Porter and Tysinger tops at HMS on Hargray Night. HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (September 28, 2002) The O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models returned to the Hardeeville Motor Speedway after more than a month and a half layoff on Saturday...
Porter and Tysinger tops at HMS on Hargray Night.
HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (September 28, 2002) The O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models returned to the Hardeeville Motor Speedway after more than a month and a half layoff on Saturday night. Tommy Porter, Jr. of Savannah, GA picked up the victory over current track points leader Shane Jenkins from Statesboro, GA. In Legends Cars action, Billy Tysinger of Hardeeville, SC recorded his first career victory. Steven Moore from St. George, SC and Timmy Dasher of Bluffton, SC won the Mini Stock and Xtreme Stock Car features respectively. Randy Grainger from Summerville, SC picked up two Road Warrior wins. The Lightning fast lawnmowers put on two exciting exhibition races at Hargray Fan Appreciation Night as well.
Polesitter Shane Jenkins jumped out to an early lead in the O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models. Tommy Porter kept Jenkins within striking distance and passed him on lap 10 to take the lead. Fast qualifier Mark Terry from Rincon, GA trailed both Porter and Jenkins, but seemed to fade as the laps wound down. This was Terry's first time back to the track since July and he should be able to get the car dialed in on the long runs. Fans have a good chance of seeing the white number 95 in victory lane before the season ends. Jenkins closed in on Porter a few times but could not make the pass. A late race caution for Tom Haidon of Hilton Head, SC and Corey Fletcher of Bloomingdale, GA set up a two-lap shootout to the finish. Porter, with a good jump on the restart, held a four car advantage over Jenkins at the finish. Ex-dirt racer Randy Cook from Savannah, GA finished third, followed by Terry and Walter Reardon of Savannah, GA. If Jenkins starts the next weekend's race, he will clinch his first HMS Track Championship.
In Legends Cars racing action, fourteen-year old Andrew Smith of Pooler, GA jumped out to an early lead at the start, as faster timer Billy Tysinger passed three cars on the first lap to go from his sixth place starting spot to third. Tysinger passed Jimmy Lang of Bluffton, SC the next lap and took the lead away from Smith on lap 3. Tysinger held a commanding lead throughout the race until a caution on the 22nd lap bunched the field behind his rear bumper. Jonathan Haidon from Hilton Head, SC., Lang and Smith all made runs at the leader, but were unable to pass his for the win. Following Tysinger across the line was Haidon, Lang, Smith and Darren Gordon from Hilton Head, SC. Haidon's finish puts him three points ahead of Lang going into the final points race of the season on Saturday, October 12th.
The 50/50 drawing benefiting the Jasper County Rotary was won by a gentleman visiting from London, England. He picked up $350.00 after his winning number was called out and said, "I love this American racing."
Next Saturday night, October 5th, the Hardeeville Motor Speedway will be back in action with its 3rd annual NAPA Night at the Races featuring the O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models, Legends Cars World Finals postponed from September 14th, Coastal Medical Associates Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Xtreme Stock Cars and Road Warriors. Gates open at 4:00 p.m., qualifying begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by the National Anthem at 7:00 p.m. General admission ticket prices are $10.00 for adults; $6.00 for Juniors (ages 13-16), Seniors (55 and older) and Military (with proper I.D.); and children under 12 are free.
Friday night, October 4th will feature qualifying, heats and feature events for the Legends Cars World Finals. Gates open at 4:00 p.m., qualifying begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by the National Anthem at 7:00 p.m.
The Hardeeville Motor Speedway is located three miles south of I-95 (exit 5 in SC) on Highway 17 or just ten miles north of Savannah on Highway 17. For more information, contact (843) 784 RACE (7223) or visit online at www.hardeevillespeedway.com.