St Augustine Speedway Report 1999-07-17

MOORE BAGS BOUNTY AT ST. AUGUSTINE ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA -Alan Moore, of St. Augustine jumped into the lead at the start of Saturday's 25-lap Thunder Truck main event at St. Augustine Speedway and led every circuit to claim his fifth win of ...


ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA -Alan Moore, of St. Augustine jumped into the lead at the start of Saturday's 25-lap Thunder Truck main event at St. Augustine Speedway and led every circuit to claim his fifth win of the 1999 season and the $300 bounty that was offered to anyone who could beat Ricky Cooper. Cooper, of Elkton, Fla., who finished second in this event, had the bounty placed on his head four weeks ago after winning three straight feature events in the popular Truck Division. The reward increased by another $100 every time Cooper won, and had grown to $300 for Saturday's showdown. "I couldn't have asked for anyone better than Alan to win this bounty," said Cooper. "We're good friends, he's a great driver and I'm really happy for him." Cooper quickly moved into second in the running order coming from his fourth starting position, but was never able to get closer than one truck length from Moore to challenge him for the lead. Brent Hobbs, of Fruit Cove and Andy Waldron, of Lake City had leaned on each other the entire race as they jostled for the third spot in this event, but coming to the checkers, leaning became pushing and pushing became banging. Before the pair could get to the line, both Hobbs and Waldron were spinning to the infield in turn four opening the door for Wade Lynn, of Jacksonville to pick up the third spot. Hobbs and Waldron recovered to finish fourth and fifth, respectively. In the Winston Racing Series, Snap-On Sportsman event, Todd Ponce, of St. Augustine returned to his winning ways by claiming the victory in that 50-lap feature. Ponce started on the pole and led every lap while fending off some serious challenges from Jacksonville's Nick Pilinko en route to his fifth win this year and his first since engine problems began plaguing him in early June. "Nick gave me a real run for my money," said Ponce. "He got into me a couple of times but he backed out and we were able to get everything straightened back up and keep going. I don't have a problem with that. It's racing, it's going to happen and we had a good time racing him." St. Augustine's Kenny Hall, after battling with Pilinko for the second spot for much of the first half of the race, finished third, just ahead of Don Halliday, of Jacksonville and Bo Allen of Baldwin. Clermont, Florida's Larry Osteen came home victorious in another flag to flag affair in the Late Model Division. Osteen battled the entire race with nemesis, Chuck Hiers before eventually notching his second win this season. "We did a lot of work on this car this week trying to get it where we could keep up with that man right there (Hiers), " said Osteen. He went on to explain his reason for not staying around for the interview and trophy presentation last week was because of the amount of pain that he was in from an accident the week prior. "I was hurting pretty bad," he said. "I apologize, I wasn't trying to be rude or anything, I was just in a lot of pain." Following this event, Hiers protested Osteen's No. 22 car and in accordance with track rules, both cars were brought to the tear down area. The technical inspection found no problem with Osteen's Chevrolet, but the subsequent inspection of Hiers' car revealed an unapproved part in the engine. The disqualification of the Hiers entry negated his second place finish and resulted in forfeiture of his points and purse for the event. As a consequence of Hiers' DQ, Donnie Oden, of Lake Butler moved up to claim the second spot, followed by Chris Tedder, David Showers and Richard Ferry. In the Muffler Man Modified division, rumors of a bounty persist after another convincing win by Fernandina Beach's, George Thrift III. The victory marked the fourth consecutive stop in the winner's circle for Thrift and his seventh in the last eight races. Justin Moore, Robert Deal, newcomer Darren Jackson and Mark Bergman rounded out the top five in the Muffler Man Modifieds. The Hobby Stock main event saw Jimmy Bunn of Middleburg, Fla. pick up his fourth consecutive win in that division, holding off St. Augustine's Grady Lundquist. Lundquist had his No. 7 Camero dialed in for the first time since his turn one accident on June 5. Current Hobby Stock points leader, Rodney Norman finished third in the 20-lap feature, followed by Bobby Thornton and Randy Wilkes. Jake Hartley, of Jacksonville took the lead from pole sitter and point leader, Kevin Burkett at the drop of the green in the 20-lap Mini Stock main, then held off fellow Jacksonville resident, Steve Thompson and Mickey Leth, who came from his dead last starting spot to finish third. Jay Farris and Mike Ponce, another driver who cam from deep in the field, rounded out the top five. The Allison Legacy Cars were also on hand Saturday night for a 35-lap demonstration event that ended with a three wide run to the checkers between Billy Dentmon, Kenny Allison and Donald Allison. The trio finished in that order in an event that had the race fans screaming. Next week it's the long awaited return of the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series to the St. Augustine Speedway. Discount coupons for the Gold Star Dodge Dealers 100 presented by NAPA are available at the local NAPA Auto Parts stores around the area and at many other locations. Gates open at 4:30, time trials at 6 and the Goody's Dash Series 100-lap feature will roll off at 7:30.

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