By JEFF MILLS FARMINGTON, Mo. -- (May 26, 2001) Rod Crabdree of Desloge, Mo. picked up his first feature win of the 2001 racing season at the St. Francois County Raceway Saturday night. Crabdree, who was the 1997 track champion at SFCR, held...
By JEFF MILLS
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- (May 26, 2001) Rod Crabdree of Desloge, Mo. picked up his first feature win of the 2001 racing season at the St. Francois County Raceway Saturday night. Crabdree, who was the 1997 track champion at SFCR, held off the challenge of Dick Gaines II and Paul Patterson (who finished second and third respectively) to pick up his checkered flag. Terry Babb captured fourth place with Bobby Hawks fifth. They were followed by Wayne Sternberg, Keith Burch, Greg Burns, Jason Keith and Jay Landolt. For the first time this season both Tim and Joey Montgomery, the points leaders, finished out of the top five with Joey ending up in 18th place and TIm finishing in 20th.
Dave Johnston was the winner of the first heat race with Ted Adams second and Joey Montgomery third. Patterson won the second heat with Tim Montgomery second and Gaines third. Crabdree won the third heat with Burch second and Burns third. The trophy dash was just a part of Crabdree's triple crown night as he was followed across the finish line in the event by Patterson and Tim Montgomery. Babb won the "B" main with Tubby Black second. In the Hobby Stock class, Karl Francis of Fredericktown continued his sensational season at SFCR by winning yet another feature race. So far in seven nights of racing this season, Francis has four wins, a second place finish and two third places in the feature races. Chuck Adams finished second Saturday night with Randy Forster third, Doug Savage fourth and Darrell Boyd (his best finish of the season) captured fifth place. They were followed by Billy Mayberry, Kasey Nations, Charlie Savage, Jim Bell and Jack Halbert.
In the heat races, Boyd was the winner of the first heat with Jeremy Greenwalt second and Brad Mashek third. Adams won the second heat with Kent Nations second and Tony Blue third. Francis won the third heat with Danny Resinger second and Forster third. Savage won the "B" main with Bell second and Kenny Harris third. Like Crabdree, Francis was also a triple crown winner on the night.
In the Modified class, Brent Thompson returned to form by winning his sixth feature of the season in only seven nights of racing. Saturday night Pete Koenig, the only other feature winner in the class this season, finished in second place with Tim Radford third, Randy Forster fourth and Clark Roach fifth. They were followed by Mike Crader, Billy Smith, Bob Waterhouse, Jim Brayton Jr., and Matt Zimmerly.
Koenig won the first heat race with Forster second and Butch Lyons third. Zimmerly won the second heat with Thompson second and Brayton Jr. third. Koenig won the trophy dash with Thompson second and Zimmerly third. Crader won the "B" main with Dylan Sharp second.
There will be no racing action at the St. Francois County Raceway this Saturday night due to the Tracy Byrd/Terri Clark concert. Racing action will resume on Saturday, June 9th with the Missouri/Illinois Clash #1 of 2001. The event will highlight a week-long series of racing involving other regional tracks. It will also be Show-Me Rent-To-Own Night. For more information on the St. Francois County Raceway visit its official website at: http://jeff.mills.tripod.com/sfcr.html or phone (573) 756-1734.