St. Francois race report 2001-05-12

FARMINGTON, Mo. -- (May 12, 2001) The balance of power may be swinging not only in the Sprint division at the St. Francois County Raceway, but in a family garage in Fredericktown, as Joey Montgomery, the younger brother of defending track...

FARMINGTON, Mo. -- (May 12, 2001) The balance of power may be swinging not only in the Sprint division at the St. Francois County Raceway, but in a family garage in Fredericktown, as Joey Montgomery, the younger brother of defending track champion Timmy Montgomery, won his second consecutive feature Saturday night.

Timmy finished right on the heels of his brother in second place and may have driven the better race of the two. Joey started on the outside of the front row in the feature while Timmy started on the outside of row four. By the time lap nine of the 25-lap event rolled around, big brother was watching from second place with Bobby Hawks and Chris Urish right behind. Once again on this night, as he had proven during just two weeks earlier, Joey Montgomery could not be displaced from the top spot as he held off numerous challenges for the lead from Tim. Hawks finished in third place with Urish taking fourth and Tommy Worley Jr. fifth. They were followed by Keith Burch, Mike Deavers, Gene "Tubby" Black, Kenny Hambrick, and Jay Landolt.

Joey Montgomery won the first heat with Mike Johnston taking second and Paul Patterson third. Urish grab the second heat with Ted Adams second and Hawks third. Urish also won the trophy dash with Joey Montgomery second and Patterson third.

In the Hobby Stock class, possibly the best feature race of the season was marred by a post-race inspection of the top five placing cars where two of the five reportedly were disqualified and stripped of their points for the season.

In the feature, Kent Nations powered his way to his first win of the season in a fantastic race that went from the green flag to the checkered. All 20 cars in the feature put on a tremendous race and the fans acknowledged the event with a huge ovation. Karl Francis finished in second place with Chris Boyd third, Randy Forster fourth and Kent Nation's brother, Kasey Nations, captured fifth. They were followed by Mark Howell, Danny Resinger, Kenny Harris, Billy Mayberry, and Doug Savage.

Official results of the inspection were not available at press time, but will be released on the St. Francois County Raceway webpage at: http://jeff.mills.tripod.com/sfcr.html.

In the heat races, Boyd was the winner of the first heat with Mayberry taking second and Howell third. Kent Nations won the second heat with Brad Mashek second and Darrell Boyd third. Francis won the third heat with Forster second and Resinger third. Mashek won the trophy dash with Kent Nations second. Chuck Adams was the winner of the "B" main with Jeremy Greenwalt taking second.

In the Modified class, ho-hum, Brent Thompson of Farmington won his fifth consecutive feature to start the season. His win in the feature also secured another triple crown. Matt Zimmerly, who ran strong all night long, finished in second place with Mike Crader third Tony Palmer fourth and Billy Smith fifth. They were followed by Bob Waterhouse, Adam Parmely, Kevin Gegg, Jim Brayton Sr., and Jeremy Stevens.

Zimmerly won the first heat race with Tim Radford second and Pete Koenig third. Thompson won the second heat with Waterhouse second and Randy Forster third. Parmer won the third heat with Eric Mabery second and Crader third. Thompson won the trophy dash with Mabery second. Stevens won the "B" main with Butch Lyons second.

A special feature of the night was the Mini Stocks from the Doe Run Raceway making their first of two appearances this season at SFCR. In the feature it was Kevin Buckley completely a triple crown night. He sailed to the win followed by Carl Bellew, Jathon Cruse, Martin Boyer and Eric Bellew. They were followed by Keith Buckley, Chris Boyer, Rick Ruch, Chuck White. Kevin Buckley won the first heat with Carl Bellew second. Cruse won the second heat with Eric Bellew second. Kevin Buckley won the trophy dash with Cruse second and Carl Bellew third.

Racing action at SFCR continues this week with $5 Night. All fans can attend the races in the main grandstand area for only $5. It's also Circle K Metals-Tidbits Night. The St. Louis Auto Racing Fan Club will also be in attendance for their annual night at the facility. The 600cc Multis will also make their second visit to the raceway this season. For more information on the track visit its website at: http://jeff.mills.tripod.com/sfcr.html or phone (573) 756-1734.

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Chris Urish