posted May 28, 2002 01:05 PM
Breazeale Earns First 2002 Victory at Columbus Speedway
Columbus, Mississippi-Wild full moon racing returned to the Columbus Speedway high banks and as always excitement was abound with a strong Memorial Day weekend field of 120 cars packing the pit area. A Full Racing Program was the order of the night as part of the Columbus Speedway Weekly Racing Series.
The Super Late Model division would have Four Corners, Mississippi driver “The Ragin’ Rebel” David Breazeale take home his first win of the year driving his McGivney’s sponsored Tony Barker powered GRT Monte Carlo over the nineteen car field signed in to do battle. Breazeale would set fast time during MidSouthRacing.com Pole Qualifying with a lap of 14.73-seconds and Tombo Callahan would claim the outside front row after coming up shy of the quick time. Breazeale would draw a “0” for the field inversion factor and thus lead the field to take the green flag for the 30-lap main event. Breazeale would jump to an early lead where he would stay for the entire main event. Shawn Edwards would once again be on the prowl from fifth starting position and move into second place by mid race while bad luck struck Tombo Callahan again as he struggled with an ill handling car after suffering damage from an incident with a lapped car and slid back through the field. Edwards would begin to pressure Breazeale in the final third of the event with a three wide battle for third ongoing as Billy Frazier was the man on the move as he worked past Mark Stokes and Terry Wilson for his best and first podium finish of the year after starting seventh. Following Breazeale at the finish was reigning Track Champion Shawn Edwards and Northport’s Billy Frazier in third. Completing the top five was Vaiden’s Terry Wilson who maintains a slight eight point lead over Edwards in the CSWRS and Mark Stokes taking fifth place fending off Josh Fuller in a furious battle at the end of the event.
The Mississippi Modified class saw “The Untouchable” Jason Hollis of Ethelsville making a return to form as he picked up his second consecutive win over a fine field of open wheel racers in his DirtWorks racecar. Hollis would hold off brother Brian Hollis of Columbus for the entire event with Lee Ray finishing third as he also continues to remain atop the points in the Modified division. Caleb Myers would ride the rim and charge to fourth place in one of his better finishes of the year with Steen’s “Wild Bill” Sudduth returning to action after a few weeks absence with a fifth place finish.
The Pro Street racers put on a fantastic racing exhibition as Paul Ware would take the early lead while Thomas McReynolds and Frank Cox were all over Ware for the lead as two and three wide racing for the lead was the order of the night. The race raged on lap after lap as the leaders ran inches apart with Ware leading by inches at the flag stand with McReynolds challenging off the bottom groove. McReyonlds would finally take the lead on lap nine and go on to claim the extremely hard fought win with Ware of Cedar Bluff in second and Cox coming in third. Randol Harlow finished fourth while Jeremy Shaw took fifth place in the exciting event. Ware continues to lead the CSWRS Pro Street points race and stretched his lead to 58 points over Paul Robinson.
The Mini Stock division had a strong field of eighteen cars on hand and it was Vernon’s Buddy Glover returning to Victory Lane in his Mustang after a few weeks absence. Glover would have his hands full in the very competitive class as Caledonia’s Tommy Dove was all over Glover for the first half of the event. Toby Fikes was on the go and moved past Dove by lap eight and set his sights on Glover. Fikes would make a last lap move and challenge for the win but come up two car lengths short with Glover taking the checkers. Dove would claim third place with current CSWRS point’s leader Scott Gable finishing fourth and James Inmon of West Point brought his Mustang home for the fifth place position.
The Cruisers class put on a somewhat subdued show for the often times turbulent class as Joe and Rose Weeks of Columbus claimed the win in the feature event. Jeremy Robertson and Allen Hall earned themselves a second place finish with Craig Murray and Kenneth Roach of Columbus taking third place. Eugene Barton and his partner finished fourth while Brady Sanders and Josh Edwards charged hard all night long but came in fifth. The CSWRS points in the Cruiser division remains the same on top with the Bob Phillips and Donald Atkins team sitting atop the heap.
The Street Stock division was loaded with talent and competitors as a strong field of twenty eight cars were entered for their racing activities. The caution plagued 12-lap main event would have Columbus’ David Honeycutt take his pristine number 15 racecar to Victory Lane when the event was over as he is successfully returning to dirt racing and the Street Stock wars after racing on asphalt in the Birmingham area the last few years. Lee Ray of Columbus brought his battered mount across the stripe in second while Northport’s Jimmy Rogers and Richard West battled fiercely for the third place spot with Rogers claiming the final podium position. Wallace “Hollywood” Richardson worked his way to fifth place in the lengthy event and Richard West regained the CSWRS points lead as the top six drivers are separated by less than 100 points as the title chase could rage all year long as parity reigns in the Street Stock class.
The Pro 4 class has continued to grow in 2002 as nine cars were on hand in what has become an exciting feature event night after night over the last month. Northport’s David Goins made the move of the night with a daring last lap pass over leader Tommy Brasher in turns one and two and take the thrilling win. Following the battling leaders at the finish were Mickey McAlpin, Lynn Walker of Aliceville in fourth and David Prescott in fifth. Jimmy Beachler of Reform leads the points over James Blakney in the CSWRS title chase.
Columbus Speedway will host a USCS “Outlaw Thunder” plus a Full Racing Program on June 1st as part of the Columbus Speedway Weekly Racing Series. The special event will feature the United Sprint Car Series for the only 2002 appearance of the full sized winged outlaw sprint cars at the speedway. Top Sprint Car drivers from across the South are expected to be on hand. All local divisions will also be in action including having a 30-lap Super Late Model main event and action in the Heavy Metal local divisions. Event information for June 1st is grandstand gates open at 5pm with the driver’s meeting at 6:30; practice at 7:30pm; and racing at 8:00pm. Adult admission is $15 with children under 11 admitted free and pit passes are $25. 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.