Leicht Takes Tri-County Win
By Pat Simmons
Hudson, NC May 28,2005) - Kevin Leicht celebrated
his third win of the season in victory lane Friday night at
Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, NC. Leicht took the
lead on lap 32, while Junior Franks and Josh Goble staged a
battle for third that ended with tempers flaring.
was the fastest qualifier and the roll of the dice delegated
him to the seventh starting spot. Roger Powell was the early
leader with Goble getting by Jason Grant to ride in second
while Jimmy Doyle was third. Just past the midway point,
Grant lost control on the front stretch and crashed. He was
done the night.
Powell spun in turn four on lap 48, after having give up
the lead to Goble. Leicht then got around Goble for the point
and Goble fell back to fourth and battled with Franks for
third and on lap 70 Goble spun in turn four and then Franks
spun in turn three. That was when tempers began to wear thin
and Goble retaliated by hitting Franks under caution.
With Leicht holding off Jimmy Doyle to take the win and
Doyle second, Powell came back for third, with Nick Waycaster
fourth and Eric Greene debuted in fifth. Goble was
sixth, Matt Leicht seventh, Jackie Buckner eighth, Stan
Robinson ninth and Franks was tenth.
Monty Cox picked up a big payday in the Super Stock Pepsi
Challenge after taking the win in their 50-lap event.
Cox started from the sixth starting
spot after Kevin Dill was the fastest qualifier and the dice
came up a seven, meaning the top seven fastest qualifiers were
Ricky Brown started on the pole after the invert with
Marshall Sutton sharing the front row. Sutton was out
front at the drop of the green flag, but it only took three
laps for Cox to get to the front and never look back.
Sutton rode in second and Brown third. On lap 21 Whistle
Burrows took a spin in turn two and then on the restart
Burrows, Everette McMahan and John Clark all spun.
As the laps were ticking off Sutton and Kevin Dill were
battling hard for second when Dill spun. After the
restart Dill was making his way back toward the front, when on
lap 47 he got caught behind a slower car on the inside of turn
four and hit the tire at the end of pit wall at the perfect
angle to get airborne. The car got up on itís nose and
then rolled. After a few anxious moments Dill emerged
from the car unhurt. The same could not be said for his
Monte Carlo. The race was red-flagged during clean-up.
With Cox crossing the line first, Marshall Sutton was
second and Scott Franklin posted third. Rookie Kaleb
Pressley was fourth and Mark Livingston was fifth.
Jon Waterhouse was sixth, Russell Goforth seventh, Chuck
Suddreth eighth, John Rineheimer ninth and John Clark tenth.
Hudson Superette Street Stocks thrilled the fans for 25 laps
and Bobby Sutton was another repeat winner after starting 12th
on the field. Sutton held off Gary Ledbetter, Jr. for
Gary Dietz started from the pole and led the majority of
the race until he fell victim to Sutton and Ledbetter.
On lap seven, Jamie Mitcham, David Smith and Kevin Hensley
tangled in turn two with all three cars suffering considerable
damage. Mitchum tagged the outside wall hard but was unhurt.
All were done for the evening.
Sutton and Ledbetter raced hard and with two laps to go
Sutton got past Ledbetter for the point.
The caution once again flew when Brian Huffman, Jonathon Smith
and Ernie Harris spun in turn two.
Sutton was able to hold off Ledbetter on the green, white,
checkered restart and go on for the win with Ledbetter coming
home second. Kevin Eby was third, Phillip York fourth
and Jonathon Smith fifth.
In the Mini Stocks Hank Hefner picked up the win after Tim
Canipe took the checkered flag and then refused
post race inspection.
As the starter waved the green flag Randy Canipe, Hank
Hefner and Arnold Propst tried a bit of three-wide racing but
settled in as Randy Canipe led early but had equipment failure
and fell back in the field. Tim Canipe and Doug Setzer
got together in turn four for the first caution, while Hefner
was putting the pressure on Randy Canipe for the lead. Hefner
was unable to hold off either of the Canipe brothers, but as
Randy Canipeís car faded, Hefner moved to second. Doug
Setzer was second, Randy Canipe third, Arnold Propst fourth
and Dennis Trivette was fifth.
the Fast and Furious newcomer Jody Church got his first tour
of Tri-County Motor Speedway from the best point of view, out
front. Church took his Dale Earnhardt, Jr. look-alike racer to
the lead on lap three after spinning on the first start. His
move toward the front kept fans on their feet. Jeff Poston was
leader, but Church came on strong and was able to make the
pass, leaving Poston to battle with David Hasson.
Hasson came back after spinning on lap ten for second with
Poston third, Adam Hatton fourth and Stephen Clippard fifth.
Tri-County Motor Speedway - May 27, 2005
Gary Ledbetter, Jr.
2. Hank Hefner