Hardeeville report 2001-07-21

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (July 21, 2001) - Hardeeville Motor Speedway hosted the "Kings of the Jungle" as the Legends Cars Young Lions took center stage for the Legends Cars Young Lions National Championship. Not only were the Lions in town, but a full...

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (July 21, 2001) - Hardeeville Motor Speedway hosted the "Kings of the Jungle" as the Legends Cars Young Lions took center stage for the Legends Cars Young Lions National Championship. Not only were the Lions in town, but a full lineup of racing action, including the O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, more Legends Cars and Bandolero Cars. Those claiming victory Saturday evening were Corey Fletcher, Tommy Porter, Jr., Rick Hunter, Mark Terry and John Wes Townley.

The Legends Cars Young Lions Nationals event drew cars from all over the country including entries from New York, Texas and Ohio. The local drivers seemed to have the advantage as Corey Fletcher of Bloomingdale, Ga., Thomas Coburn of Tillman, S.C. and Jonathan Haidon of Hilton Head, S.C. swapped for the lead numerous times. By lap 16 of the event, the field had separated forcing the leaders to begin to battle with lapped traffic. The first caution flag of the 50-lap race flew at lap 24, due to the spinning No. 24mi car of Mark Leinberger of Bay City, Mich. Another spin by the No. 8 car of Hardeeville-regular Jimmy Lang of Bluffton on lap 27 in turn two of the 1/3-mile track would force the field to slow again. Turn two proved tricky once again, as Adam Congrove of Hilton Head, S.C. would spin in the same area at lap 29.

The red flag came out at lap 35 when Derek Shumaker of Conroe, Texas spun coming out of turn four, leaving no room for the No. 69 car of Billy Tysinger of Hardeeville, S.C. and the No. 66 car of Alex Yontz of Walnut Cove, N.C. to avoid contact. Tysinger would return to racing, but Yontz would be forced to the garage. A spin by the No. 82 of Grant Enfinger from Fairhope, Ala. forced officials to wave the yellow flag for the fifth time of the evening.

Jonathan Haidon and Corey Fletcher would trade the lead position several times during the last 15 laps of the event. At lap 42, turn two bit again, with Zack Zeerfoss of Austin, Texas feeling the sting of the bite as he spun into the infield. Debris in several areas of the track would slow the field for the seventh time at lap 45. A five-lap shootout would keep the excitement level high as fans watched future racing stars battle for the victory.

As the white flag waved, Haidon and Fletcher, two of Hardeeville Motor Speedway's regulars, battled side-by-side for the top spot. Coming to the line, the pair was neck-and-neck, with Fletcher edging out Haidon by the narrowest of margins. The "King of the Jungle", Corey Fletcher of Bloomingdale, Ga., took the victory over Jonathan Haidon. Fletcher not only took home bragging rights, but also a seven-foot victory trophy. Chase Miller from Canton, Ga., last week's Legends Cars Young Lions victor, claimed third position, with another Hardeeville regular Thomas Coburn III of Tillman, S.C. taking fourth place. Rounding out the top-five, and taking home the four-foot fifth place trophy was Chris Waters of Evans, Ga.

The O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models ran a caution-free 50-lap event. It was the No. 8 of Mickey Carter leading for the first four laps of the event until the No. 91 car of Tommy Porter, Jr. of Savannah, Ga. took the lead on lap five. Porter's car was dialed in, as his closest competitor, Chris Beach of Hardeeville, S.C., could not catch the No. 91 machine. When the checkered flag flew, Porter Jr. crossed first, with Beach and Carter finishing in the second and third positions. Porter's win was his ninth of the season.

Rick "the Bounty" Hunter of Savannah, Ga. took the victory, which was his third of the 2001 season, in the 20-lap Street Stocks event. Glenn Mappus of Ridgeville, S.C. quickly lost his lead to Hunter on lap one of the race and would be forced to battle with eight-time winner, Ellis Huggins of Richmond Hill, Ga., for the second position. The green flag stayed out for the entire race allowing the field to test the endurance of their entries. At the final rundown, Huggins was listed in the second position with Mappus in third.

Twenty cars took to the track for the Legends Cars Pro/Masters/Semi-Pro event. The full field allowed for plenty of exciting racing action during the 25-lap feature. Corey Fletcher of Bloomingdale, Ga., driving his No. 07 machine, took the lead of the race from the drop of the green flag and never relinquished his position. Jonathan Haidon of Hilton Head, S.C. and Kevin Eves of Guyton, Ga. took the second and third positions during the caution-free event.

Mini Stocks action got underway with the No. 95 car of Mark Terry taking the lead after the caution flag flew on lap two of the race. Terry pulled away from the field, allowing his Ford Mustang to dominate the 20-lap event. Following Terry's lead in the second position was the No. 17 entry of "Chief" Johnny Brown of Bluffton, S.C. and the No. 007 car of Neal Jordan from Pelion, S.C. crossed the finish line in third. Stephen Moore of St. George, S.C., who was second in the points standings coming into Saturday's events, failed to start the feature race, after suffering mechanical problems during the heat race.

Five Bandolero Cars took the 1/5-mile for a 15-lap feature race. The No. 19 car of Adam Gay from Dublin, Ga. started from the pole, but was quickly overtaken by the No. 09 of John Wes Townley from Athens, Ga. Townley led the remainder of the event, with Devan Hall of Leesburg, Ga. following in second position. Gay rounded out the top-three.

Grandstands open at 5:00 p.m. each Saturday. The green flag waves at 7:05 p.m. for qualifying races, followed by the feature events. Hardeeville Motor Speedway is located three miles southeast of I-95 on Highway 17. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, with reduced rates for seniors, military and children. Children under five are admitted free. Information is available at www.hardeevillespeedway.com or by calling (843) 784-RACE.


Legends Cars (Young Lions National Championship): 1. Corey Fletcher (Bloomingdale, Ga.) 2. Jonathan Haidon (Hilton Head, S.C.), 3. Thomas Coburn (Tillman, S.C.), 4. Chase Miller (Cantona, Ga.), 5. Chris Waters (Evans, Ga.), 6. Brandon McElroy (Newnan, Ga.), 7. Ben Pigeon (Abilene, Texas), 8. Andrew Smith (Pooler, Ga.), 9. Michelle Theriault (Alpharetta, Ga.), 10. Jamie Neblett (Apex, N.C.), 11. Steven Woody (Morganton, N.C.), 12. Adam Congrove (Hilton Head, S.C.), 13. Kayne Hickman (Hixson, Tenn.), 14. Jimmy Lang (Bluffton, S.C.), 15. Chad Smith (Centerville, Ohio), 16. Billy Tysinger (Hardeeville, S.C.), 17. Mike Leinberger (Bay City, Mich.), 18. Les Law (Alpharetta, Ga.), 19. A.J. Kramer (Findlay, Ohio), 20. Zac Zeerfoss (Austin, Texas), 21. Ben Reynolds (Trumansburg, N.Y.), 22. Adam Kujawa (Spring, Texas), 23. Grant Enfinger (Fairhope, Ala.), 24. Derek Shumaker (Conroe, Texas), 25. Alex Yontz (Walnut Cove, N.C.), 26. Toby Kempson (Zebulon, Ga.), 27. Jason Reisman (Leesburg, Fla.)

O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models: 1. Tommy Porter, Jr. (Savannah, Ga.), 2. Chris Beach (Hardeeville, S.C.), 3. Mickey Carter (Savannah, Ga.), 4. Skeeter Godbee (Savannah, Ga.), 5. Leland Prewitt (Savannah, Ga.), 6. Bill Marburger (Beaufort, S.C.), 7. Kenny Cranston (Beaufort, S.C.)

Legends Cars (Pro/Masters/Semi-Pro): 1. Corey Fletcher (Bloomingdale, Ga.), 2. Jonathan Haidon (Hilton Head, S.C.), 3. Kevin Eves (Guyton, Ga.), 4. Garrett Shurling (Ellabell, Ga.), 5. Jamie Yontz (Walnut Cove, N.C.), 6. Kevin O'Brien (Burton, S.C.), 7. Adam Congrove (Hilton Head, S.C.), 8. Jason Colson (Rincon, Ga.), 9. John Metts (Cordova, S.C.), 10. Justin Forehand (Sylvania, Ga.), 11. Steve Desimone (Hilton Head, S.C.), 12. Dave Sondles (Johns Island, S.C.), 13. Darren Gordon (Hilton Head, S.C.), 14. Tad Segars (Hilton Head, S.C.), 15. Randy Forehand (Hilton Head, S.C.), 16. David DeTorre (Raleigh, N.C.), 17. Thomas Coburn III (Tillman, S.C.), 18. Bob Gossett (Hilton Head, S.C.), 19. Alex Yontz (Walnut Cove, N.C.), 20. Jeremiah Dennen (Beaufort, S.C.)

Street Stocks: 1. Rick Hunter (Savannah, Ga.), 2. Ellis Huggins (Richmond Hill, Ga.), 3. Glenn Mappus (Ridgeville, S.C.), 4. Jeff Merritt (Ridgeville, S.C.), 5. Roy Cox (Savannah, Ga.) 6. Robert Myers (Ridgeville, S.C.)

Mini Stocks: 1. Mark Terry (Rincon, Ga.), 2. Johnny Brown (Bluffton, S.C.), 3. Neal Jordan (Pelion, S.C.), 4. Randy Day (Beaufort, S.C.), 5. Joseph Williams (Beaufort, S.C.)

Bandolero Cars: 1. John Wes Townley (Athens, Ga.), 2. Devan Hall (Leesburg, Ga.), 3. Adam Gay (Dublin, Ga.), 4. Lauren Sellers (Tifton, Ga.), 5. Nicholas Haidon (Hilton Head, S.C.)


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Series Stock car
Drivers Steven Wood , Chase Miller , John Wes Townley , Michelle Theriault , Grant Enfinger
Teams Williams