Florence results 2005-05-28

Branham, Ridgeway, Gomez On Top at the New Florence Motor Speedway Timmonsville, SC (May 28, 2005) --"Racing Expert" Rudy Branham drove his McDonalds Chevy to his first feature win this Saturday in another exciting night of races at the New ...

Branham, Ridgeway, Gomez On Top at the New Florence Motor Speedway

Timmonsville, SC (May 28, 2005) --"Racing Expert" Rudy Branham drove his McDonalds Chevy to his first feature win this Saturday in another exciting night of races at the New Florence Motor Speedway. Danny Efland captured the pole position in qualifing with Wayne Locklair on the outside.

Locklair took the lead on the first lap with Efland following in second. Mike Stafford brought out the first caution thinking he had a tire going down. On the restart Branham was in fourth place behind Stacy Matthews, who entered his first race of the season. Locklair set a fast pace with the top four running nose to tail. On lap fifteen Efland started falling back and spun on the next lap heading in to turn two.

On the next restart, Locklair and Branham had the attention of the fans as they began serious competition for the lead. While the two raced, Stacy Matthews, Raef Judd, Averitt Lucas, Mike Anderson and Mike Stafford were in tight formation for third through seventh. Judd and Lucas were involved in the next caution on lap thirty-four.

With Branham in charge of the lead, Locklair continued his challenge, but came up short of the victory and finished second to the "Expert". Ben Stanton crossed the finish line third with Mike Anderson fourth, in his first start of the season. Raef Judd recovered from his spin to collect his first top-five.

Billy Gomez won his consecutive Legends Car Special feature holding off Tommy Jordan once again. Brad Salatin and Justin Morton finished third and fourth recovering from separate spinouts during the race. Bryan Ridgeway ran up front for a portion of the race but fell back at the end to finish fifth.

Brian Hicks was the official winner of the Thunder & Lightning feature, as Ryan Timmons failed to meet the required weight limits for the division. While Timmons was running off with a tremendous lead on the field, Hicks was putting up an exciting race with Ricky Hair and Phil Williams of Pinewood/Sumter. Hair's handling got worse as the race went on and Williams' got better, but not better enough than Hicks. Williams crossed the line second, Hair third, Mike Caddell was fourth running considerably slower than last week. Brian Lee was also off his mark a bit, finishing in fifth.

The Charger feature was another exciting duel between Todd Amerson and Willie Myers. While Myers had considerable traction at the beginning of the race, as the laps wound down, he had his hands full and Amerson was looking for a win. The two raced each other as hard as "two old moon-shiners running the hard stuff" with Amerson getting to the checkered flag first. Myers filed a protest at the end of the race. During the inspection of Amerson's engine, it was discovered to have an illegal camshaft, which nullified the win. Myers was vindicated for his efforts and collected the official win. Ricky Locklair finished second while Jay English finished his best this season in third. Garrod Collins was fourth and Reese Tadlock, fifth.

Leon Vinson won his first Stock 4 Cylinder feature since the point's series has begun. Glen Schoen Jr. finished second, Paul Cashman sputtered his way to his best third place finish and the veterans Kevin Jackson and Tiny Parker were fourth and fifth.

Joey Matthews didn't like the way things turned out last week so he put more effort into running hard this week. He wanted to get his newest sponsor Jack's Stump Grinding a win and he accomplished it in dominating fashion. Randy Hall destroyed the front end of his racecar after making hard contact with the inside frontstretch retaining wall. Hall and Ralph Simmons were racing each other for position when they got together trying to avoid slower competition. Clint Bryant finished second, Simmons third, Terry McCathern was fourth and Brad Easterling was fifth.

The Winged Outlaw Sprint Cars will be at the New FMS on June 17th for a special Friday night event. This is a must see show with three wide racing, 1300 pound 750 horse-powered, open wheeled, winged sprint cars setting new track records. The month of July will also kick off with a bang as the annual "FMS Family Fest" happens once again. Details of the festivities will be announced shortly. For additional information, call the New Florence Motor Speedway at 843-346-7711/843-761-1428 or visit the website at www.florencemotorspeedway.com.

Official Top-5 Finishers

Legends Special Feature
1. Billy Gomez Jr.
2. Tommy Jordan
3. Brad Salatin
4. Justin Morton
5. Bryan Ridgeway

Late Model Stock Cars
1. Rudy Branham
2. Wayne Locklair
3. Ben Stanton
4. Mike Anderson
5. Raef Judd

Thunder & Lightning
1. Brian Hicks
2. Phil Williams
3. Ricky Locklair
4. Mike Caddell
5. Brian Lee

1. Willie Myers
2. Ricky Locklair
3. Jay English
4. Garrod Collins
5. Reese Tadlock

Pro-4 Modified
1. Bryan Ridgeway
2. Brian Jordan
3. Kevin Jackson
4. Mike Stafford
5. Richard Barnhill

Stock 4 Cylinders
1. Leon Vinson
2. Glen Schoen Jr.
3. Paul Cashman
4. Kevin Jackson
5. Tiny Parker

Road Warrior
1. Joey Matthews
2. Clint Bryant
3. Ralph Simmons
4. Terry McCathern
5. Brad Easterling


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Series Stock car
Drivers Danny Efland
Teams Williams