Auto Tire and Parts Racepark race report 2001-06-30

Auto Tire and Parts Racepark Benton, MO Saturday June 30, 2001 Montgomery holds off King for Winged Sprint Feature, Griffin takes Dwarf visit Joey Montgomery bested the field of Winged Sprint cars to pick up his first checkered flag at Auto...

Auto Tire and Parts Racepark
Benton, MO
Saturday June 30, 2001

Montgomery holds off King for Winged Sprint Feature, Griffin takes Dwarf visit

Joey Montgomery bested the field of Winged Sprint cars to pick up his first checkered flag at Auto Tire and Parts Racepark on Saturday night. The Dwarf cars made a special visit to the racepark with Tim Griffin taking top honors. Danny Sissom won the Open-Wheel Modified main event, while in Limited Late Models it was Greg King and Pure Street saw Billy Hopkins take top honors.

Marion, Ill resident Alex Shanks hopped out front early in the Winged Sprint car feature gaining control of the top-spot after starting from the pole. Shanks, who finished second last week, worked the bottom grove of the track keeping Shawn King, Joey Montgomery and Chris Urish behind him.

King began to put slight pressure on the second lap. Behind King the fight was heating up between Joey Montgomery and 19-year-old Chris Urish.

On the fifth lap action was slowed as Andy Holden stopped on the track.

When the green flag flew for the restart Montgomery moved around King and began to pressure Shanks for the lead. The 1c car of Shanks was still maintaining a bottom grove while Montgomery moved around on the track searching for the fastest way around the track.

Montgomery made the pass for the lead as the 1c car got high and Montgomery slung low. The pass would be negated as the caution flew for Todd Rowland, giving the lead back to Shanks.

The same would happen two more times in the evening as Montgomery would make the pass only to have the caution flag fall each time for separate incidents. The first caution was for Chris Urish’s spin in turns one and two. While the second incident involved Urish and Holden as they collided in turn three.

On the restart it was Shanks still out front with Montgomery pacing him, King, Jeff Davis and Robbie Standridge controlled the top-five positions.

Picking up the green flag on lap 12, Shanks was able to hold Montgomery at bay for the next two laps.

Montgomery made the move around Shanks on the 15th circuit.

King was able to pull out his season best finish with a second as he past Shanks on the 19th lap. Shanks who led the first 15 circuits around the track had to settle for third.

Jeff Davis, who started tenth finished the night just behind Shanks in fourth and Tommy Worley Jr., who started next to Davis on the fifth row, finished fifth. Last weeks feature winner and current Auto Tire and Parts Racepark Point leader Robbie Standridge finished sixth.

Making their first appearance at the Racepark was the dwarf car. In the feature Dennis Martin jumped out to an early lead and took control for the next seven laps.

Before the completion of the eighth circuit Tim Griffin moved up from his sixth starting position to take to the lead. Griffin led the next seven laps to earn his second feature win of the weekend. Griffin won the previous night at Malden Speedway. Todd Williams finished second, Martin finished third, Ron Wick moved from 10th to fourth and John Griffin round out the top-five.

In Open-Wheel Modified action it was Danny Sissom picking up his first career Open-Wheel feature win.

Jeff Parmer jumped out to the quick lead with Sissom in tow. Sissom made the pass for the lead on the second lap. Parmer pressured Sissom for the next five laps before falling back as Joseph Geisler made the move for the second position. Geisler would maintain second for the remainder of the event.

Sissom held off the charges from Geisler to stay out front. Geisler finished second, Parmer third; Tim Radford and Billy Smith rounded out the top-five.

Pure Street racing found Billy Hopkins taking the feature win. Hopkins was able to hold off Johnny Houart and Tony Summers for the win. Cline Myers Jr. finished the night in fourth and Red Rice completed the top-five.

Greg King made it three-for-three in the Limited Late Models. Henry Nash finished second while Mike Abney, Brian Stephens and Terry James completed the top-five.

Next week Indy Racing League driver Jimmy Kite makes his first appearance at the racepark driving a Winged Sprinter owned by Joe Reddick.

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Jimmy Kite , Chris Urish
Teams Williams