Auto Tire and Parts Racepark Benton, Mo. Saturday Aug. 11, 2001 Dunn's a Rocket at Auto Tire and Parts Racepark Myers Jr. claims first win on the year The weather in Southeast Missouri cooperated this week providing Auto Tire and Parts...
Auto Tire and Parts Racepark
Saturday Aug. 11, 2001
Dunn's a Rocket at Auto Tire and Parts Racepark
Myers Jr. claims first win on the year
The weather in Southeast Missouri cooperated this week providing Auto Tire and Parts Racepark with the best racing surface the track has seen all year. The dirt surface was lighting fast with the sprint cars averaging laps in excess of 100mph.
Lee Dunn copped the Winged Sprint A-main earning his second win on the year. Also picking up their second win on the year was John Barnett in the Open-Wheel along with Lowell Calder and Justin Redden teaming up for their second cruiser win. Lady Luck was finally on Cline Myers Jr. side as he nailed down his first Pure Street feature win on the year.
Todd Rowland and Daron Clayton shared the front-row for the Winged Sprint car feature. Rowland jumped out to the advantage on the first lap after Clayton's bid for the lead went unsuccessful on a first lap dive for the top-point.
Clayton quickly fell back out of the top-five after making contact with Rowland. Dunn, Shawn King, Robbie Standridge and Steve Zelch Jr. moved around Clayton for the top-five with Rowland controlling the field.
Rowland maintained the lead for the next 12 laps keeping Dunn at bay. The two front-runners were encountering heavy lap traffic when Dunn made the move for the lead. Dunn controlled the high-point for the remaining 13 laps holding off Shawn King for the win.
King moved around Rowland on the 14th lap for second and Robbie Standridge also passed Rowland for third on the 18th lap. Rowland finished out the night in fourth with Jeff Davis completing the top-five.
Zelch Jr slowed the 25-lap race once on the second lap for a spin. The Perryville driver fought from the back of the pack to finish in the eighth position.
Making his second start in a Winged Sprint Clayton finished sixth; Clayton also won a heat race.
In Pure Street action it was Cline Myers Jr. ending his year-long winless drought beating Johnny Houart and Tim Winchester across the line for the checkered flag.
Last weeks feature winner Billy Hopkins started from the pole position with Myers Jr. starting on the outside of the front row. Myers Jr. led the first lap of the race but couldn't hold off Hopkins for the lead on lap two.
Hopkins jumped out front on the second lap and quickly started setting the pace. The next six laps saw three cautions flag cutting Hopkins lead which at times reached six car-lengths.
With almost a straightaway advantage Hopkins slowed on the frontstretch just after completing lap seven with mechanical problems. Myers Jr. inherited the lead.
Two more caution flags would slow the field before the 15-lap race was complete but the cautions would not hamper Myers Jr. in his quest for his first win on the year.
Houart put heavy pressure on the Myers Jr. for eight laps at times running bumper to bumper down the straight-aways. Houart's bid for a second feature win went unsuccessful.
Tim Winchester charged from his 14th starting position to finish a season best third. Ronnie Tilley passed eight cars to finish fourth and Dennis Shelby picked up another top-five finish.
John Barnett of Sikeston held off charges from Jeff Parmer to earn his second Open-Wheel Modified feature event win on the year.
When the green flag flew for the start of the race Barnett quickly jumped out to the lead with Parmer in tow. Shawn Haynes fell back to third after starting on the pole.
After the initial start Barnett controlled the top-position for all 20 laps of the feature with the field slowing only once for a caution.
Parmer and Barnett put on a classic one-two battle with Barnett never giving up the position. By lap 14 the two front-runners shared a straightaway advantage over the rest of the field.
Haynes was able to maintain the third position; Robert Powers made a late race pass on Terry Johnson to claim the fourth position. Johnson fell back to fifth in the final results.
The ten-lap cruiser feature saw the team of Lowell Calder and Justin Redden picking up their second win on the year. Calder and Redden jumped out to the advantage on the start and controlled the number one position throughout the race.
Garrett Moll and Wesley Short drove through the field to finish the night in second place. Eric Short and Brad Wright at one point ran in the second position before tragedy struck sending the team for repairs. The drivers were able to fight back to third place by the end of the night. Gary Dunlop and Frankie Faulk finished fourth with Allan Shaw and Brad Phelps finishing fifth.