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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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.
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3150 Wedgefield Rd.
Sumter, SC 29150