Hardeeville report 2001-08-11

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (August 11, 2001) - Racing at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway on Saturday Night was delayed for approximately two hours due to monsoon type rains that hit the track right after the last qualifying heat was completed. Track ...

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (August 11, 2001) - Racing at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway on Saturday Night was delayed for approximately two hours due to monsoon type rains that hit the track right after the last qualifying heat was completed. Track officials began drying the 1/3-mile high banked oval as soon as the 30 minute downpour was finished and resumed with feature racing. New names found their way into victory lane. Tommy Porter, Jr., Clay Hair, Rick Hunter, Stephen Moore, Ray Smith and Jimmy Lang all visited victory lane. Chris Miles of Beaufort, S.C. in a 1993 Mustang GT defeated David Huggins from Savannah, Ga. in a 1993 Grand Am during the final round of the "Big Kahuna Street Car Showdown."

Nine O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models took to the 1/3-mile track for the 50-lap main. Tom Haidon from Hilton Head, S.C. jumped out to an early lead and led until lap 7 when Tommy Porter, Jr. of Savannah, Ga. took over the top spot. Haidon then had mechanical trouble the rest of the evening, finishing 8th. Skeeter Godbee of Sylvania, Ga. chased Porter for the remaining 43 laps, but was unable to mount a significant challenge for the lead. Leland Prewitt from Savannah, Ga. finished third after spinning on the original start. Mikie Stafford of Ellabell, Ga. and Bubba Jones of Savannah, Ga. rounded out the top five. With this win, Porter claimed his first HMS Track Points Championship.

After missing last week's feature event due to engine problems, Stephen Moore of St. George, S.C., found victory lane again. Moore jumped out to any early lead from the start and never looked back in the 20-lap event. Mark Terry of Rincon, Ga. came home second and only needs to start one of the next two final point races to claim his second HMS Mini Stock point championship. Johnny Brown of Bluffton, S.C., Danny Bagwell of Lexington, S.C. and Neil Jordan of Pelion, S.C. finished third through fifth respectively.

Rick Hunter from Savannah, Ga. jumped out to an early lead and held off a late race charge from Glenn Mappus of Ridgeville, S.C. and Ellis Huggins of Richmond Hill, Ga. Mappus and Huggins closed within a car length at the end, but were unsuccessful in taking the win from "The Bounty Hunter." HMS Track Point leader, Huggins appears to have a lock on the title, but with two races remaining, anything can happen. Late race contact between Payton Prewitt of Savannah, Ga. and Jeff Merritt of Ridgeville, S.C. made for some excitement in the pits after the races, but was quickly broken up by HMS security.

A combined Pro, Masters and Semi-Pro division Legends Cars feature had 24 cars take the green flag and produced excitement during the entire 25-lap main event. Starting from the pole, Clay Hair, the 1998 National Pro Division Champion from Mt. Pleasant, S.C., jumped out into an early lead. A spinning car of Steve Desimone of Hilton Head, S.C. brought out the first caution on lap 2. On the restart, Corey Fletcher of Bloomingdale, Ga. passed Hair and led four laps until Hair regained the top spot on lap 7. Craig Goess, Jr. from Greenville, N.C, passed Fletcher two laps later for second and began to set his sights on the leader. A caution on lap 17 for a spin by Walter Reardon of Savannah, Ga. allowed Goess to restart on the rear bumper of Hair. After the restart, Goess passed Hair to gain the top spot and looked to continue his streak of wins at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway. However, Hair extinguished these hopes when he flew by Goess two laps later and never looked back despite two more caution flags before the event ended. Fletcher always lurking in the shadows of the leader got by Goess to earn second. Goess held onto third place at the end.

Bob Gossett of Hilton Head, S.C. looks to repeat at the HMS Pro Division Legends Cars track champion for the second year in a row as he only needs to start one of the next two final point races to secure it. Gossett teammate, Corey Fletcher also needs to only start one of the final two point races to secure the Semi Pro Track championship as well. Dave Sondles from Johns Island, S.C. clinched the HMS Masters Division Championship with his feature finish.

Now becoming a usual occurance at HMS, the full contact Xtreme Stock Feature went without a caution flag waving. After bouncing off cars like a pinball last week, Ray Smith of Early Branch, S.C. started on the pole and led all 20 laps of the main event. However, things were not so clean for second place as four cars exchanged positions during the entire race. At the checkered flag, the "Problem Child" Scott Thorne of Hardeeville, S.C. finished second, followed by Bob Gossett of Hilton Head, S.C. for third. Tim Dasher of Bluffton, S.C. continues to hold onto the top spot in the HMS Xtreme Stock Car points battle over Don Dean of Sheldon, S.C.

Jimmy Lang of Bluffton, S.C. picked up his fourth season victory in the Legends Cars Young Lions race. Lang won the 15-lap feature race when Billy Tysinger of Hardeeville, S.C. was penalized at the end of the race for jumping on the restart on lap 13. At the end, Tysinger was relegated to the rear of the field at the end, giving his younger brother Zack Tysinger second place.

Next weekend, it will be "Back to School Night" at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway. All children 12 and under will be admitted free with a paying adult. The divisions of racing featured will be the O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models, Legends Cars, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Xtreme Stock Cars, the Open Wheel Modifieds and the Bandolero Cars. The ever-popular "Lady Legends Cars" will also be competing on "Back to School Night."

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 12 years of age are admitted free with a paying adult. Information is available at online at www.hardeevillespeedway.com or by calling (843) 784-RACE (7223).

-hms

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