Crossville Speedway report 2002-08-09

Randy Weaver Takes Second Straight Late Model Win At Crossville Speedway. 33 Late Models On-Hand for Friday Night Show - Duke Lowe Takes Open-Wheel Win, Ross & Middlebrook Prevail in Pure-Mini and Street Stock Action. (Crossville, TN -- ...

Randy Weaver Takes Second Straight Late Model Win At Crossville Speedway.

33 Late Models On-Hand for Friday Night Show - Duke Lowe Takes Open-Wheel Win,

Ross & Middlebrook Prevail in Pure-Mini and Street Stock Action.

(Crossville, TN -- August 9, 2002) For the second straight Friday night race fans flocked into Crossville Speedway and were treated with high-speed drama in four divisions of dirt racing action. The night of motorsports entertainment marked just the second racing event in more than two and one-half years at the dirt oval atop the Cumberland Plateau and Crossville, Tennessee racer Randy Weaver found the fast line to victory lane in the late model division for the second time in as many weeks with thirty-three late model drivers from across the region unloading their high-horsepowered machines at the one-third mile high banked Crossville Speedway. Weaver's win delighted the hometown crowd as he led each of the 30 laps in the main event.

The evening began for the late models with veteran ace Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN taking the Artic Cat Fast Qualifier award with a lap of 14.24 seconds around Crossville Speedway in time-trial qualifications. The quick lap earned Johnson the pole for the feature but as the green flag unfurled Weaver sprinted out front from his outside row one starting spot and began his trek to the win. Five caution periods slowed the 24-car field but none of the yellow flag breaks in the action would derail Weaver's path to victory. The front three drivers battled their way through traffic with Mark Martin and Ronnie Johnson attempting to make a move around Weaver, but the white and bright yellow trimmed number 116 machine of Weaver kept the remainder of the field behind him to score the win. Martin crossed the stripe in second with Johnson glued to his bumper as Brad Hall and Todd Morrow rounded out the top-five. Sixth through tenth in the final order were Gary McPherson, Rick Hixson, Jimmy Nowlin, Jeff Walker and Jay Brinkley. Weaver's winning Pontiac Grand Prix is sponsored by Gunter Drywall and Tony's Auto Sales with additional backing provided by Tollett Brothers Masonry, AutoZone of Crossville and Gunter Body Shop. The winning Warrior Race Cars prepared late model was powered by Vic Hill Racing Engines through sponsorship from by Calvin Cheek of Calvin's Market in Rockwood, TN.

The top 18 qualifiers in time-trials earned starting spots in the 30-lap main event with the balance of the field being determined by the B-Main last chance qualifying race for the late models. Roy Ledbetter won the qualifier and gained entry into the late model feature and was joined by the other transferring entries of Floyd Turner, Junior Brown, Mike Ritchey, Terry Coleman and Randall McKeehan. Nine late models failed to make the feature event by virtue of the last-chance qualifier.

Lowe Victorious in UMP Open-Wheel Modifieds -- Ross Takes 2nd Pure-Mini Win as Middlebrook Tops Street Stocks.

In support division action Duke Lowe took his number 55 Open Wheel Modified to the win in the UMP sanctioned action, followed in the top-five by Scott Russell, Tony Conley, Ashton Bohannon and Greg Hoskins. Crossville's Brett Wyatt took the fast qualifying award and was battling for the win prior to relinquishing the lead due to a spin in turn two. The UMP Open Wheel Modified division saw added contingency funding for their purse from Metal Lite and Wyatt Builders.

The Pure Mini 4 Cylinder division saw McMinnville's John Ross join Randy Weaver as the only repeat winners from last week. Ross outran Brandon Scott and Michael Luna to the finish line with Gary Fore and Tim Collins finishing in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Ron Middlebrook took the checkered flag in the Street Stock division as Stacy Wright, Julius Todd, Jason Adams and John Breland rounded out the top-five finishers. Racing action will light up the night again this Friday (August 16th) at Crossville Speedway with a full slate of racing action in four divisions at the one-third mile motorsports facility located 3 1/2 miles northwest of Crossville, TN on U.S. Highway 70-N, approximately 3 1/2 miles northwest of Crossville, TN. Feature racing in the Friday night program in the Late Model, UMP Open-Wheel Modified, Pure-Mini 4-Cylinder and the Street Stock divisions will get underway at 7:30 p.m. (Central). Grandstand gates will open at 6:00 p.m. (Central) this Friday night (August 16th) with Pit gates opening at 5:00 p.m. for competitors. General Admission is $10.00 for adults and teens with kids 12 and under admitted FREE in the Grandstand and Tier Parking areas. Tier Parking is available on the backstretch giving fans an opportunity to witness the fierce racing action a la 'Drive-In Movie' type parking. Tier parking tickets available at the rate of $12.00 per person over the age of 12. In addition to Grandstand and Tier Parking for spectators, Crossville Speedway offers both inside and outside tower seating in the front stretch grandstand area. Pavilion Deck Tower seating is available at the rate of $15.00 each (must bring your own lawn chair) and VIP Suite Seating with air conditioning is offered at $20.00 each. All pertinent information for this weekend's event rules and schedule is available at the Crossville Speedway office and can also be found on the Internet at www.victorylanecommunications.com/crossville/.

Crossville Speedway officials announced an upcoming major event at the track on Sunday, August 25th with a special $5,000 to win purse in the Super Late Model division during the "Plateau Thunder Fast Fifty". Special gate opening times and special event ticket prices will be posted on the Crossville Speedway web site. For additional event and scheduling information or to reserve VIP or Pavilion Deck Tower seating call Crossville Speedway -- (931) 456-CARS or (931) 456-2277. Crossville Speedway offers special discount rates on group tickets as well as affordable sponsorship opportunities for company, corporate, civic, school or church group outings at the races. Please contact Crossville Speedway staff by phone or via e-mail at www.victorylanecommunications.com/crossville/ to inquire about these special offers.

Crossville Speedway provides the ultimate short-track racing excitement and entertainment in a fan friendly, family oriented environment with affordable ticket and concession pricing. The staff and ownership of Crossville Speedway sends out our sincerest thanks to all of the fans, competitors and community members who made the grand re-opening of this wonderful racing facility such a success as Crossville Speedway looks forward to bringing more high-horse powered racing entertainment to the Cumberland Plateau region during the coming weeks through August, September and October.

CROSSVILLE SPEEDWAY (Crossville, TN) OFFICIAL RESULTS from Friday-August 9, 2002

LATE MODEL: 1. RANDY WEAVER 2. Mark Martin 3. Ronnie Johnson 4. Brandon Hall 5. Todd Morrow 6. Gary McPherson 7. Rick Hixson 8. Jimmy Nowlin 9. Jeff Walker 10. Jay Brinkley 11. Scott Sexton 12. Steve Harrison 13. Tommy Kerr 14. Terry Coleman 15. Eric Monger 16. Floyd Turner 17. Randall McKeehan 18. Forrest Cates 19. Roy Ledbetter 20. Mike Richey 21. Lamar Scoggins 22. Junior Brown 23. Steve Smith 24. Rick Williams. Artic Cat Fast Qualifier: Ronnie Johnson, 14.24 seconds (84.26 mph avg.)

UMP OPEN WHEEL MODIFIED: 1. DUKE LOWE 2. Scott Russell 3. Tony Conley 4. Ashton Bohannon 5. Greg Hoskins 6. Bill Smith 7. Tim Ladd 8. Matthew Langley 9. Brett Wyatt 10. Skimp Henry 11. Chris Brady.

PURE MINI 4 CYLINDER: 1. JOHN ROSS 2. Brandon Scott 3. Michael Luna 4. Gary Gore 5. Tim Collins 6.Billy Bivens 7. Eric Blaylock 8. Jason Miller 9. John Cobb 10. Ryan Adams 11. Brandon Dunn 12. Barbara Turner 13. Donna Bartlett 14. Gary Winningham 15. Elmer Messer 16. Don Pollard 17. Robert Edwards.

STREET STOCK: 1. RON MIDDLEBROOK 2. Stacy Wright 3. Julius Todd 4. Jason Adams 5. John Breland 6. Marty Seney 7. Dwight Osborne 8. Preston Beaty 9. Shane Hancock 10. Clayton Forsyth 11. David Morr 12. Sam Johnson 13. Lynn Selby 14. David Henley

Friday, August 16th
Weekly Racing Program-Late Model, UMP Open Wheel Mod, Street Stock, Pure Mini. Racing @ 7:30 p.m. (Central)

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Series Stock car
Drivers Steve Smith , Scott Russell , Jeff Walker , Bill Smith , Mark Martin
Teams Williams