posted April 27, 2003 09:04 AM
Jones captures first career Volunteer Super Late Model victory
By Robert Walden
BULLS GAP, Tenn. (April 26) – With scattered showers around the East Tennessee region threatening to wash out Saturday night’s racing program at Volunteer Speedway, Kerry Jones of Bristol made sure Mother Nature didn’t rain on his parade. Jones passed early race leader Jeff Maupin for the point on lap 11 of the 35-lap Super Late Model feature and never looked back en route to capturing his first career victory.
Mark Douglas and Maupin were slated to lead the 21-car field to the green flag from the front row, but Douglas’ fast-time of 13.602-seconds (105.870 mph) was all for naught. A stripped left-rear axle flange when he pulled onto the track to line up for the main event sent the pole-sitter to the rear of the field for the start, as he barely made it back onto the track for the green after his pit crew corrected the problem.
With Douglas tagging on the tail of the field for the start, Maupin and Lloyd Osborne brought the field to the green from row one. The duo raced door-to-door off into the first turn, but Osborne drifted high in turn two allowing Maupin to grab the lead racing down the backstretch. The top five in the running order to complete the opening lap were Maupin, Osborne, Jones, Dale Ball and Rick Norris.
Three cautions waved in the first 10 laps of the feature, with Troy Eads spinning in turn two on lap 2, Ken Hall spinning off turn four on lap 3, and Ron “Flea” Fleenor looping his ride in turn two on lap 8, which also collected Eads and Hall again, along with Anthony Arnwine.
The top five going back green were Maupin, Jones, Osborne, Ball and Norris. While the lead trio quickly put some distance between themselves and Ball and Norris, the battle for positions six back to eleven was worth the price of admission itself. Michael Jackson, Greg Burchett, Gusty Christenberry, Herman Goddard, Dave Burks and Douglas were running two- and three-wide all around the track.
But up front, Maupin had his hands full trying to hold back Jones, the 2000 Volunteer Speedway Super Late Model track champion. Getting a strong run on the bottom off turn four on lap 11, Jones grabbed a lead he would never relinquish.
Only one lap later, the battle for fourth between Ball and Norris heated up. Norris used a slide-job between turns one and two to move in front of Ball, and going into the third turn, Ball got into the rear of Norris sending him into the outside wall, with Ball also bouncing off the turn four wall to end the night for both.
With Jones riding on the point, he was trailed by Maupin, Osborne, Jackson and Burchett. Osborne dropped to the inside between turns three and four on lap 13 to move into the runner up position. Behind them Douglas was hooked up and haulin’ on the low-side, overtaking both Burks and Goddard to move from ninth to seventh on lap 14.
Christenberry was also making his move, passing Burchett for fifth in turn two on lap 18. But Douglas was coming. He dropped to the inside of Christenberry off the fourth turn on lap 19 to move into the fifth spot, and two laps later he passed Jackson to grab fourth.
With 10 laps to go, Jones and Osborne had stretched their advantage over Maupin and Douglas to a full straightaway. Douglas and Maupin made contact entering the third turn on lap 26, with Douglas sliding by to move into third place. And with the door open, Christenberry slipped by to take over fourth.
While Maupin was trying to bring home a top-five finish, Jackson also was in hunt of his second top-five run of the season. The issue was momentarily settled on lap 32, with Jackson passing Maupin in turn two to move into fifth.
A late-race caution on lap 33, brought out for a spin by Arnwine, tightened the field up for a dash to the checkers. But Jones, driving the Kerry Jones Trucking/Bigfoot Enterprises/Navigators Inc./Variety Mobile Homes/K.D. Moore Construction/Vic Hill Race Engines/Warrior Race Cars/No. 6 Monte Carlo – would not be denied his first-ever visit to victory lane. He held off Osborne, Douglas, Christenberry and Goddard for the win.
Completing the top-10 finishers were Jackson, Maupin, Burks, Burchett and Vic Chandler.
“It’s still kind of hard to really believe that I’ve finally broke through and won my first race,” said Jones with a smile on his face after climbing from his car in victory lane. “I have to admit that I’ve kind of got cold chill bumps on me. I’m telling you, it’s tough to win a feature here at Volunteer Speedway. On any given Saturday night, there are at least 10 to 12 cars that are legitimate contenders to win. We’ve had a good car all year, but tonight we finally got a little luck on our side. With these competitive fields of cars here, it sure does help to start up close to the front. Tonight I was able to qualify better than what I have all year, and the fewer cars you have to pass to get up front – the better your odds are of winning.
“We got our championship back in 2000 by recording consistent finishes, but this first win tonight sure is something special that I’ll never forget. I’ve run second to (Scott) Sexton, Vic (Hill), (Mark) Douglas, Gusty (Christenberry), (Dave) Burks and a few others, but until tonight that first victory had been very elusive. I sure hate my wife (Sharon) and kids (Rob and Maggie) weren’t here tonight to share in this victory, because they put up with a lot for me to race. My daughter was at her school prom tonight. I also need to give a lot of credit to my pit crew; Steve ‘Bozo’ Booher and John and Dan Estes, because they sure are a big part of this win tonight.”
Bluff City’s Shane Roberts, a 19-year-old rookie making only his sixth Limited Late Model start, jumped into the lead at the drop of the green flag and led the 25-lap feature flag-to-flag to capture his first career victory. At the checkers Roberts was followed by Rusty Goddard, Dale Ball, Clint Solomon and Greg Burchett.
Stanley Donahoo of Dandridge led a three-car breakaway at the finish to win his second UMP (Open-Wheel) Modified feature over Wayne James and Rodney Kiker. Finishing in fourth and fifth, respectively, were Skimp Henry and Chris Rickett.
Morristown’s Shannon Emery appeared well on his way to victory three weeks ago in the 25-lap Sportsman feature only to have a tire go down with the laps winding down. But tonight was his time to shine under the lights, as he rolled to the win over Tim Grindstaff, Jeff Mays, Bobby Mays and Danny Holt.
With $500 up for grabs to the winner of the 25-lap Hobby Stock feature, Bobby Mays of Jonesborough bolted into the lead at the drop of the green and held off Jon Cook for the victory. Finishing third through fifth, respectively, were R.J. Mays, Sonny Leatherwood and Troy Thompson.
Newport’s Scottie Hicks continues to be a dominant force in the 4-Cylinder division as he captured his fourth feature win over Lee Sauceman, Les Cox, William Knight and Tom Trivett.
“Saturday Night Live” at Volunteer Speedway will feature another exciting six-division racing program next Saturday, May 3. For more information, contact the track at (423) 235-5020. Also, weather permitting the track will hold “open practice” on Wednesday, April 30 from 2 p.m. until dark.
“DON SMITH FORD” SUPER LATE MODEL (35-laps)
Kerry Jones #6-Bristol, TN
Lloyd Osborne #11-Johnson City, TN
Mark Douglas #52-Knoxville, TN
Gusty Christenberry #c3-Seymour, TN
Herman Goddard #22-Knoxville, TN
Michael Jackson #Q3-Greeneville, TN
Jeff Maupin #11m-Greeneville, TN
Dave Burks #B1-Abingdon, VA
Greg Burchett #32w-Church Hill, TN
Vic Chandler #88-Weaverville, NC
Michael Smith #32-Rogersville, TN
Gary Blanken #05-Whitesburg, TN
Troy Eads #52e-Tazewell, TN
Anthony Arnwine #11a-Tazewell, TN
Joey McCoy #74-Franklin, NC
Dale Ball #25-Johnson City, TN
Rick Norris #15-Kingsport, TN
Ken Hall #44-Morristown, TN
Ron “Flea” Fleenor #X-Knoxville, TN
Travis Greer #11g-Marion, VA
Jerry Broyles #72-Jonesborough, TN
DNS: Brett Miller #47-Asheville, NC
“RAMEY FORD” LIMITED LATE MODEL (25-laps)
1) Shane Roberts #17s; 2) Rusty Goddard #42; 3) Dale Ball #2; 4) Clint Solomon #30; 5) Greg Burchett #32; 6) J. Allan #111; 7) Allen Perry #99
UMP MODIFIED (25-laps)
1) Stanley Donahoo #00; 2) Wayne James #4; 3) Rodney Kiker #7; 4) Skimp Henry #25; 5) Wayne Rader #8; 6) Chris Rickett #1; 7) Shannon Emery #95; 8) John Harrell #H19; 9) Shannon Greene #14x; 10) Jerry Williams Jr. #3; 11) Dwight Chitwood #15; 12) Dean Lewis #L2; 13) Ron Foshie #55; 14) Jim Van Den Heede #02; 15) Michael Asberry #2; 16) Jeff Estes #17; 17) Shane Bales #12; 18) Louis Hickey #74; 19) Chris Pendleton #15; 20) Danny James #J4; 21) Ricky Thornburg #00; 22) Arron Ogle #10a; DNS – Jerry Broyles #72
“BACHMAN-BERNARD” SPORTSMAN (25-laps)
1) Shannon Emery #91; 2) Tim Grindstaff #33; 3) Jeff Mays #19; 4) Bobby Mays #19m; 5) Danny Holt #05; 6) Joe “Dirt” Good #911; 7) Sammy Fugate #2f; 8) Jimmy Dean #78; 9) Jason Long #15; 10) Allen Carrier #51; 11) Tracy Wolfe #12; 12) Chris Carver #71; 13) James Gulley #34; 14) Terry Harris #H1; 15) Ben Harris #42
HOBBY STOCK (25-laps)
1) Bobby Mays #22; 2) Jon Cook #0z; 3) R.J. Mays #6m; 4) Sonny Leatherwood #20; 5) Troy Thompson #T12; 6) Mike Kelley #09; 7) Thomas Hutson #4; 8) Everett Cobb #13; 9) Dale Reed #52; 10) Johnny Lane #41L; 11) Todd Brooks #1; 12) Blake Kelly #K5; 13) Chris Kenyon #71; 14) Terry Cobb #31; 15) Sammy Fugate #2F; 16) Kevin Lacy #2; 17) Hugh “Wishbone” Scalf #56; 18) Dempsey Harold Jr. #09; 19) Ken Orton #33; 20) Robert Corbett #94; 21) Brad Kenyon #17; 22) Dwayne Sumner #14; 23) Chris Gregg #73; 24) Robert “Monk” Ledford #41
1) Scottie Hicks #14; 2) Lee Sauceman #04; 3) Les Cox #6; 4) William Knight #12; 5) Tom Trivett #5; 6) Ernie Atwell #94; 7) Ernie Stubblefield #21; 8) Toby Jones #66; 9) Allen Carrier #57; 10) Kevin Atwell #95; 11) Steve Wykle #12w; 12) Johnny Morris #22; 13) Richard McMahan #26; 14) Scott Thornton #7; 15) Terry Harris #2
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