BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA - On Saturday, May 17th JP Morgan a second season veteran of the Stock Car Championship Series (SCCS) took the opening race of the 2003 season. Morgan took the green flag from his pole position and after a few loose corners ...
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA - On Saturday, May 17th JP Morgan a second season veteran of the Stock Car Championship Series (SCCS) took the opening race of the 2003 season. Morgan took the green flag from his pole position and after a few loose corners showed the way to the rest of the field to the checker flag.
"The Barber Motorsports Park is a very technical track, I really enjoyed the challenge of this new venue", Morgan explained. "I'm an oval-track driver by all my experience, but I just think that this track is new to everybody I guess that we had everything put together for this race but it might be different for the next race."
The first lap of the race had intense battles through the first five corners resulting in the lots of position changes. The race ran green until a crash by Roger Reuse on lap 23.
Morgan finished 1.361 seconds over second place Chris Mitchum and 2.924 seconds over Marshall McLeod in third.
In the driver interview session second place finisher Chris Mitchum stated, "This was a wonderful weekend the spectators were on their feet as we came around the track proving that they do like stock cars in Alabama. I think that it's great that SCCS was the first professional spectator race at Barber Motorsports Park."
Official Results <pre> Fin # Driver Hometown Car Make Laps Status 1 11 JP Morgan Ether NC Chevrolet Monte Carlo 27 Active 2 6 Chris Mitchum Herndon VA Chevrolet Monte Carlo 27 Active 3 17 Marshall McLeod Raleigh NC Pontiac Grand Prix 27 Active 4 87 Danny Slack Thomasville NC Chevrolet Monte Carlo 27 Active 5 96 John Goodson Tallahassee FL Dodge Intrepid 27 Active 6 49 Barry Shipman Hueytown AL Chevrolet Monte Carlo 26 Active 7 79 Gary Coggins Chelsea AL Ford Taurus 26 Active 8 31 Ron Read Fairfax City VA Pontiac Grand Prix 25 Contact 8 19 Bob Davis Thaxton VA Chevrolet Monte Carlo 25 Contact 9 71 Steve Graham Salisbury NC Ford Taurus 21 Active 10 8 Roger Reuse Pelham AL Chevrolet Monte Carlo 21 Active 11 4 Brent Smith Chelsea AL Chevrolet Monte Carlo 17 Active 13 20 Edward DuCoin Cherry Hill NJ Chevrolet Monte Carlo 5 Mechanical 14 77 Matt Griffin Clermont FL Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2 Mechanical 15 22 Ron Fariss Lynchburg VA Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1 Mechanical
Time of Race: 50.59 Winner's Average Speed: 73.081 mph Margin of Victory: 1.361 seconds Fastest Lap of the Race: JP Morgan lap 22 at 1.35.560 (97 mph) Caution Flags: 2 Lap Leader: JP Morgan 1-27 Lead Changes: 0