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Hunter is “Best” at Mountain Raceway Park

By admin | June 7, 2009

By Michael Nuchols
> Second generation late model driver Hunter Best finally made his way
> to victory lane this past weekend in the Nesmith late model feature.
> Best had to battle his way around current points leader and pole
> sitter Josh Henry to earn a well deserved victory. Early in the event,
> Best charged the 007 Warrior chassis around Henry and sailed to a very
> popular victory celebration. After the race, Best was greeted in
> victory lane by crew members, competitors and his mom. Henry maintains
> his points lead finishing in second while Chris Ritchey and Brent
> Hensley had fine runs in third and fourth.
> In the Mini Late Models it was Devin Canter making his way to
> victory lane for the second time this season. Josh Moore and had to
> settle for second.
> 2007 track champion Kendall White stormed home to the checkers
> winning from the pole in the Modified Minis. Jason Carter and Jason
> Ritchey battled their way to second and third spots respectively.
> Blake Hall won his first feature of 2009 in the Pure Minis from the
> pole. Hall, in his familiar high groove took the green and never was
> challenged for the lead. Points leader Tony Dunkley finished in second.
> Improving female drivers Tammy White and Angie Young raced home in
> third and fourth. Ronnie Bibbins nailed down the final top five
> position.
> Jonathan Sims once again dominated the Street Stock division
> winning from the outside pole. Sims had early trouble racing with Pole
> Sitter Larry Rudd. But, in the middle stages of the event, Rudd slammed
> his racer into the wall in turn two coming to rest on the dirt bank.
> Defending champion Quinn Bender placed second and current points leader
> Jeff Mclemore claimed third.
> Tom Vann had to battle his way from the rear of the field twice to
> claim his third win in a row in the Mini Stock. Bo Allison raced home
> in second as Greg Muse salvaged third.
> With $5,000.00 on the line in the much anticipated O’reilly Southern
> All Stars super late model feature, a huge sun drenched crowd was on
> hand to witness on of the most intense finishes in recent history.
> Crossville native Randy Weaver set fast time to start on the pole with
> veteran Skip Arp on the outside. Arp darted around Weaver on the first
> lap and sailed off to a 5 car length advantage until Powell’s Steve
> Smith lost a tire on lap 18 bringing out the first caution. This would
> close up the large field once again enabling Weaver to start on Arp’s
> rear bumper. Again, Arp sped off to a large lead working through lap
> traffic. Late in the event with 10 laps remaining, Weaver began to make
> up some time quickly gaining on Arp as the laps were winding down. With
> five laps to go, Weaver took a look on the outside of Arp to snag the
> lead but Arp slammed the door. Then, on lap 57 Weaver finally was able
> to sneak under Arp coming out of turn four and charge on to victory
> lane and grab the $5,000.00 prize. With a full moon hanging over the
> track, this eventually became the real “Dream” for the “DreamWeaver”
> Randy Weaver.
> Arp had to settle for second and Joe Armes was third with “The
> Southern Gentleman” Freddy Smith in fourth. Blount County driver David
> Crabtree thrilled his local fans putting on a terrific show steaming
> home in fifth.
> Adam Beeler won the Tennessee RV Sportsman event from the outside
> pole to hold onto his points lead. “Scooby Do” James Kelso set on the
> pole, but had to settle for second. Robby Moses, Mark Dyer and Dale
> Watson round out the top five.
> This Saturday the Mountain returns to regular racing action with Back
> Woods Racin’ Redneck Night! If you got a nice Mullet, A BIG beer belly
> or nice sexy legs? You may be in for some prizes.

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