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DirtNews Digest Your Online News Source for Late Model Dirt Track Racing "Get Some Dirt On Your Computer!" Todd Turner, editor Email address: DirtNews@aol.com Web site: http://members.aol.com/dirtnews/digest =================================== CONTENTS: May 9-10 results (May 11) HAV-A-TAMPA: Wallace leads all 100 laps at Fayetteville, N.C. =================================== HAV-A-TAMPA DIRT RACING SERIES Tar Heel 100
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Friday and Saturday) Wendell Wallace was certain he wasn't going to win at Fayetteville Motor Speedway from the back of the field. So the Batesville, Ark., driver made sure he started up on the pole, then led all 100 laps for his second $15,000 Hav-A-Tampa victory in 10 season events.
"We knew coming in that qualifying was going to mean everything," said Wallace, who notched his eighth career series victory. "That's why we came in on Thursday night for the practice session, just to work on a qualifying setup."
"After we set fast time in time trials, we worried about winning the heat race so we could start on the pole," Wallace added. "We were able to do that, and that had everything to do with winning the race tonight."
Bill Frye finished second, while Wallace's Monday Motorsports teammate -- Dale McDowell -- finished third, and Frye's GRT teammate -- Johnny Virden -- was fourth. Defending series champion Freddy Smith was fifth, while Ray Cook, Marshall Green, Skip Arp, Rodney Combs and Donnie Moran finished sixth through 10th on the 4/10-mile oval.
Frye got a final crack at Wallace after a caution flag for Gar Dickson's flat tire on the 94th circuit, but he was content to settle for the runner-up spot, about two car lengths behind Wallace.
"I could keep up with Wendell, but there was no need in even trying to pass him because the only real chance I had was for him to blow a tire," Frye said. "I was real concerned when my power steering went out 30 laps into the race, so all I tried to do was keep a comfortable lead on Dale and save my tires so I could finish."
The win boosted Wallace past Smith into second in Hav-A-Tampa points. Points leader Billy Moyer, who won a consolation race to advance to the feature, struggled with his Larry Shaw chassis all night and ended up 12th.
CAR COUNT: 38 late models.
FAST QUALIFIER: Wendell Wallace, 16.695 seconds (4/10-mile oval).
FIRST HEAT: Wendell Wallace, Johnny Virden, Skip Arp, Rodney Combs, Jeff Smith, Pete Broughton, Danny Parker, Steve Russell, Roger Lucas.
SECOND HEAT: Dale McDowell, Earl Pearson Jr., Marshall Green, Donnie Moran, Ray Tucker, Jimmy Edwards Jr., Larry Isley, David Gibson, Todd Barker, Blake Sanderson.
THIRD HEAT: Bill Frye, Ray Cook, Kenny Merchant, Kenny Bass, Buckshot Miles, Ricky Weeks, Archie Adams Jr., David Moyer, Booper Bare.
FOURTH HEAT: Clint Smith, Freddy Smith, Gar Dickson, Hank Edwards, Billy Moyer, Danny McClure, Neal Sykes, Lane Leoffler, Mike Parker.
CONSOLATION WINNERS: Jeff Smith and Billy Moyer.
FEATURE (Pos., driver, car no., hometown, chassis, laps, purse) 1. Wendell Wallace (6m), Batesville, Ark., GRT, 100, $15,850 2. Bill Frye (66), Greenbrier, Ark., GRT, 100, $9,000 3. Dale McDowell (17m), Rossville, Ga., GRT, 100, $5,400 4. Johnny Virden (1v), Russellville, Ark., GRT, 100, $3,950 5. Freddy Smith (00), Knoxville, Tenn., GRT, 100, $3,650 6. Ray Cook (53), Murphy, N.C., GRT, 100, $2,750 7. Marshall Green (89), Dalton, Ga., Warrior, 100, $2,650 8. Skip Arp (31), Georgetown, Tenn., GRT, 100, $2,550 9. Rodney Combs (5), Harrisburg, N.C., GRT, 100, $2,000 10. Donnie Moran (99), Dresden, Ohio, MasterSbilt, 100, $2,150 11. Hank Edwards (66E), Hope Mills, N.C., Stealth, 100, $1,500 12. Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark., Larry Shaw, 100, $1,600 13. Steve Russell (G1), Pontotoc, Miss., Rayburn, 100, $1,500 14. Clint Smith (1), Griffin, Ga., GRT, 100, $1,400 15. Kenny Bass (85) Whiteville, N.C., Warrior, 100, $1,100 16. David Gibson (G2), Ash Flat, Ark., GRT, 100, $975 17. Earl Pearson Jr. (7), Jacksonville, Fla., GRT, 100, $950 18. Jeff Smith (70), Kings Mountain, N.C., GRT, 100, $925 19. Gar Dickson (60), Flintstone, Ga., Barry Wright, 100, $900 20. Pete Broughton (98), Wimauma, Fla., GRT, 99, $900 21. Jimmy Edwards Jr. (48), Hope Mills, N.C., Rocket, 96, $900 22. Ricky Weeks (1), Forest City, N.C., Barry Wright, 95, $900 23. Kenny Merchant (c28), Ruston, La., Barry Wright, 65, $900 24. Ray Tucker (27), Greensboro, N.C., R&R, 48, $900
NOTES: Wendell Wallace won the series season opener at Cordele (Ga.) Speedway on Feb. 2, and he joins Billy Moyer as a multiple winner on the series in 1997 .... eight of the top 10 finishers drove GRT race cars, and the top nine starters piloted GRTs .... Ray Cook's team swapped motors before hot laps Saturday .... Ricky Weeks caused two cautions early in the race .... half the eight cautions were caused by cars with flat tires .... the series heads to West Virginia before a three-weekend break.
HAV-A-TAMPA POINT STANDINGS (through 10 of 32 races): Billy Moyer 1,556; Wendell Wallace 1,511; Freddy Smith 1,503; Donnie Moran 1,368; Dale McDowell 1,359; Clint Smith 1,339; Steve Russell 1,282; Bill Frye 1,277; Johnny Virden 1,250; Skip Arp, 1,240
NEXT HAV-A-TAMPA RACE: May 16-17, West Virginia Motor Speedway, Mineral Wells, W.Va., "King of the Mountain 100," $25,000 to win.
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