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posted April 29, 2002 10:12 PM UIN: 16262997
Dewayne Smith Leads 3-Way Dance to Cleveland Checkers

The Super Late Models put on, by far, the best race of the season Saturday
night at Cleveland Speedway as Dewayne Smith sashayed to the head of a 3-way
dance to win his first race of the 2002 season. In the Claimer Late Model
division Chad Anderson took a late race lead to win the "A" Main feature. In
the Hobby division it was Kenny Scoggins taking the checkers. In the Pony
Stock feature Scott Ledford inherited his first win after a refusal of a
post race inspection by the apparent winner. And in the Street class Roy
Nichols went three in a row with the final checkers of the night.

A super fast track greeted the competitors for the Super Late Model;
Budweiser "King of Speed" Qualifying Time Trials. Smith clocked his "Car
City, Bradley Asphalt, Swift Enterprises" GRT Chevrolet Monte Carlo at a lap
of 14:355 seconds knocking off Todd Morrow from the fast-time seed. Smith
would be set against last weeks SLM winner Mike Tinker the third fastest
overall qualifier for the first of two heat races. Smith held off Tinker
collecting his first pole for the "A" Main feature in the process. Tinker,
and Chuck Tinker wound up second and third with P.D. Doss & Eddie Benefield
rounding out the top five. Morrow and Lamar Scoggins staged against one
another for the second heat race. Scoggins took the lead as Morrow slipped
back to second just in front of Tims. Scoggins held off Morrow as last weeks
fast qualifier Bobby Mayse raced into the top five in front of James Gamble.

As the field drag raced off of four, for the green of the 30 lap "A" Main
Feature, Scoggins stepped up to the high side and showed there was plenty of
dancing room as Smith dug towards the bottom of the track floor. The duo
diced post to post, wheel to wheel for just over the first half of the
feature. Scoggins lead laps 1, 4, 5, while Smith took shots of the top spot
under the flag stand on laps 2, 3, 6 and 7. Scoggins held a slew of laps
between 8 and 14 until Smith got back under on lap 15. One lap later caution
appeared to give the dancers a break, thus allowing Tinker to cut-in.
Scoggins didn't go away without a fight, minus breather and made the makings
of the 3-way battle spectacular. Benefield got crossed up on lap 17 in turn
two with Nathan Parris duplicating the effort two laps later slowing the
show. On the next restart Tinker got by Scoggins as the reigning points
leader faded from the dance with mechanical problems and one SLM piloted by
Tims steadily pressuring in what was to be the final song (battle) of the
race. Tinker attempts to reel in Smith just ran outta laps, as the checkers
waved and the yellow and black attack team cheered their driver for the
first time into victory lane. Tinker, Scoggins, Tims and Morrow collected
second thru fifth. Mayse, Doss, C. Tinker, Chris Powell and Benefield
rounded out the top ten.

Other Racing Results

Claimer Late Model Division: Winner - Chad Anderson (# 17) of Chattanooga
2.Glen Seaton III (# 92), 3.Bobby Doss (# 28), 4.Tim Gibson (# T3),
5.Dewayne Powell (# P17)

Hobby Division: Winner - Kenny Scoggins (# 34) of Cleveland TN
2.Dirk Carter (# 21), 3.Doug Works (# 35), 4.Chris Stewart (# 68),
5.Richard Dixon (# 3)

Pony Stock Division: Winner - Scott Ledford (# 32) of Cleveland TN
2. Roger Beavers (# 17), 3.Donald Forgey (# 71), 4.Danny Burnett (# 4),
5.James Beavers (# 03)

Street: Winner - Roy Nichols (# 00) of Cleveland TN (3rd Win in a Row)
2.Chad Holcomb (# T3), 3.Carlton Espy (# 32), 4.Jeff King (# K1),
5.Alex Nash (# 02)

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