Miller and Brown Share Winners Honors in Special Race
Carolina (October 27, 2007 - The 50
lap ProCup Expo
race saw 10 cars take the green.
16 year old Megan Reitenour started on the pole, by way
of inversion, and quickly checked out on the field for the
first 10 laps. 15
year old Ryan Miller, in the Lonnie Rush prepared car, was the
Pole Winner and started 4th based on the inversion.
Miller tracked Reitenour down and passed her on lap 15.
However, two laps later, the roles reversed and
Reitenour regained the lead.
She continued to lead until lap 41 when she spun while
attempting to hold off the hard charging Miller.
That set up a 9 lap dash for the finish.
Miller was hounded by Nascar National Champion, Dexter
Canipe Sr. and Larry Wilcox.
The two raced door to door behind Miller.
At the finish, Miller picked up his first win followed
by Wilcox, Canipe, and Reitenour.
It was one of the best races of the year at Tri-County
and showcased the potential of this new and exciting series.
This past Saturday
night, drivers from four states converged to compete in the Enduro
race featured 150 laps of caution free racing with a five
minute break at lap 75. A
total of 28 cars took the green flag.
On the pole for the race was Kevin Eby of Lenior, NC.
Kevin led the first several laps until being overtaken
by Donnie Buckner and passenger, Randall Lash.
Buckner paces the field for the next 20 laps lapping
many of the other competitors.
David Hawkins of Asheville stayed with Buckner and was
able to overtake him for the lead around lap 25.
The duo continued to work their way through traffic
while swapping the lead back and forth.
On lap 40, Hawkins attempted to split a lap car and
wasn’t very lucky. He
went for a spin and was able to re-fire the car and stay on
the lead lap. On
lap 62, Buckner continued to lead followed by Kevin Brown of
Kannapolis, NC in the Herbie painted car.
Buckner was attempting to pass competitor Andy Miller
of Asheville. The
two tangled sending Buckner hard into the inside wall and
ending his night. Miller
was also unlucky in the altercation and was knocked
unconscious resulting in a red flag.
Fortunately all drivers were ok and the safety workers
did an excellent job tending to Andy.
On the restart, Kevin Brown became the new leader.
He led for the next 13 laps until the halfway break.
At the break,
Brown was the leader followed by Hawkins, Buckner, Nikita
Treadwell from Wellford, SC.
Brown continued to lead and built a comfortable lead
over Hawkins who lost power steering at the start of the race
and was battling handling conditions.
Hawkins would retire from the event on lap 120 with
engine problems. With
Hawkins and Buckner out of the picture, that left Treadwell to
battle Brown for the win.
This was Treadwell’s first ever asphalt race.
He normally race at Friendship Speedway in SC.
Treadwell lost a lap in the first portion of the race
as he learned the new surface.
However, in the second segment, he kept Brown in his
sights for the entire second segment and challenged him
throughout trying to get his lap back.
17 year old Bobby Mitchem made his way to third with a
pass for position in the closing laps.
His car was painted like the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.
In the end, it was not to be, Kevin Brown and Herbie
were the victors, followed by Nikita Treadwell and young Bobby
Mitchem of Trinity, NC.
The promoters wish
to thank all of the Enduro competitors.
We had cars from four tracks with their own version of
the future, we will continue to work to make the rules more
consistent and hopefully have one set of rules for all four
posted to the website for information about another possible
race on Nov. 17th and early in 2008.