Takes the Checkers Again
By Mark Baute
Hudson, North Carolina (July
18, 2008) - Christmas in July at the races on Friday
started with a bang and ended with a bang.
The pole winners for the night were Jesse LeFevers in
Late Model, Scott Franklin in the Pepsi Limited Late Models
and Jeff Sparks in the Baton Tire Street Stocks.
The Late Models showed only eight
cars but managed to put on a great show.
Nick Waycaster and Kevin Leicht started on the front
row after the dice roll showed a six car invert.
It did not take long for Leicht and Andy “Highside”
Loden to jump to the front and battle each other for 30 laps
until Loden got a flat right rear tire and started to float to
the back of the field. Loden
pulled off on lap 38 and stayed in the pits.
Jason Cochran pulled off to the pits one lap later with
handling issues. Leicht
held off a hard charging Jesse LeFevers and RA Brown to seal
the deal with only 7 of 8 cylinders pumping for the whole
race. Leicht, LeFevers, Brown, Monty Cox and Lee Tissot
rounded out the top five.
The Baton Tire Street Stocks
lit up the show next. Lap
6 had Gary Deitz and Waylon Flynn hitting each other throwing
the rear axle off of Flynn’s car down the track and Deitz’
steering column came down in his lap.
Chris Townsend and Terrence Tucker battled strong for
the lead over the ensuing 25 laps, all the way to the
held on to the lead until lap 23 when Tucker got around the
outside and contact occurred ripping the hood on Townsends’
Townsend, Marshall Sutton, Sparks and Greg Grindstaff rounded
out the top five.
During the intermission, the
track got a visit from Santa Claus. Santa took a ride around
the track on the back of the Cars Plus Clean Up Truck. After
Santa’s ride, he sat on the front stretch and gave all the
kids that came and visited the track a present.
The Pepsi Limited Late Models
started the show back up with a three car invert putting Chris
Phipps on the inside and Jason Crouse on the outside.
Jason Crouse jumped to the early lead and Josh Wright,
winner of four straight, followed him off the start. Lap 3 had
the first caution of the night for two cars getting tangled
up. Both cars
were able to stay on the lead lap and on lap 6, the second
caution came out in which David Currier Jr. saw his night come
to an end. Scott Franklin had a really strong car after
winning the pole and inverting back in the field found himself
battling for second place from the second caution until lap 20
when he got ahead of Wright and started making his charge
towards Crouse. Finishing
order was Crouse, Franklin, Wright, Bill Cassavaugh, and Mike
The Red Baron Race Parts Hobby
Stocks showed only five cars but after the green flag, Micky
Canipe jumped to the early lead with Dave Hasson, and Jimmy
Whisnant battling right behind him. Carroll McKinney and Scott Bumgarner battled hard about a
straightaway length behind the leaders.
On the last lap of the 20 lap race, Whisnant made his
move and got around Hasson for second and Hasson came straight
up turn 1 into Whisnant causing the finish to be a cautioned
checkers. Canipe, Bumgarner, McKinney, Whisnant and Hasson was
the finishing order.
week will be having Fairvalue night at the races. We will have
the Whelen Late Models, Pepsi Limited Late Models, Baton Tire
Street Stocks, Red Baron Race Parts Hobby Stocks, Ministocks,
Minicup and Walt Arney Superette and Deli Road Rage. Gates
open at 6pm, Qualifying at 7pm and Features beginning at 8pm.
Tune in to our website for more
or call us at (828)726-6600 with any questions or ideas.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Kevin Leicht #2
Jesse LeFevers #43
RA Brown #60
Monty Cox #21
Lee Tissot #55
Nick Waycaster #32
Jason Cochran #72
Andy Loden #29
Limited Late Model Stock
Jason Crouse #28
Scott Franklin #7
Josh Wright #94
Bill Cassavaugh #21
Mike Eplee #86
Chris Phipps #37
Cory Joyce #33
Dana Lunsford #55
Trevor Weldon #55
Ryan Russ #44
Kevin Dill #66
Scott Shore #74
David Currier Jr. #04
Chazz Anderson #15
Tire Street Stock
Terrence Tucker #42
Chris Townsend #21
Marshall Sutton #64
Jeff Sparks #71
Greg Grindstaff #3
Kody Townsend #10
David Smith #40
Mike Hatton #12
Chris Kidd #7
Jonathon Smith #99
Waylon Flynn #55
Gary Deitz #33
Baron Race Parts Hobby Stock
David Hasson #83
Micky Canipe #5
Scott Bumgarner #9
Carroll McKinney #55
Jimmy Whisnant #11