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Disher Back in Victory Lane
Sumter Speedway August 16th, 2014
Sumter Speedway got back to racing this Saturday night after two consecutive weeks of canceled programs due to rain. As the pits opened with the sun shining, drivers filled the pits ready to put on a show and pick up wins in their respective divisions. Robbie Disher highlighted the night by returning to victory lane in the Super Street division and continuing his dominance of the street stock division.
The Extreme-4 division got the night started and Landon Jeffreys wasted little time putting his Honda out front, shooting into the lead as the green flag flew. Jeffreys quickly opened up some distance between himself and the rest of the field and cruised untouched to his second straight victory. Points leader Bucky DeBerry came home second with Luke Wilson third, John Ledwell fourth and Justin Hurst fifth. Bubba Johnson was sixth and Bruce Denman was seventh.
As the Super Street feature got underway, the fans were on their feet as Robbie Disher and Gabe Jumpp battled side by side for the lead. Jumpp initially took over the top spot, but Disher kept the pressure on him. Jumpp slipped high in turns three and four and Disher powered by to take over the top spot and never looked back. Disher powered on for the win with Jumpp second, Justin Timmons third, Shannon Munn fourth and Ken Appleton fifth. Chris Sturkie was sixth, points leader Joey Ayers seventh, Steven Bartlette eighth, Neil Avery ninth, Glen Horner tenth, Allen Kelly eleventh, and Jerry Knight twelfth.
David Rourk Jr. picked up the win in the Rookie division. Russell Thomas came home second with Anthony Hudson third, Chelsea L’Hullier fourth, AJ Jackson fifth, Triston Kelly sixth and Raymond Hodge seventh.
David Duke picked up his first win of the season in the Stock V8 division. Duke and Allen Dellishaw swapped the lead throughout the feature before Duke finally took control and the win. Dellishaw settled for second and Scott Upton was third.
Austin Mintz led flag to flag on his way to another Stock-4 victory. Ronnie Brown came home second with points leader Bubba Kolb third, Chris Rooks fourth, Jim Onos fifth, Jason Hodge sixth, Keith Lindsey seventh, Russell Lamberth eighth, Ashley McHenry ninth, Johnny Hall tenth and DJ Carraway eleventh.
Robbie Disher picked up his second win of the evening in the street stock feature. Disher jumped into the lead early in the event and never looked back. Matthew Hodge came home second and took over the points lead from Grant Hill, who finished third. Greg Murphy was fourth with Timmy Kimsey fifth, JJ McKenzie sixth, Billy Gunter seventh, Jody Truett eighth, Heather Welch ninth, William Davis tenth, William Disher eleventh, Tim Roark twelfth, Bryan Stephens thirteenth, Willie Hill fourteenth, and Clarence Adkins fifteenth.
The crate late model feature was dominated by Hunter Bledsoe. Bledsoe posted the fasted qualifying time and started the feature from the pole. As the green flag flew, Bledsoe took control and kept the pedal to the floor on his way to the checkered flag. Banjo Duke was second with Mark McLeod third, points leader Gene Kinard fourth, Matt Lawson fifth, TJ White sixth, Drew Shealy seventh, Elliott Sanders eighth, and Clint Coker ninth.
The points racing portion of the 2014 season will come to an end this Saturday night, August 23rd. Most divisions have a big enough spread that the leader will only have to start the main in order to pick up the championship. But, the street stock division isn’t anywhere close to that. Matthew Hodge took over the points lead this past week, and only leads Grant Hill by one point. Simply put, this week’s event will determine the points champion. Who ever has the best finish out of Hill and Hodge will take home the championship. This, along with all of the other divisions, will surely by a race that you don’t want to miss. Gates open at 5pm and racing gets underway 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.
Points Battle Tightens as Season’s End Approaches
Sumter Speedway’s 2014 Season has been in full swing for several months now and has provided some of the most exciting racing action in recent memory. As the season’s end approaches, several drivers are on cruise control in the points battles of their respective divisions. But yet, some other drivers are in the hot seat in a battle that could go either way. With just four points races to go, no one knows just what could happen and who will come out on top.
In the Extreme-4 division, five time winner Bucky DeBerry has a 113 point lead over John Ledwell for the division championship. DeBerry, despite any major setbacks, has an easy path ahead to pick up championship. Ledwell, however, still has a legitimate shot at taking home the gold, but will need a lot of help in doing so. DeBerry will look to start off the final four points races this Saturday night on the right foot and put his Honda back in victory lane, but Ledwell, still seeking his first win, may have other plans in mind.
Eugene Kinard, last year’s runner up in the points championship, has a solid 120 point lead over Hunter Bledsoe in the Crate Late Model division. Hunter Bledsoe, in his first year in a crate late model, has had a great season, picking up three wins throughout the year. Kinard though, has strung together the most consistent finishes and landed himself in the driver’s seat of the points battle. Bledsoe has a lot of ground to make up in a short period of time, but can’t be counted out yet. Matt Lawson and Mark McLeod have the closest battle in the division as they fight for the third place spot. Lawson has a 20 point lead over McLeod, who is currently in fourth. These two will use the final four races to determine who will end up third place as Bledsoe will give it his all to try and narrow Kinard’s lead.
Triston Kelly has opened up a huge lead over the field in the points battle of the Rookie division. Kelly, who picked up his first win of the season last week, opened his lead up to 215 points over current runner up Chelsea L’Huillier. Russell Thomas, who has won six features this season, finds himself fall alone in third place, 475 points out of the lead.
Marty Horne has all but sewed up the championship in the Stock V8 division. Horne has a 655 point lead over Jerry Knight with just four races remaining. Basically, Horne only has to start the last four features and there is no way anyone can knock him off the top spot.
Joey Ayers is looking to add another Championship to his career achievements list as he continues to lead the Super Street points battle. Ayers, a one time winner this season, has opened up a 103 point lead over Robbie Disher in the championship battle. Disher has just four races to close the gap and will have his work cut out for him if he intends to hoist the trophy at the season’s end. Ken Appleton, currently in third, sits all alone, 781 points out of the lead, but 155 points ahead of fourth place Justin Timmons.
The Stock-4 division has saw several feature winners throughout the season, including points leader Bubba Kolb. Kolb holds a narrow 61 point lead over second place Allen Ridgeway. With just four races left, Ridgeway has little time to close the gap, but will look to make it happen and pick up his first ever division championship. Ronnie Brown, currently in third and fresh off an impressive Monster Mini victory at Sumter Speedway, is just 106 points behind Kolb. Austin Mintz is also right in the hunt, trialing Kolbe by just 111 points. This battle will certainly come down to the wire as Kolb fights to hold onto his lead.
The closest points battle of all comes in the always exciting Street Stock division. Grant Hill has been on top of the division standings for nearly the entire season, but some recent bad luck has allowed Matthew Hodge to narrow the gap to just a mere four points. Hodge has strung together enough consistent finishes throughout the year to stay on Hill’s heels as the season has progressed. Hill has taken home two feature wins throughout the season and opened up a decent lead over Hodge and the rest of the division. But, the past few weeks Hill has lost his lucky horseshoe and allowed Hodge the opportunity to be in prime position to take over the top spot. This points battle will certainly come down to the wire and the final four races will be the determining factor to who takes home the championship and who has to settle for runner up.
As the points portion of the season approaches its final month, so much is yet to be determined. How will the division championships play out? Time will tell. The final month gets started this Saturday night. Gates open at 5pm and racing gets underway at 7pm. Pit passes are $20 for adults and grandstand tickets are $10 for adults. Active duty military will be admitted to the grandstands free of charge.
Kelly, Jefferys Pick Up First Wins
Sumter Speedway July 26th, 2014
Racing action at Sumter Speedway continued this past Saturday night as the 2014 race season pressed forward. As the dust settled and racing was concluded, several divisions saw first times winners for the season. Those included Landon Jefferys, Triston Kelly, Wade Skipper, and Jason Hodge.
The Extreme 4 division was the first feature of the evening and Jefferys started the event from the pole position after picking up an impressive win in the heat race. Jefferys shot into the lead as the green flag flew and never looked back, leading every lap of the race. Points leader Bucky DeBerry came home second with David Rourk Jr. third, John Ledwell fourth and Justin Hurst fifth.
Wade Skipper made his first trip to Sumter Speedway since the 2013 Turkey Day race, which he won. And Skipper found himself in familiar territory Saturday night as he picked up a dominant win in the Super Street division. Skipper lead from start to finish on his way to the victory. Robbie Disher came home second with Adam Hill third, Ken Appleton fourth and points leader Joey Ayers fifth.
Anthony Hudson returned to action in the Rookie division for the first time in months and looked to pick up right where he left off. Hudson shot into the lead as the feature got underway with Triston Kelly on his heels. Hudson lead the first few laps with ease, but quickly began to receive some pressure for the top spot from Kelly. Kelly took over the lead, but only for a brief moment as Hudson powered his was back out front. Kelly finally got around Hudson for good and cruised on to take the checkered flag in what was the most exciting event of the night. Hudson settled for a close second with Chelsea L’Huillier third, Russell Thomas fourth and Alan Dumville fifth.
Willie Hill picked up his second straight victory in the stock V8 division with Marty Horne second.
Jason Hodge picked up his first win in the Stock-4 division after making his way around Jim Onos and Ashely McHenry. Hodge fought his way to the front and held off a late race challenge from Onos to pick up the win. Onos was second and McHenry was third.
Robbie Disher picked up his fourth straight win in the street stock division after taking over the lead on lap 6. Jody Truett was second with and Greg Murphy was third. Matthew Hodge came home foruth and cut the distance between himself and points leader Grant Hill to just four points. Jason Potts was fifth in his first race of the season at Sumter Speedway.
Hunter Bledsoe picked up the win in the chaotic crate late model feature. Bledsoe started the feature from the pole position after posting the quickest qualifying time, bettering outside pole sitter Matt Lawson by just 2 one hundredths of a second. But as the race got started, things got shakey. After three failed starts, the race finally got the green flag, But Lawson tangled with Donnie Austin and Gene Kinard on the front stretch, resulting in a three care pile up on the front stretch and ending the night for all three involved. As racing resumed, Bledsoe continued to show the way, but Mark McLeod began to pressure him for the top spot. But Bledsoe held off the challenge and picked up the win and McLeod settled for second.
Brown Wins Monster Mini Feature
July 19th, 2014
Sumter Speedway returned to racing action this past Saturday night after a two week vacation and came back with a bang. As the gates opened, drivers and fans flooded the stands and pits with anticipation of the racing that was to come with the full sized sprint cars and the Monster Mini series both on hand. As racing got underway, the stands and pits were filled to near max capacity. Ronnie Brown gave the fans plenty to watch as he picked up one of the most impressive wins in the Monster Mini main event.
Brown shot into the lead in the early stages of the event and showed that he had the car to beat. Austin Mintz gave Brown some competition, making several attempts to take over the top spot, but just couldn’t find a way around him. About midway through the race, Mintz shot into the lead on a restart and took Donnie Shealy with him, shuffling Brown back to third. In the exit of turn four, Brown made contact with another car and cut a tire down. Behind Brown in turn three, two cars spun bringing out the caution. While under caution, Brown entered the pits to change his tire and joined the rear of the field. When racing resumed, Shealy and Mintz dueled it out for the lead. Mintz lead initially, but Shealy decided it was his turn to show the way and took over the top spot. Another caution would be displayed for an incident in turns three and four. While under caution, Shealy lost power and had to be pushed into the pits. An apparent blow engine meant his night was through and hopes for a victory were diminished. When racing resumed, Mintz regained control, but quickly looked in his rear view mirror to notice that Ronnie Brown had battled his way through the field and was on his back bumper. Mintz did what he could to hold him off, but couldn’t, surrendering the top spot back to Brown. Kevin Walker followed suit and took over second, sending Mintz back to third. Brown cruised on to pick up the victory and the $1,500 top prize. Walker came home second with Mintz third, Johnny Reins fourth and Bubba Kolb fifth. Kevin Kelly was sixth, Tack Brown seventh, Jim Onos eighth, Greg Brew ninth and Shealy rounded out the top ten. Larry Teal was eleventh, Wilbur Brew twelfth, Pete Brew thirteenth, Allen Rigeway fourteenth, Scott Morgan fifteenth, and Justin Mintz sixteenth.
Luke Wilson returned to victory lane in the Extreme 4 feature, leading flag to flag in the event. Landon Jefferies came home second with Bubba Johnson third, Justin Hurst fourth and Spencer Harp fifth.
Bubba Livingston made his first trip to Sumter Speedway this season and did just what he came to do, picking up the win in Super Street. Livingston and Terrell Holloway battled throughout the feature for the top spot before Livingston finally took control and picked up the win. Holloway settled for second with Justin Timmons third, Ken Appleton fourth and Greg Anderson fifth.
Tony Grams dominated the Sprint feature, leading flag to flag and lapping all but one driver. Jacob McLain came home second and was the only other car on the lead lap. Matt Hope was third with Greg Smyre fourth and Bobby Komisarski fifth.
Russell Thomas picked added another win to his collection in the Rookie division. Triston Kelly led the initial laps of the race before Thomas finally took control and the win. Kelly settled for second with Chelsea L’Huillier third, Taylor Rice fourth and Alan Dumville fifth.
The stock V8 division continued to show some impressive racing action throughout the night. Willie Hill picked up his first win of the season with Allen Dilleshaw second, Marty Horne third and Timmy Kimsey fourth.
Robbie Disher picked up yet another win in the Street Stock division, leading flag to flag. Terrell Holloway came home second with Jody Truett third, Matthew Hodge fourth and Greg Murphy fifth.
Banjo Duke dominated the Crate Late Model feature, leading flag to flag. Duke set a blistering pace throughout the night on his way to the checkered flag. Matt Lawson came home second with Donnie Austin third, Eugene Kinard fourth and Mark McLeod fifth.
Sumter Speedway’s racing action will continue next week with racing action in all divisions. Along with the regular show, there will also be kids bike races and power wheels races during intermissions. Gates open at 5pm and racing gets 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
Appleton Ends Disher’s Dominance
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.
Mintz Holds on For Stock-4 Win
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.
Truett Takes Big Street Stock Feature
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.
Hill Back in Victory Lane
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.
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.
Bledsoe Claims First Victory
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.
Landis Steals Victory in Season Opener
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.
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.
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