Hardeeville Snowbird Invitational report

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (January 26, 2002) - There was great afternoon racing action for the first race of the year at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway. Walter Reardon won the Legends Cars main event and Don Dean won the Xtreme Stock Car spectacular. In...

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (January 26, 2002) - There was great afternoon racing action for the first race of the year at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway. Walter Reardon won the Legends Cars main event and Don Dean won the Xtreme Stock Car spectacular.

In the 50 lap Legends Cars feature event, Garrett Shurling from Ellabell, Ga. took the lead on the start and battled side-by side with the 2001 National Masters Legends Cars Champion, Tommy Jordan of Hartsville, S.C. until Jordan retired on lap 13. Also mixing it up with Shurling and Jordan was the 2001 National Pro Legends Cars Champion, Craig Goess Jr. of Greenville, N.C. Goess passed Shurling on lap 14 but Shurling regained the lead with a "power move" in turn one on the next circuit. Goess followed closely and finally made the money move on the 26th lap and held on until he developed driveline trouble, forcing him to retire to the pits on lap 38, giving the lead back to Shurling. Walter Reardon, of Savannah, Ga., started in the 15th position and strategically made his way to the front and passed Shurling with five laps to go. At the checkered flag, Reardon edged out Shurling for the victory. Sixty-two year old, Larry Friddle of Greenville, S.C., waited for the two lead cars to take each other out, but it never happened, so he settled for the third place position. Steve Desimone of Hilton Head, S.C., and Jimmy Lang of Bluffton, S.C., finished fourth and fifth place respectively.

Topping the excitement in the Legends Cars main event would be a difficult task, and the Xtreme Stocks Cars did not let anyone down with their action-packed 75-lap feature race. Outside pole sitter and rookie driver, Jimmy "the Jet" Tuten, from Hardeeville, S.C. grabbed the early lead. Don Dean of Sheldon, S.C., patiently stalked Tuten for the first fifty laps and earned the lead when Tuten had a flat tire. Scott "The Problem Child" Thorne, also from Hardeeville, S.C. battled with Dean for the lead on the next restart. After trying everything he could do to pass Dean on the next 18 laps, Thorne pushed on Dean a little too hard and spun him in turn two. HMS officials proceeded to disqualify Thorne from the event. Howard Sumner, of Hartsville, S.C. made a valiant attempt to track down Dean in the final five circuits, but was unable to track him down. Dean won the event, followed by Sumner and Tuten who worked his way back third after the flat tire. Phillip Pittman from Vidalia, Ga. crossed the line fourth and Dan Rice from Jacksonville, Fl. Finished fifth.

Racing will return to the Hardeeville Motor Speedway on February 9, 2002 for the "Road to Daytona" race featuring the Legends Cars and Xtreme Stock Cars. Contact 843-784-RACE or visit www.hardeevillespeedway.com for more information.

Hardeeville Motor Speedway Race Results from Saturday, January 26, 2002 Legends Cars Feature (50 laps): 1. Walter Reardon (Savannah, Ga), 2. Garrett Shurling (Ellabell, Ga.), 3. Larry Friddle (Greenville, S.C.), 4. Steve Desimone (Hilton Head, S.C), 5. Jimmy Lang (Bluffton, S.C.), 6. Andrew Smith (Savannah, Ga.), 7. Tad Segars (Hilton Head, S.C.), 8. Jim Reyburn (Charleston, S.C.), 9. Jeremiah Dennen (Beaufort, S.C.), 10. Bobby Zimmer (Gilbert, S.C.), 11. Chris Coker (Sumter, S.C.), 12. Thomas Oliva (Port Royal, S.C.), 13. Tommy Jordan (Hartsville, S.C.), 14. Trey Carr (Evans, Ga.), 15. Darren Gordon (Hilton Head, S.C.), 16. Craig Goess, Jr. (Greenville, NC), 17. Chris Waters (Evans, Ga.), 18. James Dent (Hinesville, Ga.), 19. J ohnny Gnann Jr. (Springfield, Ga.).

Legends Cars - Lady Legends Division Feature (10 laps): 1. Laura McKenzie (Hardeeville, S.C.), 2. Wanda Sondles (Johns Island, S.C.).

Xtreme Stock Car Feature (75 laps): 1. Don Dean (Sheldon, S.C.), 2. Howard Sumner (Hartsville, S.C.), 3. Jimmy Tuten (Hardeeville, S.C.), 4. Phillip Pittman (Vidalia, Ga.), 5. Dan Rice (Jacksonville, Fl.), 6. Arlene Pittman (Vidalia, Ga.), 7. Bobby Morris (Bloomingdale, Ga.), 8. Clint Sills (Bloomingdale, Ga.), 9. Randy Crews (Estill, S.C.), 10. Walter Sills (Bloomingdale, Ga.), 11. Wayne Carroll (Tybee Island, Ga.), 12. Joe Wright (Summerville, S.C.), 13. James Byers (Jacksonville, Fl.), 14. Scott Thorne (Hardeeville, S.C.), 15. David Taschner (Summerville, S.C.), 16. Donald Stacks (Brunswick, Ga.), 17. Jamie Shivers (Nashville, Ga.).

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Drivers Andrew Smith , Craig Goess , Chris Coker