August 16, 2001
Smyser Takes Checkered Flag Twice In One Night At SCR
Yellow apparently was the color of choice Saturday night at Scotland County Speedway as none of the five feature events had fewer than three caution flags. The stock car division, the smallest of the night, even brought out the red flag when the 13 car of Michael Browning got together with the 71 car of Louis Lynch and hit the wall. Browning went end over end down the backstretch bringing out the fire department and ambulance service.
Fortunately Browning was uninjured. The same could not be said for the car, which was hoisted off the track by two tow trucks. It sat on the infield the remainder of the night as an ominous reminder to the rest of the drivers.
The evening got off to a start with RaceMart Dash for Cash in the late model division. The top three finishers from the two heat races came onto the track to participate.
Denny Woodworth (45DW) and Tommy Elston (45) drew the front row starting spots. Jody Wood (51) and Lon Minks (07) were on row two with Chris Smyser (25S) and Justin Fuller (66) getting the brunt of the blind draw with spots five and six respectively.
With six laps to dash for the cash the front spots had the huge advantage. That didn't stop Smyser as he aggressively moved up to challenge for the money. He passed Wood and Minks early in the contest to move up into third.
Woodworth had jumped to the front on the start and was holding off Elston. But with one lap to go, the 45DW car got loose in turn one and slid up high forcing Elston to check up. That was all Smyser needed as he darted below both cars to take the lead and head to the checkered flag.
The A-modified class opened up the feature events but the field only mustered 12 cars. The #12 car of Bob Dale did not start despite picking up a victory in the first heat race.
The dozen cars didn't last long as a big pile-up in turn three took out a couple racers including the 21M car of Lynn Monroe.
Jardin Fuller started on the pole and took the lead of the race early. He got his first challenge from uncle Jim Fuller in the 88 car but managed to hold on to the lead for several laps.
After a second caution the field was dropped to just 10 cars. The Fullers maintained the top spots but Steve Grotz came flying up from his fourth row starting spot. He moved from sixth place after the restart into fourth. One lap later he passed Jim Roach and the 13 car for third.
The Fullers luck ran out in turn one when Jardin spun out and Jim was unable to avoid contact. The 88 car went to the pits with a flat tire while Jardin and the 33 car went to the back of the pack.
That turned the top spot over to Grotz who looked poised to pick up his second win of the year at SCR. However the yellow flag took its toll on the 22G car. Two more cautions flew before the halfway point of the race, still Grotz maintained the lead.
The sixth caution of the night proved to be the downfall for the 22G car. With just three laps to go in the race, Jim Delozier took advantage of the restart and passed Grotz over the top in turn four to go on to the victory. Grotz finished second followed by Roach, David Holder (H23) of Clarence, and Jardin Fuller in fifth.
The hobby stock main event was set to be a showdown for the class as a bounty had been placed on the dominator, Roger Dresden, who had posted five consecutive wins at SCR.
However a broken starter wire in the heat race meant the 1 car was starting in the eighth row in the biggest field of the night at SCR with 18 cars.
Dresden started to pick his way through the traffic but it was hard going. He was caught behind several cars when the night ended for the 1 car with a flat tire.
That opened the door for a pair of contenders as Tony Becerra took the top spot early in the race. He had to do battle with Louis Lynch in the 3 car as well as Jeff Soper and the 43S car for much of the race.
Becerra lost one potential hazard when the 3 car went out in turn one after loosing a wheel. But the luck wouldn't stay with the 2 car as the engine bogged down with just one lap to go allowing Soper to slip by for the win. Jim Walker finished second in the 80 car followed by Larry Hooper of Wyaconda in the 23 car. Larry Newman (20) was fourth followed by Mark Holt (11) in fifth.
The B-modified class had the smoothest ride of the night. Chris Larson took the lead from his outside front row starting spot and never looked back as he cruised to the easy victory. Jim Gillenwater made the biggest move of the night as he came from the back of the pack to finish second. Jerry Reese held of a number of hard chargers to pilot the 2R car to third. Jack Evans, Jr. finished fourth in the 00 car followed by Danny Daggs in the 04.
The stock car class made its return to SCR with a field of just seven cars. However the division offered some of the best racing action as the field was evenly matched and often saw cars three deep in the turns.
Harley Hill of Wayland took the early lead in the class as he sent the 85H car to the lead from its front row starting spot.
After the collision that took out Browning, Mark Smyser came off the restart and passed Hill to take the lead at the midway point. The 69 car padded its lead from that point and went on for the easy win. Josh Walker took second in the 78 car followed by Hill. Don Kanselaar was fourth in the 28K car followed by Lynch.
Chris Smyser made it a perfect night for the 25S car as he drove to his second checkered flag of the night in the evening's finale, the late model feature. He quickly overtook pole-sitter Jody Wood in the 51 car and never was challenged until late in the race when Tommy Elston put on a run with the 45 car. Elston closed the gap in the final laps but was unable to get by the Silver Bullet and had to settle for second.
Lon Mincks of Ottumwa, IA finished third in the 07 car followed by Wood and Denny Woodworth in the 45DW car in fifth.