Harris/Swaim Earn Wins at Tri-County
Hudson, North Carolina (June 9, 2006) - Finally,
racing action resumed at Tri-County Motor Speedway Friday
night under a full moon, along with a couple weeks
of down time for racers, made for exciting racing and fans
were treated to serious racing action and surprises.
The evening started off with the May 26th
make-up races and Rock Harris etched his name into the history
book with his first win of the season in the Late Model Stock
portion and Monty Cox soared into victory lane to claim the
Pepsi Super Stock Challenge.
The evening ended with Travis Swaim making the trip to the
winner’s circle in his first visit to the speedway and the
Super stock race was declared a three way tie for the win with
Scott Franklin, Kaleb Pressley and Monty Cox all celebrating
in victory lane.
In the first Late Model Stock race, Harris started on the
front row, along with Josh Goble and was able to get out front
at the drop of the green and while Goble and Waycaster were
battling for second, Harris was able to pull away enough to be
comfortable, until the first caution on lap 10. As
the field came to green again, Harris was able to maintain the
lead while watching the action continue in his rear view
mirror. Ricky Bryant was able to move past
Waycaster on lap 22 in his charge to the front and then
claimed second from Goble on the white flag lap to earn
second. Goble was third, Dexter Canipe, Jr.
fourth and Travis Swaim was fifth.
Waycaster fell to sixth, Travis Jarrett was seventh, Lee
Tissott eighth, Kevin Leicht ninth and Bruce Green was tenth.
the Pepsi Super Stock Challenge portion of the make-up races,
Monty Cox was leading when the rain came, on May 26th,
and was determined to not let that race get away after a two
Jeffrey Worley started on the front row with Steve Parris,
and Worley was able to get the lead at the start, but by lap
three Parris was able to move past to lead the field.
In the meantime, Franklin, Cox and Mark Livingston were
staging a wild battle to get to the front, often racing three
wide while in traffic.
Parris kept the lead for a short time and David Messer took
his turn at the front, but by lap six Cox had come from the
seventh starting spot to the lead, with Franklin, who started
tenth, hot on his trail to second.
Just before Cox got the lead the field came under a red
flag for a serious turn three crash involving Worley, Brian
Stahl, Kaleb Pressley and Tim Aultman. Aultman
and Pressley returned to the race, but Stahl and Worley’s
evening ended in the pits. None of the
drivers were injured.
As the race resumed, a classic battle for lead unfolded
between Cox and Franklin, and due to the time limit, the race
ended at 20 laps with Cox in victory lane. Franklin
claimed second with Mark Livingston third, Parris fourth and
In the regularly scheduled racing program, Travis Jarrett
started the Late Model Stock feature on the pole, with Nick
Waycaster on the outside. Waycaster seemed
to have his racer dialed in as he took the lead on lap one,
while Jarrett had to battle with his teammate, Travis Swaim.
Swaim took over second, but was not able to get by
On lap 15 the first caution flew and as the field
restarted, Waycaster still leading Swaim, but the second
caution came on lap 36 when Waycaster developed
engine problems and left debris on the track. Waycaster’s
best run of the season came to an abrupt end and Swaim was on
the point in his first time racing on the 4/10 mile oval.
Ricky Bryant had worked his way up to
restart in second, but was unable to catch Swaim.
With Swaim earning his first Late Model Stock win, Bryant
came home second, and another new face, Marc Davis, rounded
out the top three. Davis, a member of the
Joe Gibbs Racing program, seemed to have the handle on the
tough track, as did Swaim.
Lee Tissot was fourth, Kevin Leicht was fifth, Goble sixth,
Jarrett seventh, Harris eighth, Eric Green ninth and Jason
second Super Stock race kept fans on their feet and officials
on their toes, as in the end the race was a three way tie for
the win for the first time in Tri-County Motor Speedway
James Dolan and Steve Parris shared the front row behind
the pace car and as the pace car dropped from the track and
field came to green, Parris was able to grab the lead while
Dolan stuttered on the spot and fell back into heavy traffic.
By lap three Pressley had the point with Franklin and
Cox following close. The three racers put
on a show fans will not long forget as all three were seeing
trophies on the mantle. Franklin got past
Pressley on lap 16, all the while Cox was biding his time and
hoping the top two would make a mistake. Pressley
and Franklin continued the battle down to the white flag and
Cox knew he had to be ready and when the two were continuing
to battle for the win in the most exciting race of the season.
As the top two came off of turn four for the checkers,
they made contact but were able to hold on, while Cox hoped
for the best and dove to the inside and the three crossed the
line side-by-side in a dead heat.
All three came to victory lane to celebrate. All
three will receive credit for the win. All
the while, Ricky Brown sat back and watched the action unfold
in front of him as he earned fourth. Mark Livingston was
fifth, Parris was sixth, Aultman seventh,
Shawn Day eighth, Jason Franklin ninth and Jessica Barlowe
At the start of the Street Stock race, Gary Lovelace and
Mike Hatton shared the front row and in an exciting start,
David Manis, hungry for his first win, came from the sixth
starting spot all in one lap to take the lead.
Manis was leading, with Kevin Hensley in second, but in
third, Waylon Flynn was on the move. By lap
five, Flynn was in second with his sight set on Manis and by
lap six his mission was accomplished. Meanwhile,
Ernie Harris had his sight set on Flynn from eighth.
It took Harris until lap 18 to get to second and ready
to challenge Flynn, but was unable to gain one more spot and
Flynn crossed the line first and Harris had to settle for
Kevin Townsend was third, Kevin Eby fourth, and Marshall
Sutton completed the top five.
the Mini Stock feature, Doug Setzer was able to get his first
win of the season, but had to battle with Waylon Flynn and AJ
Sanders to get to the checkered flag. Flynn seemed to be ready
to take another win until his Toyota slowed and Sanders was
able to lead th next lap, but when the cars returned back to
the line it was Setzer out front and he was able to stay there
until the end. Sanders was second, with
George Anen third, Tyler Church fourth and Matt Leicht was
The Baton Tire Fast and Furious lived up to the name with
Nikki Long taking her second win. Shelby
Waycaster had the early lead and then Jackie Stone moved into
the top spot and then Jason Garwood took his turn on the
point, but Long picked them off one-by-one and with three laps
to go, Garwood was last on her list and she took over the lead
to go on for the
Garwood was second, Stone third, Stephen Shore fourth and
Waycaster was fifth.
Jeff Banks brought out a new Tri-County Mini and it proved
to be just as fast as the previous ride. He
was able to hold off Tyler Baird, who was looking for his
second win of the season. With Baird
finishing second, Travis Cook was third, Matt Sizemore fifth
and Drew Bagwell fifth.
For complete rundowns in all divisions, check our website
Official Results June 9, 2006 Tri-County Motor Speedway
7 Josh Goble
Dexter Canipe, Jr.
Scott Franklin (tie)
George Anen, Jr
6 Waylon Flynn