May 11, 2013 - After two straight weeks of postponements due to pesky rain Tazewell Speedway drivers and fans were itching to get back to racing. Even with threatening skies and windy conditions the pits quickly filled up with cars from all over the region with a total tally well over 70.

The Modified Street division was on showcase in the Buster Cupp Memorial Modified Madness. Twin fourteen lap features paying $250 each to win added up to a total of 28 laps in honor of the number that Buster used on his familiar Pure Street El Camino. In time trials Gary Blanken of Morristown bested the eleven car field with a lap of 13.659 seconds with Dakota Knuckles of Ewing, VA posting a second best time of 13.879 seconds. As Blanken and Knuckles brought the field around to take the one to go signal from flagman Bruce Caylor, Blanken would duck pitside with problems. This would move Warren McMahan up into the inside of the front row. After two failed attempts at a clean start McMahan would be moved back to the second row putting Clyde Overholt into the pole position. At the drop of the green Knuckles would use the outside line to take the early lead. By lap three McMahan had taken third away from Robbie Buchanan and second place away from Overholt. On lap eight McMahan used the low groove to pass Knuckles for the lead and pick up the win in the Dandridge Service Station & Garage, Derrick Whitson Attorney at Law, Jabo's Pharmacy, Oscar's Golf & Country Club sponosored Monte Carlo.

Modified Street Feature #1
1. 33 Warren McMahan
2. 21K Dakota Knuckles
3. 4 Clyde Overholt
4. 56H Jordon Horton
5. P21 Robbie Buchanan
6. 52 Michael Boyd
7. 88 Brad Davis
8. 54 Larry Burke
9. 56 Tony Horton
10. 1 David Clark
11. 5 Gary Blanken

The top five finishers from the first feature would be inverted for the second feature. Robbie Buchanan and Jordon Horton would share the front row. Horton jumped into the top spot and led every lap for his first win of the season in the Greasy Rock Auto Shop, River Place on the Clinch, Discount Auto Parts Chevy.

Modified Street Feature #2
1. 56H Jordon Horton
2. P21 Robbie Buchanan
3. 33 Warren McMahan
4. 4 Clyde Overholt
5. 52 Michael Boyd
6. 5 Gary Blanken
7. 56 Tony Horton
8. 88 Brad Davis
9. 21K Dakota Knuckles
10. 54 Larry Burke
11. 1 David Clark

Seventeen Tazewell Models were on hand with two-time track champion Travis Fultz recording the quickest lap of 12.083 seconds. After the invert draw Greg Estes and Steve Smith would share the front row. Smith, who has been plagued with motor problems this season, stormed into lead followed by Estes, Fultz, Josh Henry, and Jason Trammell. By lap seven Smith started weaving his way through lap traffic. On lap eleven Fultz, making his first start of the season, would pull pitside with problems. Smith would encounter lap traffic again which allowed Estes to close the gap. Bad luck would strike Smith once again on lap twenty as a broken driveshaft would end his night. Estes, a native of Jonesville, VA, would lead the remaining laps to make it two in a row in the Estes Bros. Construction, Powell Valley National Bank, Boones BP, South-West Insurance, Vic Hill Race Engine powered Warrior Race car.

Tazewell Late Models
1. 31 Greg Estes
2. B00 Josh Henry
3. 90J Jason Trammell
4. 18 Michael Rutherford
5. 45 B.J. Morris
6. 70 Brent Hensley
7. 56J Jody Horton
8. 111 J. Allen
9. 22 Matthew Holt
10. G71 Billy Gordon
11. 24 Allen Holt
12. 3 Steve Smith
13. 17 Wade Ramsey
14. 17 Brian Shockley
15. T0 Travis Fultz
16. 11 Anthony Arnwine
DNS 21 Brian Howerton
DNS 24 Andy Wilder

Heath Alvey of Sevierville would record the best time among the eleven Sportsman cars with a lap of 12.734 seconds. Jumping out to an early lead Alvey would lead every lap of the feature yet after post-race inspection was disqualified with non-conforming parts. This would give the win to Keith Chapman in the Fast Lane Signs & Graphics, Trammell Construction, Hatmaker Holdings, JRT Promotions sponsored Studebaker SS Warrior Race car.

1. 97 Keith Chapman
2. 3 Rex Coffey
3. 46 Derrick Shockley
4. 8 Mike Clonce
5. 29 Chris Raines
6. 25 Justin Beeler
7. XXX Josh Chesney
DNS 2C Ryan Coppock
DNS 88 Andy Wilder
Disqualified 7 Heath Alvey

In Pure Street action Travis Crosby would take the early lead followed closely by Daniel Carpenter, Jonathan Miracle and Jason Long. On lap four Carpenter would take over the top spot as Crosby succumbed to front suespension woes. Just as it looked that Carpenter would earn his first Pure Street win he would slow on lap nine with a flat right rear tire. Jason Long would inherit the lead and go on to win his second race of the season in the Cuz Customs, Morristown Towing & Automotive, Matlock Decals Monte Carlo.

Pure Sreet
1. 15 Jason Long
2. 25 Eric Webber
3. 12 J.J. Green
4. 97 Bo Hall
5. C5 Daniel Carpenter
6. 11 Toby Turner
7. 28 Justin James
8. 5 Jason Saylor
9. 26 Jonathan Miracle
10. 92T Travis Crosby
DNS 11 Tim Stevens

In the Classic Car feature teammates Eli Keck and Josh Chesney put on a show as they raced door to door several times. Chesney would take lead away on lap twelve for his second win of the season in the Fat Boyz Racing, Maynardville Muffler Center, Hot Rods Paint & Body, Eddies Auto Parts, Crossroads Motors, Inskip Body Shop Ford Sedan.

Classic Car
1. 8 Josh Chesney
2. 18 Eli Keck
3. 3 Jason Beeler
4. 1 Shane Lockhart
5. 20 Matt Tharp
6. 13J Joel Wolfenbarger
7. 74 Justin Overton
8. 34 Phillip Shockley
9. 44 Daris Breeding
Disqualified 7 John Stevens

Chuck McMahan used only one lap to jump from his third starting spot into the lead in the 4 Cylinder feature. McMahan would lead every lap to make it two in a row in the Lowes Auto Parts, West Haven Speed Equipment Ford Mustang.

4 Cylinder
1. 99 Chuck McMahan
2. 14 Chad Manning
3. 19 Travis dawson
4. 44J Jeromy Collins
5. 007 Hayston Collett
6. 10 David Creech
7. 72 Rufus Collett
8. 28 James Collett Jr.
9. 21 Chris Reichert
10. 1 Jason Turner
11. B7 Bubby Braden
12. 13 John Collett

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