Hardeeville Speedway report 2001-07-28

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (July 28, 2001) - Hardeeville Motor Speedway celebrated their first anniversary this weekend, after opening in July of 2000. Over the span of a year, the state-of-the-art facility has achieved great success, while thriving to ...

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (July 28, 2001) - Hardeeville Motor Speedway celebrated their first anniversary this weekend, after opening in July of 2000. Over the span of a year, the state-of-the-art facility has achieved great success, while thriving to continue to entertain the entire family at a reasonable price. Participants having great success on ?Anniversary Night? were Bob Gossett, Craig Goess, Jr., Jimmy Lang, Ellis Huggins, Tommy Porter, Jr., Dusty Lee Garus and Stephen Moore.

Nine O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models took to the 1/3-mile track for the 50-lap main. Chris Beach of Hardeeville, S.C. and Tom Haidon of Hilton Head, S.C. tied for the pole position, after running identical times in qualifying with a lap time and new track record of 14.974 secs. Beach was granted the first position since he had set the fast time first. The first and only caution flag waved on lap 18 when the Haidon machine stalled on the backstretch with a fire underneath the hood of the No. 15. Beach led for the first 32 laps until Tommy Porter, Jr. of Savannah, Ga. dove underneath the No. 03 in turn four. Porter, Jr. continued to pull out over Beach for the remainder of the race to pick up his 10th win of the season. Beach finished in second place and Skeeter Godbee of Sylvania, Ga. wrapping up third position.

Stephen Moore was out for redemption and points after missing last week?s Mini Stocks event with mechanical difficulties. Moore qualified on the pole and led every lap of the 20-lap feature race. Mark Terry of Rincon, Ga., the points leader for the division, was riding Moore?s bumper for the entire race, but was unable to get his No. 95 Ford Mustang around Moore?s own Mustang. Finishing third was Neal Jordan of Pelion, S.C., narrowly edging out Johnny Brown of Bluffton, S.C. Randy Day of Beaufort, S.C. rounded out the top-five.

Ellis Huggins of Richmond Hill, Ga. captured his ninth victory of the season in the Street Stocks division. Huggins started from the pole, setting a new track record during the qualifying session, and led every lap of the 20-lap feature race. Glenn Mappus of Ridgeville, S.C. and Payton Prewitt of Savannah, Ga. followed Huggins to the line in the second and third positions respectively.

A three-wide race for the Open Wheel Modifieds? first position had Dusty Lee Garus of Summerville, S.C. picking up the spot and his first win of the season. The caution-free 12-lap event had Raef Judd, the points leader, finish second and Dan Schultz finish third.

All the competitors in the Legends Cars Pro, Masters and Semi-Pro divisions took to the track for their 25-lap feature race. Starting from the pole was Craig Goess, Jr. of Greenville, N.C. by setting fast time during the qualifying session. The first caution flag waved on lap six for the spinning car of Jason Colson from Rincon, Ga. On lap 10, Colson and Randy Forehand from Sylvania, Ga. made contact coming out of turn four, with both cars losing a tire and having to retire from the event. While running in second position, Clay Hair of Mt. Pleasant, N.C. spun in turn two on lap 15, forcing the third caution of the race. With 10 laps remaining, Goess continued to lead the event. Corey Fletcher of Bloomingdale, Ga., last week?s Young Lions Champion, finished in the second position, with Tommy Jordan from Hartsville, S.C. rounding out the podium.

Bob Gossett of Hilton Head, S.C. started from the pole for the Xtreme Stock Cars? 20-lap feature race after setting a new track record for the division during qualifying. Gossett pulled out to a several car length lead from the drop of the green flag. The spinning No. 27 car of Jonathan Jones of Savannah, Ga. brought out the first and only caution flag on lap two. Gossett continued to lead the event with Don Dean of Sheldon following behind in second position. The battle for third position was a heated one, with Christie Anderson of Ellabell, Ga., Ray Smith of Early Branch, S.C. and Tim Dasher of Bluffton, S.C. all waging for the spot. Smith and Anderson made contact in turn one, allowing Smith and Dasher to pass Anderson. Anderson, upset with the contact, tried to return the favor to Smith, then pulled her machine off the track. Gossett wrapped up the race, capturing his first victory in the division, followed by Dean and Smith.

Jimmy Lang of Bluffton, S.C. picked up his second victory in the Legends Cars Young Lions race. Lang led flag-to-flag of the 15-lap feature race, with Zack Tysinger of Hardeeville, S.C., making his Legends Cars debut, finishing in second position. Billy Schilling of Hilton Head, S.C. fell out early, but finished in third spot.

Next weekend, Hardeeville Motor Speedway celebrates ?The Real Thing,? Coca-Cola. Free prizes will be given to the first 100 spectators through the gate for Coca-Cola Night at the Races. Taking part in the festivities will be the O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models, Legends Cars, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Xtreme Stock Cars, Open Wheel Modifieds, Bandolero Cars and the return of the Lady Legends.

Grandstands open at 5:00 p.m. each Saturday. The green flag waves at 7:05 p.m. for qualifying races, followed by the feature events. 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.

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HMS RESULTS SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2001

O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models: 1. Tommy Porter, Jr. (Savannah, Ga.), 2. Chris Beach (Hardeeville, S.C.), 3. Skeeter Godbee (Savannah, Ga.), 4. Mickey Carter (Savannah, Ga.), 5. Tom Haidon (Hilton Head, S.C.), 6. Leland Prewitt (Savannah, Ga.), 7. Mike Aiello, Jr. (Covington, Ga.), 8. Bruce Taylor (Savannah, Ga.), 9. Bill Marburger (Beaufort, S.C.)

Legends Cars (Pro/Masters/Semi-Pro): 1. Craig Goess Jr. (Greenville, N.C.), 2. Corey Fletcher (Bloomingdale, Ga.), 3. Tommy Jordan (Hartsville, S.C.), 4. Eric King (Hartsville, S.C.), 5. Jonathan Haidon (Hilton Head, S.C.), 6. Garrett Shurling (Ellabell, Ga.), 7. Thomas Coburn III (Tillman, S.C.), 8. Kevin Eves (Guyton, Ga.), 9. Matt Harter (Jesup, Ga.), 10. John Metts (Cordova, S.C.), 11. Kevin O?Brien (Burton, S.C.), 12. Jarrett Jerningon (Rocky Mount, N.C.), 13. Clay Hair (Mt. Pleasant, N.C.), 14. Steve Desimone (Hilton Head, S.C.), 15. Justin Forehand (Sylvania, Ga.), 16. Bob Gossett (Hilton Head, S.C.), 17. Darren Gordon (Hilton Head, S.C.), 18. Dave Sondles (Johns Island, S.C.), 19. Tad Segars (Hilton Head, S.C.), 20. Jeremiah Dennen (Beaufort, S.C.), 21. Jason Colson (Rincon, Ga.), 22. Randy Forehand (Sylvania, Ga.), 23. Lee Varner (Savannah, Ga.)

Legends Cars (Young Lions): 1. Jimmy Lang (Bluffton, S.C.), 2. Zack Tysinger (Hardeeville, S.C.), 3. Billy Schilling (Hilton Head, S.C.)

Street Stocks: 1. Ellis Huggins (Richmond Hill, Ga.), 2. Glenn Mappus (Ridgeville, S.C.), 3. Payton Prewitt (Savannah, Ga.), 4. Rick Hunter (Savannah, Ga.), 5. Jeff Merritt (Ridgeville, S.C.), 6. Roy Cox (Savannah, Ga.), 7. Kelly Scott (Cottageville, S.C.), 8. Robert Myers (Ridgeville, S.C.), 9. Scott Russell (Charlotte, N.C.)

Mini Stocks: 1. Stephen Moore (St. George, S.C.), 2. Mark Terry (Rincon, Ga.), 3. Neal Jordan (Pelion, S.C.), 4. Johnny Brown (Bluffton, S.C.), 5.. Randy Day (Beaufort, S.C.), 6. Bobby Dundan (Ludowici, Ga.), 7. John Cornell, Jr. (Holly Hill, S.C.), 8. Doug Butler (Hardeeville, S.C.)

Xtreme Stock Cars: 1. Bob Gossett (Hilton Head, S.C.), 2. Don Dean (Sheldon, S.C.), 3. Ray Smith (Early Branch, S.C.), 4. Tim Dasher (Bluffton, S.C.), 5. Keith Sanchez (Hardeeville, S.C.), 6. Scott Thorne (Hardeeville, S.C.), 7. Randy Crews (Estill, S.C.), 8. Jonathan Jones (Savannah, Ga.), 9. Christie Anderson (Ellabell, Ga.)

Open Wheel Modifieds: 1. Dusty Lee Garus (Summerville, S.C.), 2. Raef Judd (Charleston, S.C.), 3. Dan Schultz (Beaufort, S.C.)

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