June 27, 2002
Fraise, Elston, Robinson Continue Winning Ways At SCS
Saturday Night Excitement is the slogan this year for Scotland County Speedway as spectators nearly got some additional excitement on top of the racing action when tempers flared after a crash in the B-modified feature event.
Chris Larson looked poised to bring home yet another victory at Scotland County Speedway but late in the race the 00 car of Jack Evans, Jr., got into the 67 resulting in the leader's car being hauled off the track on a wrecker along with the 77H car of which got together with the pack before hitting the wall in the back stretch.
As the cars were being hauled off the track Larson was out of his ride and strolling down the back stretch looking for Evans' car. The two exchanged words before they headed to the infield accompanied by a host of track workers who were busily working to separate the two prospective combatants as well as a number of fans who had entered the track from the pits grandstands.
The issue was defused as both drivers were sent to the pit areas along with security personnel from the track. That's when it's nice to have a former NFL lineman as the track flag man. He can now add track bouncer to his resume.
The hold up wasted enough time in an already extended feature event that the checkered flag fell on the contest while under caution giving Kelly Smith (41X) his second win of the season. Bill Baker, a new face at SCS finished second in the 03 car followed by Jerry Reese of Memphis in the 2R.
Trent Grotz of Quincy, IL was fourth in the 2G car while Bobby Cookson (8Z) took home fifth place. Heat wins went to Reese and Joe Hooper (66).
The feature event started with 17 cars and saw Hooper take the early lead from his front row starting spot. But by the midway point Larson had moved from his fifth row starting spot to wrestle the lead from Hooper. Evans, Jr. came in tow with Larson to grab hold of second place with Bob Hightower of Palmyra in third in the 77H.
The crash occurred as lapped traffic brought the 67 car back to the pack, closing the distance for Evans when the contact occurred.
First place in the B modified feature pays $300.
The racing in the five other features quickly made fans remember they were at a racetrack not a boxing ring.
The evening started with the cruiser class which was geared up for a good show after learning promoter Terry Hoenig has planned a special event in October for the class of cars that will pay an unheard of $1000 top purse for the winner.
Dave Hudson and Robert Arnold again proved they will be one of the cars to beat for the big October payday as they ran away with the June 22 event with the 34HR easily outdistancing the rest of the pack for the win. The duo brought the car from the fifth row starting position into the lead right off the bat and never looked back.
Last week's winners Lance Stott and Paul Kropg of Keokuk, IA held off a hard charge from the 32 car to take second place. Hank and Jody DeLonjay finished third. Bryan and Verdon Overhulser of Alexandria finished fourth in the 42 followed by Donnie and Greg Peters in fifth place in the 87.
The top two cars were the winners in the heat races as well.
In the A modified main event Kelly Smith of Kirksville looked as if he might take a pair of checkered flags on the evening. The B modified winner started the A mod feature on the front row and quickly took the lead in the red 0 car pulling ahead from the rest of the field.
Lynn Monroe made a quick push from the third row into second place with Jardin Fuller in tow in third.
Ultimately it proved to be the only man in SCS history to win two classes in one night - Tony Fraise - who spoiled Smith's run. Fraise brought the 45 car into contention from his start on the fourth row.
Fraise got by Smith at the halfway point of the event and it was smooth sailing from there on out for the 45 who is becoming a familiar sight in victory lane.
Fraise did get a little push from the 11 car of Mike Hughes of Rose Hill, IA. Hughes took advantage of a late caution to reel Fraise in and gave the winner a run for the finish line after the restart.
Last year's track champion Jim Roach came all the way from the seventh row to take home his best finish of the 2002 season in third. Smith wound up in fourth place with Jim Fuller finishing fifth. Bob Dale of Gorin was sixth and Monroe finished seventh.
Fraise and Hughes had the two fastest cars in the heat races in addition to the main race, picking up heat victories on the night.
A pair of new faces moved into the hunt for the top driver title in the hobby stock division.
Duane Miller proved last week was no fluke as he had the 3M at the front of the pack once again June 22 holding the early lead in the main event.
He got early challenges from the usual suspects as Jeff Soper (43S), Mark Holt (11) and Tony Becerra (2) moved up to find their familiar spots at the front of the field of 18 cars.
Early on it was Soper who was pushing Miller from the second spot. But a pair of restarts in the opening 10 laps helped bunch up the leaders allowing Holt to get by Soper on the high side on turn four and take the top challenger spot.
The third restart (after Justin O'Haver rolled the 02 car in turn one bringing out the ambulance and fire and rescue workers) saw Miller still in the lead with Holt comeing strong. Fans got a great show from Soper, Becerra, Bob Lynch (4X) and Mike Shelton (16M) with a four car battle for third place.
With five laps to go Holt made his move and got by Miller. But the push proved costly as the 11 car blew a motor ending his night and bringing out another yellow.
The final restart of the night was enough to bring Miller back to the pack and let Becerra get the 2 car past the leader into first place.
Becerra went on to take the checkered flag followed by Miller, Shelton, Soper and Lynch.
Shelton, Soper and Larry Newman (20) were the heat race winners.
The biggest field of the season for the stock car class did not disappoint as the cars went three wide on numerous occasions with a pack of six cars battling it out for the top spot for much of the contest.
The 17 cars were trimmed by three on the opening turn as Roger Dresden (1D), Pete Agee (14) and Ron Downing, Jr. (41M) all went off on wreckers.
On the restart it was Josh Walker jumping to the lead in the 78 getting by early leader Don Kanselaar (28K). Jim Redman (14R), Ryan Cook (27R) and Mike Robinson (78R) continued to go three wide for a number of laps in an exciting battle for second place.
Walker maintained the lead through a number of caution flags before the restarts finally took their toll and allowed Robinson to ultimately pull ahead for the victory. Walker drifted all the way back to fourth as Redman got by and gave Robinson a close run for the checkered flag. Cook finished third. Michael Browning of Edina was fifth on the night.
Dennis Harwood of Mt. Pleasant, IA won the second heat race after Cook picked up the first heat win.
The Late Model main event featured several new faces with at least four cars making either their first or second appearance of the night, but when the checkered flag fell it was a familiar sight with Tommy Elston winning his fifth race in six tries.
Last week's winner Chris Smyser looked poised to challenge Elston after winning the first heat race but the 25S car didn't make it back to the track for the feature after experiencing engine trouble.
Terry Schlipman very easily could have had his first win of the year as he had the 42 car at the front of the field for most of the contest holding off Gary Webb (56) in his first appearance at SCS and Thad Trump in the 46.
But after the midway point the second caution of the night came out when Jeremy Townsend (23) spun out in turn two. That proved costly for Schlipman as the stoppage brought him back to the pack.
Elston got a huge push on the restart leapfrogging from fourth into second making it possible for him to ultimately move by Schlipman and take the win.
Tony Fraise moved the 45DW into third place. Thrump finished fourth followed by Webb. Smyser and Thrump won the heat races.