Skinner Has an ASCS Bash at Deep South! LOXLEY, Ala. (February 10, 2007) -- A new era kicked off at Deep South Speedway's First Annual Mardi Gras Bash on Saturday with a pair of new American Sprint Car Series Regions kicking...
Skinner Has an ASCS Bash at Deep South!
LOXLEY, Ala. (February 10, 2007) -- A new era kicked off at Deep South Speedway's First Annual Mardi Gras Bash on Saturday with a pair of new American Sprint Car Series Regions kicking off inaugural campaigns, and it was Marshall Skinner carving his name into the ASCS record books by fighting off the persistent advances of Wayne Johnson in the 20-lap ASCS Coastal vs. Rebel Region showdown.
Johnson briefly nosed into the lead upon the completion of the 13th round, but Skinner muscled back into the lead and held on to secure his second career ASCS Regional victory aboard the Dynotech-powered C&B Mushrooms No. 26 J&J, this one worth $2,000.
"This is our first time here, and it kinda reminds me of another track we've won a couple of races at, so I liked it," the West Memphis, AR, racer explained of the high-banked, 4/10-mile dirt oval. "Me and Derek Hagar came down here together, we just threw both our cars into one trailer and came. All his guys had to help me, I didn't even have my crew here tonight."
After passing Doug Day on the white-flag lap of the Pole Dash, Skinner started the feature from the pole position and gunned into the lead at the drop of the green flag as fourth-starter Johnson shot into second by the opening corner. And with Johnson on Skinner's tailtank, the race was on.
The lead duo set a blistering pace, reaching lapped traffic by the fourth lap. Johnson made several early challenges, but to no avail as Skinner worked traffic masterfully and slipped away by a few car-lengths on several occasions.
But Johnson was quick to close the gap each time, and a high-speed game of chess was unfolding as the pair raced down the backstretch on the 12th round in nose-to-tail fashion while bearing down upon a gaggle of six apparent soon-to-be-lapped machines.
But before the pair could negotiate the traffic jam, Seavy Clemons and 14-year-old Hunter Phillips, making his Sprint Car debut, tangled in turn four directly in front of the leaders. Clemons got upside down, with the lead trio of Skinner, Johnson and Terry Gray escaping unscathed. Fourth-runner Michael Dupuy continued despite left side-panel damage on his top wing.
As action resumed, Johnson took the Wesmar-powered H&H Enterprises No. 94 Eagle to the top side and briefly surged ahead of Skinner at the completion of lap 13. But when Skinner pitched his machine into turn one, Johnson slid high and surrendered the point.
"Wayne raced me real clean, but I did him wrong there," Skinner explained afterward. "I apologized to him for that, it was just some hard racing."
Johnson tried to mount another challenge, but Skinner was up to the task as he took the checkered flag just as the pair was re-entering heavy traffic. Johnson settled for second, with Gray taking the show position. After climbing three positions from his seventh starting slot in the opening three circuits, Dupuy crossed the stripe fourth with Lane Whittington rounding out the top five.
Fifteen-year-old Derek Hagar advanced from 12th to snare sixth, with Michael Herrington, Robert Casada, Tyler Godwin and Doug Day completing the top ten.
Johnson, Herrington and Skinner topped heat race action.
Chris Sweeney smacked the turn three wall in the opening heat, with Tim Thrash following suit in the second heat. Todd Fayard flipped after tagging the turn two wall in the third heat. All three returned for feature action.
ASCS Coastal vs. Rebel Region Results from Deep South Speedway:
Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 94-Wayne Johnson, 2. 10-Terry Gray, 3. k12-Michael Dupuy, 4. 9JR-Derek Hagar, 5. 11T-T.J. Winegardner, 6. 8w-Michael Ward, 7. 93-Chris Sweeney. DNS: 8b-Darrel Bond.
Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 7-Michael Herrington, 2. 2d-Doug Day, 3. 9-Lane Whittington, 4. k9-Robert Casada, 5. 20-Frank Carlsson, 6. 01-Shane Morgan, 7. 09-Tim Thrash. DNS: 69-Michael Miller.
Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 26-Marshall Skinner, 2. 44-Seavy Clemons, 3. 4c-Tyler Godwin, 4. 67-Brian Thomas, 5. 30-Willie Stauffer, 6. 2-Todd Fayard, 7. 32-Hunter Phillips.
Pole Dash (Finishing Order Finishing Order Determines Front Three Rows of "A" Main):
Pole Dash (5 Laps): 1. 26-Marshall Skinner, 2. 2d-Doug Day, 3. 10-Terry Gray, 4. 94-Wayne Johnson, 5. 44-Seavy Clemons, 6. 7-Michael Herrington.
ASCS Coastal vs. Rebel Region "A" Main:
"A" Feature (20 Laps): 1. 26-Marshall Skinner, 2. 94-Wayne Johnson, 3. 10-Terry Gray, 4. k12-Michael Dupuy, 5. 9-Lane Whittington, 6. 9JR-Derek Hagar, 7. 7-Michael Herrington, 8. k9-Robert Casada, 9. 4c-Tyler Godwin, 10. 2d-Doug Day, 11. 67-Brian Thomas, 12. 30-Willie Stauffer, 13. 11T-T.J. Winegardner, 14. 01-Shane Morgan, 15. 2-Todd Fayard, 16. 8w-Michael Ward, 17. 09-Tim Thrash, 18. 32-Hunter Phillips, 19. 93-Chris Sweeney, 20. 44-Seavy Clemons, 21. 20-Frank Carlsson. DNS: 8b-Darrel Bond, 69-Michael Miller.
Lap Leaders: Marshall Skinner 1-12, Wayne Johnson 13, Skinner 14-20.
ASCS Coastal Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Marshall Skinner 150, 2. Wayne Johnson 146, 3. Terry Gray 144, 4. Michael Dupuy 142, 5. Lane Whittington 140, 6. Derek Hagar 138, 7. Michael Herrington 136, 8. Robert Casada 134, 9. Tyler Godwin 132, 10. Doug Day 130.
ASCS Rebel Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Marshall Skinner 150, 2. Wayne Johnson 146, 3. Terry Gray 144, 4. Michael Dupuy 142, 5. Lane Whittington 140, 6. Derek Hagar 138, 7. Michael Herrington 136, 8. Robert Casada 134, 9. Tyler Godwin 132, 10. Doug Day 130.