posted April 20, 2003 09:01 AM
Hill completes Late Model sweep at Volunteer
By Robert Walden
BULLS GAP, Tenn. (April 19) – Before a huge crowd Saturday night at Volunteer Speedway, Vic “The Thrill” Hill of Johnson City decided he would be the star of the show. For the second time this season, Hill swept to not only the Super Late Model victory, but also to the win in the Limited Late Model feature as well by leading both events flag-to-flag.
With polesitter Lloyd Osborne (13.130-seconds … 109.674 mph) and Hill bringing the 20-car field to the green, Hill immediately launched into the lead. Back around at the stripe to complete the opening lap, Hill led Osborne, Kerry Jones, Jerry Broyles and Greg Burchett.
On the second lap the trio of Broyles, Burchett and Gusty Christenberry moved around both Jones and Osborne, dropping them back to fifth and sixth in the running order. The event’s first caution waved on lap 3 when Troy Eads and Jeremy Ledford tangled in the first turn.
The top five on the restart were Hill, Broyles, Burchett, Christenberry and Mark Douglas. With Broyles riding a strong mount he was working the bottom around the corners trying to peek the nose of his car under the leader Hill, while behind them Christenberry and Burchett were battling for third. On lap 5 racing into the first turn, Christenberry rode the high-line to briefly take the spot. But Burchett would not give in, as he roared back to reclaim the position on lap 7 racing off (turn) four.
With the tires on Broyles’ car beginning to give up, on lap 11 Burchett dove to the bottom entering the third turn to move into second. Broyles was now feeling pressure from Christenberry, Douglas and Osborne. While Broyles was trying to fend off Christenberry, Douglas and Osborne were running side-by-side for the fourth spot.
Close quarters racing among Broyles, Christenberry, Douglas and Osborne got even tighter on lap 18. Broyles looped his mount to bring out the yellow and moved Christenberry into third. But Christenberry’s ride in third was short-lived, as he slowed up high in turn four on lap 21 with a broken rear end to end his night. The race also ended during this caution period for the sixth-running Rick Norris, who parked his ride in the pits with oil pressure problems.
Going back green the race leader Hill had Burchett and Douglas in his rear view mirror. But out front all Hill saw was clear sailing. However, the battle for second was heating up. After running door-to-door for a lap and a half, Douglas grabbed the runner up spot from Burchett on lap 26 racing off the fourth turn.
Even a late-race caution for a spin by Jones, which set up a three-lap dash to the checkers couldn’t spoil Hill’s visions of celebrating in victory lane. There would be no denying Hill, driving the 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. He beat Douglas, Burchett, Osborne and Herman Goddard for his third Super Late Model win this season.
Completing the top-10 finishers were Michael Jackson, Jeff Maupin, Randy Davidson, Jones and Ron “Flea” Fleenor, with his best run to date.
“Hey, I guess it doesn’t get any better than this – to be able to come to the track and win both races,” said the race winner Hill in the pits following his sweep of the night’s Late Model racing action. “We’ve got both of our cars really working great right now. It’s really hard to be able to try different things on your car on race night with limited practice time, so we’ve attended the open practice sessions the track has held and experimented with some things on both cars. And I believe it’s paid off, because right now we’ve really got ‘em both dialed in.
“I need to thank David ‘Fatboy’ Bryant, Jason Lawson, Dennis Lowe, Tad Wynn, Tracy Ogle and Mackey ‘Mac Daddy’ Garrett for all their help with the cars. To be able to run as strong as we are right now, it takes well-prepared equipment. Some might like to think it’s all horsepower under the hood (and we do have strong motors in the cars), but more than anything it’s just good handling race cars.”
With Hill and Dale Ball starting from the first row in the 25-lap Limited Late Model feature, Hill quickly flexed his muscle in jumping out to a comfortable lead during the first 10 laps of the event. Cruising out front he never looked back in recording his second victory over Rusty Goddard, Clint Solomon, Shane Roberts and Ball.
Stanley Donahoo appeared headed to his second-straight UMP (Open-Wheel) Modified victory before a late-race tangle with a lapped car opened the door for Wayne James of Newport to capture his first win of the season over Wayne Rader and Danny James. Chris Rickett and Billy Palmer finished in fifth and sixth, respectively. The 25-lap event was marred by a 14-car pileup, which eliminated several top contenders.
Bean Station’s Danny Holt held off a hard-charging Bobby Mays to win the 25-lap Sportsman feature. Tim Grindstaff, Sammy Fugate and Chris Carver rounded out the top five.
The 20-lap 4-Cylinder feature was business as usual for Scottie Hicks of Newport. Hicks started from the pole position and led wire-to-wire for his third victory over Lee Sauceman, Les Cox, Kevin Atwell and Frank Dice.
Hartford’s Sonny Leatherwood passed Troy Thompson for the lead on lap 11 in the first of two 15-lap Hobby Stock features en route to his second win of the season. At the checkers he was followed by Duke Bare, Thompson, Eric Hux and Everett Cobb.
Robert “Monk” Ledford of Newport captured his first victory by holding off R.J. Mayes, Jon Cook, Robert Corbett and Brad Kenyon in the second Hobby Stock feature.
Another exciting six-division racing program is scheduled next Saturday, April 26. For more information, contact the track at (423) 235-5020. Also, weather permitting the track will hold “open practice” on Wednesday, April 23 from 2 p.m. until dark.
SUPER LATE MODEL (35-laps)
Vic Hill #1-Johnson City, TN
Mark Douglas #52-Knoxville, TN
Greg Burchett #32w-Church Hill, TN
Lloyd Osborne #11-Johnson City, TN
Herman Goddard #22-Knoxville, TN
Michael Jackson #Q3-Greeneville, TN
Jeff Maupin #11m-Greeneville, TN
Randy Davidson #28-Morristown, TN
Kerry Jones #6-Bristol, TN
Ron Fleenor #X-Knoxville, TN
Travis Greer #11g-Marion, VA
Michael Smith #32-Rogersville, TN
Anthony Arnwine #11a-Tazewell, TN
Shannon Thornsberry #17-Martin, KY
Troy Eads #52e-Tazewell, TN
Gusty Christenberry #c3-Seymour, TN
Rick Norris #15-Kingsport, TN
Tim Frye #03-Bulls Gap, TN
Jerry Broyles #72-Jonesborough, TN
Jeremy Ledford #3-Dalton, GA
DNS – Dale Ball #25-Johnson City, TN
LIMITED LATE MODEL (25-laps)
1) Vic Hill #1; 2) Rusty Goddard #42; 3) Clint Solomon #30; 4) Shane Roberts #17s; 5) Dale Ball #2; 6) Allen Perry #99; 7) Kip Pearson #00; 8) Garvy Pennington #22; 9) Richard Adkins #a18; 10) Brandon Mason #15; 11) J. Allan #111
UMP MODIFIED (25-laps)
1) Wayne James #4; 2) Wayne Rader #8; 3) Danny James #J4; 4) Chris Rickett #1; 5) Billy Palmer #36; 6) Jeff Estes #17; 7) Rodney Kiker #7; 8) Ron Foshie #55; 9) Jerry Williams Jr. #3; 10) Jim Van Den Heede #02; 11) Ricky Thornburg #00t; 12) Stanley Donahoo #00; 13) Dean Lewis #L8; 14) Shannon Greene #14x; 15) Greg Martin #24; 16) Jerry Broyles #72; 17) Kurt Owens #14; 18) Shannon Emery #95; 19) Terry Costner #18; 20) Louis Hickey #74; 21) Michael Asberry #2; DNS – Skimp Henry #25 & Marty Meade #38
1) Danny Holt #05; 2) Bobby Mays #19m; 3) Tim Grindstaff #33; 4) Sammy Fugate #2f; 5) Chris Carver #71; 6) Tracy Wolfe #12; 7) Allen Carrier #51; 8) Daniel Sauceman #1; 9) Shannon Emery #91; 10) Jeff Mays #19; 11) Joe “Dirt” Good #911; 12) Eddie Morris #34; 13) Jason Smelcer #J8; 14) Tony Mullinax #71m
1) Scottie Hicks #14; 2) Lee Sauceman #04; 3) Les Cox #6; 4) Kevin Atwell #95; 5) Frank Dice #44; 6) Runah Henry #39; 7) Chad Jeffers #38; 8) Tommy Trivett #5; 9) William Knight #12; 10) Allen Carrier #57; 11) Toby Jones #66; 12) Ernie Stubblefield #21; 13) Kenny Absher #11; 14) Ernie Atwell #94; 15) Scott Thornton #15; 16) Randy Lane #7
HOBBY STOCK (Feature #1 15-laps)
1) Sonny Leatherwood #20; 2) Duke Bare #B4; 3) Troy Thompson #T12; 4) Eric Hux #11; 5) Everett Cobb #13; 6) Gene Matthews #8; 7) Dale Reed #52; 8) Johnny Lane #41L; 9) Hugh “Wishbone” Scalf #56; 10) Adam Kelley #09; 11) Blake Kelley #K5; 12) Terry Cobb #31; 13) Dempsey Harold Jr. #09
HOBBY STOCK (Feature #2 15-laps)
1) Robert “Monk” Ledford #41; 2) R.J. Mayes #5m; 3) Jon Cook #0z; 4) Robert Corbett #94; 5) Brad Kenyon #17; 6) Dwayne Sumner #14; 7) Dana Ferrell #22; 8) Todd Brooks #1; 9) Chris Kenyon #71; 10) Ronnie Dugger #33; 11) Scott Lanford #8; 12) Wayne Busler #b00
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