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Email address: DirtNews@aol.com Web site: http://members.aol.com/dirtnews/digest =================================== CONTENTS: Aug. 22-23 results (published Aug. 24) TOPLESS 100: Moyer leads all the way for home-track victory UMP: McCammon gets Outlaw National win in Clarksville, Tenn. =================================== UNSANCTIONED Competition Cams Topless 100
LOCUST GROVE, Ark. (Friday and Saturday) The fifth annual Topless 100 turned into a Billy Moyer homecoming.
The Batesville, Ark., driver dominated the weekend, setting fast time and leading all 130 of his competitive laps, including 100 in the roofless feature race while collecting $37,700 in purse and lap money at Batesville Speedway. In winning his biggest purse of the year, the polesitter Moyer lapped all but six competitors and only Scott Bloomquist could ever draw within striking distance of the GVS Racing chauffeur.
Bloomquist collected more than $15,000 for finishing second, while Terry Phillips, David Gibson and Dale McDowell rounded out the top five at the 3/8-mile oval with the hillside grandstand. Wendell Wallace, Mark Miner, Robbie Starnes, Donnie Barnhart and last year's winner Bill Frye finished sixth through 10th.
Moyer, who also captured the Mooney Starr-promoted event in 1995, became the first two-time winner of the event. He jumped to the lead ahead of Bloomquist at the beginning of the race, with McDowell, Phillips and Gibson trailing. Moyer began lapping cars by the 13th lap, while behind him Phillips and Gibson made their way around McDowell by lap 25.
While Moyer worked slower traffic, Bloomquist, Phillips, Gibson and McDowell were bunched when the first of two cautions appeared on the 30th lap for Johnny Stokes, who stopped in Turn 2.
When the green reappeared, Moyer resumed his dominance, building a half straightaway lead on Bloomquist in just five laps, and lapping cars again by the 37th circuit. The race's final caution appeared on lap 55 when Johnny Virden stopped in Turn 4, and Moyer again pulled away on the restart.
However, when Moyer got into lapped traffic on the 68th lap, Bloomquist was able to close. He pulled up on Moyer's back bumper by lap 72 as the leaders had built nearly a half lap lead on the third-place car of Phillips.
Moyer finally cleared the lapped traffic, and began pulling away from Bloomquist again with clear track on lap 88. Moyer was on the verge of lapping the seventh-place Miner car as the checkered flag appeared.
CAR COUNT: 80 late models.
FAST QUALIFIER: Billy Moyer, 13.567 seconds (3/8-mile oval).
FIRST HEAT (20 laps): Billy Moyer, Robbie Starnes, Ronnie Johnson, Freddy Smith, Ronny Adams, Clayton Christenberry, Ken Essary, Tony Cardin, Darrell Carpenter, Curtis Gattis, Steve Walter, Robert Dunn, Troy Withers (Rob Hough scratched).
SECOND HEAT: Scott Bloomquist, Eddie Martin, Mike Boland, Jerry Inmon, Steve Hennies, Ray Cook, Brian Holliway, Jason Snodgrass, Brandon Ball, Jason Smith, John Kirby, Dale Harris, Keith Noyes (Terry Muskrat scratched).
THIRD HEAT: Dale McDowell, Al Purkey, Bill Frye, Rodney Combs, Rex Richey, Travis Mears, Ronnie Poche, Alan Vaughn, Eddie Rickman, Randy Floyd, Gary Gorby, Al Adams, Chad Broach.
FOURTH HEAT: Terry Phillips, Wendell Wallace, Johnny Virden, Johnny Stokes, David Turner, Tommy Surrett, Howard Willis, Greg Herron, Dewaine Hottinger, Dusty Johnston, Stan Lewis, Michael Coleman, Rob Lewis.
FIFTH HEAT: David Gibson, Leslie Essary, Mark Miner, Kenny Merchant, Steve Russell, Gary Webb, Mike Brown, Blake Lane, Duke Whiseant, Waylon Bullock, Tommy New, John Kocsis, Ray Langley.
SIXTH HEAT: Donnie Barnhart, Mike Bowers, Gar Dickson, Marshall Green, Johnny Johnson, Wade Knowles, Shane Harris, Trey Beene, Mike Sellers, Rusty Cummings, Mike Head, Mark Daye, Jeff Floyd.
FIRST CONSOLATION (20 laps; top two advance): Johnny Stokes, Ronnie Poche, Rex Richey, Wade Knowles, Jeff Floyd, Stan Lewis, Gary Gorby, Greg Herron, Jason Snodgrass, Dale Harris, Duke Whiseant, Michael Coleman, Rodney Combs, Randy Floyd, Mike Sellers, Travis Mears (Jason Smith, Ken Essary and Chad Broach scratched).
SECOND CONSOLATION: Alan Vaughn, Freddy Smith, Ray Cook, Jerry Inmon, Darrell Carpenter, Steve Russell, Howard Willis, Mike Head, Curtis Gattis, Blake Lane, John Kirby, Brian Holliway, Al Adams, Rob Hough, Troy Withers, Ray Langley, Mark Daye, Tommy Surrett, Eddie Rickman (Ronny Adams and Waylon Bullock scratched).
THIRD CONSOLATION: Marshall Green, Mike Brown, Kenny Merchant, Johnny Johnson, Tony Cardin, Brandon Ball, Shane Harris, Dewaine Hottinger, John Kocsis, Tommy New, Steve Hennies, Dusty Johnston, Rusty Cummings, Rob Lewis, Gary Webb, Trey Beene, Clayton Christenberry, Keith Noyes (Terry Muskrat, Robert Dunn and Steve Walters scratched).
POLE DASH: Billy Moyer, Scott Bloomquist, Dale McDowell, Terry Phillips, David Gibson, Donnie Barnhart.
FEATURE 1. Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark., $37,700 2. Scott Bloomquist (0), Mooresburg, Tenn., $15,500 3. Terry Phillips (75), Springfield, Mo., $10,000 4. David Gibson (G2), Ash Flat, Ark., $7,500 5. Dale McDowell (17m), Rossville, Ga., $6,000 6. Wendell Wallace (6m), Batesville, Ark., $5,000 7. Mark Miner (7), Stockbridge, Ga., $4,000 8. Robbie Starnes (83s), Houston, Texas, $3,800 9. Donnie Barnhart (11), North Little Rock, Ark., $3,600 10. Bill Frye (66), Greenbrier, Ark., $3,400 11. Leslie Essary (5), Crane, Mo., $3,200 12. Mike Bowers (60), North Little Rock, Ark., $3,000 13. Mike Boland (222), Cuba, Ala., $2,900 14. Al Purkey (33), Coffeyville, Kan., $2,800 15. Ronnie Johnson (5), Chattanooga, Tenn., $2,700 16. Ronnie Poche (5x), Natchitoches, La., $2,600 17. Freddy Smith (00), Knoxville, Tenn., $2,500 18. Gar Dickson (60), Flintstone, Ga., $2,400 19. Eddie Martin (7n), Stillwell, Okla., $2,300 20. Johnny Stokes (1), Columbus, Miss., $2,200 21. Johnny Virden (1v), Russellville, Ark., $2,100 22. Alan Vaughn (22), Belton, Mo., $2,000 23. Marshall Green (89), Dalton, Ga., $2,000 24. Mike Brown, Fort Gibson, Okla., $2,000
NOTES: Promoter Mooney Starr said next year's race would pay $40,000 to the winner, $20,000 for second and at least $2,000 to start .... the 80 entrants was a race record .... Bill Frye broke a ball joint in qualifying, but rallied from the last row of his heat to transfer .... Wendell Wallace was penalized for failing to go to the scales after qualifying and also transferred from the last row of his heat race into the feature .... modified driver Eddie Martin was impressive in driving the Roland Nix-owned GRT, which he has piloted for several weeks (the car was previously driven by Tony Cardin and also by Wendell Wallace during some of this year's UMP Summernationals) .... Mike Brown claimed the race's final transfer spot, but his car was pushed to the pits after driver's introductions when it wouldn't run.
CREDIT: Larry Olson <firstname.lastname@example.org> ------------------------------------------------------------- UNITED MIDWESTERN PROMOTERS (UMP) Outlaw National Series
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (Saturday) His car renewed by a powerful new engine, polesitter Doug McCammon showed his newfound might by leading all 40 laps for a UMP Outlaw National Series victory at fast-and-tight Clarksville Speedway, holding off Steve Barnett the entire distance.
McCammon's $5,000 purse was his biggest winner's share of the year as he won a race postponed two weeks ago by rain. Barnett settled for second place ahead of series points leader Tony Izzo Jr., Roger Long and fast qualifier Jay Brinkley. Billy Drake started on the front row but faded to sixth, while Tony Albright, Chuck Proctor, Jimmy Burwell and Gary Frost rounded out the top-10 finishers on an unseasonably chilly evening at the quarter-mile oval near the Tennessee-Kentucky border.
"We just got this new motor three weeks ago, and we started running good again," said McCammon, whose team struggled with a small motor through most of the summer. "Our season really started just three weeks ago ... now we can be competitive again."
After one aborted start, the race went cautionless for 40 laps, and McCammon was able to keep Barnett five to 10 car lengths behind most of the way. The Palestine, Ill., driver's most harried moments were when the leaders came upon slower traffic about halfway through the race, and McCammon was forced to temporarily give up his inside groove to sneak around and lap competitors the rest of the way.
"I saw Steve's nose up there a few times and I knew he was right there," said McCammon, who saw the preferred line switch from the upper groove early in the night to the lower groove during the feature. "I wasn't going to shake (Barnett), but if I'd followed them lapped guys much longer, I think he probably would've went up there and went around all of us."
Did McCammon plan on running the inside groove? "I felt a lot better about starting on the (inside pole) after watching that semifeature," McCammon said. "I decided starting down there might not be so bad. It worked out."
McCammon won by about five car lengths, and Barnett was about the same distance ahead of the sixth-starting Izzo, who caught the top two cars after being held up by a slower Drake the first 10 laps.
CAR COUNT: 34 late models.
FAST QUALIFIER: Jay Brinkley, 12.719 seconds (quarter-mile oval).
FAST DASH (sets first three rows of feature): Doug McCammon, Billy Drake, Steve Barnett, Roger Long, Jay Brinkley, Tony Izzo Jr., Tony Albright, Chuck Proctor, Donnie Tudor.
FIRST HEAT (10 laps; top three advance): Tony Albright, Randy Sellars, Gary Frost, Jimmy Grant, John Flowers, Troy Gay.
SECOND HEAT: Chuck Proctor, Jimmy Burwell, Mark Peppers, Carnell Parker, Dave Phillips, Jeff Jones.
THIRD HEAT: Donnie Tudor, Jeff Blackburn, Dan Sturgeon, Greg Williams, Mutt Trotter, Kip Williams, Jesse Hedrick.
FOURTH HEAT: Johnny Wheeler, Jimmy Nowling, Steve Ross, Glen Castleberry, Ricky Castleberry, Bruce Fiser.
CONSOLATION (12 laps; top two advance): Carnell Parker, John Flowers, Jimmy Grant, Glen Castleberry, Mutt Trotter, Jeff Jones, Troy Gay, Greg Williams, Dave Phillips, Kip Williams, Ricky Castleberry, Jesse Hedrick.
FEATURE (Pos., driver, car no., hometown, chassis, winnings) 1. Doug McCammon (92), Palestine, Ill., Rayburn, $5,000 2. Steve Barnett (89), Franklin, Ind., Rayburn, $2,000 3. Tony Izzo Jr. (16), Bridgeview, Ill., GRT, $1,200 4. Roger Long (36), Ottawa, Ill., Bullitt, $1,100 5. Jay Brinkley (10), Shelbyville, Tenn., Rayburn, $1,000 6. Billy Drake (9), Bloomington, Ill., Larry Shaw, $700 7. Tony Albright (1), Clarksville, Tenn., MasterSbilt, $600 8. Chuck Proctor (27), Charlotte, Tenn., Warrior, $500 9. Jimmy Burwell (R1), Mount Vernon, Ill., Rayburn, $450 10. Gary Frost (14), Clarksville, Tenn., GRT, $400 11. Johnny Wheeler (31x), Campbellsville, Ky., Rayburn, $230 12. Mark Peppers (58), Paris, Tenn., GRT, $230 13. Randy Sellars (3), Mayfield, Ky., Rayburn, $230 14. Carnell Parker (75), Clarksville, Tenn., GRT, $230 15. Donnie Tudor (14), Shawneetown, Ill., GRT, $230 16. Dan Sturgeon (26), Bedford, Ind., MasterSbilt, $230 17. Steve Ross (25), Cedar Grove, Tenn., Bullitt, $230 18. John Flowers (6), Big Sandy, Tenn., Larry Shaw, $230 19. Jimmy Nowlin (28), Shelbyville, Tenn., MasterSbilt, $230 20. Jeff Blackburn (10B), Princeton, Ky., MasterSbilt, $230
NOTES: McCammon races with Runion Engines .... the feature ended just after midnight .... the night dragged on because four other divisions were in actions, and there were more than 10 heats races for the other divisions, and double features for two of the divisions .... Clarksville, Tenn., driver Eddie Pace watched from the stands .... Jeff Jones of Princeton, Ky., drives a MasterSbilt formerly driven by Pennsylvania driver Lynn Geisler, and it still carries "Lernerville Speedway" on the spoiler .... Roger Long appeared to be on the move during the feature, but he clipped the wall and never regained his momentum .... 18 of 20 cars finished the feature .... you don't get a school bus concession stand at every track.
UMP OUTLAW NATIONAL SERIES POINTS (not including Saturday's results): Tony Izzo Jr. 413; Steve Barnett 320; Kris Patterson 301; Billy Drake 205; Shawn Toczek 204; Bryan Dunaway 190; Dan Sturgeon 189; Kevin Waver 189; Roger Long 180; Glenn Bradley 177.
NEXT UMP OUTLAW NATIONAL SERIES RACE: Sunday, Vermilion County Speedway, Danville, Ill., $5,000 to win.
CREDIT: Todd Turner <DirtNews@aol.com> of DirtNews Digest. ------------------------------------------------------------- NEXT DIRTNEWS DIGEST EDITION: Rick Aukland pockets $20,000 for victory in 15th annual North-South 100 at Florence (Ky.) Speedway. -------------------------------------------------------------