Short Track Nationals Friday results

Last Lap Heroics Net Montgomery Friday STN Prelim Win LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 28, 2005) -- Tim Montgomery, the "Fredericktown Flash", struck in dramatic fashion at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway on Friday night by stealing ...

Last Lap Heroics Net Montgomery Friday STN Prelim Win

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 28, 2005) -- Tim Montgomery, the "Fredericktown Flash", struck in dramatic fashion at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway on Friday night by stealing victory honors from Shane Stewart on the final round to top the second night of qualifying action for the 18th Annual Team Affiliated Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires.

Stewart only thought he was in the clear after outlasting Tim Crawley in a scintillating opening ten rounds, only to have 12th-starter Montgomery surge to the front in the latter stages to assert himself as a leading contender for Saturday night's $15,000 STN prize. Stewart settled for second, with 16-year-old Kevin Swindell taking the third and final lock-in position to Saturday's finale.

"On that last restart, I just couldn't make up my mind," an enthused Montgomery explained in victory lane. "I wasn't sure if I should just play it conservative and try to block Crawley for third or make a run for it. I decided what the heck, we're here to try to win."

After accumulating the most points through heat and qualifying race action, Stewart led the field to the green flag with nemesis and former STN winner Crawley alongside. With Crawley taking to the narrow cushion, Stewart stuck to the low line in the early rounds as the pair raced in side-by-side fashion.

Stewart held a slight advantage for the opening three circuits before Crawley nosed ahead. Crawley held the slightest of leads each time across the stripe the next five rounds before Stewart edged back ahead on the ninth lap, as the young Swindell stalked the lead pair after starting fourth.

Stewart finally escaped Crawley's tenacious grasp on the eleventh round long enough to slide to the high side, with Swindell taking quick advantage by racing past Crawley for second the next time around. Swindell was mounting a charge on the leader when the red flag flew after 14 laps for Lewis Jenkins, Jr., who tumbled off the turn four embankment. Jenkins briefly returned to action with little more than wing damage.

With Stewart and Crawley busily dicing for the lead during the early laps, Montgomery was quietly climbing from his sixth row starting berth into seventh by the time the red flag flew for Jenkins' flip. Montgomery advanced another spot before the green flag flew again as Wayne Johnson surrendered the fifth position with suspected driveline woes.

When action resumed, Stewart set the pace in front of Swindell and Crawley, who was battling to overcome a deflating left rear tire, with Montgomery racing past Pete Butler for fifth on the 16th lap then charging by Brian Brown for fourth a lap later.

On the march, Montgomery took the show position from Crawley on the 19th round and closed in on Stewart and Swindell by the time the race's second and final interruption occurred after 22 laps for Dale Howard's turn four spin.

As Stewart and Swindell worked the low line in the three-lap dash to the checkered flag, Montgomery worked the middle of the track to perfection to race past Swindell for second on the 23rd lap. Montgomery stuck to the middle of the track and pulled alongside Stewart exiting turn four as the white flag flew.

Montgomery nosed ahead of Stewart exiting turn two on the final round and executed the final two turns of the race to perfection to beat Stewart across the finish line by a mere car-length before performing a stylish, celebratory wheelie aboard the Wesmar-powered Donnie Cooper Enterprises No. 01 Maxim down the front stretch on the cool down lap in front of a raucous crowd.

Stewart settled for the runner-up slot aboard Scott Brown's Lubbock Wrecker Service No. 14x entry, with Swindell a close third. Montgomery, Stewart and Swindell will join Thursday night's top three finishers, Daryn Pittman, Jason Johnson and Gary Wright, in Saturday night's Pack's Dash for Cash, which will determine the starting lineup for the first three rows of the $15,000 to win, $1,800 to start STN finale.

Crawley held on to finish fourth for the second night in a row, with Butler rounding out the top five. Brown claimed sixth, with Jan Howard, Nick Smith, Cody Gardner and 19th-starter Tony Bruce, Jr., completing the top ten.

Heat race winners for Friday night's 84-car field were Joey Moughan, Jan Howard, Stewart, A.G. Rains, Mike Ward, Sean McClelland, Wayne Johnson, Joey Montgomery and Ernie Ainsworth. Dex Eaton, Swindell, Travis Rilat and Brad Welborn each scored Last Chance race wins.

Montgomery took command early en route to winning the first Qualifying Race, with Swindell racing from 11th to make a last corner pass of Butler to win the second Qualifying Race. Crawley posted an impressive half-lap victory in the third Qualifying Race, with Kevin Ramey fending off a late bid from Brown to win the fourth and final Qualifying Race.

Skip Wilson took a wild ride off the backstretch in heat race action, but was able to return for his Last Chance Race. The start of the fourth Last Chance race was marred by a wild three-car flip on the front stretch including Josh Lofton, Chris Shirek and Scott Bolden. Lofton and Shirek were both uninjured but done for the night, while Bolden returned to action.

A total of 89 different drivers have competed in the opening two nights of the Short Track Nationals. The 18th Annual Team Affiliated Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires concludes with Saturday night's finale, which is slated to go green at 7:30 p.m.

Results:

Heat Races -- Top 40 in Finishing/Passing Points to Four Qualifying Races; Balance of Field to Four Last Chance Races.

First Heat (10 Laps): 1. #8h Joey Moughan, 2. #44r Ronny Howard, 3. #40r Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 4. #0w Wade Oliver, 5. #17w Brad Welborn, 6. #85 Jerry Bell, 7. #11J Paul Sides, 8. #1s Chris Shirek, 9. #15b Jim Bowden, 10. #75 Jesse Hockett.

Second Heat (10 Laps): 1. #46 Jan Howard, 2. #15s Nick Smith, 3. #21b Brian Brown, 4. #01 Tim Montgomery, 5. #59 Dex Eaton, 6. #11p Preston Peebles II, 7. #28 Mitch Runge, 8. #42s Josh Baker, 9. #71 Robert Bell, 10. #5L Eric Lutz.

Third Heat (10 Laps): 1. #14x Shane Stewart, 2. #66 Kenny Taylor, 3. #32 Garry Bell, 4. #15h Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 5. #94c Stephen Chevallier, 6. #55 Lyle Howey III, 7. #40g Clint Garner, 8. #1k Kevin Swindell, 9. #7c Chris Morgan, 10. #11y Don Young.

Fourth Heat (10 Laps): 1. #3 A.G. Rains, 2. #1J Lewis Jenkins, Jr., 3. #11x Garry Lee Maier, 4. #40J Chad Jones, 5. #1* Kent Buckley, 6. #44d Donny Howard, 7. #7s Jason Sides, 8. #29T Travis Rilat, 9. #4x Josh Lofton.

Fifth Heat (10 Laps): 1. #88 Mike Ward, 2. #26 Marshall Skinner, 3. #4h Jimmy Hurley, 4. #21T Kent Lewis, Jr., 5. #9x Wade Nygaard, 6. #77 Andy Goin, 7. #4am Travis Jenkins, 8. #47x Louie Carufel, 9. #65 Skip Wilson.

Sixth Heat (10 Laps): 1. #1x Sean McClelland, 2. #91 Darren Stewart, 3. #29h Pete Butler, 4. #7m Kevin Ramey, 5. #2L Dusty Ballenger, 6. #R19 Scott Winters, 7. #12T Joe Young, 8. #33h Mark Huddleston. DNS: #5J Sean Jones.

Seventh Heat (10 Laps): 1. #14aj Wayne Johnson, 2. #18 Tony Bruce, Jr., 3. #61a Toby Brown, 4. #87JR Steven Tiner, 5. #21r Raymond Stull, 6. #50 Jerrod Hull, 7. #45 Josh Howard, 8. #11T Bennie Chesteen, 9. #40x Scott Box.

Eighth Heat (10 Laps): 1. #21c Joey Montgomery, 2. #13m John Carney, Jr., 3. #1g Cody Gardner, 4. #12x Robbie Standridge, 5. #86 Eric Schrock, 6. #29m Tim Moss, 7. #42 Nathan Benson, 8. #B29 Adam Mason, 9. #35 Hunter Schuerenberg.

Ninth Heat (10 Laps): 1. #94a Ernie Ainsworth, 2. #00 Bill Brian, Jr., 3. #47h Dale Howard, 4. #87 Tim Crawley, 5. #60 Eric Sandage, 6. #2m Bryce Vowan, 7. #57x Jake Peters, 8. #74e Claud Estes, 9. #18c Scott Bolden.

Last Chance Races -- Top 4 Finishers to tail of the Four Qualifying Races.

First Last Chance Race (10 Laps): 1. #59 Dex Eaton, 2. #86 Eric Schrock, 3. #75 Jesse Hockett, 4. #2m Bryce Vowan, 5. #42s Josh Baker, 6. #45 Josh Howard, 7. #44d Donny Howard, 8. #33h Mark Huddleston, 9. #65 Skip Wilson, 10. #40g Clint Garner, 11. #15b Jim Bowden.

Second Last Chance Race (10 Laps): 1. #1k Kevin Swindell, 2. #1* Kent Buckley, 3. #85 Jerry Bell, 4. #R19 Scott Winters, 5. #94c Stephen Chevallier, 6. #11T Bennie Chesteen, 7. #71 Robert Bell, 8. #5L Eric Lutz, 9. #42 Nathan Benson. Disqualified: #7s Jason Sides (failed to report to scales after finishing first) and #40x Scott Box (weighed in below the required minimum).

Third Last Chance Race (10 Laps): 1. #29T Travis Rilat, 2. #50 Jerrod Hull, 3. #57x Jake Peters, 4. #60 Eric Sandage, 5. #11J Paul Sides, 6. #29m Tim Moss, 7. #11y Don Young, 8. #B29 Adam Mason, 9. #7c Chris Morgan, 10. #4am Travis Jenkins. DNS: #35 Hunter Schuerenberg.

Fourth Last Chance Race (10 Laps): 1. #17w Brad Welborn, 2. #12T Joe Young, 3. #55 Lyle Howey III, 4. #74e Claud Estes, 5. #18c Scott Bolden, 6. #47x Louie Carufel, 7. #77 Andy Goin, 8. #28 Mitch Runge, 9. #1s Chris Shirek, 10. #4x Josh Lofton. DNS: #5J Sean Jones.

Qualifying Races -- Top 20 in Combined Points from Heats & Qualifiers to "A" Feature

First Qualifier (12 Laps): 1. #01 Tim Montgomery, 2. #1g Cody Gardner, 3. #14aj Wayne Johnson, 4. #14x Shane Stewart, 5. #94a Ernie Ainsworth, 6. #15h Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 7. #59 Dex Eaton, 8. #0w Wade Oliver, 9. #86 Eric Schrock, 10. #11x Garry Lee Maier, 11. #2m Bryce Vowan, 12. #75 Jesse Hockett, 13. #3 A.G. Rains, 14. #66 Kenny Taylor.

Second Qualifier (12 Laps): 1. #1k Kevin Swindell, 2. #29h Pete Butler, 3. #47h Dale Howard, 4. #2L Dusty Ballenger, 5. #40J Chad Jones, 6. #1Lewis Jenkins, Jr., 7. #26 Marshall Skinner, 8. #9x Wade Nygaard, 9. #1* Kent Buckley, 10. #8h Joey Moughan, 11. #85 Jerry Bell, 12. #32 Garry Bell, 13. #11p Preston Peebles II. DNS: #R19 Scott Winters.

Third Qualifier (12 Laps): 1. #87 Tim Crawley, 2. #87JR Steven Tiner, 3. #13m John Carney, Jr., 4. #46 Jan Howard, 5. #18 Tony Bruce, Jr., 6. #29T Travis Rilat, 7. #1x Sean McClelland, 8. #50 Jerrod Hull, 9. #61a Toby Brown, 10. #88 Mike Ward, 11. #57x Jake Peters, 12. #60 Eric Sandage, 13. #21T Kent Lewis, Jr., 14. #4h Jimmy Hurley.

Fourth Qualifier (12 Laps): 1. #7m Kevin Ramey, 2. #21b Brian Brown, 3. #15s Nick Smith, 4. #44r Ronny Howard, 5. #91 Darren Stewart, 6. #00 Bill Brian, Jr., 7. #40r Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 8. #21r Raymond Stull, 9. #21c Joey Montgomery, 10. #12T Joe Young, 11. #74e Claud Estes, 12. #55 Lyle Howey III, 13. #17w Brad Welborn, 14. #12x Robbie Standridge.

"A" Feature -- Top 3 Finishers Locked into Saturday night's $15,000 to win STN Finale.

A Feature (25 Laps -- Starting position in parentheses): 1. #01 Tim Montgomery (12), 2. #14x Shane Stewart (1), 3. #1k Kevin Swindell (4), 4. #87 Tim Crawley (2), 5. #29h Pete Butler (5), 6. #21b Brian Brown (3), 7. #46 Jan Howard (11), 8. #15s Nick Smith (9), 9. #1g Cody Gardner (13), 10. #18 Tony Bruce, Jr. (19), 11. #40r Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (17), 12. #91 Darren Stewart (14), 13. #87JR Steven Tiner (18), 14. #7m Kevin Ramey (16), 15. #94a Ernie Ainsworth (10), 16. #13m John Carney, Jr. (15), 17. #47h Dale Howard (7), 18. #44r Ronny Howard (20), 19. #1J Lewis Jenkins, Jr. (8), 20. #14AJ Wayne Johnson (6).

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Scott Brown , Kevin Swindell , Preston Peebles , Brian Brown , Daryn Pittman , Jason Sides , Shane Stewart , Travis Rilat , Joey Moughan , Jesse Hockett , Nick Smith , Dex Eaton , Wayne Johnson , Eric Sandage , Hunter Schuerenberg , Kevin Ramey , Tim Crawley , Chris Morgan , Jason Johnson , Sean McClelland