Weekend results 97-08-05

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Email address: DirtNews@aol.com Web site: http://members.aol.com/dirtnews/digest =================================== CONTENTS: Aug. 1-3 results (published Aug. 5) HAV-A-TAMPA: Marshall Green gets first series victory STARS: Rod Conley triumphs at Portsmouth, Ohio CAPSULES: UMP, MLRA, SAS and other weekend results =================================== HAV-A-TAMPA DIRT RACING SERIES Tri-State 100

HAUBSTADT, Ind. (Sunday) Young Marshall Green etched his name onto the Hav-A-Tampa winner's list.

The 23-year-old driver from Dalton, Ga., took the lead from Tim Hitt on the 54th lap then held off rousing challenges from Billy Moyer, Rick Eckert and Bill Frye to at Tri-State Speedway on the third leg of the Hav-A-Tampa Mason-Dixon Summer Tour. Green, the 1995 Southern All-Star champion, earned more than $10,000 for his first Hav-A-Tampa victory.

Green escaped perhaps an even more furious charge from Moyer at the end when the series points leader cut down a right-rear tire with a lap and a half remaining, relegating Moyer to a 10th-place finish and letting Green sneak to the checkered flag unpassed.

"I knew if I took care of my tires and ran my own line that it was going to be hard for Billy to get around me," Green said. "I didn't know that he cut down the tire, but when I saw the white flag, I started breathing again."

Eckert was second, Frye was third and Steve Francis -- who joined Eckert to give the STARS series two regulars in the top five -- was fourth. Donnie Barnhart was fifth in recording his second top-five finish in two trips to Tri-State, while local driver Doug McCammon, Dale McDowell, Skip Arp, John Gill and Moyer rounded out the top 10 on the tacky quarter-mile oval in southwestern Indiana.

Moyer, driving with a broken thumb since a racing accident Friday in Little Rock, Ark., barely missed his third consecutive runner-up finish. He rallied from his 17th starting position for the second time in three races.

"I've gotta give God all the credit, because I was praying all the way through this thing," said Green, who stuck with an inside groove nearly the entire way. "This is our biggest win. I thought winning the championship in the Southern All-Stars was something, and this tops 'em all, because everybody was here."

"I kept trying to run out of the bottom of the corner up against that wall, because there was some moisture up against the wall. Well, I kept getting scared there at the end of the race, because the middle was getting so slick that I was going to slide through it and slide the right front into the wall, and then they said (on the two-way radio), 'Moyer's up there,' and I said 'That's good, I'll be cutting him off every time.' "

CAR COUNT: 37 late models.

FAST QUALIFIER: Steve Francis, 13.186 seconds (68.254 mph).

FIRST HEAT (12 laps; top four advance): Tim Hitt, Steve Francis, Dale McDowell, Rick Eckert, Earl Pearson Jr., Billy Moyer, Ronnie Poche, Carnell Parker, David Gibson.

SECOND HEAT: Ray Cook, John Gill, Bob Pierce, Clint Smith, Wendell Wallace, Steve Karnes, Donnie Barnhart, Dennis Erb Sr., Jim Curry.

THIRD HEAT: Rick Aukland, Mark Miner, Skip Arp, Doug McCammon, Rex Richey, Pete Broughton, Greg Williams, Ivan Jerome, Mike Jewell.

FOURTH HEAT: Marshall Green, Freddy Smith, Johnny Virden, Dennis Erb Jr., Kevin Claycomb, Joe Morris, Bill Frye, Donnie Moran (Robbie Starnes scratched).

FIRST CONSOLATION (15 laps; top three advance): Billy Moyer, Earl Pearson Jr., Rex Richey, Carnell Parker, Pete Broughton, David Gibson, Ivan Jerome, Greg Williams, Ronnie Poche (Mike Jewell scratched).

SECOND CONSOLATION: Kevin Claycomb, Wendell Wallace, Donnie Barnhart, Bill Frye, Donnie Moran, Robbie Starnes, Dennis Erb Sr., Steve Karnes, Joe Morris (Jim Curry scratched).

FEATURE (Pos., driver, car no., hometown, chassis, laps, winnings) 1. Marshall Green (89), Dalton, Ga., Warrior, 100, $10,750 2. Rick Eckert (24), York, Pa., Rayburn, 100, $6,500 3. Bill Frye (66), Greenbrier, Ark., GRT, 100, $3,350 4. Steve Francis (15), Ashland, Ky., Rocket, 100, $2,600 5. Donnie Barnhart (11), North Little Rock, Ark., GRT, 100, $2,150 6. Doug McCammon (92), Palestine, Ill., Rayburn, 100, $1,800 7. Dale McDowell (17m), Rossville, Ga., GRT, 100, $2,150 8. Skip Arp (31), Georgetown, Tenn., GRT, 100, $2,000 9. John Gill (75), Mitchell, Ind., MasterSbilt, 100, $1,200 10. Billy Moyer (10), Batesville, Ark., unavailable, 100, $1,100 11. Tim Hitt (68), Weston, W.Va., Rocket, 100, $1,000 12. Johnny Virden (1v), Russellville, Ark., GRT, 100, $1,100 13. Clint Smith (1), Griffin, Ga., GRT, 100, $1,450 14. Ray Cook (53), Murphy, N.C., GRT, 99, $1,375 15. Wendell Wallace (6m), Batesville, Ark., GRT, 95, $1,450 16. Dennis Erb Jr.. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., Rayburn, 74, $825 17. Freddy Smith (00), Knoxville, Tenn., GRT, 74, $1,550 18. Earl Pearson Jr. (7), Jacksonville, Fla., GRT, 73, $750 19. Rick Aukland (12), Fargo, N.D., Rayburn, 59, $700 20. Kevin Claycomb (28), Vincennes, Ind., Rocket, 55, $700 21. Bob Pierce (32), Danville, Ill., MasterSbilt, 48, $700 22. Mark Miner (7), Stockbridge, Ga., MasterSbilt, 10, $700 23. Rex Richey (87), Ringgold, Ga., Shaw, 1, $700 24. Ronnie Poche (5x), Natchitoches, La., GRT, 0, $700

NOTES: John Gill swapped motors before the feature after smoke began belching from his car at the close of his heat race .... Kevin Claycomb drove a Rocket chassis with a nifty yellow swoosh on his red car ..... there were three white cars with red No. 7s: Earl Pearson Jr., Jim Curry and Mark Miner .... Billy Moyer isn't the only driver with a hand injury; Indiana's Mike Jewell broke his right thumb three weeks ago at Brownstown, Ind., and was still wearing a cast .... and Louisiana's Ronnie Poche injured his left hand in a consolation accident, putting three fingers in a splint before unsuccessfully trying to race in the feature .... hometown driver Greg Williams missed qualifying after breaking a rocker arm in hot laps .... Robbie Starnes damaged his car's rear end before qualifying .... few UMP regulars challenged the invaders .... Owensboro NASCAR driving brothers David and Mark Green were on hand .... STARS driver Rick Eckert's sleek Monte Carlo body on his Rayburn chassis drew the interest of Hav-A-Tampa officials, who produced a template to check the car.

HAV-A-TAMPA POINT STANDINGS: Billy Moyer 4,030; Wendell Wallace 3,926; Freddy Smith 3,709; Donnie Moran 3,617; Dale McDowell 3,524.

NEXT HAV-A-TAMPA RACE: Tuesday, LaSalle (Ill.) Speedway, $10,000 to win.

CREDIT: Todd Turner <DirtNews@aol.com> ------------------------------------------------------------- SHORT TRACK AUTO RACING STARS (STARS) Cornett Clash 50

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Saturday) Rod Conley of Wheelersburg, Ohio, took the lead from Steve Shaver on the 42nd lap and pulled away for his second career STARS victory in the Cornett Clash 50 at Portsmouth Raceway Park. Conley's $10,000 victory marks his biggest payday. Todd Andrews, Shaver and Mike Balzano followed Conley across the stripe, while Steve Lucas rallied from his 17th starting position to finish fifth. Booper Bare, Rick Eckert, Jackie Boggs, Tim Hitt and Delmas Conley finished sixth through 10th on the quarter-mile oval in southern Ohio.

Scott Bloomquist, driving the Calvin Kenneda-owned 7UP-sponsored car for the second consecutive night, won a heat race and started seventh in the feature, but he was caught up in Billy Hicks' accident on the third lap of the feature and left the race.

CAR COUNT: 49 late models.

FAST QUALIFIER: R.J. Conley, 14.801 seconds (quarter-mile oval).

FAST DASH: Shawn Holliday, R.J. Conley, Jackie Boggs, Billy Hicks, Steve Shaver, Rod Conley.

HEAT WINNERS: Scott Bloomquist, Rick Aukland, Todd Andrews, Charlie Swartz.

CONSOLATION WINNERS: Randy Boggs, Delmas Conley.

FEATURE (Pos., driver, car no., laps, winnings, reason out) 1. Rod Conley (71r), 75 laps, $10,000 2. Todd Andrews (42), 75 laps, $5,000 3. Steve Shaver (30), 75 laps, $3,000 4. Mike Balzano (E1), 75 laps, $2,000 5. Steve Lucas (2L), 75 laps, $1,500 6. Booper Bare (00), 75 laps, $1,400 7. Rick Eckert (24), 75 laps, $1,300 8. Jackie Boggs (4B), 75 laps, $1,200 9. Tim Hitt (68), 75 laps, $1,100 10. Delmas Conley (71), 74 laps, $1,040 11. Barry Bragdon (77), 74 laps, $940 12. Kenny Christy (2C), 72 laps, $840 13. Mike Benedum (25), 68 laps, $740 14. Shawn Holliday (66), 64 laps, $650, handling 15. Rick Aukland (12), 50 laps, $600, magneto 16. Randy Boggs (17), 46 laps, $590, accident 17. Steve Francis (15), 43 laps, $500, axle 18. Bob Adams Jr. (A55), 29 laps, $500, driveline 19. Mike Wilson (07), 16 laps, $540, steering 20. R.J. Conley (71c), 10 laps, $500, driveline 21. Charlie Seymour (7), 10 laps, $500, rear end 22. Charlie Swartz (1a), 10 laps, $500, steering 23. Billy Hicks (6), 3 laps, $500, accident 24. Scott Bloomquist (7up), 3 laps, $500, accident

STARS POINT STANDINGS: Steve Francis 7,100; Tim Hitt 5,730; Mike Balzano 5,720; Rick Eckert 5,650; Steve Shaver 4,860.

NEXT STARS RACE: Aug. 14, Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway, $10,000 to win.

CREDIT: Bret Emrick of STARS. ------------------------------------------------------------- FRIDAY'S RACE CAPSULES

WEAVER LEADS FLAG-TO-FLAG AT FARMER CITY: Polesitter Kevin Weaver led all 50 laps to win the fifth leg of the UMP Outlaw National Series at Farmer City (Ill.) Speedway. Weaver fought off challenges from Tony Izzo Jr. and Shannon Babb for the victory worth $5,000. Izzo's challenge came to an end when he broke a left-front tie rod as he hit a tire barrier coming off the fourth turn in an attempt to get past Weaver. Babb took the next shot at Weaver, but Babb also suffered front-end damage trying to pass Weaver in Turn 4. Billy Drake, who won the semifeature, rallied to finish second after challenging Weaver, who was the fast qualifier (12.964 seconds) among 30 entrants. UMP national points contender Randy Korte blew a motor in his heat race. FEATURE (50 laps): (1) Kevin Weaver, (2) Billy Drake, (3) Roger Long, (4) Ron Fisher Jr., (5) Gary May, (6) Ron Donaldson, (7) Ed Bauman, (8) Bryan Dunaway, (9), Jay Sparks, (10) Jeff Riblet, (11) Shannon Babb, (12) Kris Patterson (13) Dennis Erb Jr., (14) Dick Taylor, (15) Joe Harlan, (16) Mike Mullvain, (17) Mark Anderson, (18) Tony Izzo Jr., (19) Gary Webb, (20) Jim Rarick.

ASHLEY WINS SUPR'S FIRST TRIP TO LEESVILLE: David Ashley got a jump on polesitter Jason Ingalls and held off all challengers for a Southern United Professional Racing victory worth $2,000 at 171 Speedway in Leesville, La. Ashley's second career SUPR victory came in the first series visit to Leesville. In a scary accident, Brent McGee hit the wall and barrel-rolled down the front stretch while running third. He was uninjured but his GRT was totaled. FEATURE (40 laps): (1) David Ashley, (2) Jason Ingalls, (3) Butch Patton, (4) Doug Ingalls, (5) Marlon Wild, (6) Bubba Mullins, (7) Eddie Taylor, (8) Ronnie Warman, (9) Phillip Cooper, (10) Rusty Cummings, (11) Jim Fontenot, (12) Rob Litton, (13) Steve Latson, (14) Brent McGee, (15) Scott Slay, (16) John Lovas.

PHILLIPS WINS MLRA SUMMERTIME CLASSIC OPENER: Terry Phillips of Springfield, Mo., blew past Mike Brown on a lap-6 restart then held off Leslie Essary to win a 40-lap Midwest LateModel Racing Association victory at Muskogee (Okla.) Motor Speedway. Phillips' $3,000 victory came in the opener of the three-race Summertime Classic and gave him his 38th career MLRA win. Essary held on for second while Brown, who shuffled back to sixth after his bad restart, recovered to finish fourth behind Jeff Floyd. FEATURE (40 laps): (1) Terry Phillips, (2) Leslie Essary, (3) Jeff Floyd, (4) Mike Brown, (5) Randy Floyd, (6) Al Purkey, (7) David Turner, (8) Robert Dunn, (9) Dale Harris, (10) Dan Leatherman, (11) Kenny Shelton Jr., (12) Randy Brown, (13) Steve Hennies, (14) Terry Muskrat, (15) Joe Conway, (16) Gary Gorby, (17) Alan Vaughn, (18) Jack Simmons, (19) Steve Walters, (20) Randy Mitchell, (21) Russell Portwood, (22) Lonnie Vetetoe, (23) Greg Dobson. ------------------------------------------------------------- SATURDAY'S RACE CAPSULES

RONNIE JOHNSON ROLLS TO SOUTHERN ALL-STAR VICTORY: Former series champion Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, Tenn., led all 50 laps at North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth for his first Southern All-Star victory of the season. Johnson won $3,000 in becoming the 10th series winner in 12 season races. Polesitter Gar Dickson, the fast qualifier among 34 cars, ran second the entire distance for his best career series finish. Roger Best finished fourth to maintain the Southern All-Star points lead. FEATURE (50 laps): (1) Ronnie Johnson, (2) Gar Dickson, (3) Greg Skinner, (4) Roger Best, (5) Steve Anderson, (6) Gary McPherson, (7) Jeff Walker, (8) Byron Michaels, (9) Dewayne Hughes, (10) Rodney Dickson, (11) Mike Lee, (12) Forrest Cate, (13) Bo Shirley, (14) K.C. Carpenter, (15) Wade Knowles, (16) Dean Garland, (17) Larry Harrod, (18) Paul Tims, (19) John Jones, (20) Jake Lowry, (21) Jody Coltrane, (22) Russell Thomas, (23) Greg Knight, (24) Bobby Hassler.

IZZO GETS $5,000 PAYDAY AT FAIRBURY: Tony Izzo Jr., inheriting the lead when Shannon Babb fell out with a broken driveshaft, held Roger Long at bay at Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway to win his second UMP Outlaw National Series race in six events. Long led the first 13 laps, but Babb took over and built a comfortable lead until his driveshaft broke and he rolled to the infield on the 24th lap. Izzo held on the rest of the way to pocket $5,000. Kevin Weaver and Tom Rients were eliminated in a lap-2 wreck after Bob Pohlman Jr. got sideways coming out of Turn 4. Steve Barnett (13.425 seconds) was the fast qualifier. FEATURE (50 laps): (1) Tony Izzo Jr., (2) Roger Long, (3) Billy Drake, (4) Steve Barnett, (5) Mike Mullvain, (6) Gary May, (7) Ron Donaldson, (8) Bob Pohlman Jr., (9) Glenn Bradley, (10) Kris Patterson, (11) Joe Harlan, (12) Mark Anderson, (13) Billy West, (14) Jeff Riblet, (15) Reece O'Connor, (16) Jay Fiene, (17) Shannon Babb, (18) Bryan Dunaway, (19) Kevin Weaver, (20) Tom Rients.

BUTCH McGILL WINS ALL-AMERICAN 60 AT TYLER COUNTY: Butch McGill of West Union, W.Va., held off Henry Hornsby to lead every lap of the All-American 60 at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, W.Va. Besides the $3,000 winner's purse, McGill received a 5-foot trophy compliments of Coca-Cola that reflected the colors of the company's newest product, Surge. FEATURE (60 laps): (1) Butch McGill, (2) Henry Hornsby, (3) Tye Long, (4) Rob House, (5) Lance Elson, (6) Mike Eaton, (7) Scott Peltz, (8) Lee Roy Ferguson, (9) Frank Wilson Sr., (10) Corey Conley, (11) Bill Childers, (12) Kenny Johnson, (13) Scott Irvin, (14) Bobby Hill, (15) Gary Dalton, (16) Ed Venham, (17) Buck Lamb, (18) Randy Henderson.

LESLIE ESSARY WINS MLRA EVENT AT TRI-STATE: MLRA points leader Leslie Essary went flag-to-flag for a $3,000 victory in the second leg of the 19th annual Summertime Classic at Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, Okla. Essary got his third MLRA win of the year and 14th of his career. FEATURE (40 laps): (1) Leslie Essary, (2) Al Purkey, (3) Ken Essary, (4) Alan Vaughn, (5) Ronnie Adams, (6) David Turner, (7) Terry Phillips, (8) Eddie Martin, (9) Mike Brown, (10) Dale Harris, (11) Dan Leatherman, (12) Dewaine Hottinger, (13) Kenny Shelton Jr., (14) Steve Hennies, (15) Jason Bodenhammer, (16) John Vaughn, (17) Joe Conway, (18) Duke Whiseant, (19) Robert Dunn, (20) Randy Mitchell, (21) Jeff Floyd, (22) Terry Muskrat. ------------------------------------------------------------- SUNDAY'S RACE CAPSULE

PHILLIPS WINS FINAL MLRA SUMMERTIME CLASSIC EVENT: Terry Phillips made it 2-for-3 in the MLRA Summertime Classic weekend, taking the lead from Brad Looney on the 11th lap on his way to a $3,000 victory at Monett (Mo.) Speedway. Phillips got a $600 bonus for his second 40-lap win on the three-race swing. Looney had mechanical problems on the 25th lap and gave up his second spot to Alan Vaughn. The first attempt to start the race resulted in nearly half the 22-car field piling up in Turn 3, but only Charles Keeney failed to recover to make the official start. FEATURE (40 laps): (1) Terry Phillips, (2) Alan Vaughn, (3) Jack Simmons, (4) Leslie Essary, (5) Brandon Ball, (6) Dale Harris, (7) Darrell Carpenter, (8) Al Purkey, (9) Jason Bodenhammer, (10) John Hobson, (11) Bill Street, (12) Terry Muskrat, (13) David Turner, (14) Kelly Bremer, (15) Gary Stolba, (16) Steve Roberts, (17) Brad Looney, (18) Eddie Martin, (19) Ken Essary, (20) Ronnie Adams, (21) Joe Conway, (22) Charles Keeney. ------------------------------------------------------------- CAPSULE CREDITS: Darin Stewart <dmsracing@hotmail.com>, Lynn Acklin <SOUTHERNALLSTARRACING@msn.com> of Southern All-Stars, Larry Olson <lwolson@mtnhome.com> of MLRA, Ronnie Caldwell <rcaldwell@alltel.net> of North Georgia Speedway, Michael Rigsby <mlrigsb@odin.cmp.ilstu.edu>, Barbara Ricketts of Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway, Steve Molnar <imolnar@bellsouth.net> and Linda Flaherty of Tyler County Speedway. -------------------------------------------------------------

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Drivers Greg William , Scott Bloomquist , Bill Frye , Freddy Smith , Donnie Moran , Rick Eckert , Mark Green , John Kenny , Mike Brown , Mark Anderson , Jeff Walker , Frank Wilson , Steve Francis , Eddie M
Teams Williams