May 24, 2008

photos by Allen Earl Photography

VICTOR LEE VICTORIOUS IN BoB ACTION,
COMES FROM REAR TO TAKE WIN

After Saturday night's action in the Citizen Bank 60, Victor Lee may want to put a new slogan on his rear spoiler: Never Give Up. The 2007 points champion and current points leader in the O'Reilly Battle of the Bluegrass Dirtcar Series muscled his way through the field after being sent to the tail of the field after suffering a flat tire on lap number two of the feature.

Twenty-six cars signed in for the sixth race of the season for Louisville, KY based series. Vic Hill of Mosheim, TN driving the LandAir Transport, Qualcomm, Pilot Travel Centers, Miller Brothers Coal, Vic Hill Racing Engines sponsored GRT Chevrolet was quickest in Racing Optics time trials with a lap of 11.456 seconds. Brian Hendrix, Bobby Mays, Victor Lee and Tyrell Todd rounded out the top five.

In the first 10 lap heat race Victor Lee edged Hill to the stripe with Tim Tungate, Brian Smith, Chris Combs, Mike Weeks transferring to the A main.

Seven-time Tazewell Speedway Super Late Model Champion Bryan Hendrix was chasing down Tyrel Todd for the lead in the second heat race when he collided with the lap car of Steve Rouse on the last lap. Hendrix finished seventh in the heat and would be relegate to the consolation race. Todd won the heat followed by Steve Smith, David Webb, Jeff Wolfenbarger, Larry Gray and Damon Eller.

In the third heat Bobby Mays edged out Eric Wells, Michael Smith, Shon Flanary, Travis Fultz and Justin Rattliff.

Zach Carney won the consolation race with Greg Huskey, Bryan Hendrix, Royce McGowan, Arnie Fields and Dale Huskey completing the field for the 24-car feature.
Tyrel Todd of Somerset, KY, second in BoB points coming into the race lined up on the inside of the front row along with points leader Victor Lee in the Citizens Bank 60 A main. At the drop of the green the action was furious as going into turn one Bobby Mays spun collecting Shon Flanary, Tim Tungate and Eric Wells. Tungate took his car to the infield and later joined the field.

After several attempts at a restart Todd jumped out to the lead with Victor Lee, Mays, Vic Hill and Steve Smith in tow. On lap 2 Lee spun on his own in turn four with a flat left rear tire. Some drivers might have considered it impossible to win after going to the rear of the field especially at the competitive high bank of The Taz. Lee would set out on a mission to prove the naysayers wrong.

On the lap 3 restart Todd again jumped out to the lead until Shon Flanary spun in turn two after slight contact from behind by Bobby Mays. Once racing action got back underway it was Todd followed by Hill, Steve Smith, David Webb and Mays.

All throughout the field there was two-wide and sometimes three-wide racing as cars ran high and low trying to find the best traction. On lap 14 Todd caught up to the tail end of the field and starting slicing his way through the traffic as Hill closed the gap. After fighting the traffic Todd pulled away from Hill on lap 22 only to have Hill catch up again. Just as Hill was about to pull the trigger on lap 28, Bryan Hendrix slowed bringing out the yellow. By this time Victor Lee had used every bit of the racetrack to place himself into fifth. By lap 37 Lee had moved into fourth and started challenging Steve Smith and David Webb for third. Hill closed the gap on Todd again on lap 45 and three circuits later Lee closed on the front two. The bottom groove proved to be best for Lee as he tried to pass for the lead on lap 50 in turn two. Two laps later he was on Hill's bumper as the trio raced into turn one with Lee clearly having the momentum.

The crowd roared as Lee went to the middle groove to pass. As he did Todd's mount got sideways and Hill made contact to the left rear panel. After further review by BoB officials the controversial call was made to send Todd and Hill to the tail end of the lead lap. With the laps winding down Justin Rattliff would pass Chris Combs for fourth after starting eighteenth.

Up front it was "The Lincoln County Leadfoot" Victor Lee picking up the win and extending his points lead over Tyrel Todd who finished tenth. Lee's Jay Dickens powered C.J. Rayburn Pontiac is sponsored by Kentucky's Best, American Race Tires,
Budda Bert Transmissions, and Xtreme Style Signs & Graphics.

O'Reilly Battle of the Bluegrass, Citizens Bank 60 Results

1. 4 Victor Lee
2. 2. Steve Smith
3. 13w David Webb
4. 16 Justin Rattliff
5. 47 Chris Combs
6. 98 Shon Flanary
7. 25 Bobby Mays
8. 7 Brian Smith
9. I4 Damon Eller
10. 14t Tyrel Todd
11. 19 Larry Gray
12. M92 Royce McGowan
13. 23 Arnie Fields
14. 1 Vic Hill
15. 4s Michael Smith
16. 18t Tim Tungate
17. 18w Eric Wells
18. 32x Greg Huskey
19. 28 Jeff Wolfenbarger
20. 5 Bryan Hendrix
21. 22 Mike Weeks
22. 56 Zach Carney
23. T0 Travis Fultz
24. 32 Dale Huskey


In West Chevrolet FasTrak Crate Late Models, Brad Hall came into the race with the $200 bounty still on his head. Hall was the fastest qualifier ahead of Josh Henry and Ryan Carey. On the first circuit Carey's car caught fire under the hood as the field entered turn one. After putting out the fire Carey rejoined the field. On the restart Hall jumped out to a hug lead over the rest of the field. As he did Jason Trammell and Josh Henry battled for second. Trammell would take over the spot on lap 8 but had nothing for Hall who finished almost a half lap ahead of the field. Track officials announced after the race that the bounty on hall would be raised to $400 meaning that next week's winner could take home a possible $1100.

West Chevrolet FasTrak Crate Late Model Results

1. 47 Brad Hall
2. 90 Jason Trammell
3. 00 Josh Henry
4. 11c Allen Champ
5. 2 James England
6. 83 David Gamble
7. 75 Ricky Moore
8. 117 Ryan Carey
9. 70 Brent Hensley


Modified Street action started with fast qualifier Jody Horton along side Greg Estes. Horton jumped out front with Estes, Brad Davis, Tony Horton and Allen Holt following. On lap 8 contact on the back stretch between Tony Horton and Andrew Loving sent Horton into the outside wall and flipping over in turn three. Loving would crash hard into the inside wall. Both drivers were okay and Horton was able to continue for a few laps. Up front Jody Horton went the rest of the race unchallenged to pick up his third win of the season.

Modified Street Results

1. 56H Jody Horton
2. 31 Greg Estes
3. 17 Leonard Bray
4. 77 Chris Collingsworth
5. 15 Dustin Harville
6. 21 Dustin McMurray
7. 24 Allen Holt
8. 4 Clyde Overholt
9. 7 Dixon Greenwood
10. 74 Steve Wilder
11. 20 Scott Atkins
12. 88 Brad Davis
13. 54 Larry Burke
14. 00 Rodney Brantley
15. 56 Tony Horton
16. 8 Andrew Loving
17. 24 Charlie Rouse


The always-exciting Pure Street feature had doors and fenders banging throughout the field. In the end it was Morristown's Michael Boyd picking up his second win of the year.

Pure Street Results

1. 3 Michael Boyd
2. 50 Jonathan Miracle
3. 12X Jerry Green
4. 01 Luke Sharp
5. 02 Jessie Hoover
6. 15 Jason Long
7. 17 Josh Brock
8. 18 Junior Cody
9. 97 Aaron Guinn
10. 94Dustin Eldridge
11. 97h Bo Hall
12. 9 Johnny Miller
13. 12 Michael Daniels
14. 55 Jack England
15. 10x Daniel Carpenter
16. 38 Scott Gray
17. 45 Tucker Woolard
18. 16 Will Carey
19. 17s Tim Stevens
20. 40 Donnie Brown
21. 92h Jordon Horton


In his first ever start in 4 Cylinder's Newport's Shawn Henry used his brother Josh's car to pick up his first ever win after starting seventh. In Victory Lane he dedicated the win to Jennifer Johnson, a young lady who recently lost her life due to an auto accident.

4 Cylinder Results

1. Shawn Henry
2. 99 Chuck McMahan
3. 11 Josh Fields
4. 19 Brad Pressley
5. 007 Hayston Collett
6. 20r Terry Dean
7. J5 Jamie James
8. 9 Cheyenne Kite
9. 10 David Creech
10. B7 Bubby Braden

This Saturday night May 31st we'll be back to regular racing action with Steel Head Late Models, West Chevrolet FasTrak Crate Late Models, Modified Street, Pure Street, and 4 Cylinders. Pit gates open at 4:00 p.m. and grandstands open at 5:00 p.m. For more info visit our website at www.TazewellSpeedway.net.

 

 

 

 

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