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SERIES: DIRT, NLMS National Late Model Sportsman Series P. O. Box 335 Kathleen, GA 31047 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Kaiser, email - WAR at 441 Its going to be a WAR!...


National Late Model Sportsman Series

P. O. Box 335 Kathleen, GA 31047

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Kaiser, email -

WAR at 441

Its going to be a WAR! Its going to be FAST! Its going to be a fender-to-fender, doorhandle-to-doorhandle war on wheels! And its going to be at 441 Speedway in Dublin, GA this Saturday night, April 26, as the National Late Model Sportsman Series returns to the high banks for the fourth race of the season. YES! The Boys are Back In Town!

The first two races of the 1997 season were won by the interlopers from Florida, as John Rankin snatched a win at Valdosta and Wendell Durrance grabbed the honors at Waycross. The Georgia contingent got one back in Savannah when Valdosta driver Gene Maine got the victory, but they want to get even and are looking to Dublin as the place to even the score. The battle lines are drawn and the Georgia drivers are primed and ready for action.

Leading the Georgia brigade into 441 Speedway will be Dublin driver and a winner in NLMS action at his home track, Tracy "Ironman" Mimbs. Mimbs is looking to the friendly confines of 441 to get his season headed in the right direction. Another local driver and a former winner on the NLMS tour is Jim Fordham, the "Beef Farmer", of Cochran, who would like nothing better than to win in front of what is virtually a home town crowd.

The Georgia army is well armed with drivers like Scotty Nipper of Macon who would like nothing better than to leave Dublin with a victory under his belt. The "Muffler Man" has had a rough go in the first three races and is looking to Dublin to turn his season around. Aligning themselves on the Georgia side of the war zone will be Macon drivers Wiley and Dennis McDaniel who expect to use their experience of the Dublin track to move to the forefront in the attack.

The "North Geogia Dirt Farmer" Billy Godowns of Louisville will be there to defend the Peach State's honor as will the "Southern Gentleman" Gene Maine from Valdosta. Just don't expect Gene to be to "gentlemanly" towards the Florida drivers when the race starts! Yet another member of the Georgia army who is expected to appear is the "Bonair Bandit" Woody Callaway. With a NLMS win under his belt he is a welcome addition to the stalwarts defending their home turf. Robbie Metts from Albany, Jimmy Sharpe of Vidalia, Tracy Walden of Louisville and the "Old Pro" Cecil Eunice of Blackshear are other racers who will be on the Georgia side of the battle lines.

The Florida army comes well armed and leading the attack into Dublin will be 1996 National Late Model Sportsman Series Champion Ivedent Lloyd from Ocala, and the "Lumberjack" Wendell Durrance of Gainesville. With a win and a second place finish this season Durrance is wheeling a hot combination into Dublin. Invading from Jacksonville will be Jimmy Lee Davis, who wheels his "Earnhardt Look-A-Like" machine into 441 vowing to take home the win.

John Rankin of Ocala, who started this years battles with his win at Valdosta and Larry Perry Jr and Everett Phillips of Lake City will be among the Florida army that is heading north on the invasion trail.

The battle on the track is reflected in the ongoing war in the season points standings, where Savannah's Ricky Brant holds a slim 5 point lead over Gene Maine after three events. Wendell Durrance is the highest placed Florida driver, just 25 points from the top. Jimmy Lee Davis is sitting in fourth and John Rankin in fifth, and both are members of the Florida contingent.

Rounding out the top ten in the points battle are Tracy Mimbs, Robby Metts, Tracy Walden, Johnny Collins and Everett Phillips.

This Saturday night's war could easily change the balance of power in the points, but the Georgia drivers are determined to hang onto the top spots. 441 Speedway will see some of the tightest, most competitive racing to be found anywhere in the South as the National Late Model Sportsman Series visits.

Friday night's schedule calls for time trials and heat races, with Saturday's events beginning with the Last chance races and then the "War on Wheels will take to the track for 75 laps of thunderous fender banging action.

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Drivers Lee Davis