HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (September 15, 2001) - On a night when many sports postponed their events, the Hardeeville Motor Speedway management decided to hold its scheduled races on Saturday night with many new winners and many fans showing their...
HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (September 15, 2001) - On a night when many sports postponed their events, the Hardeeville Motor Speedway management decided to hold its scheduled races on Saturday night with many new winners and many fans showing their patriotism by wearing red, white and blue colors. The night was filled with an enormous amount of enthusiasm for entertainment and the dedication of thoughts and prayers for all of those affected in the recent tragedies in New York and Washington D.C.
Between the makeup features from August 18th and the regularly scheduled features for the evening, all of the drivers brought their cars to the frontstretch and proceeding to the grandstands with their helmets. After all donations were tabulated, a total of $1,190.49 was raised for the American Red Cross. Upon hearing the amount, the owners of the speedway decided to match the amount for a grand total of $2,380.98. Tom Haidon of Hilton Head, S.C. had previously announced that he would not participate in this weekend's activities but decided today that he would. Haidon won the second Late Model Feature of the evening and said he was going to donate his $750.00 in winnings to the fire fighters of New York City. Chris "the Shark" Beach of Hardeeville, S.C., ran an extremely close second place to Haidon in the feature and opted to donate his $400.00 second place monies to the American Red Cross as well.
In the first Late Model feature of the evening, a make-up feature from an August 18th rainout, Dusty Williams of Savannah, Ga. picked up the win over Haidon and Skeeter Godbee of Sylvania, Ga. Tommy Porter, Jr. of Savannah, Ga. has been absent from the last two weeks of action, but still had enough points to clinch the 2001 Hardeeville Motor Speedway Late Model Track Championship. The second Late Model feature found Haidon in victory after battling with Williams for the entire race. Beach was able to sneak by Williams at the end for second followed by Williams for third. Both Haidon and Williams were first time winners at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway.
The Mini Stocks finished identically in both the make-up feature and the regularly scheduled feature. Stephen Moore of St. George, S.C. won both features followed by the 2001 HMS Mini Stock Track Champion, Mark Terry of Rincon, Ga. Bluffton's Police Chief, Johnny Brown came across the stripe in third.
The Xtreme Stock Cars were the only other division to have two features. Don Dean of Sheldon, S.C. claimed both features of the evening. In the first feature, Dean passed Chuck Johnson of Dublin, Ga. on lap 12. Johnson finished second, followed by Ray Smith of Early Branch, S.C. Smith rubbed fenders all the way to the finish line edging out the 2001 HMS Xtreme Stock Car Track Champion, Tim Dasher from Bluffton, S.C. In the second feature of the evening, Dean passed Dasher on lap 6 and never looked back. Scott "the Problem Child" Thorne from Hardeeville, S.C. tried desperately to track down Dean, but had to settle for second place. Smith once again finished third as he swapped paint with just about every car in the race.
In Street Stock action, Glenn Mappus of Ridgeville, S.C. came home the victor, but not before receiving challenges from second place finisher Hubert Into of Bloomingdale, Ga. and third place finisher David Huggins of Richmond Hill, Ga. Huggins is driving the car that his father Ellis won the 2001 HMS Street Stock Track Championship with.
A full field of Legends Cars saw an early accident on the start of the race collect five cars in turn 2. After the second restart of the race, Walter Reardon of Savannah, Ga. jumped out to the early lead until he was spun by Andy Logan from West Palm Beach, Fl. The second caution flag of the event sent both Logan and Reardon to the rear of the field giving the lead to Kevin O'Brien of Burton, S.C. O'Brien held the lead for two laps when Garrett Shurling of Ellabell, Ga. passed him. Shurling attended a wedding earlier in the evening and then hustled to the track changing from a tuxedo to a driver's suit to barely make the feature event. Shurling held the lead until Jonathan Haidon of Hilton Head, S.C. overtook him on lap 18 and then immediately having mechanical problems and gave the lead back to Shurling. Working his way through traffic, the 2001 HMS Semi Pro Track Champion, Corey Fletcher of Bloomingdale, Ga. finally made it to the front and grabbed the lead with five laps remaining. Shurling gave chase and made a move at the end to finish second to Fletcher by less than a foot. O'Brien came home third. Zack Tysinger of Hardeeville, S.C. and Wanda Sondles of Johns Island, S.C. won their Young Lions and Lady Legends feature respectively.
In the Spectacular Street Car race, David Lee of Statesboro, Ga. in a 2000 Honda Civic took home the $150.00 cash prize by defeating James Beckett of Ridgeland, S.C. in the one-lap championship race. Beckett drove a 1985 Astro Van that ran like a Corvette.
Next weekend, the Thunder Roadsters will return to the Hardeeville Motor Speedway for a Triple Crown event on Saturday Night, September 22nd. The other divisions of racing featured will be the O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models, Legends Cars, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, and Xtreme Stock Cars.
Grandstands open at 5:00 p.m. The green flag waves at 7:05 p.m. for the heat races and then followed by feature event racing for all divisions. The 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).