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posted February 25, 2002 11:12 AM
Hibner, Clonch take Super Sunday Series openers
By J.M. Hallas
ABILENE, Texas (Feb. 24) - A driver from the Show-Me State is atop the early Modified standings, while a two-class specialist has the Stock Car points lead in the Day Motorsports Texas Super Sunday Series.
Lee Hibner of Chillicothe, Mo., and Tim Clonch of Quinlan captured series opening features at Abilene Speedway. Clonch was also second in the I.M.C.A. Sunoco Modified main, while runner-up honors in the I.M.C.A. Sunoco Stock Car show went to Kevin Sustaire.
Hibner and William Gould were the front-row starters and, after a start that went awry and sent David Elliott to the pits with a flat, it was Hibner who grabbed the lead on the green.
Lap nine had two-time defending series champion Henry Witt and Josh McGaha get together and spin while
battling for seventh and both went to the tail. At half-way Hibner and Clonch were easing away from the pack until a caution with a few circuits to go after Dulane Colcleasure spun from fifth place.
Hibner held off Clonch after the re-start to take the win, a mid-pack pile up shuffling the final finish
The finish was different in the Stock feature, as Clonch was able to pass leader Sustaire with three laps left.
Sustaire and Doug Lorenz took the green from row one. The early-going was tough for Jeff Turner, who got spun by one car and hit by another. He was forced to the pits and had to re-start at the tail, but still managed a credible 11th place finish.
The top five cars were pulling away by the mid-way point, when the caution came out for a black-flagged car that wouldn't exit. Clonch, who started in the fourth row, would go on to the win.
Next stops for the fourth annual series for Modifieds and Stock Cars are March 10 at Superbowl Speedway in Green-ville and March 24 at Boyd Raceway.
There are 14 dates in all for the Modifieds and 13 for the Stock Cars in the 2002 Texas Super Sunday Series. Drivers' 10 best finishes over the course of the series will be used in determining standings.
Modifieds race for $600 to win at each event, with $2,000 going to the series champion. Stocks race for $300 to win and a $1,000 series championship check.
Also winning Sunday features at Abilene were James Burrows in the I.M.C.A. Sprint Car division and Iowan Ken Bidwell in the I.M.C.A. Hobby Stocks.
Taking the lead from Dennis Smith just after the half-way mark, Burrows held Claud Estes III at bay for the checkers.
Bidwell took command early and won in front of Mary Hogue.
Modifieds - 1. Lee Hibner; 2. Tim Clonch; 3. Bobby Sliva; 4. Ray J. Doyon III; 5. Joey Whitehead; 6. Doug Hibbard; 7. Glen Allen; 8. Wesley Veal; 9. Dan Johnson; 10. Keith McCullough; 11. Billy Garza; 12. David Elliott; 13. G.W. Eg-bert; 14. Monty Douglas; 15. Henry Witt Jr.; 16. Josh McGaha; 17. Allen Williams; 18. Dulane Colcleasure; 19. Chris Watkins; 20. William Gould; 21. Ronny Sigman; 22. Dale Marriott; 23. Charlie Newton; 24. Dennie Gieber.
Stock Cars - 1. Tim Clonch; 2. Kevin Sustaire; 3. Duain Pritchett; 4. Mike Greer; 5. Tim Pyle; 6. Charlie Wilson; 7. Robert Ferron; 8. Paul Peters Jr.; 9. Jason Schoenberger; 10. Mark Mohon; 11. Jeff Turner; 12. Damon Murty; 13. Mark Jones; 14. Daniel Reed; 15. Gary Miller; 16. Daniel Davis; 17. Tom Earl III; 18. Kenny Timmons; 19. Pat Wilson; 20. Bob Sikes Jr.; 21. Charles Brewer; 22. Doug Lorenz; 23. Walter Freeman; 24. Craig Roberts.
Sprint Cars - 1. James Burrows; 2. Claud Estes III; 3. Russ Fletcher; 4. Dennis Smith; 5. Larry Crenshaw; 6. Elmer Morgan; 7. Benjamin Broyles; 8. Daniel Estes; 9. Benny Cordell; 10. James Broyles Sr.; 11. Bobby Elliott.
Hobby Stocks - 1. Ken Bidwell; 2. Mary Hogue; 3. Mitch Calvert; 4. Bill Richards; 5. Everett Keel; 6. Bob Horn; 7. Jeffrey Cox; 8. Paul Martin; 9. Danny Spencer; 10. Paul Sechrist; 11. Tommy Phillips; 12. John Jackson; 13. Jason Mur-ray; 14. Mark Maywald; 15. Rusty Sugardew; 16. Todd Bartlett.