June 14, 2001

Fraise, Hudsons Make Return Trips To Victory Lane June 9 At SC Raceway

A large crowd got a full show at Scotland County Raceway June 9 as an estimated 1,000 spectators viewed a full field of cars compete in five classes.

Plenty of familiar faces found their ways back to victory lane led by the team of James and Dave Hudson who won the cruiser feature race for the second straight week. After a week out of the limelight, Tony Fraise piloted the 45 car to another win in the A-modified division, giving him three first place finishes this year.

The race action got started with a 12-car field in the Late Model division.

Chris Smyser and the 25s car looked impressive as they built a huge lead from his front row starting spot and never looked back as the race went 25 laps without incident.

The real battle proved to be for second place between a pair of #45 cars. Denny Woodworth quickly moved the 45DW car up from fifth place into second place as he looked poised to challenge for another victory at SCR. He was followed to the front of the pack by Tommy Elston in the 45 car.

The duo could not gain any ground on the front runner and instead went back and forth for second place before Elston finally pulled ahead for good.

Nick Ingles finished in fourth place in the 1 car followed by John Fuller in fifth with the 33 car. Memphis resident Justin Fuller made his late model debut in the #66 car but did not complete the race.

The heat races were won by Smyser and Elston.

The next race on the schedule proved a total contrast to the opening event. The B-modified class gave the track crews a workout with a number of collisions.

The worst occurred in turn two when Jim Miller in the 8 car got too high and impacted the wall. The impact got the car sideways in front of the pit grandstands where the vehicle overturned several times before being struck by oncoming traffic.

Emergency service personnel from the Scotland County Fire Department used the jaws of life to extricate Miller from the vehicle. He was transferred by Scotland County Ambulance to Scotland County Memorial Hospital unaware of the severity of his injuries as he told EMS workers he was okay except for some pain in his arm. Miller later was flown by helicopter to Columbia for treatment of a broken vertebrae.

With just six laps down in the race the field was trimmed by four as the 8 car was towed to the infield as the fans offered a collective sigh of relief when Miller waved to the fans to show he was okay. The wreck also sent the 00, 03 and 23 cars to the pits for the night.

All the while Jim Gillenwater was building a big lead in the #10 car thanks to a great start. Danny Daggs was close behind in the 04 car as last week's winner, Chris Larson was picking cars off left and right on the move up toward the front of the pack

Larson was following Jerry Poor and the 86 car as the duo moved into third and fourth place following the restart.

The field of 15 cars was further trimmed when the 30 car developed engine woes and forced another caution.

There looked to be more trouble out of turn four when Larson got past Poor. Poor got the 86 car into the back of Larson and nearly lost control of the car. He righted himself after momentarily veering into the infield, but lost three spots in the process.

That proved crucial as Larson, the 8Z car of Bobby Cookson and Kelly Smith in the 41 car all got collected in turn number two forcing Larson out of the race and leaving Poor wondering what if he had still been right there with them if it hadn't been for his "mishap" half a lap earlier.

Instead Poor returned to the #3 spot as Gillenwater and Daggs maintained their hold on the top two spots all the way to the checkered flag. Following Poor across the finish line was Cookson in fourth and Smith in fifth.

Heat wins went to Larson and Miller.

The largest field of the night went to work next as 20 hobby stocks filled the track.

Mike Robinson looked like he had the car to beat as he jumped out to a big lead in the 25 car. He rode the front row start to his advantage as Mark Holt held onto second place in the #11 car.

All the while last week's top finishers, Tony Becerra (2) and Kirk Dresden (1) were moving up the ranks after starting side-by-side on the sixth row.

The field had to fight through several restarts right off the bat as three separate yellow flags came out due to car troubles.

Robinson continued to hold the lead before Jim Oliver, Jr. finally got by in the 05 car. That was short lived as Oliver lost a tire and left the race. That moved Robinson back to the front with Becerra and Dresden right behind.

Dresden then went high in turn one and took the lead as Becerra also shot by Robinson. The two cars swapped the lead back and forth as Becerra rode the low groove and Dresden stuck to the high side. The latter finally looked to have the upper hand as he took the lead and built a slight cushion.

It was not to be for Dresden as he suffered a flat tire in turn three and fell back to sixth place in the final turns. That allowed Becerra to take the checkered flag followed by Robinson, Larry Hooper of Wyaconda in the 23 car and Jeff Soper in the 43s car. Bruce Summers took fifth in the 77 car.

Dresden, Soper and Oliver were victorious in the heat races.

The A-modified car was a bit short thanks in part to a four-car crash in the second heat race.

Eleven cars started the feature event but the small field did not limit the racing action.

Gary Newman and Lynn Monroe started on the front row and they looked to be the cars to beat. Monroe's 21 car was involved in the heat two crash but it looked none the worse for wear as he hung with Newman's 3x car.

Tony Fraise found the high groove to his liking as he moved up from fifth place to third place before getting past Monroe for second. Jim Fuller and the 88 car were battling for third place with Monroe before he had to go to the pits with car trouble. That allowed Jardin Fuller to pull up into fourth place in the 33 car.

All eyes were on the front of the pack as Newman tried to hold off Fraise. The two traded the lead back and forth before Fraise finally pulled out to the advantage and won for the third time at SCR. Newman finished second followed by Monroe, Jardin Fuller and Brad Callison in the 11c car.

Heat races were won by Newman and the #82 car.

The final lap of the cruiser class looked more like a demolition derby as two of the top three cars were taken out allowing the 34H car of Dave and James Hudson to take the checkered flag for the second straight week.

The Hudson team had been battling with the 21 car of Mike Baird and Darin Anders and the 61 car of Scott Kirby and Nick Kratzer at the front of the pack. The 21 car was in front when it was hit from behind by the 61 car, knocking it off the lead and causing both cars to loose ground in the final turn as the 34h car took the checkered.

The 21 car appeared to take a little revenge, slamming hard into the rear of the 61 car, spinning it out while causing heavy damage to the front of the team's own car, all the while knocking both cars out of the top five.

Donnie and Greg Peters took second place with the 87LC car followed by Danny Buford and Steve Anderson in the 70J car. Fourth place went to 69 John Kindhart and Damon Hudson while Mike Horning and Tim Shaffer finished fifth in the 0 car.

The heat races were won by Kratzer and Kirby (61) and the 32 car of Jeff DeLonjay and Herb Murray.

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