June 12, 2003

Winners' Circle Has Deja-Vu Until Rain Ends Saturday Night Excitement Prematurely

They about their work in different manners but the results proved to be the same in the three feature races that made it in under the wire Saturday night, June 7, before the rains ended the night prematurely.

The modifieds, late models and B-modifieds got their events in under the wire and it proved to be a repeat of the previous week as far as the winners' circle went.

Only 11 cars started the A-modified feature to open the night's list of main events. Jeff (21) Gerhardt and Dennis Elliott (29) started on the front row and held onto the stop spots after the drop of the green flag.

It took just two laps for Tony Fraise to move up from his fifth row starting spot to pull into the fifth spot. He was following in the tracks of Ryan Meyer who had raced the 82M car into third place after starting on the third row.

Fraise's run ended before it really got started as just two laps later the 45 car was forced to the pits with a flat front, right tire.

Meyer thrilled the crowd on the restart when he split the front running cars of Elliott and Gerhardt in turn two. The 82M car shot between the two leaders coming into the back stretch to take the lead.

The Liberty, IL, pilot withstood three more caution flags and was not bothered by the restarts as he quickly rebuilt his lead.

The battle for second found Gorin driver Bob Dale battling with Gerhardt before his #12 finally fell off and had to settle for third place. Robbie Kincaid of Trenton took fourth in the 64S followed by Elliott in fifth place.

It was the second straight win for Meyer at SCS.

The B-modified class went start to finish under the green flag without a single caution. It was smooth sailing all the way for Josh Foster as the Montrose, IA, driver likely moved into the points lead as well with his second consecutive victory at SCS.

Foster started on the pole and was never challenged as he ran away with the win. Danny Daggs started on the front row as well and settled into the second spot as the checkered flag flew. Jerry Reese of Memphis had the 2R car in the third spot. Jack Evans, Jr. (00) took fourth followed by Jerry Poor (86) of Edina.

Tommy Elston looked like he had regained his 2002 form when he took the 45 late model to the head of the pack early on in the third feature of the night.

The Keokuk, IA, driver took advantage of his start on the pole and started running away with the race right from the start. Even after a restart caused by the first caution of the night, Elston didn't looked threatened as he once again pulled away from the second place car.

But the 45 car's night ended early when the car went out in the backstretch with mechanical issues. That allowed Terry Schlipman to slip into the lead. Thad Trump had moved the 46 car up into second place. The duo looked poised for a battle for the checkered flag before Trump was sent to the back when debris from his car caused a caution in the race.

That left the checkered flag for Schlipman all by himself as the Mendon, IL, pilot continued the streak of consecutive winners on the night. With the win Schlipman also added to his points lead for 2003 at SCS.

A couple early cautions coupled with the start of the rain showers doomed the stock car feature as the night ultimately was canceled. Promoter Terry Hoenig announced at the time of the cancellation that the stock cars, hobby stocks and cruisers would make it up with double features on June 14.

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