Short Track Nationals final results 2004-10-30

Wright Races from 15th to Snare $15K in STN Finale LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 30, 2004) -- Gary Wright pocketed $15,000 the hard way at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway Saturday night, charging all the way from the 15th starting slot to win the...

Wright Races from 15th to Snare $15K in STN Finale

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 30, 2004) -- Gary Wright pocketed $15,000 the hard way at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway Saturday night, charging all the way from the 15th starting slot to win the 17th Annual Team Affiliated Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires 40-lap finale. The triumph marked the accomplished Sprint Car shoe's unprecedented fourth STN win.

Wright assumed the point on the 37th round when pacesetter Sammy Swindell slowed on the backstretch with a broken driveline, just four laps after Shane Stewart flipped out of contention after briefly capturing the lead from Swindell.

"This has to be about my favorite place to race, and everybody is always so good to us here, we do appreciate it," an enthused Wright commented in the I-30 Speedway victory lane that he graces frequently. "I thought we had something for Sammy then I bobbled a time or two there in three and four. I really don't know if we had time to catch him or not, maybe we could have but I'm not sure. But then he broke and it worked out well for us."

While Thursday and Friday preliminary feature winners Lewis Jenkins, Jr., and Swindell, along with runners-up Stewart and Jerrod Hull were locked into the STN finale, 86 additional drivers battled for Saturday night's sixteen remaining starting slots.

Wright had his work cut out for him. While he won the sixth heat race from the pole position, he still missed the cut to the A Main with only the top-ten earners in passing points awarded feature starting berths. Wright then raced his way into the feature by winning the first of three B Mains. Then the charge was on for the Hooks, TX, ace.

As Wright gridded the feature in 15th, Swindell started from the pole position after a convincing victory over Stewart, Hull and Jenkins in the 6-lap Pack's Dash for Cash. Swindell outgunned Stewart to snare the lead at the drop of the green flag, with Hull, Jenkins and sixth-starter Tim Montgomery racing behind the lead duo in the early rounds. Joey Montgomery, who topped the evening's passing points chase by racing from seventh to win his heat race on the final lap, was the race's first casualty when forced pitside with a broken bird-cage just two laps into the race after starting fifth.

With the opening 26 rounds run in frantic non-stop fashion, Swindell held off an ever-present Stewart for the lead. As the pair raced through lapped traffic that came into play after just seven rounds, Stewart closed in on Swindell's rear bumper on several occasions, only to have the veteran slip away to a several car-length advantage.

Meanwhile, Wright was slicing through the stout field, cracking the top ten by the fifth round. Wright had moved up to eighth by then tenth lap, then advanced to sixth five laps later. Wright was still sixth behind Swindell, Stewart, Hull, Tim Montgomery and Jenkins when the race's first caution flew for Darren Stewart's disabled mount in turn four after 26 laps.

Back under way, Wright quickly took fifth from Jenkins, who was desperately forging onward despite a flat left rear tire. Two laps later, Wright picked up another position when Montgomery was squeezed into the front stretch wall while trying to battle past Hull for third, precipitating another caution as eighth-runner Danny Wood and Sam Hafertepe, Jr. were collected in the fracas as well. Montgomery was done for the night, while Wood and Hafertepe rejoined the chase.

Following a caution for Brian Brown's stalled mount on the 30th lap, Stewart turned up the heat on Swindell. Pushing the cushion to its limit, Stewart battled past Swindell to take command as the pair raced off turn four to complete the 32nd round.

Stewart's lead was short-lived however, as he tripped over the perilous cushion in turns one and two and tumbled off the embankment. Attempts were made to repair the machine for further action, but additional gremlins after the car re-fired sent the No. 4m pitside for the night in it's final outing.

Swindell led the way on the restart with a pair of lapped cars between himself and Wright, who had overtaken Hull for position just prior to Stewart's miscue. Wright fought past the lapped cars and was reeling in the leader when Swindell suddenly lost power as he exited turn two on the 37th round, handing the lead to Wright.

Wright charged to the checkered flag unchallenged over the final three rounds to capture the hard-earned victory aboard the Wesmar-powered Southwest Express/The Shop/Richwood Construction No. 9 Maxim.

Hull fought off a resurgent Wood to snare the runner-up position aboard the Wesmar-powered No. 50 Rich DeReu entry, with Wood settling for the show position in the Wells-powered Harvill Industries No. 44 Eagle after starting 19th.

Brian Brown overcame his lap-30 miscue to claim fourth, with Ernie Ainsworth earning an impressive fifth place finish. Jenkins, who replaced his flat left rear tire after Stewart's tumble, was the final car on the lead lap in sixth, with Kelly Kinser, Nick Smith, 16th-starter Derek Drown and 17th-starter Hafertepe completing the top ten.

Heat race victories were claimed by Brown, Jody Roland, Darren Stewart, Ainsworth, Kenny Coke, Wright, Tim Montgomery, Joey Montgomery, Hafertepe and Marshall Skinner.

Jason Johnson, D.J. Masner and Travis Rilat each snared "C" Feature victories, with Wright, Drown and Hafertepe victorious in "B" Main action.

Claud Estes took an easy flip in the evening's opening heat race, while Billy Alley's night ended when he slammed into Josh Higday in turn four and took a tumble in the fifth heat race. Matt Folstad later hooked the turn four cushion and flipped in the first "C" Main. There were no injuries.

A total of 98 cars competed over the course of three nights of 17th Annual Team Affiliated Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires racing action.

Results:

First Heat (10 Laps): 1. #21b Brian Brown, 2. #33b Josh Baker, 3. #44 Danny Wood, 4. #1k Kevin Swindell, 5. #7a Johnny Anderson, 6. #38 Rick Pringle, 7. #15g Robert Gant, 8. #74e Claud Estes. Disqualified: #15b Jim Bowden (failed to report to scales after finishing second).

Second Heat (10 Laps): 1. #4r Jody Roland, 2. #10t Terry Gray, 3. #77a Andy Goin, 4. #36s Sammy Stuart, 5. #40g Clint Garner, 6. #46 Jan Howard, 7. #29t Travis Rilat, 8. #88 Mike Ward, 9. #5 Eric Lutz.

Third Heat (10 Laps): 1. #91 Darren Stewart, 2. #20k Chad Kemenah, 3. #11J Paul Sides, 4. #40r Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 5. #94J Wayne Johnson, 6. #87JR Steven Tiner, 7. #1h Matt Folstad, 8. #5g Brett Golik, 9. #46a Arlen Stewart.

Fourth Heat (10 Laps): 1. #8a Ernie Ainsworth, 2. #87 Tim Crawley, 3. #57 Roger Crockett, 4. #86s Eric Schrock, 5. #41 Jason Johnson, 6. #d1 D.J. Masner, 7. #44c Ronny Howard, 8. #61a Toby Brown, 9. #1* Kent Buckley.

Fifth Heat (10 Laps): 1. #24w Kenny Coke, 2. #97 Kelly Kinser, 3. #15s Nick Smith, 4. #35 Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. #24J Josh Higday, 6. #9c Kenny Conrad, 7. #22 Billy Alley, 8. #71 Robert Bell. DNS: #27 Wesley Hale.

Sixth Heat (10 Laps): 1. #9 Gary Wright, 2. #26 Derek Drown, 3. #0 Wade Oliver, 4. #1z Dusty Zomer, 5. #21r Raymond Stull, 6. #7m Kevin Ramey, 7. #65 Skip Wilson, 8. #11t Bennie Chesteen, 9. #77p Scott Pursell.

Seventh Heat (10 Laps): 1. #23x Tim Montgomery, 2. #X Chuck Swenson, 3. #45 Josh Howard, 4. #51 Lee Sowell, 5. #71J Johnny Miller, 6. #4t Justin Sturch, 7. #11p Preston Peebles II, 8. #33c Jon Corbin.

Eighth Heat (10 Laps): 1. #21c Joey Montgomery, 2. #21t Ray Allen Kulhanek, 3. #3 A.G. Rains, 4. #40x Chad Jones, 5. #12x Robbie Standridge, 6. #2d Mitchell Moore, 7. #2m Bryce Vowan, 8. #d12 Christopher Sloan.

Ninth Heat (10 Laps): 1. #15h Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 2. #00m Danny Martin, Jr., 3. #47 Dale Howard, 4. #86 Buster Dickerson, 5. #8 Zach Pringle, 6. #59 Dex Eaton, 7. #19 Joe McCarthy, 8. #5k Jerry Kamer.

Tenth Heat (10 Laps): 1. #26k Marshall Skinner, 2. #18 Tony Bruce, Jr., 3. #7r Ricky Logan, 4. #1gm Eddie Gallagher, 5. #4a Kenny Adams, 6. #10h Richard Herring, 7. #96 Mark Harrison, 8. #5p Skip Andrews.

First C Feature (12 Laps): 1. #41 Jason Johnson, 2. #65 Skip Wilson, 3. #10h Richard Herring, 4. #19 Joe McCarthy, 5. #61a Toby Brown, 6. #15b Jim Bowden, 7. #44c Ronny Howard, 8. #1* Kent Buckley, 9. #d12 Christopher Sloan, 10. #71J Johnny Miller, 11. #8 Zach Pringle, 12. #1h Matt Folstad. DNS: #71 Robert Bell, #22 Billy Alley.

Second C Feature (12 Laps): 1. #d1 D.J. Masner, 2. #7m Kevin Ramey, 3. #59 Dex Eaton, 4. #4t Justin Sturch, 5. #11p Preston Peebles II, 6. #88 Mike Ward, 7. #15g Robert Gant, 8. #9c Kenny Conrad, 9. #96 Mark Harrison, 10. #11t Bennie Chesteen, 11. #5k Jerry Kamer, 12. #27 Wesley Hale, 13. #5 Eric Lutz.

Third C Feature (12 Laps): 1. #29t Travis Rilat, 2. #2m Bryce Vowan, 3. #38 Rick Pringle, 4. #33c Jon Corbin, 5. #2d Mitchell Moore, 6. #77p Scott Pursell, 7. #46a Arlen Stewart, 8. #21r Raymond Stull, 9. #4a Kenny Adams, 10. #74e Claud Estes, 11. #12x Robbie Standridge, 12. #5p Skip Andrews. DNS: #5g Brett Golik.

Pack's Dash for Cash (6 Laps): 1. #1 Sammy Swindell ($500), 2. #4m Shane Stewart ($250), 3. #50 Jerrod Hull ($150), 4. #1J Lewis Jenkins, Jr. ($100).

First B Feature (12 Laps): 1. #9 Gary Wright, 2. #20k Chad Kemenah, 3. #47 Dale Howard, 4. #41 Jason Johnson, 5. #1z Dusty Zomer, 6. #26k Marshall Skinner, 7. #46 Jan Howard, 8. #21t Ray Allen Kulhanek, 9. #65 Skip Wilson, 10. #7r Ricky Logan, 11. #11J Paul Sides, 12. #24J Josh Higday, 13. #77a Andy Goin. DNS: #1gm Eddie Gallagher.

Second B Feature (12 Laps): 1. #26 Derek Drown, 2. #44 Danny Wood, 3. #40r Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 4. #00m Danny Martin, Jr., 5. #87 Tim Crawley, 6. #57 Roger Crockett, 7. #7m Kevin Ramey, 8. #36s Sammy Stuart, 9. #d1 D.J. Masner, 10. #94J Wayne Johnson, 11. #35 Hunter Schuerenberg, 12. #33b Josh Baker. DNS: #51 Lee Sowell, #7a Johnny Anderson.

Third B Feature (12 Laps): 1. #15h Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 2. #1k Kevin Swindell, 3. #45 Josh Howard, 4. #40x Chad Jones, 5. #87JR Steven Tiner, 6. #3 A.G. Rains, 7. #X Chuck Swenson, 8. #40g Clint Garner, 9. #2m Bryce Vowan, 10. #86 Buster Dickerson, 11. #18 Tony Bruce, Jr., 12. #86s Eric Schrock, 13. #0 Wade Oliver, 14. #29t Travis Rilat.

17th Annual Team Affiliated Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires "A" Feature (40 Laps -- Starting Position in Parentheses):

1. #9 Gary Wright (15) [$15,000], 2. #50 Jerrod Hull (3) [$7,500], 3. #44 Danny Wood (19) [$3,000], 4. #21b Brian Brown (8) [$2,500], 5. #8a Ernie Ainsworth (11) [$2,000], 6. #1J Lewis Jenkins, Jr. (4) [$1,950], 7. #97 Kelly Kinser (13) [$1,925], 8. #15s Nick Smith (14) [$1,900], 9. #26 Derek Drown (16) [$1,875], 10. #15h Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (17) [$1,850], 11. #4r Jody Roland (10) [$1,825], 12. #1k Kevin Swindell (20) [$1,800], 13. #1 Sammy Swindell (1) [$1,775], 14. #4m Shane Stewart (2) [$1,750], 15. #23x Tim Montgomery (6) [$1,725], 16. #10t Terry Gray (7) [$1,700], 17. #91 Darren Stewart (9) [$1,700], 18. #20k Chad Kemenah (18) [$1,700], 19. #24w Kenny Coke (12) [$1,700], 20. #21c Joey Montgomery [$1,700].

-lw-

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Johnny Miller , Buster Dickerson , Kevin Swindell , Sammy Swindell , Preston Peebles , Brian Brown , Shane Stewart , Travis Rilat , Kenny Adams , Nick Smith , Dex Eaton , Wayne Johnson , Hunter Schuerenberg , Kevin Ramey , Tim Crawley , Chad Kemenah , Roger Crockett , Ray Allen Kulhanek , Jason Johnson