Jenkins clinches first track championship on NAPA night at HMS. HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (October 5, 2002) The O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models crowned Shane Jenkins of Statesboro, GA as 2002 HMS Late Model Champion as he won the 50-lap ...
Jenkins clinches first track championship on NAPA night at HMS.
HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (October 5, 2002) The O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models crowned Shane Jenkins of Statesboro, GA as 2002 HMS Late Model Champion as he won the 50-lap feature race over Skeeter Godbee of Pembroke, GA coming in second. In Legends Cars action, Jonathan Haidon of Hilton Head, SC was victorious outpacing Clay Hair of Mt. Pleasant, NC and Billy Tysinger of Hardeeville, SC. Johnny Brown from Bluffton, SC and Don Dean of Sheldon, SC won the Mini Stock and Xtreme Stock Car features respectively. Billy Gorman from Hollywood, SC won the Coastal Medical Associates Street Stocks race and Glenn Mappus of Ridgeville, SC claimed the crown as Street Stock Track Champion. Peter Frank of Bluffton, SC and Timmy Padgett of Hardeeville, SC picked up wins in the Road Warrior class.
Polesitter Tom Haidon of Hilton Head, SC blistered the field for the first 23 laps of the race in the O.C Welch Ford- Lincoln- Mercury Late Models feature while Tommy Porter, Jr. of Savannah, GA reeled him back in to take over the spot at the mid point of the event. Shane Jenkins, with eyes on the track championship, moved up through the field taking the lead away with 10 laps remaining. Haidon had some handling problems with the car due to a broken power steering pump and banged fenders with both Porter, Jr. and Skeeter Godbee of Pembroke, GA in the final moments of the race. Jenkins held on for both the win and the track championship. During post race interviews, Jenkins was asked about his feelings toward next weeks Florida Pro Series coming to town and taking on the local Late Model drivers, Jenkins replied "bring it on, we'll show 'em how its done in our house!"
In Legends Cars racing action, an excited Jonathan Haidon of Hilton Head, SC jumped on the hood of his Legends Car in true NASCAR Winston Cup fashion as he celebrated his victory. Haidon came into the night as points leader in the Semi-Pro division and with one point race remaining, has an excellent shot at becoming the HMS track champion. Clay Hair of Mt. Pleasant, NC came across second narrowly ahead of Billy Tysinger of Hardeeville, SC and National Young Lions Champion Jimmy Lang of Bluffton, SC.
NAPA Auto Parts brought out four delivery trucks for a special NAPA race only to have it spoiled by the Late Model #3 car, driven by Dusty Lee Garrus of Ridgeville, SC who blew by the delivery trucks with his NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet.
Next Saturday night, October 12th, the Hardeeville Motor Speedway will be back in action as the Florida Pro Series brings the best drivers in Late Model action from Florida including all time world record holder of victories, Dick Anderson, onto the 1/3 mile high banked oval to compete against the best local drivers in GA and SC for a $2,500 top prize. Also next week the Legends Cars, Mini Stocks, Xtreme Stock Cars and Road Warriors will be in action. Post event festivities include a spectacular fireworks display. Gates open at 4:00 p.m., qualifying begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by the National Anthem at 7:00 p.m. General admission ticket prices are $15.00 for adults; $10.00 for Juniors (ages 13-16), Seniors (55 and older) and Military (with proper I.D.); and children under 12 are free. Discount coupons for tickets are available at www.hardeevillespeedway.com
The Hardeeville Motor Speedway is located three miles south of I-95 (exit 5 in SC) on Highway 17 or just ten miles north of Savannah on Highway 17. For more information, contact (843) 784 RACE (7223) or visit online at www.hardeevillespeedway.com.