Hardeeville September 28th preview

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (September 26, 2002) The Hardeeville Motor Speedway will feature more great racing action on its 1/3-mile high-banked oval this Saturday Night, September 28th on Hargray Fan Appreciation Night. The Lightning Lawnmowers will...

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (September 26, 2002) The Hardeeville Motor Speedway will feature more great racing action on its 1/3-mile high-banked oval this Saturday Night, September 28th on Hargray Fan Appreciation Night. The Lightning Lawnmowers will return to HMS the O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models, Legends Cars, Mini Stocks, Xtreme Stock Cars and Road Warriors.

The Lawnmower racing will feature the B.C. Championship Lawnmower Racing Team headed up by Alan Elder of Gainesville, Ga. Some of the vehicles are now equipped with asphalt racing slicks and wings that will allow them to go in excess of 70 mph on the 1/3-mile high banked action track.

Gates open on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., qualifying begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by the National Anthem at 7:05 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.

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 for discount coupons for the race event.

HMS Pit Notes: - On Friday night, September 27th, Hargray presents the 2nd Annual Beach Blast Boogie featuring the Headliners from 8:00 p.m. to midnight at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway. Tickets may be purchased in advance for this rain or shine event by calling 843-784-2211 or 843-784-HOPE. Advance prices are $10.00 and tickets at the gate are $15.00. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

- The 2nd Annual Legends Cars World Finals has been rescheduled for Friday and Saturday nights, October 4th and 5th as part of NAPA Night at the Races. Participants are still permitted to enter the 50-lap / $5,000 to win event for $75.00. There will be an open practice day scheduled for Thursday, October 3rd from 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. for all divisions that compete at the speedway. This will be a non-points race for the HMS Legends Cars Track Championship.

- Track Points Update: As the track points titles wind down, there are some very close battles and some not so close battles remaining.

1. O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models (Remaining Point Races: September 28 and October 5): Three drivers still have a shot at becoming the 2002 Late Model champion. Statesboro^Òs Shane Jenkins leads the way and has the best shot to beat Walter Reardon and Tommy Porter, both from Savannah, GA. If Jenkins completes one lap in the feature at the final two point races, he will clinch the title.

2. Legends Cars (Remaining Point Races: September 28 and October 12): In the Pro division, Kevin O^ÒBrien from Burton, SC, has clinched the Pro division championship. Jim Reyburn of Charleston, SC has clinched the Masters division. This is the first track championships at HMS for both O^ÒBrien and Reyburn. A new Semi-Pro champion will also be crowned as the battle at the top is a tie between Jimmy Lang of Bluffton, SC and Jonathan Haidon of Hilton Head, SC. As predicted earlier this battle will most likely come down to the last lap of the last points feature on October 12th. Andrew Smith of Savannah, GA and Billy Tysinger of Hardeeville, SC cannot be counted out, but both leaders at the top must have some bad luck in the final two races for Smith or Tysinger to have a shot at the title. Darren Gordon of Hilton Head, SC still has a shot but his chances are very slim as something extremely unusual would have to happen for him to take the championship.

3. Xtreme Stock Cars (Remaining Point Races: September 28, October 5 and October 12): With three races remaining, Don Dean of Sheldon, SC continues to hold a 21 point advantage over last year^Òs champion Timmy Dasher of Bluffton, SC. Dasher made up three points by beating Dean last Saturday night, but Dasher needs more help than that to retain his reign as the Xtreme Stock Car champion.

4. Mini Stocks (Remaining Point Races: September 28, October 5 and October 12): Steven Moore from St. George, SC continues to dominate the division, but still has not been able to shake David Carr, Jr. from Martinez, GA. Moore extended his lead to an 81-point advantage over Carr, but that is not enough if he fails to make any of the final three races on the schedule. Johnny Brown of Bluffton, SC is still mathematically in the points title chase but could be eliminated this weekend.

5. Coastal Medical Associates Street Stocks (Remaining Point Races: October 5): With only one race remaining, three drivers can clinch the title in the Street Stocks class. Glenn Mappus of Ridgeville, SC leads James Beckett of Ridgeland, SC by 12 points. For Beckett to overtake Mappus, he must win the race and Mappus must finish in 6th place or worse.

<pre> September 28, 2002 (Saturday) Hargray Fan Appreciation Night Time Schedule (Subject to Change)

4:30 p.m. 5:45 p.m. Open Practice (all divisions in the following order) Rotation: Legends Cars Mini Stocks O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models Xtreme Stock Cars Lawnmowers

6:15 p.m. Time Trials for Legends Cars (2 laps) - ½ field locked into A-Main, Remainder to the B-Main. Time Trials for O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models (2 laps)

7:05 p.m. Feature Events -

Legends Cars B-Main - (15 laps) - Trophy to the winner. # of qualifiers for A-Main to be determined (max. 24 cars in A-Main).

Lawnmower Race #1O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models - (50 laps) Winston Cup Car Ride (5 laps) Road Warriors Feature #1 - Laps and Event to be announced Legends Cars A-Main - (30 laps) Coca Cola Kid^Òs Pedal Car Races Lawnmower Race #2 Xtreme Stock Cars - (20 laps) Mini Stocks - (20 laps) Road Warriors Feature #2 - Laps and Event to be announced / Time Permitting

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Drivers David Carr , Andrew Smith