Lonesome Pine race notes 2003-05-11

Coeburn, VA- "Short track racing the way it ought to be," easily sums up the events of the FM 94! Night 315. From side by side racing for each position to giving a bumper for the pass, each division brought the fans to their feet. What looked to...

Coeburn, VA- "Short track racing the way it ought to be," easily sums up the events of the FM 94! Night 315. From side by side racing for each position to giving a bumper for the pass, each division brought the fans to their feet.

What looked to be a repeat of the season's previous two Morgan-McClure Late Model Stock races turned into a heated race between the 49 car of Michael Kidd and the 22 of Steve Blackburn. Winning the Double Kwik 2 Kwik Pole Award, Kidd started on the front row with the 02 of Chad Harris on the outside. Harris quickly gained control of the race from Kidd. Blackburn was able to capitalize on the close racing between Kidd and Harris and on lap 51 Blackburn took the lead. Kidd followed Blackburn and put Harris in third.

Kidd regained the front position from Blackburn on lap 75. A late race caution on lap 94 brought out by a spin tightened the field for what looked to be a six-lap shoot out. Kidd maintained his position on the restart and claimed his first NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Model victory.

"I have been waiting for this victory for years. The 22 car gave me a run for my money, and I thank him for racing me clean. I look forward to racing with these guys every week, I know it is going to be challenging and some close racing, but that is what it's all about," said Kidd in victory lane.

Brian Blevins (40) took home his second victory of the season in the Honda of Prestonsburg Limited Sportsman division. Blevins began the race on the pole after winning the Double Kwik 2 Kwik Pole Award, with his grandfather Paul Shull on the outside pole. During the 50-lap feature Blevins dominated the field and never relinquished the lead. Roger Neece (22) claimed second with Shull in third. Rounding out the top five were Chris Tunnell (6) and Travis Watson (20).

NAPA Pole Award winner Roger Neece (22) found tough competition in the Pepsi Grand Stock division. Mike Mays (30) took the lead from Neece early in the race and stayed ahead of the pack for the entire race. After post-race inspections, Mays was disqualified, giving the race win to the 25 of Rob Austin. Alan Woodruff (7) claimed second from Neece late in the race. Rounding out the top five were Neece, Tony Dockery (05) and Chris Tunnell (3).

Kirby Gobble seemed to have the Vic's Decorating Modified 4 win secured from the Kidd Tire pole position until tire problems struck the 88 car late in the race. After a late lap spin, Gobble finished the race third. Capitalizing on the 88's problems was the 37 of T.J. O'Quinn and the 16 of Freddie Taylor Jr. O'Quinn maintained a close second to Gobble for most of the race and brought home his first victory of the season. The Community Trust Bank Pure Stock 4 division took the track for a 25 lap event filled with spin outs and tough luck. Taking the lead from the NAPA pole position, Scotty McMurray (18) was able to hang on to his car and avoid several spins to claim victory. Larry McKnight (7) took home second with Josh Shortt (37) in third. Roger Holtsclaw (21) and Steve Newsom (71) rounded out the top five.

Also on the slate for the FM 94! Night was the awaited return of the Enduro division. Seven cars took to the race in a 50 lap non-stop race for survival and the checkered flag. Tim Gibson claimed the first Enduro victory. Followed by Curtis Gailey (27), Johnny Couch (43), Nolan Morris (95), Steve Addison (7), Charlie Brown (8) and Marty Tunnell (15).

LPIR played host to a new addition the tracks schedule this year, the Pro Challenge Series. These ¾ scale cars, with a motorcycle engine, raced to the checkered in a 25 lap shoot out. While coming to take the checkered, race leader Mark Peters (42) spun in turn four, giving Jamie Blanton (5) the win. Garland Worley (38), Richard Blevins (1) and Peters completed the field.

Due to the running of the Winston on Saturday, May 17th, LPIR will take the upcoming week off. Racing will return to the 3/8 mile track on Saturday, May 24th for the Norton Press 260 featuring the 2nd Annual Fastor Pastor race. Also on the schedule are the Morgan-McClure Late Model Stock Cars, Honda of Prestonsburg Limited Sportsman, Pepsi of Norton Grand Stocks, Vic's Decorating Modified 4's, Community Trust Bank Pure Stock 4's and the Legends. For more information visit www.lpraceway.com

-lpr-

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Series Stock car
Drivers Tim Gibson , Steve Blackburn