posted April 29, 2002 10:11 PM
Wild Full Moon Action at Columbus Speedway!
Columbus, Mississippi-Action was as wild as ever as round 4 of the Columbus Speedway Weekly Racing Series is in the books. The night of “Full Moon Fury” that included a one hour interruption due to a substation power outage but a crowd pleasing night of high intensity racing action provided by the 124 top notch competitors in the pit area was the order of the night.
The Super Late Model action had twenty eight drivers of North Mississippi’s and West Alabama’s premier Super Late Model pilots signed in to take to the Columbus Speedway high banks and after MidSouthRacing.com Pole Qualifying had concluded the “Kosciusko Kamikaze” Anthony Rushing took fast time honors with a qualifying lap of 13.98-seconds that literally drew a rousing applause from the fans in the stands due to the no holds barred charge around the rim of the speedway. Rushing would draw a field inversion of “4” and would have to start from the outside second row with David Breazeale and Scott Dedwylder moving onto the front row and Steve Russell sharing the second row with Rushing.
Dedwylder would jump to an early lead from the front row with heavy pressure being applied from Breazeale. Steve Russell would begin to make one of the “Pontotoc Pirates” patented charges to the front and move into second as he and Dedwylder were nose to tail riding the cushion with Russell repeatedly grazing the turn one and two wall, resulting in showers of sparks flying into the air. The two leaders would soon incur heavy lapped traffic and Russell would take the lead on lap sixteen as Dedwylder got hung up behind a slower lapped car. Russell would check out and go on to take his second CSWRS victory of the year and third overall at Columbus Speedway in his Jeff Cooley Trucking and Rick’s Furniture sponsored Brown Engineering powered GRT Monte Carlo. Dedwylder of Vossburg would finish a strong second with newlywed David Breazeale in third. Rushing would finish fourth and Mark Stokes would make a major move though the field using the extreme low line around the track in his newly skinned hot rod. Rick Rickman maintained his CSWRS Point’s lead after a sixth place finish, with Tombo Callahan still sitting in second place and Terry Wilson holding third in the points standings. Also of note, Brown Engineering motors have been the power plant of choice to visit Victory Lane in the first four CSWRS events in 2002.
The Super Late Models will have a special event this Saturday night on May 4th as the O’Reilly Auto Parts MARS series rolls into Columbus Speedway for MARS Columbus CHAOS presented by Premier Ford and Lincoln Mercury.
The Pro Street division had a new face in the Winner’s Circle as Millport, Alabama’s Thomas McReynolds took his first win of the year stopping the recent tear by Frank Cox of Detroit, Alabama. McReynolds sliced through the field using the new Holley Pro Street Spec motor introduced for the 2002 season and would have to fend off a late race challenge from Cox who crossed the stripe a close second with an improving Jeremy Shaw taking home third place honors. Paul Ware of Cedar Bluff continued his string of steady performances with another top five finish and took over the CSWRS Point’s lead from Paul Robinson, while Mike Shaw rounded out the top five.
The Mini Stock division continued their weekly “thrill a minute” shows with Scott Gable of Cedar Bluff taking yet another win after fending off nemesis Buddy Glover for another close finish at the line. The race would see Amory’s Tim Ritter jump out to an early lead with Scott Gable hot in Ritter’s heels. Once again lapped traffic would come into play as Gable passed Ritter in traffic while erratic lapped traffic played a major role in the finish in the four-cylinder powered racecars division. Ritter’s strong run would end later in the event after making hard impact with the turn one wall after contact occurred with him and Glover while battling for second place. Ron “Rebel Yell” Wyers of Tuscaloosa earned a visit to the podium with a season best third place finish with Nick Deese trailing in fourth and Jason Wyatt rounding out the top five in the sixteen car field. The Mini Stocks will soon be featured in upcoming $500 to win “King of Spring” Championship event on May 11th.
The popular Street Stock division would see twenty five of the best Street Stockers in the Twin State area on hand and after another fiercely fought 12-lap main event it would be Danny Gable of West Point taking his first win in over three years after passing race long leader Rodney Gartman of Kennedy, Alabama on lap ten as Gable and Gartman would finish one-two. CSWRS Street Stock Point’s leader Scott Stripling of Ethelsville finished third and continues to be a front runner in the division in 2002. Richard West of Hamilton finished fourth and Jimmy Anderson was fifth in the Full Moon influenced event that included hot tempers and hard crashes including Lee Ray taking a rough ride on the backstretch while battling up front and incurring heavy damage as guest chauffer in the Harold Trimm ride.
The Mississippi Open Wheel Modified division saw “Midnight” Matt Price of Sulligent take his second win of the year in his Emergystat Ambulance sponsored Dirt Works Modified as Price went flag to flag in the 15-lap main event holding off “Flying Brian Rickman” who would make numerous looks below Price but would finish second. “The Wanted Man” Lee Ray of Columbus is now quickly adapting to his open wheeled machine and finished with a strong third place finish as the brother combo of Jason Hollis and Brian Hollis would round out the top five. Price regained the lead in the CSWRS title chase.
The Cruiser division was at full strength with twenty four tandem teams on hand for the “Only Strong the Survive” main event. The event would go without a red flag which is a departure from recent calamities that have been incurred and the winners were the team of Tracy Pickering and Randy Payne in their battle tested mount with Jimmy Brasfield and Joe Fondren in second. Bob Phillips and Donald Atkins took home another top five run with a third place finish with Jimmy McDaniel and Chris Monahan in fourth, and the Ralph, Alabama based team of Mike Minor and Robert Sanders in fifth.
The Pro 4 cars put on possibly one of the best shows of the evening as Tommy Brasher made his 2002 season debut in style as the Odenville, Alabama based driver made the long tow pay off to take a hard fought win as Brasher took the lead late in the event to claim the checkers. The leader for most of the event was James Blakney as he used the middle of the track and Jimmy Beachler battled side by side for the lead using the bottom with Brasher looking high and low. Blakney would spin during the battle for the lead late in the event and allow Brasher to pass Beachler who would finish second. Stuart Probst finished third with Steve Lowe fourth and Blakney eventually finishing fifth.
Columbus Speedway will host MARS Columbus Chaos next Saturday night May 4th as the O’Reilly Auto Parts Mid America Racing Series (MARS) rolls into town for their only Mississippi appearance on the 2002 tour with over $19,000 in prize money on the line for the Super Late Models. The program will feature MARS Qualifying Races, Last Chance Qualifiers, and a 40 lap main event. Plus all Columbus Speedway divisions will be in action as part of the 2002 Columbus Speedway Weekly Racing Series.
Event information for May 4th has grandstand gates opening at 5pm with the driver’s meeting at 6:30; practice at 7pm; and action at 7:30pm. Adult admission is $15 with children under 11 admitted free. Additional Columbus Speedway information can be found on the Columbus Speedway Internet home at www.midsouthracing.com or by calling the Columbus Speedway event hotline at 662-241-5004.