Gill wins Jackaroo Sauces 250 Chaffin disqualified in post-race inspection Lakeland, FL - Competing in his first Hooters ProCup race, two-time Snowball Derby winner Bobby Gill has won the pinnacle event of USA International Speedway's...
Gill wins Jackaroo Sauces 250
Chaffin disqualified in post-race inspection
Lakeland, FL - Competing in his first Hooters ProCup race, two-time Snowball Derby winner Bobby Gill has won the pinnacle event of USA International Speedway's SpeedFest '99 celebration. The Dalton, GA resident was declared the winner of the Jackaroo Sauces 250 presented by Tampa Bay's Country Leader 99.5 FM WQYK Radio following the disqualification of apparent winner Chad Chaffin.
Chaffin lead 151 laps of the race from the pole, including the final 50 circuits, after having set fast time among the 45 drivers who took time trials. Chaffin turned the 3/4-mile high-banked asphalt track in 22.071 seconds beating out Justin Labonte for the pole by .005 seconds.
Throughout the race Chaffin appeared the class of the field in his brand new Ford Taurus passing Derrick Kelley, Auburndale, FL, for the lead on lap 199 then pulling away from Gill in the closing laps of the 250-lap race. Following post-race inspection Chaffin was disqualified.
Gill, who also passed Kelley on lap 199 for second, qualified a dismal 17th in the Kline Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo but steadily worked his way up through the field. Following a terrifying 12-car accident on lap 137, Gill moved into contention to win the race but wasn't able to run down Chaffin.
"I hate to win one this way," said the former Hooter Cup Late Model Champion. "But I guess that's racing. You take them anyway you can. I would have never caught him (Chaffin), I just didn't have enough motor."
Chaffin had no comment. He has two weeks to appeal the decision.
For Gill's car owner, Bob Kline of Ft. Myers, FL, it was his teams first series victory in 21 starts. "I'm elated that we won. Now we're going out there to get a win for Brad (May)."
May, Orlando, FL, was involved in the 12-car accident and finished 30th. The accident created a 43-minute red flag period for removal of the cars and for transportation to Lakeland General Hospital of driver Ricky Sanders.
Sanders was held overnight for a cracked vertebra in his neck and back. He was released Sunday, March 7 and returned home to Fayetteville, GA. Sanders told his mother Bobbie by phone that his car just quit. Sanders was ahead of a large pack of cars entering turn three when the accident occurred.
Also involved in the accident: Mario Gosselin, Mike Herman, Jr., Don Satterfield, Bill Plemons, Jr., Jeremy Bowser, Joe Harrison, Jr., Charlie Ford, Jeremy Gerstner, Labonte, Johnny Rumley and Tim Clayton.
Greenville, SC driver Toby Porter moved up to third followed by Jay Fogleman, Durham, NC in fourth.
Kelley lead 72 laps in his Discount Auto Parts Chevrolet. "We ran out of tires," said Kelley after the race. Kelley had pitted on lap 93 while most of the leaders came in under caution on lap 118. Kelley finished fifth.
Labonte, Trinity, NC won the Lucas Oil Company Halfway Challenge Award. Steve Christian won the W.J. Plemons Insurance Hard Charger Award moving from 36 starting position to sixth. Christian also won the Miller Lite Rookie of the Race Award driving the Lucas Oil Company Chevrolet..
The race will air Sunday, March 14th on the Speedvision Network at 8 pm.
Hooters ProCup Series
3/6/99 USA International Speedway, Lakeland, FL
Jackaroo Sauces 250 presented by WQYK
Fin Start Car Driver Hometown Sponsor Make, & Model Run Led Comments
1 17 69 Bobby Gill Dalton, GA Aqua Tech Int'l Contracting Chevrolet Monte Carlo 250 0 Running
2 7 80 Toby Porter Greenville, SC First Class Chevrolet Monte Carlo 250 0 Running
3 12 4 Jay Fogleman Durham, NC WQYK 99.5 FM Ford Thunderbird 250 0 Running
4 9 27 Johnny Rumley Winston Salem,NC Race Scan, Bob Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Monte Carlo 250 0 Running
5 16 21 Derrick Kelley Auburndale, FL Discount Auto Parts Chevrolet Monte Carlo 250 73 Running
6 36 0 Steve Christian Suger Hill, GA Lucas Oil Products Chevrolet Monte Carlo 250 0 Running
7 21 77 Jerry Rector Fountain Inn, NC Red's Grille Chevrolet Monte Carlo 249 0 Running
8 20 05 Mardy Lindley Taylors, SC Meineke Pontiac Gran Prix 249 0 Running
9 18 65 Blaise Alexander Montoursville, PA Lisa Express Trucking Chevrolet Monte Carlo 249 0 Running
10 23 1 Don Satterfield Spartanburg,SC Hawk Saw Blades; Phil Johnson Contracting Chevrolet Monte Carlo 249 0 Running
11 34 94 Scott Sutherland Jefferson, GA Sutherland Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 249 0 Running
12 26 36 Trent Owens Harrisburg, NC 1-800-BE-PETTY Pontiac Gran Prix 249 0 Running
13 28 12 Tim Edwards Arden, NC Edwards Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 248 0 Running
14 37 09 Jabe Jones Martin, GA New Carolina Construction Chevrolet Monte Carlo 247 0 Running
15 14 25 Scott Wimmer Wausau, WI Jackaroo Gold Meat Sauces Chevrolet Monte Carlo 247 0 Running
16 11 22 Bill Plemons Jr. Locust Grove,GA Hooters Restaurants Chevrolet Monte Carlo 246 0 Running
17 33 89 Karen Schulz Statesville, NC TMEC, Pro Image, Mobile 1 Pontiac Gran Prix 238 0 Running
18 22 57 Joe Harrison, Jr. Renick, WV Harrison Performance Engines Chevrolet Monte Carlo 232 0 Running
19 24 07 Tim Clayton Inman, SC Budweiser; US $1.99 Cleaners Chevrolet Monte Carlo 215 0 Running
20 5 58 Jeremy Bowser Clearwater, FL Key Bank & Trust Ford Thunderbird 192 0 Running
21 38 60 Jeff Emery Longwood, FL Mader Construction Chevrolet Monte Carlo 189 0 Vibration
22 39 72 Jeremy Gerstner Tampa, FL Research Partners, Tampa Peanut Pontiac Gran Prix 169 0 Accident
23 40 67 Daryl Gwynn Eden, NC Miller Brewing Co. Ford Thunderbird 165 0 Running
24 6 73 Jeff Agnew Floyd, VA Twin City Motor Exchange Chevrolet Monte Carlo 162 0 Engine
25 27 34 Mike Herman Jr. Kannapolis, NC Today's Fireplace by Thulman Eastern Chevrolet Monte Carlo 154 0 Accident
26 10 14 Charlie Ford Charles City, VA Charlie Ford Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 137 0 Accident
27 29 20 Ricky Sanders Stockbridge,GA Billet Race Products Chevrolet Monte Carlo 136 0 Accident
28 8 10 Mario Gosselin Lake Wales, FL W.J. Plemons Insurance, Incentive Risk Management Chevrolet Monte Carlo 136 0 Accident
29 2 44 Justin Labonte Trinity, NC Penrose hot Sausages, Racing Champion Chevrolet Monte Carlo 136 25 Accident
30 31 70 Brad May Orlando, FL Naturally Fresh Foods Chevrolet Monte Carlo 134 0 Accident
31 32 99 Chris Diamond Hickory, NC Forever Page, Bugchaser, Lake Electric Chevrolet Monte Carlo 126 0 Mechanical
32 13 30 Mart Nesbitt Asheville, NC State Fair Corn Dogs, Ingles Markets, Coca Cola Chevrolet Monte Carlo 117 0 Engine
33 35 08 Ronnie Davidson Lenoir, NC R & D Motorsport Chevrolet Monte Carlo 88 0 Accident
34 30 00 Lance Moss Cherryville, NC Clipper Tape, Race for Kids Chevrolet Monte Carlo 85 0 Mechanical
35 4 23 Michael Ritch High Point, NC Jackaroo Sauces Chevrolet Monte Carlo 55 0 Engine
36 25 52 Jason Bowser Clearwater, FL Eagle's Nest Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 55 0 Mechanical
37 15 47 Andy Thurman Concord, NC Naturally Fresh Spring Water Ford Thunderbird 47 0 Running
38 19 37 Chuck Walls Flat Rock, NC Laughlin Racing Products Ford Thunderbird 11 0 Engine
39 3 7 Mike Laughlin Jr. Simpsonville, SC Valenite Tool, Muzzy Broadhead Ford Taurus 9 0 Engine
DQ1 84 Chad Chaffin Symrna, TN Logan's Roadhouse Ford Taurus 250 152 DQ