Tissott Sprints to the Checkers
By Pat Simmons
Hudson, NC (June 17, 2005)---Lee Tissott
outdistanced the field to win the 50-lap Late Model feature at
Tri-County Motor Speedway Friday night, while Kevin Eby was
the surprised winner in the 50-lap Street Stock race.
Goble set the fast time in qualifying and the roll of the dice
sent him to the sixth starting spot with Junior Franks and
Jimmy Doyle on the front row. Tissott
Franks was quick to jump ahead at the green, but Doyle was
having none of that and took the point on lap two.
Doyle would hold the top spot for the first half of the
first caution came out on lap six for a spin by Stan Robinson,
then on lap 14 Bill Cassavaugh, Bobby Decola and John Reynolds
tangled in turn 2. On the restart Josh
Goble, Cassavaugh, Franks, Rock Harris, Donnie Buckner and
Jonathon Fleming were all caught up in a melee in turn four.
Cassavaugh, Fleming and Buckner were finished for the
Four laps later on lap 18, Franks and Roger Powell were
headed in the wrong direction in turn one and that was the end
of Franks’ night.
before the halfway point Ti
ssott came up to challenge the leader, Doyle, who is also
Tissott’s car owner. Tissott made the
pass and after lap 24 never looked back while the battle
continued behind him.
Rock Harris was on the move to try and challenge Tissott,
but spent time getting by Doyle and Powell and by that time
Tissott had an advantage. Harris began to
reel Tissott in, but ran out of time and would finish second
for the second week in a row.
Jason Grant posted a strong third, while Jacky Workman was
third. Goble came back after having to go
to the rear for fifth. Jimmy Doyle was sixth, Bobby
Decola seventh, Powell eighth, John Reynolds ninth and Kenny
Campbell was tenth.
the Super Stock 30-lapper Scott Franklin had an emotional
celebration in victory lane after taking his first win of the
season. Franklin started third in the event
and was able to make it to the point by the end of the first
lap. While cars were shuffling for position
behind him, he was able to take advantage and open up the lead
to a comfortable margin.
Monty Cox had to work traffic and was unable to gain enough
momentum to catch Franklin and the lack of cautions kept the
field from being bunched up. The only
caution of the race was on the start, when Larry Rice lost a
wheel. Cox came home second, with Marshall Sutton third,
Mark Livingston fourth and Brian Stahl was fifth.
In the 50-lap Street Stock feature, there were bumps and
bangs, hot tempers and a surprise winner.
Kevin Eby was not sure how he ended up celebrating in
victory lane. He was more surprised than
anyone he was first across the line.
York started on the front row with David Smith after
qualifying. Eby was fastest but was
inverted to seventh and had his work cut out for him.
Smith was the early leader, but on lap l3 Bobby Sutton took
the point while Eby and Jesse LeFevers waged war for almost
ten laps racing side-by-side. LeFevers won
the battle and set his sights on Sutton., but while Sutton and
LeFevers were at going at it, Eby slipped
by for the lead. After some rubbing and
racing Sutton spun on the front stretch and waited for Le
Fevers to come back around under caution and took him to the
wall. LeFevers then got out and was a
mission to settle the score and was stopped by track officials
and law enforcement. Sutton was loaded up
and left the speedway.
LeFevers and Sutton out of the way Eby sailed on to win with
Gary Ledbetter in second, Josh Burchette third, Ernie Harris
fourth and York was fifth.
Michael Wells made his first trip to Tri-County worth the
trouble by taking the win in the Mini Stock feature.
Hank Hefner was second with Randy Canipe third, A.J.
Sanders fourth and Doug Setzer fifth.
Ballard picked up his second Fast and Furious win in a row.
He crossed the line ahead of Jeff Wagoner in second,
V.L. Richardson in third, David Hasson in fourth and Adam
Hatton in fifth.
Scott Hunter was the victorious in the best field of
Tri-County Minis so far this season. Tony
Taylor was second, Ryan Carson third, Bill Rector fourth and
Jason Edmonds was in fifth.
Tri-County Motor Speedway - June
22x Larry Rice