Hardeeville race report 2001-07-04

Hardeeville Motor Speedway Created Lots of Fireworks this Fourth of July HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (July 4, 2001) - The Hilton Head Island Honda Fourth of July Extravaganza at Hardeeville Motor Speedway 'went off' without a hitch, as well as the...

Hardeeville Motor Speedway Created Lots of Fireworks this Fourth of July

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (July 4, 2001) - The Hilton Head Island Honda Fourth of July Extravaganza at Hardeeville Motor Speedway 'went off' without a hitch, as well as the fireworks that concluded the evening. A live concert by notable local artist Michelle Murray and an attempted world record jump set by professional motorcycle jumper Sky Lungston were also part of the evening's festivities, which were preceded by nine exciting races on the 1/3-mile track.

The Xtreme Stock Cars took to the track first starting out Hardeeville Motor Speedway's night of excitement. Tim Dasher dashed out to the early lead with the No. 5 car of Don Dean and the No. 84 car of Bob Gossett fighting for the second position. Christie Anderson, one of only two women competing in the Xtreme stock division left the track on lap seven without explanation. At the checkered flag Tim Dasher of Bluffton, S.C. crossed the finish line first capturing his second victory of the 2001 season and maintaining the points lead. Don Dean of Sheldon, S.C. took the second position while Donnie Cannon of Rincon, Ga. took the third position.

The second feature race of the night featured the Bandolero Cars with young up and coming drivers taking the wheel. Four cars fought for the lead with the No. 15 car of Nicholas Haidon and the No. 8 car of Zack Tysinger leaving the track early due to mechanical difficulties. When the remaining cars reached lap 20, the No. 19 machine of Adam Gay crossed the finish first. Travis Pennington of Winston, Ga. was a close second.

Open Wheel Modifieds kept the excitement strong with an early race incident forcing officials to throw the red flag. The No. 3 car of Dusty Lee Garus spun in turn three on the first lap of the race leaving no room for the No. 9 car of Richard Branton to avoid an incident. When green flag racing resumed, a five-lap shootout remained. Raef Judd in his No. 34 car captured the win with Dan Schultz posting a second position finish.

Street Stocks came on strong with nine cars competing for the victory purse. A lap 12 spin in turn two by car No. 59 of James Beckett from Ridgeland, S.C. slowed the field for the feature's first caution flag. The No. 91 of Ellis Huggins, a six-time victor in 2001, used the first half of the race to gain five positions to ride in the second position before the first caution. Rick 'the Bounty' Hunter started the race on the pole and displayed patriotic colors in his No. 4 red, white and blue entry. On lap 12, Ellis Huggins claimed the lead from Glen Mappus who went to the inside of the track for mechanical problems, forcing the second yellow-period of the event. The weather did not cooperate with the racing festivities forcing the Hardeeville Motor Speedway officials to delay the action to allow tow trucks to attempt to dry the damp track. Five cars completed the 20-lap race, and when the checkered flew, Ellis Huggins claimed his seventh win of the season. The July 4th special of Rick Hunter crossed second, with the No. 5 of Jefff Merritt crossing third.

The Mini Stocks proved to be one of the most exciting races of the evening with Stephen Moore and Mark Terry battling for the win. Division favorite Mark Terry started on the pole, leading the first 11 laps of the feature. Moore followed close taking the lead on lap 12, placing Terry in the second position. As the white flag flew, marking one more lap, Terry and Moore were neck and neck. When the checkered flag flew, Terry claimed his seventh victory and the race trophy.

Legends Cars competition began with the youngest and brightest stars taking the track. The Young Lions division ran a clean and caution-free race with No. 73 car of Trey Carr taking the victory. The second and third awards went to Jimmy Lang of Bluffton, S.C., and Billy Tysinger of Hardeeville, S.C., respectively.

O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models took to the track next with twelve machines competing for the trophy in the 50-lap feature. The longest race of the night proved to be one of the most exciting with Tommy Porter Jr. taking the lead from Skeeter Godbee on lap five. Chris Beach of Hardeeville, S.C., followed Porter closely from his second position ready to make his move. Porter Jr. and Beach continued to run away with the first and second spots leaving the rest of the pack far behind. Porter Jr. held Beach off keeping a strong hold on the points lead and claiming his eighth victory. Beach followed in the second position with Skeeter Godbee falling into the third position.

The Legends Semi-Pro Division started out with an accident between Corey Fletcher, Jonathan Haidon and Adam Congrove on the start of the event. The red flag waved forcing the field to park their cars on the frontstretch waiting for the green flag to wave again. Jonathan Haidon, who had been second in points going into the event, left the track and did not return to racing action following the incident. The race was re-started with the No. 77 of Shannon McConnell leading the pack. Despite his early accident, Fletcher dominated the event, winning his sixth victory this year. Thomas Coburn III of Tillman, S.C. made a last lap pass for the second place honors. Garrett Shurling of Ellabell, Ga. notched up a third place finish.

The final race of the evening saw the Legends Pro and Master divisions combining for one exciting event. Nineteen cars competed to fill the tight 1/3-mile facility. The caution flag flew at lap nine due to a spinning No. 81 of Ralph Snowden. When the 25 laps were complete, Craig Goess Jr. captured the victory for the Legends Pro and Semi combined division, while Eric King and Tommy Wrape finished in the second and third positions, respectively.

Regular Saturday evening racing action continues on July 14 live from the Hardeeville Motor Speedway. The O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models, Legends Cars, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Xtreme Stock Cars and Lady Legends will all be in action.

Hardeeville Motor Speedway is located three miles southeast of I-95, Exit 5, on Highway 17. Grandstands open at 5:00 p.m., with practice running until 6:15. Qualifying races and heat races get underway at 7:05 p.m. Feature races will begin at 8:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, with reduced rates for seniors, military and children. Children under five are admitted free.

The car show scheduled for July 6-8 at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway has been postponed to a later date.

For complete event information, contact the Hardeeville Motor Speedway at (843) 784-RACE (7223) or visit online at www.hardeevillespeedway.com.

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Drivers Craig Goess