KORTE COMES FROM 19TH TO WIN THE STORMPAY.COM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RACE
TAMPA, FL - Randy Korte of Highland, IL came from the 19th starting spot to
win the 2nd Annual 100-lap StormPay.com Crate Racin' USA World Championship
Race, and the $10,000 top prize on Saturday night at East Bay Raceway Park.
The top five finishers in the race came from deep in the 26-car field in a
race that saw wholesale position changes from start to finish.
Korte led the race on two different occasions. He made the winning move on
lap 69 when he moved his Terry Eaglin Motorsports Rocket around Anthony
White of Clinton, TN in the Stone Plus DWB. After White dropped out of the
race on lap 71, Korte was unchallenged the rest of the way.
"This is the first time I've ever driven a dirt late model with a crate
engine, and I was really happy with the way it performed," Korte said. "I
wish Anthony could have stayed in the race because that was really fun
racing him for the lead." The car Korte drove to victory was a machine he
was very familiar with because he used to own it.
"Terry Eaglin just bought this car from me," Korte said. "He put a crate
engine in it, and asked me to drive here this weekend. There was a little
bit of a learning curve, but once I got used to it, we were pretty good."
After failing to make the 24-car starting field through a heat race on
Friday night, Korte had to start his racing activities on Saturday in the
first of three 20-lap B-Main races. Korte won the first B-Main to earn the
19th starting spot. In the main event, Korte worked his way to the front of
pack. He was in the top ten by lap 10, the top five by lap 14, and he then
took the lead on lap 18.
Korte led until lap 37 when White took the lead, but Korte stayed close.
White had mechanical trouble on lap 69, and Korte took the lead with an
inside move in turn three to lead the rest of the way.
Shannon Buckingham of Morristown TN finished second in the S&S Millwright
Barry Wright after starting 15th. The biggest mover of the night was the
defending race champion Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN in the Goddard
Performance Warrior. Owens had to take a Defending Champion's provisional
to make the race, and he started 26th and last on the grid.
Owens worked his way up to the tenth spot by lap 25, fifth by lap 51, When
White dropped out on lap 71, Owens took over the third spot, which was where
he finished the race to earn the NeSmith Chevrolet Hard Charger of the Race
Local favorite Jeff Matthews of Seffner, FL brought the Night Hawk Towing
Rocket home in the fourth spot after starting 12th. Jeff Fields of Aragon,
GA came from the 17th starting spot to finish fifth in the Summerville
Junkyard/WMF Race Products Mastersbilt.
The 2006 StormPay.com Dirt Late Model Series National Champion David Gentry
of Lewisburg, TN was sixth in the Dixon Plumbing Mastersbilt, and another
early race leader, Jordy Nipper of Gray, GA took the seventh spot in the
Scotty's Muffler Walter Newman. Terry Lumley of Twin City, GA finished
eighth in the Kar House Racing Radiators Mastersbilt after starting 24th.
Keith Nosbisch of Valrico, FL finished ninth in the Adams Used Auto Parts
Rocket, and Terry Mosley of Gilbertown, AL rounded out the top ten in the
Robinson Motorsports Trac Star.
When the field took the green flag in front of a packed house, outside front
row starter John Pursley of Clover, SC took the lead in the Pursley Grading
Barry Wright followed by Nipper, Lucky Keeton of Toomsuba, MS, Frankie Beard
of Hartwell, GA, and White.
On lap four, the 2006 StormPay.com C.J. Rayburn Race Cars Rookie of the Year
Beard passed the 2006 StormPay.com Weekly Racing Series West Region Champion
Keeton for the third spot, and White passed Keeton for fourth on lap six.
The first of 11 caution flags came out on lap 13 after polesitter Griffin
Kinsey of Lafayette, GA, and Jason McBride of Carbondale, IL tangled on the
front straightaway. McBride made heavy contact with the outside wall in his
J.R. McBride, Inc. Rayburn, and Kinsey parked his All South Racing Products
Warrior against the inside wall.
The second caution came out on the restart when Keeton spun his Charlotte's
Toy GRT in turn one, collecting Jeff Smith of Villanow, GA in the All South
Racing Products Warrior, and Nextel Cup star Ken Schrader of Fenton, MO in
the Red Baron Pizza Rocket. Keeton and Smith were done for the evening,
while Schrader kept racing.
On the next restart, White and Korte passed Beard for the third and fourth
spots respectively. The field stayed green for only two more laps, as
Kinsey and Frank Ingram of Woodstock, GA in the Walker Concrete Rocket got
together in turn four. Just as the caution flag came out, Nipper was on the
inside groove making a challenge on Pursley for the lead.
Nipper made another try to take the point away from Pursley on the lap 15
restart, and this time made it stick. On lap 16, White, Korte, and
Buckingham moved up to challenge Pursley for the second spot, while Beard
began to fade in the Old 29 Golf Carts Barry Wright.
Korte moved up to the second spot, bringing White and Buckingham, with him,
as Pursley dropped to the fifth position. On lap 18, Korte passed Nipper
for the lead, but a spin by Jay Brinkley of Shelbyville, TN in the A+ Moving
Mastersbilt negated the pass.
On the restart, Korte once again got by Nipper for the lead working the
outside groove coming off the fourth turn. On lap 21, White and Buckingham
passed Nipper for the second and spots respectively, and by lap 23, Matthews
got around Nipper for fifth. White had closed to within a car length of
Korte to challenge for the lead on lap 28.
White tucked in behind Korte as they began to work lapped traffic on lap 35.
Phillip Cobb of Riverview, FL brought out the caution light on lap 37 when
he suffered a cut tire on his Mathis Farms Warrior. When the field went
back to green, White got inside Korte in turn three, and took the lead
coming off the fourth turn,
Curtis Cline of Douglasville, GA spun the J.L. Brooks Construction Warrior
in turn two on lap 41 for the next caution flag. White led Korte,
Buckingham, Pursley, Matthews, and Nipper down to the green flag. Pursley
drifted high in turn one, and got freight trained from the fourth spot to
out of the top ten.
Korte was able to stay with White until they reached lapped traffic on lap
60. White was able to put a couple of the lapped cars between himself and
Korte, and began to pull away. On lap 64, White made heavy contact with a
lapped car, causing a lot of sheet metal damage to the front of his race
car. Korte caught White in the lapped traffic by lap 67, and began to look
inside the leader.
Lap 69 was a busy one during the race. It started off with Owens getting
under Matthews in turn one to take over the fourth spot. Meanwhile up
front, Korte got inside White in turn three to take over the lead. Two laps
later, White stalled to bring out the caution flag. Korte went unchallenged
the rest of the way to take the win.
In preliminary action on Friday night, Smith was the fast qualifier among
the 92 entrants from 14 different states. Smith turned the 1/3-mile clay
oval in 16.344 seconds. Kinsey, Pursley, Keeton, Nipper, McBride, and White
won the six 15-lap heat races.
There were three 20-lap B-Mains on Saturday night with Korte, Devin Dixon of
Apollo Beach, FL in the Big D's Fireworks Rocket, and Cobb taking the wins.
OFFICIAL RESULTS OF THE 2ND ANNUAL STORMPAY.COM CRATE RACIN' USA WORLD
CHAMPIONSHIP RACE AT EAST BAY RACEWAY PARK IN TAMPA, FL ON 12/15-16/06:
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER
HOMETOWN LAPS $ WON
1. 19 00k Randy Korte
Highland, IL 100 $10,000
2. 15 44 Shannon Buckingham
Morristown, TN 100 $5,000
3. 26 20 Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN 100 $3.000
4. 12 33 Jeff Matthews
Seffner, FL 100 $2,000
5. 17 16 Jeff Fields
Aragon, GA 100 $1,750
6. 9 56 David Gentry
Lewisburg, TN 100 $1,500
7. 4 1n Jordy Nipper
Gray, GA 100 $1,300
8. 24 54 Terry Lumley
Twin City, GA 100 $1,200
9. 18 02 Keith Nosbisch
Valrico, FL 100 $1,100
10. 16 1t Terry Mosley
Gilbertown, AL 100 $1,000
11. 2 9 John Pursley
Clover, SC 100 $800
12. 21 03 Phillip Cobb
Riverview, FL 99 $700
13. 10 2f Dennis Franklin
Gaffney, SC 96 $600
14. 11 T1 Timbo Mangum
Lancaster, SC 79 $500
15. 6 2x Anthony White
Clinton, TN 70 $450
16. 22 44c Curtis Cline
Douglasville, GA 64 $440
17. 20 2d Devin Dixon
Apollo Beach, FL 64 $430
18. 8 21b Frankie Beard
Hartwell, GA 46 $420
19. 25 17 Zach Nichols
Cedartown, GA 43 $400
20. 13 99 Ken Schrader
Fenton, MO 36 $400
21. 14 27 Jay Brinkley
Shelbyville, TN 17 $400
22. 1 00x Griffin Kinsey
Lafayette, GA 14 $400
23. 23 67 Frank Ingram
Woodstock, GA 13 $400
24. 3 22 Lucky Keeton
Toomsuba, MS 12 $400
25. 5 77 Jason McBride
Carbondale, IL 12 $400
26. 7 00 Jeff Smith
Villanow, GA 12 $400
FAST QUALIFIER: Smith - 16.344 Seconds
PROVISIONALS: Nichols and Owens
LEAD CHANGES: 4
LAP LEADERS: Pursley, 1-14; Nipper, 15-17; Korte, 18-36; White, 37-68;
LAPS LED: Korte, 51; White, 32; Pursley, 14; Nipper, 3
NeSMITH CHEVROLET HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE: Owens (started 26th and
TIME OF THE RACE: 1 Hour, 7 Minutes, and 23.220 Seconds