FARMINGTON, Mo. -- (Sept. 22, 2001) After finally finding his way to the victory lane the week before, Tommy Worley Jr. of Bismarck picked up his second consecutive sprint car feature win Saturday night at the St. Francois County Raceway. As ...
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- (Sept. 22, 2001) After finally finding his way to the victory lane the week before, Tommy Worley Jr. of Bismarck picked up his second consecutive sprint car feature win Saturday night at the St. Francois County Raceway.
As impressive as Worley Jr.^Òs rise to the top in the sprint car division has been, the meteoric rise toward the top of the sprint car world of Casey Barnhouse of Farmington has been most impressive. In his first four weeks in the seat of a sprint car, Barnhouse has finished no worse than eighth place and on this Saturday night he would push Worley Jr. for the top spot before settling for an impressive second place finish. Right behind the youngster in the feature was one of the original World of Outlaw competitors, Chuck Amatti, who finished in third place.
It had been 10-years since the sprint car legend graced the seat of a sprint before reportedly visiting the Jacksonville Ill. Raceway on Friday night and SFCR on Saturday.
Tom Busch finished in fourth place in the feature with another youngster, Timmy Moss of Fredericktown, taking fifth place. They were followed by John Epperson, Joey Montgomery, Jason Hunt, Steve Dean and Greg Burns. Moss won the first heat race with Adams second and Burns third. Worley Jr. won the second heat with Montgomery second and Terry Babb third. Barnhouse won the third heat with Dale Campbell second and Amatti third. Worley Jr. won the trophy dash with Moss second and Barnhouse third. Chris Urish was the winner of the ^ÓB^Ô main with Dean second and Jay Landolt third. In the Hobby Stock class, most of the time a 10th place finish in the feature will barely even get your name mentioned in the weekly press release, however Doug Savage of Farmington^Òs 10th place finish this week was good enough to give him the 2001 track championship at SFCR. Savage has been the model of consistency all season long and his reward came Saturday night. His closest competitor, Kenny Harris, finished 19th in the feature.
As lack-luster as those performances in the feature may have been, Chuck Adams continued his string of fantastic races during the past two months and picked up his fifth consecutive feature victory. Charlie Savage finished in second place with Jeremy Greenwalt third, Randy Forster fourth and Karl Francis fifth. They were followed by Billy Ames, Billy Mayberry, Kasey Nations, Chris Boyd and Doug Savage.
Boyd was the winner of the first heat with Mayberry second and Greenwalt third. Ames won the second heat with Charlie Savage second and Nations third. Adams won the third heat with Harris second and Forster third. Harris won the dash with Boyd second and Adams third. Kenny Kennedy won the ^ÓB^Ô main with Jim Swift second.
In the Modified class, Greg Gross of Scott City picked up a triple crown (winning his heat, trophy dash and feature). In the feature Gross crossed the finish line first with Tim Hill second, Billy Smith third, Mike Crader fourth and Eric Mabery fifth. They were followed by Brent Thompson (the 2001 track champion of the class), Danny Resinger, Bob Waterhouse, Tim Radford and Randy Forster.
Forster won the first heat with Resinger second and Waterhouse third. Hill won the second heat with Smith second and Chris England third. Gross won the third heat with Crader second and Mabery third. Gross then won the trophy dash with Smith second and Hill third.
The Mini Stocks of the Doe Run Raceway also made their second and final appearance of the season Saturday night and Karl Bellew of Farmington picked up a triple crown.
In the feature Bellew held off the challenge of Marty Boyer of Potosi for the win. Keith Buckley finished in third place with Jathon Cruse taking fourth and Terry Harris fifth. They were followed by Kenny Bequette, Les Lawson, Chuck White, Chris Boyer, and Darryl Dickerson.
Bellew won the first heat with Harris second and Bequette third. Marty Boyer won the second heat with Buckley second and White third. Bellew won the trophy dash with Marty Boyer second and Harris third.
Next Saturday night is the scheduled season-finale at the St. Francois County Raceway with the Missouri/Illinois Clash. The winning driver in the sprint feature will pocket $5,000.
The annual St. Francois County Raceway awards banquet is set for Nov. 18th at the Dugout Sports Bar in Farmington at 4 p.m.