posted April 06, 2003 09:07 AM
Hill sweeps Volunteer Late Model action in convincing fashion
By Robert Walden
BULLS GAP, Tenn. (April 5) – Volunteer Speedway kicked off its 2003 weekly points season Saturday night, and Vic “The Thrill” Hill of Johnson City decided to do a little housecleaning. Hill brought out the broom to sweep to not only the Super Late Model win, but also to record the Limited Late Model victory as well.
Hill set fast-time to earn the pole position for the 35-lap event, and at the drop of the green flag he launched into a lead he would never relinquish. As the 19-car field crossed the stripe to complete the opening lap, Hill was followed by Mark Douglas, Michael Jackson, Randy Davidson and Kerry Jones.
After an early-race caution on lap 6 for a spin by Steve Smith, the race ran clean and green to the checkers. Hill was setting a blistering pace around the high-banked, 4/10-mile oval, pulling out to a nine car-length advantage over Douglas by lap 15 when he starting lapping his way up through the field. Douglas closed the gap to a couple of car lengths on occasion, but once Hill maneuvered his way around the slower cars he would once again began to put some real estate between his EcoQuest Intl./Landair Trucking/Kia of Blueridge, Ga., & Murphy, N.C./Lowe Trucking/Four Seasons Realty/Vic Hill Race Engines & Parts/GRT Race Cars/No. 1 Monte Carlo, and Douglas.
With 10 laps remaining and Hill in command up front over Douglas, and Jackson riding all alone in third feeling no pressure, the battle from fourth back to eighth was intense. Jones, Jeff Maupin, Davidson, Gusty Christenberry and Lloyd Osborne swapped positions on several occasions. But down the stretch it was all Hill, as he recorded the $1,000 victory over Douglas, with Jackson, Jones and Maupin rounding out the top-five.
Completing the top-10 finishers were Christenberry, Davidson, Osborne, Dale Ball and Greg Burchett.
“First of all I want to dedicate these victories tonight to Calvin Cheek and his family, as they are going through a hard time right now with the recent tragic passing of Calvin’s son Ray,” said Hill after climbing from his car in Victory Lane. “Both Calvin and Ray meant a lot to me earlier in my racing career as they let me drive a Late Model they owned, and in recent years I still built the engines they ran in their cars. I know Calvin and his family are hurting right now, and I just want to let them know that they are in my thoughts and I wish them the very best in working through this.
“Man, tonight I had not only one – but two really good racecars. I guess it’s occasions like this why racers race, because it’s all about winning. No one really remembers who ran second, but they sure can tell you who won. To be able to come out and run competitive with the strong fields of cars here at Volunteer Speedway, you’ve got to have well prepared equipment. And I’d like to thank the guys who help me work on my cars to make this all possible: Jason Lawson, Dennis Lowe, Tad Wynn, Tracy Ogle and Mackey ‘Mac Daddy’ Garrett.”
After two ill-fated attempts to get the 25-lap Limited Late Model feature under green, the third time proved to be the charm. Hill jumped into the lead over Rusty Goddard, Jeff Maupin, Clint Solomon and Dale Ball. While Hill had Goddard glued to his rear bumper in the early going, Ball dropped Solomon back to fifth in the running order on lap 4 with a pass in turn two. Goddard’s pursuit of Hill for the lead ended on lap 8 when he spun between turns one and two to bring out the caution.
Maupin, Ball and Solomon each moved up a position, while “young gun” Shane Roberts cracked the top-five. Only one lap back under green and Maupin’s race would end as he slowed with mechanical problems between turns three and four, slowly coasting down the front straightaway and into the turn one pit entrance.
Even though Ball took over the runner-up position, he would never be able to mount a serious charge to try and chase down Hill for the lead. Hill comfortably captured the victory over Ball, Solomon, Roberts and Bobby Giffin. Completing the top-10 finishers were Kerry Jones, J. Allan, Goddard, Ricky Moore and John Glowen.
Bobby Mays of Jonesborough passed early race leader Shannon Emery to take over the point on lap 13 in the 25-lap Sportsman feature, and once out front, he cruised to victory over Emery, Jeff Mays, Tim Grindstaff and Sammy Fugate.
Greeneville’s “Rockin’ ” Rodney Kiker opened defense of his 2002 UMP (Open-Wheel) Modified track championship by holding off Wayne James, Stanley Donahoo, Jerry Broyles and Shannon Emery to capture the victory in the 25-lap feature.
Scottie Hicks of Newport started from the pole position in the 20-lap 4-Cylinder feature, and when the checkered flag waved he was parked in victory lane. At the finish Hicks was trailed by Scott Thornton, Kevin Atwell, Ernie Stubblefield and Les Cox.
Meadowview, Va.’s Duke Bare grabbed the lead from R.J. Mayes with only four laps remaining in the 15-lap Hobby Stock feature and never looked back in recording the victory over Mayes, Jon Cook, David Waycaster and Monk Ledford.
Weather permitting the track will hold “open practice” on Wednesday, April 9 from 2 p.m. until dark. And another exciting six-division racing program is scheduled next Saturday, April 12. For more information, contact the track at (423) 235-5020.
SUPER LATE MODEL (35-laps)
Vic Hill #1-Johnson City, TN
Mark Douglas #52-Knoxville, TN
Michael Jackson #Q3-Greeneville, TN
Kerry Jones #6-Bristol, TN
Jeff Maupin #11-Greeneville, TN
Gusty Christenberry #c3-Seymour, TN
Randy Davidson #28-Morristown, TN
Lloyd Osborne #11-Johnson City, TN
Dale Ball #25-Johnson City, TN
Greg Burchett #32w-Church Hill, TN
Ken Hall #44-Morristown, TN
Brett Miller #5-Asheville, NC
Ron Fleenor #X-Knoxville, TN
Rick Norris #15-Kingsport, TN
Michael Smith #32-Rogersville, TN
Tim Frye #03-Bulls Gap, TN
Vic Chandler #88-Weaverville, NC
Steve Smith #555-Asheville, NC
Travis Greer #11g-Marion, VA
LIMITED LATE MODEL (25-laps)
1) Vic Hill #1; 2) Dale Ball #2; 3) Clint Solomon #30; 4) Shane Roberts #17s; 5) Bobby Giffin #97; 6) Kerry Jones #6; 7) J. Allan #111; 8) Rusty Goddard #42; 9) Ricky Moore #75; 10) John Glowen #1x; 11) Justin White #02; 12) Randall Self #91; 13) Richard Adkins #a18; 14) Jeff Maupin #11; DNS – Allen Perry #99
1) Bobby Mays #19; 2) Shannon Emery #91; 3) Jeff Mays #19m; 4) Tim Grindstaff #33; 5) Sammy Fugate #2F; 6) Tracy Wolfe #12; 7) Jessee Adkins #38; 8) Allen Carrier #51; 9) Chris Carver #71; 10) Jeff Fox #11; 11) Joe Dirt #911; DNS – Tony Mullinax #71m
UMP MODIFIED (25-laps)
1) Rodney Kiker #7; 2) Wayne James #4; 3) Stanley Donahoo #00; 4) Jerry Broyles #72; 5) Shannon Emery #95; 6) Chris Rickett #1; 7) Wayne Rader #8; 8) Kurt Owens #14; 9) John Harrell #H19; 10) Skimp Henry #25; 11) Danny James #J4; 12) Jason Altiers #2; 13) Ray Wilmoth #24; 14) Terry Costner #18; 15) Chris Brady #77; 16) Dean Lewis #L2; 17) Jerry Williams Jr. #3; 18) Ron Foshie #55; 19) Jim Van Den Heede #02; 20) Duke Lowe #55; 21) Donnie Adams #1; 22) Shannon Greene #14x; 23) Louis Hickey #74; DNS – Marty Meade #38
1) Scottie Hicks #14; 2) Scott Thornton #15; 3) Kevin Atwell #95; 4) Ernie Stubblefield #21; 5) Les Cox #6; 6) Ernie Atwell #94; 7) Randy Lane #7; 8) Allen Carrier #57; 9) Toby Jones #66; 10) Lee Sauceman #04; 11) Kenny Absher #11; 12) Tommy Trivett #5; 13) Johnny Morris #22; 14) Frank Dice #44; 15) Danny Tate #91: DNS – Rodney Kiker #17, Kurt Owens #7up, Cheyenne Kite #9
HOBBY STOCK (15-laps)
1) Duke Bare #B4; 2) R.J. Mayes #6m; 3) Jon Cook #0z; 4) David Waycaster #69; 5) Monk Ledford #41; 6) Thomas Hutson #4; 7) Robert Corbett #94; 8) Everett Cobb #13; 9) Blake Kelley #K5; 10) Eugene Matthews #5; 11) Johnny Lane #41L; 12) Ronnie Dugger #33; 13) Adam Kelley #09; 14) Troy Thompson #T12; 15) Todd Brooks #1; 16) Harry Eleas #56e; 17) Michael Davis #D5; 18) Brad Kenyon #17; 19) Chris Kenyon #71; 20) Dana Ferrell #22; 21) Hugh “Wishbone” Scalf #56; 22) Josh Wall #J5; 23) Chris Gregg #73; 24) Sonny Leatherwood #20; DNS – Eric Hux #11
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