posted September 16, 2001 10:26 PM
After taking a weekend off Half Mountain Speedway rolled back to action this
past Saturday night with 6 divisions of racing, that saw the biggest car
count in the tracks brief history. 90+ cars and drivers from 6 states graced
the 4/10th mile track for a night of exciting racing action.
The fireworks started early, as the first race out on the track was the
Modified make up feature that was fogged out on September 1st. On the pole
was the 7J of Jerry Rutherford from Lawrenceburg KY along side was the 3 of
Jim Allen. On the start Allen jumped from the outside of the front row to
lead the first lap with the 69 of Tim Moore from Logan WV moving from third
to second leaving Rutherford in third. Allen lead the first two laps then
Moore made his move and picked up the lead moving Allen to second. Lap ten
saw the 3rd place running Rutherford spin bringing out the caution, a few
laps later the caution would fly again for the second place running car of
Jim Allen who also had problems. All this meant that the 25 of Walt Mayhabb
from Campton KY and the C1 of Chris Click from Martin KY moved to second and
third on the restart. The 62 of Joel Jenson from Auxier KY was able to mount
a challenge for third and would take third on lap 15, then on the next lap
Mayhabb had problems bringing out the caution, moving Jenson to second and
putting Click back in third. At the checkered flag it was the 69 of Tim
Moore who was able to keep all the side by side action behind him and go on
to take the win, second was the 62 Of Joel Jenson, third was the C1 of Chris
Click, fourth was the J7 of Greg Gibson from Salyersville KY, fifth was the
7J of Jerry Rutherford who fought his way forward from the back of the 18
car field to get a top five finish.
In Time Trials for the Late Model Division, it was the 1 of Eddie Carrier JR
continuing to show he has this track figured out by setting fast time and
breaking the track record that was just set by the 18 of Brandon Kinzer.
Kinzer's time was 16.885, but then Eddie Carrier JR hit the track and
stopped the clock at 16.817 at a speed of over 85.50 MPH. This was the
quickest out of the 23 Late Models entries..
Modified Time Trials were next with the C1 of Chris Click from Martin KY
setting the pace with a time of 19.827 at a speed of over 72 MPH out of the
Super Bombers were the last to hit the track and after all 9 cars had
qualified it was the 19 of Jamie Slone taking the fast time with a time of
19.983 at a speed of over 72 MPH Which was also a track record.
Heat races were next for all six division's. Eddie Carrier JR from Lebrun KY
won heat one in the Late Model Division with the 1a of Audie Swartz from
minford Ohio taking the lead from Kinzer in a hard fought battle on lap 9 to
win heat two.
Modified division heat winner's were the 7J of Jerry Rutherford from
Lawrence KY who started third but made the winning pass for the lead on lap
7 in the 10 lap heat. Heat two saw the 460 of Robby Perkins from Big Stone
Gap VA taking a flag to flag win. Heat three had the 3 of Jim Allen from
Martin KY pulling off the same trick as Perkins leading flag to flag to pick
up the win.
Super Bomber heat showed the rest of the field that the 19 of Jamie Slone
from Top Most KY could be beat as the 42 of Jim Lemaster was the one to
prove it by winning the heat.
Bomber heat was next with the 17 of Buck Lemaster from Salyersville KY
passing Scooter Lemaster also from Salyersville KY on the second lap to go
on to lead the rest of the way.
Road Hog heat had the R4 of Roger Whitaker from Richmond KY leading flag to
flag to pick up the win
4-Cylinder heat had the 43e of Eric Hall from Wayland take the lead on the
start from his second starting position and go on to lead flag to flag.
With 31 Modified entries on hand, HMS was forced to run a b-main last chance
race. The top 6 cars out of three heats transferred to the a-main feature.
The entries not transferring out of the heats transferred to the b-main race
and from there the top 6 finishers would transfer to the a-main, making a
full field of 24 cars for the feature. In the b-main, sitting on the pole
was the 14b of Robbie Bennett, with the B17 of Brandon Johnson along side on
the start of the race. This last chance race saw plenty of wild action and
numerous wrecks as all the cars fought to be in the top six positions, so it
turned into a race of survival and the survivors were the B17 of Brandon
Johnson from Salyerville taking the win, second was the 67 of Rob Stambaugh
from Sunbury KY, third was the C1 of Chris Click from Martin KY, fourth was
the 24K of Wood OH, fifth was the I1 of Jim Ison from West Liberty KY, and
the sixth and final transfer spot went to the 111 of Kenny Litteral.
The Quick Six Dash featured the Modified division this week paying the
winner $200 for the win. At the green it was the 3 of Jim Allen from Martin
KY jumping out to the early lead but by lap 3 the 460 of Robbie Perkins had
made his way to second from his fifth starting spot then by the completion
of lap five Perkins worked his way to the front dropping Allen to second.
Perkins was able to hold off Allen to take the win and the $200 bonus for
Late Model feature rolled to the track with the 1 of Eddie Carrier JR from
Leburn KY and the 1a of Audie Swartz from Midford OH along side with the
rest of the 21 Late Models ready to do battle for 25 laps. On the initial
start Carrier JR ran into trouble as he broke a ball joint on the right
front and was forced to go pit side and retire for the evening. That moved
the 10 of Paul Harris from Prestonsburg KY up to the pole as the inside row
moved forward. On the start it was Harris taking the lead with the 37 of
Scott Randolf from Baxter TN moving to second shuffling Swartz to third, but
by the third lap Swartz was able to work by Randolf to take back second. The
field pretty much settled into their positions as the laps began to click
off with Harris leading and Swartz holding on to second and not letting
Harris out of his site. Harris was able to hold on the entire 25 laps to
pick up his first win of the young season at HMS and breaking Carrier JR's
three race winning streak. Second was the 1a of Audie Swartz from Minford
OH, third was the 37 of Scott Randolf from Baxter TN, fourth was the 39 of
Henry Hornsby from Bradely WV, fifth was the 33 of Arron Hatton form Mtn.
Modified feature was next with a full field of eager Modifed drivers anxious
to get it on for the $1,000 to win feature. On the pole was the 7J of Jerry
Rutherford from Lawrenceburg KY and the 460 of Robby Perkins from Big Stone
Gap VA along side. On the start Rutherford jumped to the lead with Perkins
and the other 23 cars in close pursuit. On lap 4 the second place car of
Perkins tagged the leader sending Perkins to the tail and moving the 3 of
Jim Allen from Martin KY to the second spot on the restart with the 62 of
Joel Jenson of Auxier KY to third and the 69 of Tim Moore from Logan WV "the
winner of the earlier feature of the night" to fourth. As the green flag
flew again Rutherford was able to hold on to the lead but Jenson was not so
lucky to hold on to third, as Moore was able to take third. As the laps
continued to click off Rutherford continued to show the way, but the battle
for second was heating up as the 69 began to challenge Allen for second. On
the 17th lap Moore was able to work his way by Allen to take second, but
Rutherford kept all this action behind him and go on to take the second
feature of the night with the 69 of Tim Moore second, third was the 3 of Jim
Allen, fourth was the 62 of Joel Jenson and making his way from the tail
back to fifth was the 460 of Robby Perkins, sixth was the 38D of Shawn Davis
from Salem WV, seventh was the L33 of Randell Lester from Williamson WV,
eighth was the 10 of Brad Martin from Martin KY, ninth was the j7 of Greg
Gibson from Salyersville KY, and rounding out the top ten was the 67 of Rob
Stambaugh from Sunbury KY.
Super Bomber feature was next with the 42 of Jim Lemaster on the pole. The
19 of Jamie Slone forfeited his front row starting position by arriving late
to the staging lane and was forced to start on the tail of the feature which
moved the 17 of Gary Rager from Ulysses KY to the outside pole. On the start
it was Lemaster who took the early lead with Rager in second as the laps
clicked off. Meanwhile the 19 of Slone was picking cars off one by one and
finally moved into second at the half way point and had his eyes set on the
leader by lap nine. Slone was able to pull along side Lemaster but couldn't
make the pass until Lemaster headed to the pits with engine problems leaving
Slone a clean racetrack. The final laps clicked off and it was the 19 of
Jamie Slone from Top Most KY continuing to dominate the division, second was
the 17 of Gary Rager from Ulysses KY, third was the 33 of Cory McKenzie from
Paintsville KY, fourth was the Z17 of Jon Cook from Jonesborough TN, fifth
was the 42 of Jim Lemaster of Salyersville KY, and sixth was the 660 of JR
Hunley also from Salyersville KY.
Bomber feature was next out, on the pole was the 17 of Buck Lemaster from
Salyersville, KY and along side was the 2x of Tandy Spurlock from Printer
KY. On the start it was Lemaster jumping to the early lead with Spurlock
following in second. Lemaster and Spurlock ran one and two the entire race,
but behind them the 18 of Dwayne Ferguson and the 17 of Curt Jarvis from
Allen KY began to battle for third with Jarvis eventually getting third as
Ferguson began to have handling problems. At the finish it was the 17 of
Buck Lemaster leading the field to the checkers followed by the 2x of Tandy
Spurlock, third was the 17 of Curt Jarvis, fourth was the 34 of Tommy Lackey
from Prestonsburg KY, fifth was the 18 of Dwayne Furguson.
Road Hogs feature had the R4 of Roger Whitaker from Richmond KY and the R77
of Randy Risner from Salyersville KY on the front row. At the drop of the
green Whitaker took the lead with Risner running a close second followed by
the rest of the field, Whitaker would lead the first two laps then on the
third lap Risner was able to take the lead by lap six another key player in
the Road Hogs ranks moved up to challenge for the win as the 21K of Keith
Williams from Gapville KY took over second, dropping Whitaker to third but
Williams was unable to take the lead from Risner at the finish it was the
R77 of Randy Risner taking the win, second was the 21k of Keith Williams,
third was the CR17 of Ronnie Cole JR, fourth was the 97 of Jared Hale, and
fifth was the R7 Ryan Risner.
4-Cylinder feature was the last race of the night with the 43e of Eric Hall
from Wayland KY and the 47 of Chris Combs from Isom KY on the front row. At
the drop of the green flag Hall took the lead with the 48 of Keith Anderson
from Lucasville KY coming from third to second with Combs shuffled back to
third. Anderson would challenge for the lead and take the lead on lap three
bringing Combs to second dropping Hall to third and in soon after that Hall
would go to the pits with car problems moving the 3D of Patrick Morris from
Estill KY to third. The 66A of James Combs from Isom KY would take third for
few laps through the mid stages of the race but Morris fought back and
retook third back dropping James Combs back to fourth. At the checkers it
was the 48 of Keith Anderson winning the feature, second was the 47 of Chris
Combs, third was the 3D of Patrick Morris, fourth was the 66A of the James
Combs, and fifth was the 99 of Jarrod Breeding.
Next weekend Half Mountain Speedway will move the action ahead one hour,
moving the staring time up from 7 P.M. to 6 P.M. Drivers meeting will be at
5:30 PM and the cutoff for drawing for positions and qualifying order will
be cut off at 5:15 PM.
HMS has been growing each weekend and featured over 90 cars this week and if
the pattern keeps going even more will be on hand next weekend, remember
this was only the fourth race ever held at HMS.
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