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DirtNews Digest Your Online News Source for Late Model Dirt Track Racing "Get Some Dirt On Your Computer!" Todd Turner, editor
Email address: DirtNews@aol.com Web site: http://members.aol.com/dirtnews/digest =================================== CONTENTS: April 26 results (published April 28) FLORENCE: Aukland's fuel-line problems help Boggs win ALABAMA: Green wins Southern All-Star race at Talladega =================================== UNSANCTIONED Florence Spring 50
UNION, Ky. (Saturday) Jack Boggs, taking the point on the 31st lap when a fuel leak forced Rick Aukland to the pits, lead the final 19 laps for a $5,000 victory in the Spring 50 at Florence Speedway, his first big-purse win of 1997.
Boggs finished about half a straightaway ahead of John Gill, who finished second at the 3/8-mile oval in northern Kentucky. Steve Barnett, C.J. Rayburn and Kevin Claycomb rounded out the top five. Mike Jewell, Rick Corbin, Troy Green, Kris Patterson and Darrell Lanigan finished sixth through 10th, while Aukland -- debuting a Rayburn chassis -- finished 11th.
Barnett led the first 20 laps until Aukland, amid heavy lapped traffic, moved past Boggs and Barnett to take the lead. But Aukland's lead came to an end during a lap-31 caution when a trail of liquid coming off Aukland's car forced him to the infield, where his crew repaired the fuel line.
Aukland tried to rush back onto the track, but he was penalized for entering the track on the backstretch exit and was knocked out of contention. Boggs wasn't seriously challenged the rest of the way.
CAR COUNT: 33 late models.
FAST QUALIFIER: C.J. Rayburn.
FAST DASH: Steve Barnett, Jack Boggs, Rick Aukland, John Gill, C.J. Rayburn, Mike Jewell.
HEAT WINNERS: Kevin Claycomb, Rick Corbin, Mike Hawley,
CONSOLATION WINNER: Darrell Lanigan.
FEATURE (50 laps): (1) Jack Boggs, (2) John Gill, (3) Steve Barnett, (4) C.J. Rayburn, (5) Kevin Claycomb, (6) Mike Jewell, (7) Rick Corbin, (8) Troy Green, (9) Kris Patterson, (10) Darrell Lanigan, (11) Rick Aukland, (12) Jerry Rice, (13) Shane Yoder, (14) John "Weasel" Rhoades, (15) Steve Cornelius, (16) Mike Hawley, (17) John Holt, (18) Steve Landrum, (19) Randy Robbins, (20) John Lawhorn, (21) Randy Boggs, (22) Scott James, (23) Steve Smith, (24) Audie McWilliams.
NOTES: Aukland has driven the Bullitt chassis for several years ... among drivers missing the feature were John Mason, Jesse Lay, Robert Earl and Terry Eaglin.
NEXT BIG RACE AT FLORENCE: May 10, STARS.
CREDIT: Josh King <firstname.lastname@example.org> of Florence Speedway. ------------------------------------------------------------- SOUTHERN ALL-STAR DIRT SERIES Talladega Short Track
EASTABOGA, Ala. (Saturday) Marshall Green of Dalton, Ga., the 1995 Southern All-Stars champion, withstood a final charge from Danny People on the last of 50 laps to return to victory lane with a $3,000 series victory at Talladega Short Track.
Green took the lead from polesitter Greg Skinner on the seventh lap and held the lead the rest of the way to beat Peoples, Mark Miner, Rodney Dickson and Skinner. Red Farmer, Dean Garland, Ross Martin, Mike Head and James Cline finished sixth through 10th.
Peoples, debuting a new TNT chassis, nearly pulled off the victory on the last circuit. With the help of the slower car of Jeff Walker, Peoples slid underneath of Green's car coming out of Turn 4 for the checkered flag. Green's winning margin was estimated at less than a foot. "Danny and I talked after the race," Green said, "and we concluded that we never even touched even though we were side by side."
CAR COUNT: 42 late models.
FAST QUALIFIER: Greg Skinner, 15.59 seconds.
CONSOLATION WINNERS: James Cline, Roger Best.
FEATURE (50 laps) (Pos., driver, car no., hometown, chassis) 1. Marshall Green (89), Dalton, Ga., $3,000 2. Danny Peoples (11), Margaret, Ala., TNT 3. Mark Miner (7), Stockbridge, Ga., MasterSbilt 4. Rodney Dickson (18), Canton, Ga., unavailable 5. Greg Skinner (11), Oxford, Ala., MasterSbilt 6. Red Farmer (F97), Birmingham, Ala., unavailable 7. Dean Garland (47), Stockbridge, Ga., MasterSbilt 8. Ross Martin (47), Talladega, Ala., MasterSbilt 9. Mike Head (54), Ellenwood, Ga., GRT 10. James Cline (C25), Oxford, Ala., MasterSbilt 11. John Jones (J1), Rock Springs, Ga., Bullitt 12. Eddie Holder (44), Anniston, Ala., unavailable 13. Tim Rozell (25), Oxford, Ala., MasterSbilt 14. Eric Evans (49), Griffin, Ga., Rayburn 15. Freddie Lee (18), Gadsden, Ala., unavailable 16. Joey Reid (17), Odenville, Ala., MasterSbilt 17. Roger Best (84), Maryville, Tenn., Stinger 18. Jeff Walker (49), McMinnville, Tenn., GRT 19. Stacy Holmes (H2), Munford, Ala., unavailable 20. Eddie Rickman (68), Columbus, Miss., Bullitt 21. Bo Shirley (11), Gadsden, Ala., GRT 22. Skip Freeman (15), Hale City, Ala., unavailable 23. Terry Smith (99), Talladega, Ala., unavailable 24. Rick Rickman (86), Columbus, Miss., Bullitt
NOTES: Winner Marshall Green, on his way home after the Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series event in Little Rock, Ark., was postponed because of rain, missed hot laps but still qualified fourth best .... drivers from five states were signed in .... second fast qualifier Stacy Holmes finished two laps down in 19th in the feature despite starting outside the front row.
CREDIT: Steve Hixson <BILLHIXSON@msn.com>. -------------------------------------------------------------