Hardeeville Motor Speedway preview 2001-06-02

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. - Hardeeville Motor Speedway will be marching to "Pomp and Circumstance" this Saturday evening, as the track recognizes all 2001 graduates. It's time for summer vacation and HMS will admit those graduates with their caps from ...

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. - Hardeeville Motor Speedway will be marching to "Pomp and Circumstance" this Saturday evening, as the track recognizes all 2001 graduates. It's time for summer vacation and HMS will admit those graduates with their caps from graduation free of charge this Saturday evening. Drivers in the O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models, Legends Cars, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Xtreme Stock Cars hope to be able to throw their cap up in the air rejoicing after victory.

Hardeeville, S.C.-resident Chris Beach will be glad when the school year is finally over, so he can shift his concentration from the books to his O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Model. Currently, the 16-year-old junior at Thomas Heyward Academy has had no problems focusing on both at once. Beach has battled his way to Hardeeville Motor Speedway's Winner's Circle four times in the 2001 season. Beach is tied with Savannah's Tommy Porter Jr., with each driver having captured the checkered flag four times in the Late Model division. "Valedictorian" Porter leads the points standings by 50 points over Skeeter Godbee of Sylvania, Ga. Beach sits in third place, 97 points behind Porter.

Ellis Huggins of Richmond Hill, Ga. is taking the rest of the Street Stocks competitors to school. Huggins has won six of the eight races run this season, as well as capturing the "Hardeeville Millions" twice. Even after blowing his motor two weekends ago, Huggins returned this past Saturday to "teach" the field how determined and fierce a competitor he is by obtaining the victory.

The two top-ranking drivers in the Mini Stocks division both encountered their share of trouble this past weekend, making it possible for Marcus Dampier of Savannah to become a first-time winner at the speedway. Steven Moore still leads the points standings, after running out of gas under a caution period. Mark Terry fell to the third position, after making hard impact into the turn four wall during Saturday's running of the 25-lap feature race.

Grandstands open at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. The green flag waves at 5:30 p.m. for qualifying races. Feature races are set to begin at 7:30 p.m. Hardeeville Motor Speedway is located three miles southeast of I-95 on Highway 17. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, with reduced rates for seniors, military and children. Children under five are admitted free. Information is available at www.hardeevillespeedway.com or by calling (843) 784-RACE.

-HMS

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