Porter Edges Jenkins in Auto Intensive Care 100 Late Model Action at Hardeeville HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (August 17, 2002) - The O.C. Welch Ford Lincoln Mercury Late Models returned to racing action in the Auto Intensive Care 100 Saturday night and ...
Porter Edges Jenkins in Auto Intensive Care 100 Late Model Action at Hardeeville
HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (August 17, 2002) - The O.C. Welch Ford Lincoln Mercury Late Models returned to racing action in the Auto Intensive Care 100 Saturday night and Tommy Porter Jr. of Savannah, GA edged Shane Jenkins of Statesboro, GA by less than a foot to capture the $1500 first prize. Porter and Jenkins battled back and forth for the top spot while pole setter Randy Cook of Guyton, GA slowly reeled them back in to finish third. Porter said after the race, "Shane ran a great race and we had a good car, we were fortunate enough to come away with the win."
The Legend Cars were also back in action and they provided action to the more than 1,250 race fans coming out barring the early evening threatening thunder and lightning storms. Several cars were involved in some minor crashes, but Heywood Barton, Jr. of Guyton, GA flipped his Legend car coming out of turn 2, ending his night prematurely. Barton walked away unscathed by the incident. Jimmy Lang of Bluffton, SC (the National Legends Cars Semi-Pro Asphalt points leader) managed to avoid on-track scuffles and put his #8 car in Victory Lane for the third time this season, with Kevin Eves of Guyton, GA and Jonathan Haidon of Hilton Head, SC coming in second and third respectively.
The Big Kahuna II Street Car Showdown also was on tap as five drivers brought their cars, trucks and mini-vans from the parking lot to the 1/5-mile track for a double elimination event. Craig Eves, the brother of Legends Cars driver Kevin Eves, of Guyton, GA came away with the $200.00 top prize and the "Big Kahuna" title besting his '85 Camaro over a '94 Corvette of Chris Evans. Jim Beckett of Ridgeland, SC, driving a '89 Chevy Mini-Van challenged all of the drivers to a burnout contest after the Big Kahuna Street Car Showdown, only to have Bill Johnson from Hilton Head, SC take the challenge. Beckett put the mini-van up first and poured on a 35+ second burnout filling the grandstands with plumes of white smoke. After Beckett's burnout, the other driver congratulated Beckett and took himself out of the running, giving Beckett the victory for his efforts.
Mini Stock action saw Stephen Moore of St. George, SC come away victorious as he beat Johnny Brown of Bluffton, SC and David Carr, Jr. of Martinez, GA. The ever-popular Road Warriors were also back running two separate events with Jessie Soto of Savannah, GA and Roy Ridgeway of Sardena, SC taking the checkered flag in race 1 and 2 respectively. In other action, a couple of race fans found themselves as lucky winners and took rides around the 1/3-mile high-banked oval in the 650+ horsepower HMS Winston Cup Car. One special race fan, Kelly Canney of Beaufort, SC celebrated her upcoming birthday with special gifts and a behind the scene look at race day operations. The highlight for her night was the gift from her husband as she took a 5-lap ride in the Chevrolet Monte Carlo. After her ride around the track with Cup Car driver Steve Perry, Kelly was ecstatic as she simply said, "--.WOW--. !!"
Racing action takes a one-week break, but next Saturday from 10:00 am until 3:00pm, the Inaugural MotorMania will be at the speedway. MotorMania is a car, truck, tractor, motorcycle and racecar show, with door prizes all day long and special events for the contestants and spectators. Racing action returns Saturday night, August 31st as the 3rd Annual HMS National Open showcasing a 150-lap Late Model race with 50 lap features for Legends, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Xtreme Stock Cars. Road Warrior action also returns that night. Qualifying will take place on Friday night, August 30th. Then September 12th through the 14th, the 2nd annual Legends Cars World Finals will be held at the HMS, featuring all of the top Legend Cars from all across the USA along with our local Legends drivers
The Hardeeville Motor Speedway is located three miles south of I-95 (exit 5 in SC) on Speedway Blvd./Highway 17 or just ten miles north of Savannah on Speedway Blvd./Highway 17. For more information, contact (843) 784 RACE (7223) or visit online at www.hareevillespeedway.com.
Hardeeville Motor Speedway Race Results from Saturday, August 17, 2002
Auto Intensive Care 100 - O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models (100 Laps): 1. Tommy Porter, Jr. (Savannah, GA), 2. Shane Jenkins (Statesboro, GA), 3. Randy Cook (Guyton, GA), 4. Walter Reardon (Savannah, GA), 5. Corey Fletcher (Bloomingdale, GA), 6. Corey Hendrix (Statesboro, GA), 7. Andrew Blaske (Beaufort, SC), 8. Garrett Shurling (Ellabell, GA), 9. Skeeter Godbee (Savannah, GA), 10. Tom Haidon (Hilton Head, SC), 11. Bubba Jones (Savannah, GA), 12. Hubert Into (Bloomingdale, GA); Fastest Qualifier: Randy Cook (15.068 seconds)
Legends Cars A-Main Feature (30 Laps): 1. Jimmy Lang (Bluffton, SC), 2. Kevin Eves (Guyton, GA), 3. Jonathan Haidon (Hilton Head, SC), 4. Billy Tysinger (Hardeeville, SC), 5. Kevin O'Brien (Burton, SC), 6. Steve Desimone (Hilton Head, SC), 7. Tommy Wrape (Heath Springs, SC), 8. Darren Gordon (Hilton Head, SC), 9. Jason Colson (Rincon, GA), 10. Jim Reyburn (Charleston, SC), 11. Jerimiah Dennen (Beaufort, SC), 12. Tad Segars (Hilton Head, SC), 13. Brent Crapse (Estill, SC), 14. Billy Schilling (Hilton Head, SC), 15. Heywood Barton, Jr. (Guyton, GA), 16. Russ Brown (Beaufort, SC), 17. Ron Burhans (Hilton Head, SC), 18. Andrew Smith (Pooler, GA), 19. Trey Carr (Evans, GA), 20. Peter Bogart (Bluffton, SC); Fastest Qualifier: Andrew Smith (16.638 seconds).
Legends Cars B-Main Feature (10 Laps): 1. O'Brien, 2. Colson, 3. Dennen, 4. Segars, 5. Brown, 6. Carr, 7. Z. Tysinger, 8. Burhans, 9. Bogart.
Mini Stock Feature (20 Laps): 1. Steven Moore (St. George, SC), 2. Johnny Brown (Bluffton, SC), 3. David Carr, Jr. (Martinez, GA), 4. Doug Butler (Hardeeville, SC), 5. Randy Day (Beaufort, SC), 6. Joseph Duncan (Ludowici, GA), 7. James Groover (Bluffton, SC), 8. Bobby Duncan (Ludowici, GA).
Road Warrior Feature #1: Counter-Clockwise Race (8 Laps): 1. Jessie Soto (Savannah, GA), 2. Roy Ridgeway, Jr. (Hardeeville, SC), 3. Roy Ridgeway, Jr. (Sardena, SC), 4. Louis Gonzalez (Weslaco, TX), 5. Tim Padgett (Hardeeville, SC).
Road Warrior Feature #2: Interstate Construction Race (5 Laps): 1.Ridgeway, Jr., 2. Soto 3. Padgett 4. Gonzalez.