posted September 03, 2001 12:21 AM
Elkin, N.C. 28621
Story submitted by Jimmy Layell and Cynthia Allred
September 1, 2001
The rain was all around, but it stayed away from Friendship Speedway Saturday night as race fans got everything they expected and more. Part one of the Labor Day weekend double-header kept fans on the edge of their seats from the first hot laps to the final checkered flag.
The Semi-Modified 4 feature offered up the same competitive action that everyone has come to expect from this division. Jamie Holcomb of Hamptonville, NC in his Super Suds Car Wash, Donaldís Automotive Mustang held off a determined field to get into victory lane followed by Eddie Blackburn who turned in a stout performance on his way to a second place finish. Steve Faw and Derrick Mathis battled for the third spot the last half of the race with Faw passing Mathis on the white flag lap to take the position. Mathis had to settle for fourth with Michael Wells rounding out the top five.
The Carolina Clash made their last appearance of the season at Friendship with a full field of Super Late Models. Scott Autry led half way through the feature before going out with engine failure. Phil Hall, who set quick qualifying time with a 16:80, took over the lead and dominated the next segment of the race until he was forced to pit with a tire down. Ricky Boahn of Puppy Creek, (Raeford) NC, then took the lead and went on to his first Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series win. Keith Holder, coming from a seventh place start, had his best Clash run of the year to finish second. Johnny Stovall, Dan Breuer and Larry Blankenship kept the pressure on the leaders throughout the feature to finish third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Joel Bray of Hamptonville, NC in his Fat Catís Auction, Performance Motors Monte Carlo held off a field of strong competitors to once again take the checkers in the Sportsman feature event. Daniel Moss gave Bray all he could handle in the last part of the race to finish second. John Stamper and Grayland Wagoner ran fender to fender for much of the race with Stamper getting the late advantage to capture third with Wagoner finishing fourth. Steve Kirkman fighting an ill-handling car finished fifth.
The no-cautions Mudslinger feature had Marshall Eller of Millers Creek, NC proving once again that bigger is not always better. Eller worked his way from a fifth place start to take his Ford Escort to victory lane ahead of Steven Anderson and Mickey Anderson who finished second and third. Richard Clew was fourth with Rodney Hazelwood finishing fifth.
Friendship action continues next week with an Enduro Race and a Semi-Modified 4 feature. Gates will open at 4:00 PM Saturday with racing starting at 6:00 PM.
Top Five Finishers
Jamie Holcomb, Hamptonville, NC
Eddie Blackburn, Elkin, NC
Steve Faw, Wilkesboro, NC
Derrick Mathis, North Wilkesboro, NC
Michael Wells, Hamptonville, NC
Joel Bray, Hamptonville, NC
Daniel Moss, Elk Creek, VA
John Stamper, Mt. Airy, NC
Grayland Wagoner, Boonville, NC
Steve Kirkman, Mt. Airy, NC
Marshall Eller, Millers Creek, NC
Steven Anderson, Statesville, NC
Mickey Anderson, Statesville, NC
Richard Clew, Statesville, NC
Rodney Hazelwood, Siloam, NC
Carolina Clash Super Late Models
Ricky Boahn, Puppy Creek, NC
Keith Holder, Pilot Mountain, NC
Johnny Stovall, Madison, NC
Dan Breuer, Mooresville, NC
Larry Blankenship, Mooresville, NC