Wilson from Louisa also ran a good consistent race starting in the
12 position and finishing in the eighth spot, the 37 of Herbie Barnett also
ran midpack the whole race by starting in the 7th position and finishing in
the ninth spot, 23 of G.C. Erwin from Grayson KY also had consistent mid
pack performance by starting ninth and finshing tenth, the 16m of Greg
Kimper from Hazard KY was the last car on the lead lap from his fifteenth
starting position he was able to move up to the eleventh finishing position.
The 41 of Danny McCallister was the only car on the track one lap down and
finished twelfth in the final run down the 8 of Michael Cornett fell out
early and finished thirteenth, and the 25 of Dale Ball from Lime Stone
Tennessee had a bad night finishing only eleven laps of the 25 lap feature
finishing last of the 14 cars that made it out to start the feature. Two
cars that had trouble from the heats and didn't make it out for the feature
was the 65 of Bucky Jackson from Hazard and the 39 of Henry Hornsby from
Bradley WV.

Modified feature was next out on the Speedway with the 7J of Jerry
Rutherford from Lawrenceburg KY on the pole for the $1,000 to win feature
with the 69 of Tim Moore from Logan WV along side on the start. On the start
the Rutherford took the lead but as was the case in the three heat races
earlier the action the 18 starting spots that made up the feature was all
over the track as they hit the first turn of the first lap, but Rutherford
proved up to any challenge any driver wanted to try leading Moore would
mount challenge after challenge trying to get the top spot but to know avail
and on the thirteenth lap the 39 of Todd Robinson from South Point Ohio made
his move to second place dropping Moore to third as the race moved into the
later stages the 7J of Rutherford was still in control and 39 of Robinson
was a close second with the rest of the lead cars in close pursuit as well,
just waiting for the cars in front of them to make a mistake so they could
take advantage of it, but Rutherford was smooth and fast and never gave
Robinson a chance to capitalize on his mistake. The finish was like this
first was the 7J of Jerry Rutherford, second was the 39 of Todd Robinson,
third was the RV1 of John Burdette out of Coolville Ohio who started fifth,
fourth was the 69 of Tim Moore, fifth was the J7 of Greg Gibson out of
Salyersville KY who started sixth, sixth was the 62 of Joel Jenson out of
Auxier KY who started the feature in the third position, 14 of Jim Branham
made a nice run through the field to finish the feature in the seventh
position from his seventeenth starting position, the 25 of Walt Mayhabb
finished eighth after starting 15th , ninth was the 32 of James Hall from
Harold KY who started the feature in the sixteenth, tenth was the 11 of Jeff
Jones from Martin and the first car a lap down, the 3 of Jim Allen from
Martin KY was eleventh, twelfth was the 23 of Danny Aldridge from Pedro
Ohio, thirteenth was the 13w of David Webb Nicholasville Ohio, fourteenth
was the 0 of Scott Hall from Drift KY, fifteenth was the o of Harry Branham
from Royalton KY, sixteenth was the 2 of Vince Jarrell from Banner KY,
seventeenth was the 13 of Glenn May from Allen KY, and the 82 of Randy Fouts
rounded out the field of 18 cars that took the green flag. Cars that didn't
start the feature that was present was the 10c of Gary Combs Paintsville KY
and the 38 of Marty Meade of Stanville KY.

Super Bomber feature was next with the 19 of Jamie Slone from Top Most KY on
the pole and the 660 of JR Hunley from Salyersville KY on along side. On the
start Slone jumped out to the early lead with the 24H of Michael Paul Howard
from Salyersville in second and the 17 of Gary Rager in third the 46 of
Dennis DeBoard the 76 of Spanky Arnett in fourth and the 70 of Darrell
Shifflet in fifth as the 660 of JR Hunley pulled into the pits after having
problem on the opening lap. Slone would continue to lead the race but the
battle for second was hotly contested with Howard having it and Rager
wanting it and on the ninth lap Rager was able to take it from Howard but
only a handful of laps later Howard was able to wrestle back from Rager and
that the way it would finish with Jamie Slone taking his second straight
win, second was the 24H of Michael Paul Howard, third was the 17 of Gary
Rager from Ulysses KY fourth was the 76 of Spanky Arnett from Salyersville
KY, fifth was the 70 of Darell Shifflet from Winchester KY, sixth was the 46
of Dennis DeBoard from Prestonsburg, and seventh was the 660 of JR Hunley
from Salyersville KY.

Bomber feature had the 17 of Buck Lemaster and the R7 of Ryan Risner both
from Salyersville KY on the front row. Lemaster jumped out to the early lead
in this 10 laps feature race with Risner in second and the 2x of Tandy
Spurlock in third as the field worked the laps the field began to spread out
and as the action went into the closing laps Lemaster still held onto the
lead and would go on to take the win with the R7 of Ryan Risner in second,
third was the 2x of Tandy Spurlock from Printer KY, fourth was the 18 of
Dwayne Furgusion, fifth was the 50 of Bucky Jackson from Prestonsburg KY,
sixth was the 41 of Jimmy Manning, and sixth was the 11 of Cole Hudson
Salyers from Salyersville KY.

After the race the 17 of Buck Lemaster took a polish victory lap in memory
of the Late Jack Powers who tragically lost his life in a automobile
accident a few weeks ago.

Road Hog feature had the R77 of Randy Risner of Salyersville KY and the 21k
of Keith Williams of Grapevine KY on the front row. On the start the 25 of
Donnie Everman made a charge from his third starting position to lead the
first 7 laps with Williams in second and R7 of Ryan Allen in third, the 55
of BJ Ousley in fourth and the 111 of Grover Jason Allen for Salyersville in
fifth. Everham would lead the first seven laps until the 21k of Williams
spun sending him to the read of the six car field moving Allen to second on
the restart Allen was able to take the lead away from Everham. The R7 of
Ryan Allen from Salyersville KY would go on to take the feature win followed
by the 21k of Keith Williams of Gapville KY who was able to come back up
through the field in just three laps to take the second spot on the last
lap, the 25 of Donnie Evetham held on to finish third, fourth was the 55 of
BJ Ousley from Prestonsburg KY, sixth was the 111 of Grover Jason Allen of
Salyersville KY, and seventh was the R77 of Randy Risner of Salyersville.

4-Cylinder feature was the last race of the night on the pole was the
X-Rated of John Allen and along side was the 43E of Eric Hall. On the start
it was Allen who jumped to the early lead with Hall in second and the 99 of
Jarrod Breeding from Isom third, fourth was the 7 of Harry Davis, fifth was
the 5 of Salyersville KY, sixth was the h2o of Jeff Risner of Royalton KY,
seventh was the 5 of Billy Cable from Campton KY, and the 48 of Dennis
Anderson who was a late arrival rounded out the field at the end of the
first lap.
Allen would go on to lead throughout the race but the 43E of Hall would fall
out with problem on the 7th lap moving the 99 of Breeding to second but the
man on the move was the 48 of Anderson who started shotgun on the field
quickly moved his way up through the field to finish third fourth was the 5
of James Shepherd fifth was the h20 of Jeff Risner sixth was the 7d of Harry
Davis, seventh was the 5 Billy Cable, and eighth was the 43e of Eric Hall.

All this action and in less than four hours.

Next weekend Half Mountain Speedway has a lot to celebrate with two very
successful weekends of racing that saw over 70 race-cars and a hill side of
fans Half Mountain Officials have decided that next weekend will be our
official Grand Opening weekend plans are in the making and as soon as things
are finalized it will be posted on the official website of HMS at www.halfmountainspeedway.com also next weekend is the annual Founders Day
events in the city of Salyersville KY, this year they are celebrating the
Vanderpool family with many activities lines up throughout the week.

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