House Puts On A Great Show At Tri-County
By Mark Baute
Hudson, North Carolina (August
22, 2008) - The final week of NASCAR sanctioned
points racing ended with a bang. Stands were packed, pits were
packed and when added together makes a great show.
The Cars Plus third leg of the Triple Crown Late Model
event was the main event scheduled for the beautiful Friday
evening. Joining the show was the Pepsi Limited Late Models,
Baton Tire Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Red Baron Race Parts
Hobby Stocks, Tarheel and Carolina Vintage Clubs, East Coast
Flat Head Fords and the Walt Arney Superette and Deli Road
Rage all in action.
East Coast Flat Head Fords started the show off with Johnnie
Johnson leading all 20 laps to win the Sportsman division and
James Rogers finishing second to win the Modified division.
The Baton Tire Street Stocks
were next on the show and Jonathon Smith got out to lead the
race early as the top two in points seemed to show difficulty
with their motors early in the race.
Chris Townsend never lost a lap because he pitted under
caution. Terrence Tucker ended his night on lap 8 and never
came back out. Chris Townsend ended up winning the points
championship. Kevin Eby made his pass around Smith on lap 17
and pushed on for the win. Smith, Marshall Sutton, Waylon
Flynn and David Smith rounded out the top five.
The Hobby Stock feature showed
some high tempers as drivers battled for the top positions.
Scott Bumgarner and Brad Ballard got into each other twice and
both were eventually black flagged.
Brandon Ballard passed Jackie Stone on lap 19 to take
the lead and come to the checkers.
Points Champion Jimmy Whisnant came in third followed
by Scott Bumgarner and Tim Clark.
Cars Plus Triple Crown finale of Late Models was next on the
show. 100 green
flag laps was all that stood in front of Matt McCall and
conquering the feat of winning all three events.
McCall set a blistering pole of 16.125 setting a new
track record, but after rolling a 3 on the dice Lucas Ransone
and RA Brown sat in front of McCall. Several UARA drivers
joined the field as they are set to have an event next Friday
night here at Tri-County.
Ransone took advantage quick at the start of the race
and jumped out to nearly a half a straightaway lead on the
rest of the field. McCall worked patiently around Brown and
did not seem to make much of a jump on Ransone throughout the
race. Jake Crum, UARA points leader, had a quick car and was
challenging early in the race until his team decided to make
some pit stops to try some new things out before next week.
Lee Tissot, Brown and Jesse LeFevers battled throughout
the whole 100 laps staying right with McCall.
Late caution on lap 77 was all the McCall needed to
take advantage of the tires that Ransone had wore out. McCall
took the lead and hammered down with his brand new Toyota
Camry body to take the lead and never look back.
McCall, Ransone, Brown, Tissot and LeFevers rounded out
the top five. Andy Loden has had the points lead locked up for
the last couple of weeks and finished 8th.
The Mini Stocks came back and
joined the show fielding 10 cars. Chuck Wall and Dennis Setzer
both worked hard all night. At the end of 25 laps Wall beat
Setzer to the line to win.
Scott Whittington, Rob Lewis and John Triplett finished
third, fourth and fifth respectively.
The Tarheel Vintage Club joined
by the Carolina Vintage Club came together and put on a race.
Due to time restraints and accidents, Johnny Gregory from the
Tarheel Vintage club won the race. Keith Creswell came in
second from the Carolina Vintage Club.
became a heavy issue as the Pepsi Limited Late Models rolled
out on the track. After
a caution on the first lap, Jason Crouse and Cory Joyce were
sent to the rear of the field to try and speed up the race.
Crouse did not waste any time making his way back to
the front as another caution on lap 9 took out Tyler Church,
Chris Phipps and Josh Wright.
The race was called after 15 laps.
Early trouble with handling issues in Scott
Franklinís car and a great run by Bill Cassavaugh determined
the points champion in this division.
Separated by only 8 points coming into this race
Cassavaugh went out and got the job done earning his points
championship with a win. Crouse finished second followed by
Jason Smith, Mike Eplee and Cory Joyce.
Walt Arney Superette & Deli Road Rage went out and put on
another great show with Carroll McKinney winning, Olen Bowers
second and Jim Weatherford third.
week we will be having the UARA-Stars here at Tri-County Motor
Speedway. Joining them will be the Baton Tire Street Stocks
and the Walt Arney Superette & Deli Road Rage.
Tune in to our
website for more information www.tricountymotorspeedway.com
or call us at (828)726-6600 with any questions or ideas.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Matt McCall #23
Lucas Ransone #00
RA Brown #60
Lee Tissot #55
Jesse LeFevers #43
Todd Goble #42
Grant Wimbish #57
Andy Loden #29
Toby Parese #22
Josh Goble #7
Clay Greenfield #84
Monty Cox #21
Ryan Truex #56
Tyler Brown #15
Patrick Molesworth #47
Stan Robinson #53
Garrett Campbell #12
Jake Crum #1
Candace Muzney #92
Mike Freeman #29F
David Latour Jr. #89
Dexter Canipe Jr. #37
Limited Late Model Stock
Bill Cassavaugh #21
Jason Crouse #28
Jason Smith #71
Mike Eplee #86
Cory Joyce #33
Brandon Cox #14
Josh Wright #94
Tyler Church #07
Chris Phipps #37
Tire Street Stock
Kevin Eby #03
Jonathon Smith #99
Marshall Sutton #64
Waylon Flynn #55
David Smith #40
Mike Hatton #12
Chris Townsend #21
Chris Kidd #7
Stephen Clippard #24
Josh Burchette #88
Terrence Tucker #42
Baron Race Parts Hobby Stock
Brandon Ballard #4
Jackie Stone #10
Jimmy Whisnant #11
Scott Bumgarner #9
Tim Clark #19
Brad Ballard #5
Chuck Wall #8
Doug Setzer #48
Scott Whittington #61
Rob Lewis #98
John Triplett #54
Shane Canipe #09
Jason Enders #23
John Isaac #51
Chris Huffman #52
Walt Arney Superette & Deli Road
Carroll McKinney #83
Olen Bowers #77
Johnny Gregory #12
Keith Creswell #9
Ken Webb #77
Doug Howell #31
Wayne Hearne #3
Danny Castell #41
Bill Webb #16
East Coast Flat Head Ford
Johnnie Johnson #99
James Rogers #6
John Barrow #55
Clayton Smith #31
Thomas Needham #9
Jerry Tuttle #19