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Appleton Ends Disher’s Dominance

Sumter Speedway

June 28th, 2014

 

Sumter Speedway returned to racing action this past week after a week off because of rain. And with an extra week to prepare, drivers poured in with hopes of taking home the trophy. Ken Appleton made the best of the night by picking up his first win of the season in the Super Street division and ending Robbie Disher’s dominance of the division.

 

As the race got underway, Steven Bartlette, Justin Timmons and Appleton battled for the lead. Bartlette spun in turns one and two and brought out an early caution. On the restart, Appleton and Disher battled for the top spot before Disher took over the spot. Appleton and Timmons stayed right on his heels, waiting for the opportunity to make their move. As the laps wound down, Disher still showed the way. But, while going through turns one and two, Disher cut a tire down and came to a stop to bring out a caution. Disher got the tire changed and rejoined the field as they bunched up for the restart. As racing resumed, Appleton shot into the lead with Timmons and Disher in tow. Disher made his way around Timmons to take over second and began to pressure Appleton for the lead. Appleton came around and took the white flag, meaning he just had to hold Disher off for one more lap. Disher gave Appleton all he could handle, but couldn’t find a way around him. Appleton took the checkered flag and the win with Disher second, Timmons third, Joey Ayers fourth and Steven Bartlette fifth.

 

Bubba Johnson ending Bucky DeBerry’s three race win streak in the extreme-4 division. Johnson battled with Bruce Denman and Luke Wilson in the early stages of the race before finally opening up a small lead over the rest of the field. Johnson cruised on to pick up the win with Wilson second, DeBerry third, Allen Kelly fourth and John Ledwell fifth.

 

Russell Thomas continued his dominance of the Rookie division, picking up yet another win. Tirston Kelly came home second with Chelsea L’huiliier third, Jason Brazell fourth and Taylor Rice fifth.

 

The stock V8 division saw its largest field of the season. Allen Dilleshaw made the best of his first race of the season by picking up the win. Emory Cook came home second with John Pritchard third, Jerry Knight fourth and Big David Duke fifth.

 

Austin Mintz picked up an impressive win the Stock-4 division. Derrick Chance lead the first half of the race before Mintz powered his way out front and never looked back. Ronnie Brown came home second with Travis Sharpe third, Bubba Kolb fourth and DJ Carraway fifth.

 

Robbie Disher picked up the win in the street stock division, leading flag to flag. Grant Hill came home second with Michael Coker third, William Disher fourth and Matthew Hodge fifth.

 

Matt Lawson made another trip to victory lane in the crate late model division. Lawson started the feature from the outside front row, but didn’t waste any time getting into the top spot. Lawson shot into the lead as the green flag flew and never looked back. Hunter Bledsoe came home second with Drew Shealy third, Mark McLeod fourth and Eugene Kinard fifth.

 

Sumter Speedway will not be in action for the next two weeks. Racing will resume Saturday, July 19th in what is sure to be one of the best shows of the season. The Monster Mini’s divisions will be in town, competing for $1,500 to win in what will be a highly contested race from start to finish. On top of that, the winged Sprints will also be on hand for the second time this season. The fans will get all the excitement they can handle from these two divisions along with all regular divisions competing as well. Gates will open at 4pm and hot laps will get started at 6pm. Grandstand tickets will be $15 for adults and pit passes will be $25 for adults. Active duty military will be admitted to the grandstands free of charge with military ID.

 

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Mintz Holds on For Stock-4 Win

Sumter Speedway

June 14, 2014

 

Sumter Speedway’s 2014 season continued this past Saturday night with exciting racing action in all divisions. Drivers and fans alike bared the hot and muggy weather to enjoy the action packed event. Austin Mintz highlighted the event by picking up his second win of the season in the Stock-4 feature.

Mintz started the feature from the pole position and as the green flag flew, he and Ronnie Brown battled side by side for the lead into turns one and two, but a quick caution would bunch the field back up for a restart. After another failed restart, the race finally got underway and Mintz battled for the lead with Brown and Travis Sharpe. Mintz took over the lead as Sharpe took over second and Brown fell back to third. Sharpe kept the pressure on Mintz, but couldn’t make Mintz slip. DJ Carraway joined the battle, making it a four car duel for the top spot with Mintz showing the way. A late caution would be displayed for an incident in turns three and four, setting up what was sure to be an exciting green, white, checkered finish. But, while under caution, Sharpe pulled into the pits with engine trouble, ending his night and his shot at picking up the win. When racing resumed, Mintz continued to lead with Brown right on his heels. Brown gave Mintz all he could handle, but came up just short as Mintz took the checkered flag and the win. Brown settled for a hard fought second place finish with DJ Carraway third, Justin Hinson fourth and Jim Onus fifth.

Bucky DeBerry picked up his third straight win in the Extreme four division. DeBerry held off and early challenge from Bubba Johnson before finally get a huge lead on his way to the victory. John Ledwell came home second with Bubba Johnson third and Allen Kelly fourth

Russell Thomas continued his dominance of the Rookie division, picking up his fourth consecutive win. Jerry Knight came home second in his first time competing in the division with Chelsea L’Huillier third and Triston Kelly fourth.

Timmy Kimsey picked up the win in the Stock V8 division, leading flag to flag on his way to the victory. Daniel Welch was second with Marty Horne third and Jason Brazell fourth.

Robbie Disher picked up the win in the super street divison and the street stock division, leading nearly every lap of both features. Shannon Munn came home second in the super street division with Ken Appleton third and Joey Ayers fourth. Grant Hill was the second place finisher in the street stock division with William Disher third, Clay Sims fourth and Matthew Hodge fifth.

Hunter Bledsoe picked up the win in the Crate Latemodel division. Drew Shealy and Matt Lawson put on a show for the fans, battling for the lead in the early going of the feature. Engine problems ended both Lawson’s and Shealy’s night early, surrendering the lead to Bledsoe, who went on to pick up the win. Mark McLeod was second and Clint Coker was third.

Sumter Speedway’s season will continue this Saturday night, June 21, 2014 with racing in all divisions. Grandstand tickets are $10 for adults and pit pass are $20 for adults. Active duty military will be admitted to the grandstands free of charge. Gates open at 5pm and racing gets underway at 7pm.

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Truett Takes Big Street Stock Feature

Sumter Speedway

May 31, 2014

 

Sumter Speedway’s 2014 season rolled on this past Saturday night with exciting racing action in all divisions. Along with racing in all divisions, there was also a big street stock feature in which the winner would receive the $800 payout.  With a total of 13 drivers registered to compete in the event, the fans were ready for what would turn out to be an exciting event.

 

Robbie Disher and Jody Truett sat on the front row as the race got underway. Disher quickly jumped into the lead with Truett on his heels. Michael Butler shot up to third with Clay Sims and Matthew Hodge battling for fourth and fifth. Disher opened up a slight lead over the rest of the field as the feature stayed green as drivers battled from third on back for position. A caution would bunch the field back up for a restart. On the restart, Disher resumed the lead as Butler jumped up to second. Truett fell back to third and battled with Hodge and Sims for position. Sims and Kenny Locklear made contact in turns one and two and Locklear spun around to bring out the caution. Locklear retaliated under caution and was shown the black flag, disqualifying him from the event. When the race resumed, Disher again took over the lead. Truett recaptured second as Hodge made his way up to third. William Disher and Michael battled for the fourth position with Disher taking over the position. Disher and Butler made contact in turns three and four and Butler spun around to bring out the caution. Butler and Disher became involved in an altercation after the incident resulting in both drivers being disqualified from the event.  Finally racing resumed and Disher picked up where he left off and continued to lead. Truett remained in second with Sims third and Hodge fourth. Disher came around to take the checkered flag and the win, with Truett second, Sims third, Hodge fourth and Billy Gunter fifth. But that wouldn’t be the end of the excitement. The track teched the top three finishers, but along with what the track was checking, Truett protested the winner, Robbie Disher. After inspection, it was determined that DIsher’s car was illeagal and Truett was awarded the victory and the $800 payout. After Disher was found to be illegal, the track continued to check the top three finishers. Truett was found legal, but Clay Sims was disqualified. Along with Disher and Sims, Billy Gunter was also found illegal and Ronnie Stephens Jr. was disqualified for refusing to go through tech. After the excitement of post race inspection was complete, Truett was first with Matthew Hodge second,  Timmy Kimsey third, Jerry Knight fourth, Grant Hill fifth and Matry Horne sixth.

 

Bucky Deberry picked up a dominant win in the extreme-4 division, leading flag to flag. Bubba Johnson came home second with Luke Wilson third, John Ledwell fourth and Jessica Stephens fifth.

 

Drew Shealy picked up his first win of the season in the Crate Late Model division. Mark McLeod was second with Gene Kinard third, Hunter Bledsoe fourth, Matt Lawson fifth and Clint Coker sixth.

 

Russell Thomas picked up his second straight win in the Rookie division with Triston Kelly second. Rusty Harrellson led flag to flag to pick up his first win in the Stock V8 division.

 

Robbie Disher picked up another win in the Super Street division and Ronnie Brown picked up his second straight win in the Stock-4 Division.

 

Sumter Speedway’s next race will be this Saturday night, June 7th with racing in all divisions. There will also be the kids bicycle races and power wheels races during intermission. Gates open at 5pm and racing starts at 7pm. Grandstand passes are $10 for adults and pit passes are $20 for adults. Active duty military will be admitted to the grandstands free of charge.

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Hill Back in Victory Lane

Sumter Speedway

May 10, 2014

Sumter Speedway’s 2014 racing season continued this Saturday with exciting racing action in all divisions. Grant Hill highlighted the night by picking up a dominant win in the Street Stock division.

As the race got underway, Hill quickly jumped into the lead as Jody Truett and Robbie Disher battled side by side down the back stretch for the second place spot. Truett and Disher made contact in turns three and four and Truett came to a stop to bring out a caution. On the restart, Hill resumed the lead as Timmy Kimsey and Matthew Hodge battled for the second place spot. Truett and Disher again made contact in turns one and two and Truett spun around to bring out the caution. Disher pulled his car into the pits and was done for the evening. As the race resumed, Hill once again shot into the lead with Hodge second and Timmy Kimsey third. Truett battled his way back and took over third from Kimsey and then pressured Hodge for second. As Truett and Hodge battled for second, Hill opened up a huge lead over the rest of the field. Truett made his way around Hodge to take over second, sending Hodge back to third. Hill maintained a half a track lead over the rest of the field and cruised on to pick up the win. Truett came home second with Hodge third, Kimsey fourth and Ronnie Stephens Jr. fifth.

Bucky Deberry picked up his second straight win in the extreme-4 division in dominant fashion. Deberry made his way around leader David Rourk Jr. on lap 5 and never looked back. Rourk Jr. came home second with John Ledwell third.

Tony Ayers posted a blistered 15.867 qualifying time in the Crate Late Model division and captured the pole position for the feature. And the quick lap times continued throughout the feature as Ayers led from flag to flag on his way to his first victory of the season. Hunter Bledsoe came home second with Mark McLeod third, Gene Kinard fourth, Trey Shirey fifth and Clint Coker sixth.

Anthony Hudson continued his dominance of the Rookie division, picking up his third straight win of the season. Triston Kelly came home second and Chelsea L’hullier was third.

Marty Horne was initially the winner of the Stock V8 division, but after post race inspection, his car was determined to be illegal. Horne was disqualified and the victory was awarded to Jason Brazell.

Robbie Disher dominated the super street division, leading flag to flag on his way to the victory. Joey Ayers came home second with Steven Bartlette third, Chris Sturkie fourth and Preston Padgett fifth.

Austin Mintz picked up his first win in the stock-4 division in an exciting feature. Austin and his brother Justin, along with Bubba Kolb and Preston Padgett swapped positions all throughout the feature before Austin finally grabbed control and picked up the win. Justin came home second with Kolb third, Buddy Stephens fourth and Preston Padgett fifth.

Sumter Speedway’s 2014 season continues this Saturday night with exciting racing action in all divisions. Along with the regular divisions, the USCU V8 winged sprints will also be on hand as well as the Vintage Division. This is sure to be an exciting event to see. Gates open at 5pm and racing starts at 7pm. Grandstand tickets are $10 for adults and pit passes are $20 for adults. Active duty military will be admitted to the grandstands free of charge with military ID.

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Sumter Speedway’s 2014 racing season will continue this Saturday night, May 10th, with racing action in all divisions. Gates will open at 5pm and racing will get underway at 7pm. Grandstand passes will be $10 for adults and pit passes will be $20 for adults. Active duty military will be admitted to the grandstands free of charge with military ID.

On May 17th, the USCS V8 Winged Sprints will be in town for a special event along with the Vintage Car Series and all regular divisions.

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Bledsoe Claims First Victory

Sumter Speedway

April 26th, 2014

Sumter Speedway returned to racing action this past week after a two week break and opened up the points racing portion of the season. As the gates opened, drivers poured in with hopes of picking up wins in their respective divisions. Hunter Bledsoe highlighted the excitement filled night by picking up his first win at Sumter Speedway in the Crate Late Model division.

Banjo Duke started the Crate feature from the pole position after posting a blistering 15.762 second qualifying time. As the green flag flew, Duke jumped into the lead with Bledsoe on his heels. Gene Kinard took over third and Mark McLeod fell back to fourth. As the feature stayed green, Duke opened up a slight lead over Bledsoe, who was all alone in second place. Duke slowed in the exit of turn 2 and came to a stop on the back straightaway, bringing out a caution and relinquishing the lead to Bledsoe. Duke was pushed to the pits and done for the night. When racing resumed, Bledsoe shot into the lead as Kinard and McLeod continued to battle for second. Bledsoe opened up a sizeable lead over the field and cruised on to his first victory. Kinard held on for second with McLeod third and Duke fourth.

The vintage division made a small appearance in this weekend’s event. Cameron Norris III picked up the win with Bobby Courtwright second.

Luke Wilson picked up another dominant win in the Extreme-4 division, leading flag to flag for the second straight feature. Bucky Deberry came home second with David Rourk Jr. third, John Ledwell fourth, Ryan Lambert fifth, Jay Kyle sixth and Jessica Stephens seventh.

Anthony Hudson picked up a dominant win in the Rookie 4 cylinder division, leading flag to flag and holding off multiple challenges along the way. AJ Jackson battled for a hard fought second place finish with Triston Kelly third, Chelsea Lhuiller fourth and Danny Rhodes fifth.

Jerry Knight and Marty Horne put on an exciting battle in the Rookie 8 cylinder division’s heat race and appeared to be ready to do it again in the main. But engine trouble would sideline Horne from the feature, allowing Knight to be declared the winner.

Joey Ayers made his way around Justin Timmons on lap five of the Super Street feature to take over the lead and never looked back. Ayers led the rest of the feature on his way to the win. Timmons settled for second and Angelo Tager was third.

Preston Padgett and Allen Ridgeway put on a show in the Stock-4 feature. The two battled throughout the entire feature for the top spot before Padgett finally took control and picked up the win. Ridgeway settled for second.

The exciting racing action in the street stock division continued in this weekend’s feature as Grant Hill picked up the win. Hill jumped into the lead as the race got underway as Jody Truett, Timmy Kimsey and Tim Landis battled for the second place spot. Bubba Albert spun in turns three and four and brought out an early caution. As the field lined up for a restart, Hill and Truett battled side by side for the lead with Hill regaining control. Landis, Kimsey and Truett continued battling for second, making it three wide on several different occasions. Truett finally took over the spot with Kimsey settling into second and Landis third. Hill opened up some distance between himself and the rest of the field and cruised on to the victory. Truett came home second with Kimsey third, Matthew Hodge fourth, Ronnie Stphens Jr. fifth, Tim Landis sixth, and Bubba Albert seventh.

Sumter Speedway’s 2014 season will continue next week, Saturday May 3rd with racing in all divisions. Gates open at 5pm and racing starts at 7pm. Grandstand admission will be $10 for adults and pit passes will be $20 for adults. Active duty military will be admitted to the grandstands free of charge with military ID.

 

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Landis Steals Victory in Season Opener

Sumter Speedway

April 5th, 2014

 

Sumter Speedway kicked off it’s 2014 season of racing this past Saturday night with exciting racing action. During the offseason, new clay was added to the track, creating a new racing surface for driver’s to adjust to and learn. And the learning curve didn’t take long as many drivers made it two and three wide on several parts of the track as they battled for position. The exciting night of racing was highlighted by the thrilling finish in the street stock main event.

Tim Landis started the street stock feature from the pole position and battled side by side with Grant Hill down the back straight away as the race got underway. Landis took control of the top spot as Hill and Timmy Kimsey battled it out for second. Hill maintained second as Kimsey settled into third and Bryan Hodge quickly jumped up to fourth. An early caution tightened things back up for a restart. As the race resumed, Hill, Kimsey and Landis battled three wide for the top spot. Kimsey took over the lead as Hill moved up to second and Landis fell back to third. Landis battled his way back to the front, working his way around Hill to take over second and pressuring Kimsey for the top spot. Kimsey held his ground, maintaining control of the lead and holding Landis off. Kimsey took the white flag as the leader with Landis all over his back bumper. Kimsey led the field through one and two and down the back stretch. Kimsey cruised through turns three and four and looked to have the victory locked up. But Landis dove to the inside in the exit of turn four, pulling alongside Kimsey as the motored down the front stretch to the checkered flag. Landis pushed forward and beat Kimsey to the line by a mere fender, picking up an exciting victory. Kimsey settled for a hard fought second place finish with Hill third, Bryan Hodge fourth and Daniel Morris fifth.

The Extreme-4, formerly Bomber-4, division got the night started. Luke Wilson jumped into an early lead and never looked back, leading flag to flag on his way to a dominant victory. David Rourk Jr. was second with John Ledwell third and Lisa Sisson fourth.

Mark McLeod made his debut in his newly built crate late model and mad the best of it by picking up the win. Hunter Bledsoe started from the pole position, but McLeod quickly jumped into the lead as the race got underway. Bledsoe settled into second and Clint Coker was third. McLeod continued to lead as Bledsoe worked to close to gap. McLeod maintained control throughout the event and went on to pick up the victory. Bledsoe was second and Coker came home third.

The newly created rookie division saw a slow start as only two drivers competed in the season opener. David Rourk Jr. led flag to flag on his way to the victory, holding off multiple charges from Tirston Kelly, who settled for second.

Robbie Disher picked up a dominant victory in the Super Street division, leading flag to flag and lapping the entire field. Joey Ayers was second and Dennis Hill was third.

Bubba Kolb picked up the victory in the always exciting Stock-4 feature. Kolb started the race front he pole position after picking up the win in the heat race. Preston Padgett gave Kolb a run for his money at the start of the feature, but as the laps wound down, Kolb proved his dominance on his way to the checkered flag. Gray Thompson was second and Padgett was third.

Sumter Speedway will not be racing the next two weekends. With NASCAR headed to Darlington this weekend and the following weekend being Easter weekend, track officials decided to take both weeks off and pick the season up in full swing the following week. The next feature will be Saturday, April 26th and will be the first points race of the season. Gates will open at 5pm and racing will get underway at 7pm. Grandstand tickets are $10 for adults and pit passes are $20 for adults. Active duty military will be admitted to the grandstands free of charge with military ID.

 

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Registration for the 2014 racing season will begin Saturday, March 29th during practice. The cost will be $35 per car and secures your number for the season. Numbers will be on a first come first serve basis with no two numbers being duplicated in one division. Several drivers have already registerd and reserved their numbers. All drivers MUST register their car for any division they will be competing in.

 

ATTENTION DRIVERS AND CAR OWNERS: Raceceivers will be MANDATORY for the 2014 season. Raceceivers can be found on Ebay, in the Speedway Motors Catalogue, most local race shops and Raceceiver dealers.

Rules have been updated for the 2014 season with very few changes.

Go to our Facebook page for more info and to ask any questions.

Military personel admitted to grandstands free with Military ID EVERY SATURDAY! 

Any car not specifically meeting our rules, please contact David Duke at 803-460-5701. He will try to find a class for you to run.

 

Information on weekly racing, rain-outs, starting times, etc.

Track Phone:  803-481-2650 *race day only*

 Sumter Speedway

3150 Wedgefield Rd.

Sumter, SC  29150