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Jones storms to victory at “The Mountain”

By admin | April 14, 2009

By Randy Nuchols

Maryville native Steve Jones positioned himself in
victory lane Saturday in the Nesmith Late Model Series. As in last
week’s feature, Jones had to start on the outside pole. But, this event
had a different ending with Jones storming by pole sitter and last
week’s winner Jensen Ford to sail to victory. The middle portion of the
race had a frightening moment with Jones being collected in lap
traffic. Yet, Jones was summoned to the front spot on the re-start and
held off a strong challenge from Josh Henry who had to settle for
second. Ford held on for third while Bobby Mayes finished fourth and
Hunter Best had a fine showing to round out the top five.
Tommy Newton won the Modified mini feature from the outside pole.
Rusty Knox won the pole, but had to settle for second and Kendall
White raced to third.
The Street stock had Jonathan Simms make a statement in the
feature winning from then pole. Simms blasted the entire field winning
by a comfortable half track length advantage. 2008 track champion Quinn
Bender rocketed his yellow chevy to second and the “Legend” James Price
came home in second.
Tom Vann won his first feature of 2009 in the Mini Stock coming
the eighth starting position. Jamie James started second and finished
second while Steve Parrot rounded out the top three.
Once again the Pure mini were the best show of the evening with
young Andrew Green winning from the third in a photo finish at the
checkers over Tony Dunkley. Michael Hall continues to show his ability
coming home in third.
Another pole victor was in the Tennessee RV sportsman class with
Mark Leach taking the checkers. Leach had little competition until late
in the race when Adam Beeler separated himself from the field to chase
Leach for a close second place showing. Jason Trammell raced to third
while Sammie Russell was fourth and Mark Dyer continued to show
improvement in fifth.
The large crowd witnessed an almost track record qualifying lap in
the Super Late Models with Vic “The Thrill” Hill circling the track in
less than 16 seconds. Hill had to hold off an early challenge from
eventual second place finisher Billy Ogle. Steve Smith put on a
thrilling show himself making some electrifying moves to advance to
third. Chad Ogle overcame mid-race handling problems to earn fourth
while the crafty veteran Roger Best muscled his 007 to fifth.
The “Mountain” welcomes Southern Region Racing Series this weekend
with a large payout for the Super Late Models. Over 50 cars from all
over the country are expected to show for the big event. Confirmed
drivers include Jimmy’ The Newport Nightmare” Owens, Ray Cook and
“Zero” Scott Bloomquist makes his first return to the track in five
years. All other classes will be racing on Saturday April18th. More

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