in the mid-eighties welcomed race fans as the track begin to
fill for the first kids night of the 2010 season. It was
meet and greet night for the Classics and several drivers brought
their cars on the hill for the fans to view and to get autographs.
track itself is now only days away from the first of its two
signature races of the new season. The Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model
Series will make its only 2010 appearance on Friday- June 4th
but for now the track was ready for another exciting weekly
a brief but cooling rain shower the cars took to the track to
pack the high-banked clay oval and to smooth the surface for
a night of speed and thrills. Hot laps were first on the schedule
but Mother Nature did it again and produced another shower,
this time a heavy downpour that resulted in the race being moved
to Sunday night.
Sunday evening the track began to come alive with the normal
activities as officials held a close eye on the weather. The
Four Cylinders qualified first with Chuck McMahan grabbing the
pole-position with a lap of 14.668 seconds. The Classics were
second to qualify with Logan Dukes securing the pole with a
time of 14.531 seconds. Third on the track to qualify were the
Tazewell Late Models and Travis Fultz kept his momentum going
by throwing down a fast time of 12.032 seconds. The Modified
Street class took the track next and Robbie Buchanon grabbed
the top spot with a lap of 13.330 seconds.
first racing action was the Four-Cylinders who were after a
five-hundred dollar check sponsored by Ford Trucking of Cosby,
Tennessee. McMahan grabbed an early lead and looked to be back
in his 2009 form as he pulled away from Joey Allen to capture
the win. McMahan then ran to his number five Classic car to
compete in their race which was next to line up.
(99) Chuck McMahan 2. (A00) Joey Allen 3. (B7) Bubby Braden
4. (97) Steve Lee 5. (19) Brad Pressley
Classic front row was made up of Logan Dukes and Joe Keck. Dukes
grabbed the lead with Keck in tow until a lap eight caution
evened up the field. On the restart, Dukes had the car to beat
as he could put the power down a little better than the rest
of the field. He went on to win the race over Joe Keck and Robbie
(6) Logan Dukes 2. (8) Joe Keck 3. (17) Robbie Sands 4. (3)
Jay Eubanks 5. (57) Drew Kennedy 6. (MC51) Mack McCarter 7.
(4) Tom Conoway 8. (12) Phillip Blackford 9. (23) Wayne Holbert
10. (2) Ron Rudder 11. (5) Robbie Sands II 12. (xxx) Josh Chesney
13. (34) Phillip Shockley 14. (5) Chuck McMahan 15. (88) Ed
Merriman 16. (9) Wayne Dukes 17. (22) Michael Holbert 18. (03)
Greg Estes DNS
the Classics race the speedway held the footraces with brand
new bicycles and trophies going to the winner of each race.
The 6-9 year old girl's were up first and Abagail Ferguson took
the win and the prizes. In the boy's 6-9 race AJ Bolden got
a win. The next race was for the girl's ages 10-12 and was won
by Iris Mitchell. Thomas Massengill won in the 10-12 boys
race. In a surprise move the speedway invited anyone 18 and
over to come down to compete in one more race. Joseph Holt got
the win and took home a new custom helmet donated by Circle
W. Circle W also gave each driver that won the races tonight
a helmet along with various other racing items.
kids that ran were awarded a T-shirt.
Tazewell Late Models were next with Travis Fultz and Greg Estes
leading the pack. On the start Fultz pulled out to a nice lead
but by lap 14, lap traffic became an issue. Jody Horton and
Anthony Arnwine drove into contention and by lap 22 were both
trying to secure fourth place. Jason Cardwell had to come back
through the field after falling back after a spin. Once in second
place he now had to fight to get back to the front; however,
Fultz was once again too strong and finished the race with another
Late Model Results:
(T0) Travis Fultz 2. (31) Greg Estes 3. (56J) Jody Horton 4.
(11) Anthony Arnwine 5. (111) Jay Allan 6. (XXX) Josh Chesney
7. (15) Mike Rutherford 8. (24) Andy Wilder 9. (07) Jason Cardwell
10. (G7) Billy Gordon 11. (73) Richard Adkins
Modified Street action Robbie Buchanon, Clyde Overholt and Anthony
Morgan put on a great show but in the end it was Overholt pulling
into victory lane for his first win of 2010. Allen Holt joined
in the fun after Buchanon fell off the pace due to mechanical
issues. Holt finished third just behind Morgan.
(4) Clyde Overholt 2. (26) Anthony Morgan 3. (24) Allen Holt
4. (M7) Mike Simpson 5. (56) Tony Horton 6. (54 Larry Burke
7. (56H) Jordon Horton 8. (74) Steve Wilder 9. (20) Scottie
Atkins 10. (XXX) Josh Chesney 11. (P21) Robbie Buchanon 12.
(9) Darrel Saylor 13. (6M) RJ Mayes DNS
final race of the evening was the Pure Street class and it was
won by Jonathan Miracle but he had to hold off the K&N driver
contest winner Josh Brock who made his first appearance at the
Taz this season. Along with Brock, Steve Smith ran well but
just couldn't get around Miracle.
(41) Jonathan Miracle 2. (2) Steve Smith 3. (17) Josh Brock
4. (15) Jason Long 5. (12) Mike Daniels 6. (77) John Stevens
7. (01) Luke Sharp 8. (16) Will Carey 9. (28) Justin James 10.
(58) Kevin Smith 11. (11) Toby Turner 12. (17) Tim Stevens DNS
young and talented Emily Long led everyone in prayer tonight
and sang a beautiful version of our National Anthem.
Hall, the owner of Tazewell Speedway would like to thank every
driver, crew member and fan for supporting the Taz. His goal
is to provide a great night of racing action while still finishing
up at a decent hour. This was evident tonight as the racing
and all kid's night activities finished up by 11:00 pm. The
track will now begin preparations for this Friday's Lucas Oil
race. Everyone is invited to come watch the best of the best
in dirt racing try to tame the Taz.
additional information on everything Taz, log on to www.tazewellspeedway.net.