Hardeeville race report 2002-05-25

Exciting racing action at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway. HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (May 25, 2002) - Racing action heated up Saturday night at Hardeeville as the O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models were featured in a 100 Lap "Dash for the Cash"...

Exciting racing action at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway.

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (May 25, 2002) - Racing action heated up Saturday night at Hardeeville as the O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models were featured in a 100 Lap "Dash for the Cash" event during Coastal Plains Insurance Night at the Races with Tommy Porter of Savannah, GA picking up the win. Craig Goess, Jr. from Greenville, NC picked up the Legends Feature. Stephen Moore of St. George, SC won the Mini Stock feature and Scott Thorne of Hardeeville, SC took home the Xtreme Stock checkers.

Tommy Porter Jr. led from flag to flag and had enough at the end to hold off Shane Jenkins of Statesboro, GA. Jenkins' race theory was obvious from the start, to stay right on the coattails of Porter and make his move toward the end of the race. Jenkins tried but was not able to overtake the strong Porter. Finishing third was Tom Haidon of Hilton Head, SC.

The Legends Cars B-main sent its top 6 drivers into the feature race as Jimmy Lang of Bluffton, SC won handily over Jonathan Haidon of Hilton Head, SC. In the Legends feature race, the field was given a tutorial from National Pro Division points leader Craig Goess, Jr. of Greenville, NC as he also led from flag-to-flag to pick up the win. Several caution laps gave the opportunity for 2nd place finisher Clay Hair of Mt. Pleasant, NC to make a run for the checkers but could not move ahead of Goess. Placing third was Burton, SC native, Kevin O'Brien.

The Xtreme Stock cars fielded another full field of racers with everyone with their sights set on overtaking current points leader Don Dean of Sheldon, SC. True to form, the Xtreme racers didn't mind mixing things up a bit during the 30-lap event. Dasher had the race in hand, but on Lap 26 with his car slipping away, Dean was able to overtake him and hold on for the win. Dean held off strong showings from Scott Thorne of Hardeeville, SC and Keith Sanchez of Hardeeville, SC, finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. However, after the race Dean, Sanchez, Dasher and Anderson failed to take their cars through post-race Technical Inspection and subsequently they were disqualified. Thorne was posted as the winner with Chuck Johnson of Dublin, GA runner-up.

Mini Stock action returned to the track showcasing a hot battle for the points race between Stephen Moore of St. George, SC and Johnny Brown of Bluffton, SC. The pair were the only two leaders of the race, trading it back and forth with Moore holding on for the win over Brown. Finishing 3rd was David Carr, Jr. of Martinez, GA.

New to the track was the Road Warrior division, a four-cylinder affordable racing series on the 1/5-mile flat track. There were three exhibition races throughout the night, counter-clockwise racing, clockwise racing and reverse racing. Chelsea Carr, of Martinez, GA let the field know from the beginning that "she was here to win." Other Road Warrior racers Billy Tysinger, Sr. of Hardeeville, SC and Tim Padgett said " they were glad to be involved in this and really just wanted to have a good time."

Next weekend, Saturday, June 1st, there will be no racing at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway, but there will be flea market in front of the track from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Vendor spaces are free. However racing will return on Saturday night, June 8th as Benny the Bomb Car Explosion comes to the Hardeeville Motor Speedway, along with O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models, Legends Cars, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Road Warriors and Xtreme Stock Cars. Gates open at 4:00 p.m., qualifying begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by the National Anthem at 7:00 p.m. General admission ticket prices are $10.00 for adults; $6.00 for Juniors (ages 13-16), Seniors (55 and older) and Military (with proper I.D.); $2.00 for children (ages 6-12); and children under 5 are free.

The Hardeeville Motor Speedway is located three miles south of I-95 (exit 5 in SC) on Highway 17 or just ten miles north of Savannah on Highway 17. For more information, contact (843) 784 RACE (7223) or visit online at www.hardeevillespeedway.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers David Carr , Craig Goess