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Full Moon Over Sumter Speedway

 

Sumter completed its second race of the season Saturday night with a full moon glaring over the track. Tempers grew to extreme heights and four of the 73 drivers on hand were disqualified for rough driving. Several cars sustained heavy damage and others had only some small dings. Ten drivers took home trophies and 63 others left in hopes to regroup and pick up a win next week.

 

The bomber-4 division got the night started. Andy Driggers jumped into the lead on the first lap and John Ledwell fell into second place. Justin Hearst fought his way up to third and began to work on Ledwell for second. Hearst got into the side of Ledwell going through turns 3 and four and turned him around. Allen Jones got collected in this incident also and a caution would be displayed. On the restart, Driggers resumed the lead with Hearst on his tail. Driggers pulled away from Hearst and Hearst pulled away from third place Jay Kyle. Ryan Lambert’s car lost power on the back stretch and brought out the caution, causing Driggers to have to give up his commanding lead over the rest of the pack. While under caution, Hearst had problems with his car and had to pull in the pits and would be done for the night. On the restart, Driggers once again took over the lead and Allen Jones shot up to second. James Steven pressured Jones for several laps but couldn’t get around him. Andy Driggers pulled away and took the checkered flag after leading every lap. Allen Jones held onto second and James Stevens was third. 

 

The bomber-6 division pulled on the track next. Grant Hill started on the poll and jumped into the lead when the green flag fell. Pat Davis pulled into second with Mark Horne all over his back bumper. Horne got into the back of Davis coming out of turn number two and Davis slapped the guard rail to bring out the caution. On the restart, Adam Hill jumped to the outside and took the lead and sent Grant Hill back to second. Third place runner Mark Horne got into the back of Grant Hill going through turns one and two and Hill spun around, bringing out a caution. While under caution, the angry Hill bumped Horne down the back stretch. Both Hill and Horne were disqualified for rough driving and sent to the pits. On the restart, Adam Hill regained the lead with Pat Davis in second place and Lee Rhodes in third. Matt Horne and L.E. Mooneyham got too rough and spun another car out in turns one and two. Both Horne and Mooneyham were disqualified for rough driving. On the restart, Hill shoots out into the lead and goes on to pick up the win. Pat Davis held onto second and Lee Rhodes was third.

 

The stock-four division got underway next. Cody McAllister took the lead with Kyle Lynch on his heels. A caution came out for an incident on the back stretch. On the restart, McAllister resumed the lead with Lynch all over his back bumper. Bubba Kolb and Brian Hodge battled for the third place spot and Kolb won the battle. Lynch gets a nose under McAllister going down the back stretch and took the lead coming out of turn four. Lynch began to open some distance up between himself and McAllister, but a car smacked the wall coming out of turn four and brought out the caution. McAllister got a great jump and took the lead away form Lynch. McAllister pulled a few car links away and looked like he was going to pick up the win. But with only three laps to go a caution came out for an incident in turns three and four. On the restart, McAllister took the lead and Michael Babirad battled with Lynch for second. The two touched coming off of turn four and Lynch nearly hit the wall. A caution was thrown and Lynch pulled his car into the pits. On the final restart, McAllister took the lead and drove away to pick up the win. Babirad held onto second and Bubba Kolb was third.

 

The street stock division was next to race. Matt Holland jumped into the early lead and George Holland made his way into second. Mark Bartlette and Buddy Stevens battled for the third place spot, but Bartlett would not give it up. Bartlette made his way around George Holland and moved into second and Stevens also got around Holland for third. George Holland battled back coming off of turn four and was spun towards the wall, slamming into it and ending his night. On the restart, Matt Holland resumes the lead with Hill right on his tail. Bartlette, Stevens, and McKenzie went three wide down the back stretch. Bartlette went to the apron of the track to pass McKenzie and Stevens, who were hooked up down the back stretch. Steven spun McKenzie around and McKenzie nearly rolled his car over. Another caution would be displayed. On the restart, Stevens jumps to the outside and takes the lead and sent Holland back to second. Steven slipped way high in turns three and four and gave the lead to Holland. Hill also passed Stevens for second and began to chase down Holland. Hill ran out of laps and Holland picked up the win. Hill was second and Bartlette got around Stevens for third.

 

Next, the ridge runner got started. Brian Squires started on the pole, but Jody Truett took the lead on the first lap from the outside. Squires and Robert Pack got together in turns one and two and brought a caution. On the restart, Truett resumed the lead and Brian Welch moved into second. Squires spun around to bring out the caution. On the restart, Squires got into the back of Truett and got him sideways. This gave the lead to Brian Welch. Truett spun around in turns three and four and brought out the caution. On the restart, Welch resumed the lead and Truett got around Squires for second. Welch and Truett pulled away from the rest of the pack. Welch went on to pick up the win with Jody Truett finishing second and Brian Squires third. After the race, Brian Welch, who easily won nearly every race last season, commented to Jody Truett “I haven’t had to work that hard to win a race in a long time!”

 

Next, the young guns got under way. Gage Steven jumped out into the lead followed by Allen Jones, DJ Welch, DJ Carraway, and Heather Welch. Stevens had problems with his car and had to pull into the pits. This gave the lead to Allen Jones. Jones drove on for an easy win. DJ Welch cruised on for a second place finish and DJ Carraway held off Heather Welch for third.

 

The super stock four division got underway next. Only two cars showed up to compete in this division. Banjo Duke took the lead on the first lap and drove away from second place Jonathan. Duke went on to win by a huge margin.

 

Next, the crates got going. They also had a small field or cars with only three showing up to compete. Terry Caples took the lead on the first lap and was never contested for it again. Randy Hill cruised on for a second place finish and Craig Hall was third.

 

This week, the ladies were divided into two races. The 4-cylinders were first and Sarah Duke jumped into the lead on the first lap with Lisa Sisson in hot pursuit. Duke led the first few laps, but while coming out of turn two Sisson got into the side of her and turned her around. Duke saved it from spinning all the way around, but lost several spots. Sisson went on to pick up and easy win with Karen Cooper finishing second.

 

The 6-cylinder ladies closed out the racing program. Melinda Horne took the lead, but went way high in turn number 1 and gave the lead to Dana Hill. Horne again slid high in turn number 4 and Karen Hill attempted to pass her. Hill and Horne touched and Horne nearly hit the wall. Hill moved into second and Horne fell back to third. A caution would be displayed for debris on the track. On the restart, Dana Hill holds onto the lead with Karen Hill in second. Karen gets under Dana and takes the lead away. Horne tried to pass Hill on the last lap and went to the apron of the track to make the pass. She completed the pass down the front stretch, but slid way high in coming out of the corner and Dana Hill took the spot back. Karen Hill held on to pick up the win with Dana Hill in second and Melinda Horne in third.

 

With only two races completed, tempers have been soaring and the black flag has been used multiple times. Some drivers look to get even next week and others will try to avoid trouble. The gates open at 5pm and racing starts at 7:30pm. Racing action will be as intense as ever next week. Don’t miss it.   

 

 

 

 

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