SERIES:DIRT, ATOMIC SPEEDWAY KNOXVILLE, TN - RIS - Patrick Duggan of Lenoir City, TN sent a message to his fellow Late Model competitors at Atomic Speedway Friday night that he is ready to defend his championship of last season, by posting a...
SERIES:DIRT, ATOMIC SPEEDWAY
KNOXVILLE, TN - RIS - Patrick Duggan of Lenoir City, TN sent a message to his fellow Late Model competitors at Atomic Speedway Friday night that he is ready to defend his championship of last season, by posting a clean sweep.
Duggan drove his Waldrop Transmission-Stinger/Chevrolet to fast time honors by out qualifying the 22 car field with a time around the 1/3 mile high-banked clay oval in 13.14 seconds, and then led all 40 laps to win the Late Model Feature race to score the clean sweep.
Rick Williams of Crosasville, TN made it a one-two sweep for Stinger Chevrolets as he drove his Cook Trucking Chevrolet to second place. Williams held off a race long challenge from point leader Billy Ogle Jr of Knoxville, TN who couldn't get under Williams in the low groove, and had to settle for third in his Rocky Hill Amoco-Warrior/Chevrolet.
A wild late-race battle for fourth ensued among Anthony White of Clinton, TN, Terry Shannon of Pilot Mountain, TN, Mark Martin of Baxter, TN, and Randy Weaver of Crossville, TN. Several times during the battle, the competitors raced three wide with Shannon on the inside, White in the middle, and Martin up against the wall on the outside.
When the dust settled at the checkered flag, White took the fourth spot in the Stone Center-Stinger/Chevrolet, Shannon was fifth in the City Bonding-Warrior/Chevrolet, and Weaver sixth in the NAPA Auto Parts-Stinger/Chevrolet. Martin was relegated to the 20th spot after the race when his Martin Lumber-TNT/Chevrolet was disqualified during the post-race technical inspection.
Seventh went to Mark Vineyard of Powell, TN in the SmithBuilt Contractors-Warrior/Chevrolet and Vic Hill of Knoxville, TN took the eighth spot in the Pennzoil-Warrior/Chevrolet. Dave Bilbrey of Crossville, TN finished ninth in the Parks Truck Service-Barry Wright/Ford and Jeff Monger of Lenoir City, TN was the Hard Charger of the Race after starting 19th and finishing 10th.
Chad Ogle of Sevierville, TN outran Crossville, TN drivers Duke Lowe, Avery Conley II and Steve Mullinax to win the 35 lap Open-Wheel Modified feature. Kurt Owens of Newport, TN rounded out the top five. Ogle also scored a clean sweep with fast time honors at 14.81 seconds, and then led all 35 laps to win.
Kries Manis of Knoxville, TN won his second straight Super Stock feature in the Manis Motors Chevrolet after a heated battle with Lynn Selby of Crossville, TN. Selby led the first six laps before Manis took the lead on the inside in turn three. Two laps later, Selby challenged, but tapped the back bumper of Manis' car, sending the leader spinning in turn four.
Track officials put Manis back on the point for the restart, and sent Selby to the back of the pack. Manis went on to score the victory, with second going to Brandon Williams of Crossville, TN. Willaims then filed a protest on Manis' car, which was ruled to be legal. Len Sheffield of Harriman, TN finished third, with Junior Waters of Lenoir City, TN in fourth and Morris Park of Knoxville, TN rounding out the top five.
Lynn King of Knoxville, TN came out on top of a wild three-wide battle for the lead to win the 15 lap Pure Mini feature. Rick Grubb of Knoxville, TN finished second, followed by Luke Crass of Harriman, TN, Jackie Courtney of Knoxville, TN and Derrick Elder of Lenoir City, TN.
Walter Sims continued his stronghold on the Pure Street Bomber Division, but he had his moments racing "Bomber Style". Sims had two close calls with lapped traffic, the first one when he went from third to first in turn three when lapped "B-3 Bomber" of "Downtown" Chris Brown took the two front running cars of Jason Capps and Roger Smith.
Then on the last lap, Sims had to dodge the spinning car of Crossville, TN's Fabian Herbert. Capps and Smith almost got by, as it seemed that wherever Sims pointed his car, that's where Herbert's car wanted to spin. Sims hung on for the win, with Harriman TN drivers Capps and Smith taking second and third respectively.
Racing action continues next Friday night on the World's fastest 1/-mile Dirt Track with action in all divisions.
RESULTS LATE MODELS (40 Laps) 1. Patrick Duggan 2. Rick Williams 3. Billy Ogle Jr. 4. Anthony White 5. Terry Shannon 6. Randy Weaver 7. Mark Vineyard 8. Vic Hill 9. Dave Bilbrey 10. Jeff Monger 11. Keith Longmeier 12. Brad Coffey 13. Chuck Hope 14. Steve Best 15. Dan Duggan 16. Rocky Estes 17. Tony Shannon 18. Bill Ogle Sr. 19. Mike Weeks 20. Mark Martin 21. Tommy Kerr (DNS) 22. Sam Williams (DNS)
OPEN-WHEEL MODIFIEDS 1. Chad Ogle 2. Duke Lowe 3. Avery Conley II 4. Stev Mullinax 5. Kurt Owens 6. Michael Asberry 7. David King 8. Chris Rickett 9. Paul Bates 10. Avery Conley Sr.
SUPER STOCK 1. Kries Manis 2. Brandon Williams 3. Len Sheffield 4. Junior Waters 5. Kurt Owens
PURE MINIS 1. Lynn King 2. Rick Grubb 3. Luke Crass 4. Jackie Courtney 5. Derrick Elder
PURE STREET BOMBER 1. Walter Sims 2. Jason Capps 3. Roger Smith 4. Stanley Selby 5. Paul Miller
John Kaiser. Racing Information Systems