posted October 02, 2001 05:23 PM
Russell Takes James Nickoles Memorial Win!
Columbus, Mississippi-The final event of the 2001 Mississippi State
Championship Challenge Series was ran at Columbus Speedway Saturday night. A
jam packed grandstand and an overflowing pit area was the order of the
night. Racing action was as it has been all year at Columbus, intense,
exciting, and thrilling as Mississippi's best drivers vied for top honors in
the James Nickoles Memorial.
Action would get underway with James Dean taking the win in the first B-Main
event of the evening and Starkville's Jeff Smith held off Rick Rickman for
second B-Main win. Other drivers making the show were Joe D Hollis, Tony
Lawson, George McCain, Ronny Hollingsworth, and Terry Wilson completing the
twenty four-car field of the original forty two entries.
The 50 lap main event would get underway with Anthony Rushing diving past
front row starters Steve Russell of Pontotoc and Scott Slay of Clinton to
take the point as the field spread out in the now customary two and three
wide racing formation. The top eight drivers were all within striking
distance of each other early in the event with Steve Russell and company
applying constant pressure on Rushing. The man on the move was "The "Wild
Child" James Dean who quickly worked his way in to the top ten after
starting seventeenth. Russell would finally be able to get past Rushing
before the midway point of the event. The battle for the top five positions
would rage on as Russell, Rushing, David Breazeale, James Dean, Scott
Dedwylder, and Scott Slay were constantly using multiple lines and swapping
positions as Russell held the lead. The final laps of the event would see
Russell stretch out the lead to five car lengths in his Jeff Cooley
Trucking/Rick's Furniture sponsored Brown Engineering powered GRT Monte
Carlo. A high-flying Scott Dedwylder made a lap 48 pass for second over
Rushing and Scott Slay would nip Dean at the line for fourth with Dean
completing the top five. David Breazeale would slip back to sixth after
challenging for the lead earlier in the event with Lake, Mississippi driver
Robbie Harvey seventh, Mark Stokes eighth, Rodney Wing ninth, and 2001
Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series Champion Mike Boland tenth.
Twenty cars in the twenty-four car starting field would finish the event.
1-Steve Russell 2-Scott Dedwylder 3-Anthony Rushing 4-Scott Slay 5-James
Dean 6-David Breazeale 7-Robbie Harvey 8-Mark Stokes 9-Rodney Wing 10-Mike
Boland 11-Johnny Hughes 12-Rick Rickman 13-Joe Hollis 14-Jerry Inmon
15-Randy Little 16-Ronny Hollingsworth
17-Terry Wilson 18-Tony Lawson 19-Jeff Smith 20-George McCain 21-Eddie
22-Danny Christian 23-Shawn Edwards 24-Tombo Callahan
The Mississippi Modified win went to Columbus driver Brian Rickman with
Jackson's Woody Shivers second and Caleb Myers with one of his better
finishes of the season. Meridian's Tracy Hudnall and Northport's David Eaton
completed the top five finishers.
Randy Bush of Caledonia won a hard fought Pro Street main event with Paul
Robinson and Bill Sudduth right behind at the finish line. The Street Stock
class continues to provide excitement that has made it a fan favorite among
many of the Columbus Speedway faithful. Terry King would take the win in a
wild finish that would see King and Lee Ray cross the finish line in
contact. Tempers flared after the thrilling event as the Street Stockers
continue to put on a great show every week. Jonathan Edwards was third
followed by Tim White and Chad Nickoles.
Scott Gable earned the Mini Stock victory over the 22-car field on hand.
Buddy Glover was second followed by Amory driver Tim Ritter, James Inmon,
and Robert Sanders. The Pro 4 cars went topless and Alabama's Tommy Brasher
took the win. James Blakney was runner up with newcomer Don Lacey in third.
Lloyd Jones and Jimmy Beachler rounded out the top five.
Columbus Speedway would also like to acknowledge the accomplishments of the
2001 Track Champions:
Super Late Models: Shawn Edwards-Louisville, MS
Pro Street: Bill Sudduth-Steens, MS
Mississippi Modified: Jason Hollis-Pickensville, AL
Street Stock: Lee Ray-Columbus, MS
Pro 4:James Blakney-Carrollton, AL
Mini Stock: Scott Gable-Cedar Bluff, MS
Cruiser: Richard Barton-Columbus, MS
Columbus Speedway will be in action with two big nights of racing this
weekend. The 12th Annual Magnolia State 100 is the biggest event ever held
at the speedway with the Super Late Model winner taking home $15,000. Action
will begin Friday night with Super Late Model qualifying races and
Mississippi Modified qualifying races. All other local division class will
be in action with main events. The weekend will culminate with a strong
Saturday night program that will consist of Super Late Model B-Main event
plus features in all divisions. The $15,000 to win 12th Annual Magnolia
State 100 will be the main event of the night in what is expected to be a
record crowd. An autograph session is scheduled for 6pm on Saturday evening
for the fans as well. Racing begins at 8pm each night.
For event information please call the Columbus Speedway event hotline at
662-241-5004 or visit the Columbus Speedway Internet home at www.MidSouthRacing.com.