Goble Claims Tri-County Win By Inches
By Pat Simmons
Hudson, NC (June 11, 2005) --- What a show!
Josh Goble and Rock Harris spent 25 laps battling for
the lead in Tri-County Motor Speedway’s 50-lap Late Model
event. Racing the way it should be. Fans on their feet for the
entire last half of the race, two drivers battling
side-by-side lap after lap and the best part, they never
The race started after Harris, the fastest qualifier, was
inverted back to sixth and Goble started on the front row
outside of Lee Tissot.
was on the point for the first half of the event and Goble
patiently waited in second for the right time to make a move
to the lead. As Harris came on strong,
Goble knew it was time to make his move and motored past
Tissot on lap 26 to take the lead. Harris followed suit and
moved into second, but Harris had his sights set on the lead
and the battle began. Harris, the current
reigning and three time champion was careful in his moves with
the G&G Motorsports Ford, while Goble, a high school
English teacher, was also on guard in his Littlejohn Cycle
Chevrolet. At any time in those last laps
either driver could have taken the other out. Experience and
level heads prevailed and the fans went wild. Goble
held off Harris for his first win of the season and Harris
went home second, but definitely not a loser.
While Goble and Harris were the crossing the line just mere
inches apart at the checkered flag, Tissott followed in third,
with Nick Waycaster posting a strong fourth. Jacky
Workman was fifth, Roger Powell sixth, Junior Franks seventh
and Jason Grant eighth. Bobby Decola earned ninth in his first
visit to the speedway, while Eric Green was tenth.
Sutton was celebrated his second Super Stock win of the season
by holding off Ricky Brown for the win after taking the lead
on lap seven.
Jared Broadbent started on the pole, but Brown got the jump
at the drop on the green. The first caution
came out on the first lap as Brian Stahl found himself facing
the wrong direction in turn four. Stahl was
lucky as everyone got by him without contact.
The field restarted double file, and once again, Brown was
fastest on the start. Sutton made his way
to the front to challenge Brown and after getting the lead was
able to hold off Brown for the win. Brown
ran his best race of the season and proved he is another
contender for a spot in victory lane.
Kaleb Pressley was third after being involved in a crash with
Whistle Burrows on lap 22. Mark Livingston
was fourth, and Russell Goforth was fifth. Monty
Cox rode his ill handling race car to sixth, with Stahl
seventh. Jon Waterhouse was eighth after
crashing hard in turn two at the final flag. Burrows
was ninth and Scott Franklin tenth.
The Hudson Superette Street Stocks also put on a whale of a
show as Josh Burchette held off Bobby Sutton to take his
second win of the season.
Mike Hatton and Jim Ledden started on the front row, while
Burchette was sixth and Sutton started from tenth.
David Manis was quick to get to the front but on the
start the 03 of Kevin Eby lost a wheel for the first caution.
On the restart George Anen, Jr. drove his racer to the
front and was able to hold the lead for a bit, but Burchette
poured it on lap six to make his move.
With Burchette taking the victory and Sutton second, Ernie
Harris was third, Anen fourth and Manis was fifth.
The Mini Stock feature went to Doug Setzer after he had an
early spin and had to come back from the rear. Setzer
was methodic about picking off cars on his way to the front
and on lap five came up to challenge teammate Arnold Propst
for the lead. Setzer and Propst came home
first and second with Tony Franklin bringing his new Mustang
across the line in third. Jason Cochran was
fourth and Hank Hefner was fifth.
With the Fast and Furious having it’s best field of cars
so far this season, Brad Ballard got to victory lane in his
first trip to the speedway. Jody Church did
the same thing last week. The newcomers have come to race and
that they did. Church tried to make it two
in a row, but Ballard was able to muscle past on lap five
after spinning on the second lap. Gary Rice
was second, David Hasson third, Church was fourth and Matthew
Barker was fifth.
Jeff Banks picked up his third win of the season in the
Tri-County Minis feature, while Trevor Bayne held off Jake
Crum to take the Allison Legacy win.
Next Friday night TCMS will host racing in all regular
divisions and the Hudson Superette Street Stocks will take to
the track for 50-laps of racing.
Tri-County Motor Speedway - June
John Reynolds, Jr.
George Anen, Jr.