AT&PR race report 2002-06-29

Shanks and Hall in victory lane again, Bollinger is the spoiler. Once again it was a Hall family weekend at the Auto Tire and Parts Racepark with Chris Hall picking up the Miller Lite Modified feature win and Alex Shanks copping the KFVS 12...

Shanks and Hall in victory lane again, Bollinger is the spoiler.

Once again it was a Hall family weekend at the Auto Tire and Parts Racepark with Chris Hall picking up the Miller Lite Modified feature win and Alex Shanks copping the KFVS 12 Winged Sprint feature event in a sprinter owned by Chris' grandfather Jim.

If the old expression "sweating bullets" holds any truth then Alex Shanks probably had them pouring from the bottom of his helmet. After suffering through six caution flag and several attempts for the lead by the second place runner of Jason Evans these problems was the least of his worries.

After a caution flag thrown on the 21st lap, all the competitors were running close on fuel, Shanks was just a little too close.

"I would get on the gas and it would just sputter, I was hoping for a red-flag real bad." Noted Shanks in victory lane. "In the corners it was completely starving of fuel."

After a failed restart on the 23rd lap and a slowed racecar on the backstretch the 66 team got just what they needed a fuel stop.

Shanks led the entire distance of the race with Jason Evans chasing at his heels for the first 23 laps of the event. Evans would eventually fall victim to Robbie Standridge who closed in the on leader before the red flag but didn't have anything for him after the restart.

Daron Clayton moved to third at one point but couldn't maintain the position, finishing the night in fourth. Another young-gun, Jay Landolt of Wood River, Ill, piloted the Joe Reddick #12 to another solid finish of fifth.

Miller Lite Open-Wheel Modified action found Chris Hall of Sikeston stepping into victory lane for the second week in a row.

Jeff Parmer started on the front and led the first two laps before falling victim to a flat tire. Parmer left the track and his pit-crew made a quick tire change getting the Fenton racer back on the track in time for the restart.

Shawn Haynes took over the lead at the start, leading for the first five laps before Hall would slide around him for the top-spot. Haynes would also fall victim to a flat tire later in the event.

Hall led the next 13 laps for the feature win with Parmer coming from the back of the pack to finish second. Leo Kiefer moved closer to picking up his first feature win at the track finishing a respectable third with Matt James and Shane Moody rounding out the top-five places.

Dietrich Bollinger probably had one thing on his mind as he entered the Pure Street feature on Saturday night; end the streak. The win streak held by Cline Myers Jr. was up to eight consecutive and the competitors in the class were ready to give Myers Jr. winning a rest.

Bollinger started from the pole and would control the entire event picking up his first feature win on the year. The Kelly High School honor student held off the 01 car of Cline Myers Jr. for the win.

Behind Myers Jr. were Patrick Naeger and Matt Naeger both of Perryville with Jeff Beeson of Benton coming across the line in fourth.

The Pure Street results from second position on back are tentative at press time pending a protest on the Myers Jr. car. The results for the Pure Street class are completely unofficial at this time.

The Scheffer family gave new meaning to the old term "backseat driver" as the husband and wife teamed up for their first Motorsports Unlimited Cruiser feature win on the year.

With Chris handling the driving duties and Lisa concentrating on the gas and brake duties the pair slid around Jeff Trankler and Wayne Bartles for the lead and the eventual checker flag.

Trankler and Bartles dominated the early part of the event but would finish third behind the team of Curtis Hale and Doyle Nall. Hale and Nall closed in on the leaders in the final stages but could not overtake the husband and wife team.

Dana Rowland and Joan Mayberry cruised home with a fourth place run and Rodney Hurst and Edert Bowen scored another hard-earned top-five finish.

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Chris Hall , Daron Clayton