Wild Night of Action With USCS Sprints and More...
Hudson, NC (July 30, 2004) - "Once in a
blue moon" has been an expression used to describe rare
occurrences. For everyone at Tri-County Motor Speedway
Friday night the expression took on new meaning. Most
are glad what they saw only will happen once in a blue moon.
Friday night was the second full moon in the month.
The USCS Outlaw Sprint cars roared into town and put on a
show fans will not soon forget. It was not the action
packed racing for lead, no holds barred racing that caught
their eye, but the crash. Jim Raptis, of Marietta, Ga. was
able to make it to the checkered flag, but not before Joe
Rebman, of Mansfield, Ohio, crashed into the first turn
retaining wall and fence in a horrific crash that had everyone
holding their breath as the young man emerged from his burning
race car. The race was red flagged for clean-up and
repairs to the fence, but as the green flag flew for the
remaining nine lap dash to the finish, Raptis held off Malabar,
Fla. racer Kenny Adams, for the win.
In the Street Stock feature, Sugar Groves Gary Dietz also gave
fans a scare as he tangled with Jonathon Smith and Gary
Ledbetter coming out of turn four. Dietz hit the outside
wall hard in a head-on collision and was complaining of rib
and shoulder pain. He was removed from his car by Hudson
Rescue and North Catawba Fire Dept. members and transported to
Valdese General Hospital for treatment. He was later
released and returned to the track.
In Tuscon Late Model action Nick Waycaster pick up his
first win after battling with Rock Harris for the lead.
Waycaster's luck at been up and down at the 4/10 miles oval
but Friday night was his night to take home the trophy.
Right before the halfway point Harris and Waycaster got
together and Harris was black flagged for damage to his racer.
While Harris pitted under caution, Jacky Workman moved up to
second but was unable to catch Waycaster. Tres Wilson
posted a third place finish while Kevin Eby had a fourth place
run in his first Late Model outing of the season. Harris
recovered to take home fifth. Keven Wood, of the famous
Wood Brothers stable, was able to claim sixth in his first
Late Model stock event. Steven Woody was seventh, Kenny
Sigmon eighth, Ronnie Davidson ninth and John Reynolds, Jr.
In the Mini Stock 25 lap feature Randy Canipe was first to take
the checkered flag with Dennis Trivet second, Scott
Whittington third, Jason Cochran fourth and Rob Lewis fifth.
After the lap five crash in the Street Stock race that took
out three of the front running cars, Marshall Sutton held the
lead but on lap 12 Eby motored past Sutton for the lead.
Sutton would settle into second and Jesse LeFevers would be in
third at the end. David Smith was fourth and Jamey
The Fast and the Furious race went to Worley Robbins, with
Stephen Clippard second, Jon Ebeling third, Richard Watts
fourth and Adam Hatton fifth.
TCMS will host Fan Appreciation night this Friday night
with admission only $5. There will be a V-8 Demolition
Derby Great American Sack race and regular racing in all
**Tim Ford contributed to this story.
Tri-County Motor Speedway Race Results
for July 30, 2004