REYNOLDS GETS FIRST WIN OF '95 by Glen Harness Copyright 1995, all rights reserved NASHVILLE, TN. - The points standings in the Budweiser Late Model Stock Car division...
REYNOLDS GETS FIRST WIN OF '95
by Glen Harness Copyright 1995, all rights reserved
NASHVILLE, TN. - The points standings in the Budweiser Late Model Stock Car division at Nashville Speedway USA were scrambled again Saturday night as the cars took to the .596 mile track for the 50-lap Budweiser/Mapco main event. Former track champion Mike Reynolds held off Jerry Coble to claim his first win in five starts in the divsision.
In the 30-lap Limited Sportsman event, it looked like Tommy Climer would get his 8th win, but rookie Craig Wilson had other ideas. Wilson started fourth but dropped back to sixth by the fifth lap. Climer started seventh, and immediately started moving up to challenge early leader Tandy Marlin. After two laps of side-by-side racing, Marlin got loose in turn 3 which let Climer get the lead on lap 8. Marlin faded back to fifth, and Climer took off like a rocket.
Wilson had closed within 3 car lengths by the midway point, and he and Climer slowly pulled away from the field. Climer and Wilson raced side by side, and when Climer got loose in turn 4, and Wilson took the lead on lap 22. In the last five laps, Climer tried to go inside, then outside, but Wilson was able to hold him off for the win. Rounding out the top five were Jeff Higdon, Cecil Chunn, and Tandy Marlin.
In the 50-lap feature event on the high-banked track, fast-qualifier Chad Chaffin started in the fifth position after the inversion draw. The race's only caution on lap two took points-leader Billy James out of contention when his car and the cars of Ricky Bolden and Mark Harrison got together in turn one.
On the restart, Coble was leading Allen Carter, Chad Chaffin, and last week's winner Joe Buford, but Chaffin and Buford quickly passed Carter for second and third place. After a lap of side by side racing, Chaffin took the lead on the fifth lap, but Coble was able to get back in front of Buford for second place. Reynolds, who started on the outside pole, got around Carter on the fifth lap, and the top five ran that way until the mid-point of the race.
Carter's car started fading back, which allowed John Burns to take over fifth place. Burns held on to fifth until lap 35 when last-year's track champion, Andy Kirby, passed him for the spot. Kirby started dead last in the 24-car field due to a height violation after qualifying.
On lap 41 Chaffin's car suddenly slowed after experiencing rear-end trouble, which allowed Coble and Reynolds to move into first and second. When Coble's car got a loose coming out of turn 4 on lap 46, Reynolds took advantage of the situation and quickly moved into the lead. Reynolds was able to hold on for the win, followed by Coble, Burns, Kirby, and David Littleton. Rounding out the top ten were Michael Green, Chaffin, Mark Blasingim, Jim France, and Harrison.
In earlier action on the quarter-mile track, Amy Whitehurst took the points lead with her fourth win in 11 starts in the 20-lap Women's Street Modified event. Bennie Hamlett took the checkers in the 30-lap Mini Modified race for his third win of the season. Steve Addington won the Street Modified A main, with Sam Owens getting the win in the 25-lap B Main.
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