HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (April 28, 2001) - The grandstands at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway were filled with fans celebrating the life of Dale Earnhardt. "The Intimidator" would have celebrated his 50th birthday on Sunday, and those attending Saturday...
HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (April 28, 2001) - The grandstands at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway were filled with fans celebrating the life of Dale Earnhardt. "The Intimidator" would have celebrated his 50th birthday on Sunday, and those attending Saturday night's festivities were urged to don their Earnhardt memorabilia to honor the man. Those celebrating victories on this special night were Ellis Huggins in the Street Stocks, Stephen Moore in the Mini Stocks, Tommy Jordan in the Legends Cars Pro/Masters division, Corey Fletcher in the Legends Cars Semi-Pro division, Billy Tysinger in the Legends Cars Young Lions division, Tim Reese in the Bandolero Cars and Raef Judd in the Open Wheel Modifieds.
Ellis Huggins of Richmond Hill, Ga. took his fourth victory of the season and pocketed a larger purse than his previous visits to victory lane. Huggins was chosen by a lucky listener of Gator 104.9 FM to win this week's Street Stock event. Should he do so, both the listener and Huggins would pocket the interest off a million dollars, as part of the "Hardeeville Millions" promotion. Huggins succeeded, making him and the lucky listener a little richer tonight.
The Street Stock event was a tight battle with Huggins leading from the drop of the green flag, but with the No. 92 of Rick Hunter riding on his rear bumper. Caution number one came out on lap 16 for the spinning car of Daron Barley of Waynesville Ga. On lap 17, as the field was getting back to racing action, Hunter's machine lost its left rear tire, shooting out a trail of sparks. When the racing resumed, Huggins managed to hold off the No. 84 of Corey Fletcher to take the win.
As if racing once wasn't enough, Fletcher moved from his Street Stock machine into his Legends Car for the Semi-Pro divisional race. Fletcher, who hails from Bloomingdale, Ga., led every lap of the 25-lap race, which finished under caution after the No. 54 of Walter Reardon from Savannah, Ga. spun in turn two and was hit by another car. The caution also flew two previous times for spins on lap 15 and lap 24. The win on Saturday night marked Fletcher's third victory this season in the Legends Cars Semi-Pro division.
The exciting Mini Stock class saw Stephen Moore of St. George, S.C. take his third victory of the season. Moore pulled out to a several car-length lead, while the rest of the pack was dicing it up behind. Mark Terry, who had started in last position, worked his way up to second place before being collected in an incident with Kevin O'Brien of Bluffton, S.C. on lap 21. Terry, visibly upset, took his damaged No. 95 to the pit area during the one and only caution of the 25-lap race. Moore was able to take off on the restart and finish ahead of Marcus Dampier of Savannah, Ga. and Johnny Brown of Bluffton, S.C.
The caution-free 25-lap feature race for the Legends Cars Pro and Masters cars saw Tommy Jordan of Hartsville, S.C. take the win over Kevin Eves, from Guyton, Ga., who crossed the finish line trailing smoke and a fire under the hood. Steve Desimone from Hilton Head, S.C. followed behind to take the third position.
The Legends Cars Young Lions division featured some heated competition between the No. 8 of Jimmy Lang and the No. 69 of Billy Tysinger, with Tysinger pulling off the victory in the 20-lap feature event. Tysinger, from Hardeeville, S.C., took his first victory of the year.
Tim Reese made his first start in the Bandolero Cars this season at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway and made it a good one by taking the victory. Reese took the lead from Zack Tysinger on lap six and led the rest of the 15-lap feature race. Nicholas Haidon and Ronnie Davis, Jr. followed closely behind to finish in third and fourth positions respectively.
A caution on lap 24 forced a one-lap shootout to the checkered flag in the Open Wheel Modified division. The No. 34 car of Raef Judd and the No. 3 of Dusty Lee Garrus swapped the lead back and forth five times throughout the 25-lap feature event. The only caution on lap 24 came out for the spinning car of Dan Schultz of Summerville, S.C. Judd, from Charleston, S.C., held off Garrus, who resides in Summerville, S.C., to take his second victory of the year.
Hardeeville Motor Speedway celebrates Cinco de Mayo next Saturday, May 5 with the O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models, Legends Cars, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and the Xtreme Stock Cars all scheduled to compete. Hardeeville Motor Speedway is located three miles southeast ofI-95 on Highway 17. Grandstands open at5:00 p.m., with qualifying races beginning at 5:30 p.m. Feature races will begin at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, with reduced rates for seniors, military and children. Children under five are admitted free.
For complete event information, contact the Hardeeville Motor Speedway at (843) 784-RACE (7223) or visit online at www.hardeevillespeedway.com. <pre> HMS RACE RESULTS SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2001
Legends Cars (Pro/Master):
1. Tommy Jordan (Hartsville, S.C.), 2. Kevin Eves (Guyton, Ga.), 3. Steve Desimone (Hilton Head, S.C.), 4. Dave Sondles (Johns Island, S.C.), 5. Steve Johnson (Hampton, S.C.), 6. Bob Gossett (Hilton Head, S.C.), Heat Winners: Jordan and Eves
Legends Cars (Semi-Pro):
1. Corey Fletcher (Bloomingdale, Ga.), 2. Jonathan Haidon (Hilton Head, S.C.), 3. Matt Harter (Jesup, Ga.), 4. Thomas Coburn, III (Ridgeland, S.C.), 5. James Dent (Hinesville, Ga.), 6. Andrew Smith (Pooler, Ga.), 7. Justin Forehand (Sylvania, Ga.), 8. Walter Reardon (Savannah, Ga.), 9. Darren Gordon (Hilton Head, S.C.), 10. Jason Colson (Rincon, Ga.), 11. Tad Segars (Hilton Head, S.C.), 12. Christie Anderson (Ellabell, Ga.), 13. Adam Congrove (Hilton Head, S.C.), Heat Winners: Reardon and Fletcher
Legends Cars (Young Lions):
1. Billy Tysinger (Hardeeville, S.C.), 2. Jimmy Lang (Bluffton, S.C.), 3. Trey Carr (Evans, Ga.), 4. Brandon Helton (Evans, Ga.), Heat Winner: Lang
1. Ellis Huggins (Richmond Hill, Ga.), 2. Corey Fletcher (Bloomingdale, Ga.), 3. Roy Cox (Savannah, Ga.), 4. James Beckett (Ridgeland, S.C.), 5. Jeff Merritt (Ridgeville, S.C.), 6. Jason Stephens (Hardeeville, S.C.), 7. Scott Russ (Charlotte, N.C.), 8. Rick Hunter (Savannah, Ga.), 9. Dave Wallace (Goose Creek, S.C.), 10. Daron Barley (Waynesville, Ga.), 11. Glenn Mappus (Ridgeville, S.C.), Heat Winners: Huggins and Fletcher
1. Stephen Moore (St. George, S.C.), 2. Marcus Dampier (Savannah, Ga.), 3. Johnny Brown (Bluffton, S.C.), 4. Patrick Mikell (Rincon, Ga.), 5. Neal Jordan (Pelion, S.C.), 6. Danny Bagwell (Lexington, S.C.), 7. Randy Day (Beaufort, S.C.), 8. Joseph Williams (Beaufort, S.C.), 9. Mark Terry (Rincon, Ga.), 10. Dan Lyons (Hinesville, Ga.), 11. Kevin O'Brien (Bluffton, S.C.), Heat Winners: Brown and Moore
Open Wheel Modifieds:
1. Raef Judd (Charleston, S.C.), 2. Dusty Lee Garrus (Summerville, S.C.), 3. Mark Armstrong (Summerville, S.C.), 4. Dan Schultz (Summerville, S.C.), 5. Richard Branton (Summerville, S.C.), Heat Winner: Judd
1. Tim Reese, 2. Zack Tysinger (Hardeeville, S.C.), 3. Nicholas Haidon (Hilton Head, S.C.), 4. Ronnie Davis, Jr. (Bloomingdale, Ga.), Heat Winner: Tysinger