Ryan Bard Memorial, 17th Annual Southern Challenge @ Abilene Speedway, 10/14-16/11
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Abilene, Tx.,(Oct. 15th, 2011) After locking in ten drivers in each of the IMCA classes(Modifieds, Southern Sportmods, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks), the drivers who failed to make Sundays show got a second chance to grab starting spots up front with a repeat of Fridays procedures, this time for the outside row in the Big A-main and B-main.
The Young Gun Jr. Mini Shootout would also run its program with heats and feature. The 17th Annual Southern Challenge/Ryan Bard Memorial concludes on Sunday with gates opening at 11AM and final qualifying races beginning at 2PM.
Several drivers choose the option to drop qualifying spots from the Big B-Main in an attempt to better their starting spots. Modified National Points runner-up and Stock Car National Champion, Keith White gave up B-main opportunities in both the Modified and Stock Car. Chris Dawson(Modified), Tim Clonch(Stock Car) and Steve Hayes(Sportmod), plus most the Hobby Stock competitors opted to run tonight.
White Winds up in Winners Circle
After giving up a chance to be locked in to Sunday’s Big B-Main, Keith White(Academy) showed why he’s a national points contender. White worked his way up into the top five by halfway, then motored past race long leader Monte Bolton with five laps to go. After a late caution White was able to ease away from the second place battle between Neal Flowers and Charles Brewer.
As green waved on the 21-car, 20-lap IMCA Modified main, Bolton jumped out front chased by Flowers, Robby Edwards, Kelly Allen and Bob Sikes alongside Tim Clonch for fifth. Sikes and Clonch continued their scrap, with White and Brewer side by side behind them. Caleb Stone and Chris Dawson added to the two by two formations behind the lead quartet.
White and Brewer then cleared Sikes for fifth and sixth on lap 5, with Brewer going by Clonch as well. Brewer then put Allen back a spot while White, Clonch and Allen were three wide for fifth. At the crossed flags it was Bolton, Flowers, Edwards, Brewer and White in the top five. Brewer, using the top, got around Edwards for third on lap 10.
White followed Brewers line getting fourth from Edwards then dove back to the bottom under Brewer. Sikes went around in turn 1 collecting Chad Melton for a lap 13 caution. On the restart White got beside Flowers for second while Dawson took fourth from Brewer. White cleared Flowers on lap 14 and got alongside Bolton for the lead.
After a brief side by side battle White got the top spot on lap 15, as Dawson grabbed third from Flowers. Dawson got under Bolton on lap 16 and took the spot. While battling with Flowers for third, Bolton made contact with an infield tire to bring out a yellow on lap 17. White got away clean on the restart while Flowers and Brewer slugged it for second. At the checkers it was White in the Tracys Auto Sales, Braka Operating, Triple T Trucking, Stacys Farms, Tubbs Paint & Body, TCI, Craftmasters Powder Coating, Extreme Graphics, BSB Manufacturing, Belton Iron & Steel, racinwithneal.com, Kempner Iron & Steel, Stephenville Starter, CenTex Motorsports, Hughes Chassis.
IMCA Modifieds(Top 5 to outside row Sunday A-main, 6-10 to Sunday B-main)
1 Keith White, Academy, 711 Chris Dawson, Post, 72 Charles Brewer, Abilene, 85 Neal Flowers, Hobbs, NM., 18 Tim Clonch, Quinlan, 43 Robbie Edwards, Eastland, 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, 117 Toby Herring, Hobbs NM., 7 Randy Martin, Springtown, 29 Jamie Campbell, Adkins, 59 Kelly Allen, Sweetwater, 171 Chad Melton, Springtown, 03 Mike Hathcock, Venus, 16 Bob Sikes, Eunice, NM, 144 Joe Spillman, Marble Falls, 12 Toby Hubbard, Weatherford, 49 Vince Ogle, Lubbock, 151 Thomas Walp, Olney, 141 Monte Bolton, Lubbock, 611 Caleb Stone, Hobbs, NM, 83 Chad Estes, Troy
IMCA Modified B-mains(Top 5 to A-Qualifier)
B-main 1 1 Keith White, Academy, 72 Charles Brewer, Abilene, 83 Chad Estes, Troy, 29 Jamie Campbell, Adkins, 144 Joe Spillman, Marble Falls
B-main 2 611 Caleb Stone, Hobbs, NM., 117 Toby Herring, Hobbs Nm., 12 Toby Hubbard, Weatherford, 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, 03 Mike Hathcock, Venus
B-main 3 711 Chris Dawson, Post, 49 Vince Ogle, Lubbock, 7 Randy Martin, Springtown, 171 Chad Melton, Springtown, 151 Thomas Walp, Olney
IMCA Modified Heats(Winner to A-Qualifier)
Heat 1 18 Tim Clonch, Quinlan
Heat 2 16 Bob Sikes, Eunice, NM.
Heat 3 141 Monte Bolton, Lubbock
Heat 4 59 Kelly Allen, Sweetwater
Heat 5 43 Robbie Edwards, Eastland
Heat 6 85 Neal Flowers, Hobbs, NM.
Lightning McHayes takes Sportmod Honors
Flying the scheme of “Cars” Lightning McQueen, Eastland’s Steve Hayes was another driver to prove he could drop a guaranteed spot and better his position. Hayes got by early leader Kenneth Graves, who slowed before halfway. Hayes then held off George Egbert and Mark Patterson on two late restarts to grab the win in the 20-lap IMCA Southern Sportmod feature.
Graves beat pole sitter Tyler Fain into turn 1 to get out front of the 21-car event. Fain, Patterson, and Cory Williams fell in line while Hayes, came out of a three wide scramble with fifth. Hayes then picked off Williams for third as the top eight sorted out single file. Chad Hertel, Shane Priddy and Brian Heard went three abreast for sixth when caution waved for an infield tire kicked up on the track.
On the restart Hayes got around Patterson on top, then alongside Fain for second. Hayes completed that pass on lap 4, while Egbert, Hertel and Heard were now three wide. Egbert got sixth from that fight, and then took fifth from Williams. Fain took a trip through the edge of the infield falling back to fifth. Graves slowed on lap 7 in turn 4 giving up the point to Hayes on lap 8.
Yellow waved on lap 9 for Graves stopped too close to the track. Hayes got a good jump on the restart and coming to halfway it was Hayes, Patterson, Egbert, Fain and Hertel in the top five. Justin Shaw and Priddy both went past Williams for sixth and seventh on lap 10. Egbert was looking outside Patterson for second while Hertel and Fain were side by side for fourth.
Todd Bartlett brought out a caution on lap 12 when he went around on lap 12. Once back to green, Shaw was looking high on Hertel for fifth. Shaw powered by Hertel, then Fain using the top on lap 14. Robert Crabtree spun and collected Kyle Wisdom for a lap 18 yellow.
Hayes got away on green, but Wisdom, Johnny Braswell and Roger Pierce tangled in turn 3, with Mike Easterwood and Heard making contact coming to yellow. Hayes got away from Patterson, Egbert and Shaw who had a gap to Fain, Robison and Hertel. Hayes would run unchallenged in the Braka Operating, Buckeye Supply, Rusteeze, Triple T Trucking, CenTex Motorsports, Big Chief Chassis by White.
IMCA Southern Sportmods(Top 5 to outside row Sunday A-main, 6-10 to Sunday B-main)
95 Steve Hayes, Eastland, 172 Mark Patterson, Abilene, 70 George Egbert III, Salado, 55 Justin Shaw, Sweetwater, 77 Tyler Fain, Tuscola, 59 Chad Hertel, Shallowater, 7 Stephen Robison, Abilene, 766 Shane Priddy, Abilene, 511 Cory Williams. Slaton, 17 Scotty Wallace, Lorenzo, 80 Mike Easterwood, Sundown, 31 Brian Heard, Hobbs, NM, 18 Douglas Gillespie, Amarillo, 155 Brian Carey, Aztec, NM., 690 Todd Bartlett, Abilene, 917 Kyle Wisdom, Abilene, 132 Johnny Brazell, Abilene, 118 Robert Crabtree, Abilene, 32 Roger Pierce, Hobbs, NM, 4 Kenneth Graves, Tahoka, 1 Michael Galan, Abilene
IMCA SSM B-mains(Top 5 to A-Qualifier)
B-main 1 55 Justin Shaw, Sweetwater, 17 Scotty Wallace, Lorenzo, 18 Douglas Gillespie, Amarillo, 118 Robert Crabtree, jr., Clyde, 1 Michael Galan, Abilene
B-main 2 95 Steve Hayes, Eastland, 766 Shane Priddy, Abilene, 690 Todd Bartlett, Abilene, 917 Kyle Wisdom, Abilene, 32 Roger Pierce, Hobbs, NM.
B-main 3 59 Chad Hertel, Shallowater, 7 Stephen Robison, Abilene, 70 George Egbert III, Salado, 80 Mike Easterwood, Sundown, 155 Brian Carey, Aztec, NM.
IMCA SSM Heats(Winner to A-Qualifier)
Heat 1 4 Kenneth Graves, Tahoka
Heat 2 132 Johnny Brazell, Abilene
Heat 3 31 Brian Heard, Hobbs, NM.
Heat 4 172 Mark Patterson, Abilene
Heat 5 77 Tyler Fain, Tuscola
Heat 6 511 Cory Williams, Slaton
White Wire to Wire for I-Stock Win
Keith White doubled up in two ways during the 20-lap IMCA Stock Car feature. White gave up a second spot in Sundays Big B-Main where he would have started on the pole, instead White drew the pole for the A-Qualifier. From there the National Champion showed the field nothing but his rear bumper. Bo Briley was able to close on White in traffic, but a sniff at the lead was all he got as White took his second win of the night.
White quickly jumped into the lead from the pole trailed by Briley, Mike McCarthy, Travis Sutherlin and Tim Clonch. Mart Wampler and Jody York got together on lap 1 for an early caution. Once back to green White and Briley began to break away, while Clonch pressured Sutherlin for fourth. As Clonch looked low on Sutherlin, Cory Davis was working the top side getting by both Clonch and Sutherlin for fourth.
Chris Hale Followed in Davis’ tracks(pun intended) to take fifth on lap 7. Davis kept the march forward on getting alongside McCarthy for third. At the mid-point it was White, Briley, Davis, McCarthy and Hale in the top five, with the leader coming up on traffic. Hale then got by McCarthy for fourth on lap 12.
As White fought to get through lapped traffic, Briley began to cut his lead with five to go. Clonch was able to work his way around McCarthy to take back fifth. Briley got to within a few car lengths of White with two to go. That would be as close as he could get as White in Tracys Auto Sales, Braka Operating, Triple T Trucking, Stacys Farms, Tubbs Paint & Body, TCI, Craftmasters Powder Coating, Extreme Graphics, BSB Manufacturing, Belton Iron & Steel, racinwithneal.com, Kempner Iron & Steel, Stephenville Starter, CenTex Motorsports, Medieval Chassis.
IMCA Stock Cars(Top 5 to outside row Sunday A-main, 6-10 to Sunday B-main)
11 Keith White, Academy, 302 Bo Briley, Miles, 28 Cory Davis, Eunice, NM, 01 Chris Hale, Ringling, Okla., 125 Tim Clonch, Quinlan, 10 Mike McCarthy, Round Rock, 117 Joe Colyer, Abilene, 4 Kelly Brown, Merkel, 88 Robert Barnett sr., Sweetwater, 59 Travis Sutherlin, Aztec, NM., 50 Terry Wojtek, Sterling City, 113 Jim Thorp, Mertzon, 07 Dennis Bissonnette, Stephenville, 00 Jody York, Lubbock, 17 Michael Lang, Midland, 56 Melvin Burrows, Gatesville, 26 Marc Egert, Lubbock, 64 Cary White, Lamesa, 14 Kenneth Graves, Tahoka, 131 Mark Lord, Hobbs, NM., 55 Mart Wampler, Snyder
IMCA Stock Car B-mains(Top 5 to A-Qualifier)
B-main 1 28 Cory Davis, Eunice, NM., 00 Jody York, Lubbock, 117 Joe Colyer, Abilene, 50 Terry Wojtek, Sterling City, 26 Marc Egert, Lubbock
B-main 2 01 Chris Hale, Ringling, Okla., 4 Kelly Brown, Merkel, 07 Dennis Bissonette, Stephenville, 56 Melvin Burrows, Gatesville, 14 Kenneth Graves, Tahoka
B-main 3 88 Robert Barnett sr., Sweetwater, 131 Mark Lord, Hobbs, NM., 64 Cary White, Lamesa, 113 Jim Thorp, Mertzon, 17 Michael Lang, Midland
IMCA Stock Car Heats(Winner to A-Qualifier)
Heat 1 302 Bo Briley, Miles
Heat 2 55 Mart Wampler, Snyder
Heat 3 125 Tim Clonch, Quinlan
Heat 4 59 Travis Sutherlin, Aztec, NM
Heat 5 10 Mike McCarthy, Round Rock
Heat 6 11 Keith White, Academy
Talk Takes Top Spot in Hobby Stocks
In a race that took a while to get started, Hawley’s Tobie Talk did more than that. Talk got around early leader Amanda Brewer on lap 3 then built leads despite numerous cautions throughout the time shortened event. Talk was first to the checkers in the Happy Trails Rustic Furniture, Firestone, Danz Designs, Big Johns, CenTex Motorsports, Destroyer Chassis.
On the initial start of the scheduled 20-lap, 17-car event George Locke, Billy Briley and Alec Smith tangled in turn 1 to bring yellow back out. The second try wasn’t better as this time Chase Person and Jordan Lathram got together in turn 2. The third time was a charm with Brewer getting out front trailed by Talk, Aaron Elliott, Tommy Phillips and Wendall Kurts.
Brewer and Talk were side by side on lap 2 with Talk getting the advantage on lap 3. Elliott tried to follow him through, but fell back in line. Parson spun on lap 3 getting hung on an infield tire and giving Brewer a break as she spun on the other end of the track. Once back to green Brewer got sideways off turn 4 slowing Elliott and giving Phillips a run up top.
Brewer again got crossed up the next lap this time blocking Phillips and leaving an opening for Elliott to grab third. After two yellows for spins by Smith, Talk eased away from Elliott while Dustin Mims got by Kurts for fourth. Briley was next to put Kurts back a spot taking fifth on lap 6. Yellow waved on lap 6 for Jaron Shahon who was shedding body parts on the track.
On the restart Briley took third from Brewer, while Jerry West, who started dead last, made his way into the top five. West then snagged fourth from D. Mims as the race neared the proposed half way point. Derek Sparks spun in turn 2 on lap 13 for another caution prompting officials to cut the race to 15 laps. Talk got away clean while Briley snuck past Elliott for second. Briley couldn’t get close enough for a challenge as Talk walked across the line for the win
IMCA Hobby Stocks(Top 5 to outside row Sunday A-main, 6-10 to Sunday B-main)
77 Tobie Talk, Hawley, 123 Billy Briley III, Midland, 21 Aaron Elliott, Hawley, 9 Jerry West, Ft. Worth, 818 Dustin Mims, Dublin, 72 Tommy Phillips, Abilene, 37 Lynn Gibson, Rhome, 27 Chase Parsons, Abilene, 3 Amanda Brewer, Hillsboro, 46 Billy Taylor, Gatesville, 117 Derek Sparks, Stephenville, 721 Jaron Shahon, China Spring, 55 Wendall Kurts, Hamlin, 237 Jordan Lathram, Hobbs, NM, 122 George Locke, Eunice, NM, 23 Alec Smith, Hobbs, NM, 827 Chris Mims, Dublin
Marcum Masters Street Stocks
Tony Marcum caught a break early in the 20-lap Street Stock feature and parlayed it into a win. T. Marcum and John Rister made contact and went around, but Jonathon Wright had already spun on the other end of the track and got charged with the yellow. T. Marcum got by early leader Chris Pippin then took off from the pack and snagged the win.
Pippin grabbed the point on lap 1 followed by Bobby Cox, David Collins, T. Marcum and J. Rister. Aaron Elliott made an early charge going past Steve Marcum and J. Rister for fourth. Wright went around in turn 4, while T. Marcum spun and collected J. Rister in turn 2 with Wright getting tagged with the yellow and T. Marcum his spot back, while J. Rister pitted with damage.
On the restart T. Marcum charged into the lead while Cox and Elliott ran side by side for third. That fight continued for three laps until Elliott finally secured the spot on lap 12. Up front T. Marcum was stretching out his advantage over Pippin, who held a gap back to Elliott in third. T. Marcum held his margin over Pippin as he scored the checkers.
172 Tony Marcum, San Angelo, 011 Chris Pippin, McCaulley, 2 Aaron Elliott, Hawley, 74 Bobby Cox, 11 Tom McGaha, Hawley, 15 William Malloy, San Angelo, 3 Jason Parker, Hamlin, 98 Jonathon Wright, Clyde, 43 Renee Bingham, San Angelo, 71 Bobby Hamlin, Hawley, 1 John Rister, 57 Steve Marcum, San Angelo, 7 David Collins, Abilene, 19 DJ Rister---DNS, 50 Mitch Hall, Hamlin---DNS
Street Stock heat winners; 57 Steve Marcum, San Angelo, 2 Aaron Elliott, Hawley
Cooper Captures Young Guns Victory
John Freeman got out front early in the 15-lap Young Guns Jr. Mini Stock feature pursued by Bryce Pritchett, Jarred Marquez and Trinten Turley. Turley worked his way up to get the top spot on lap 3, with Brook Cooper getting by B. Pritchett for second. Cooper began looking outside Turley for the lead when yellow waved for debris.
On the restart Cooper was able to get around Turley for the top spot on lap 10. As Cooper edged away, Tyler Webb and B. Pritchett battled for third. Webb got the position followed by Jarrett Roberts. Webb and Roberts traded some paint fighting for third while Cooper was cruising to the victory.
Young Guns Jr. Mini Stock Shootout
94 Brook Cooper, 17 Trinten Turley, 6 Jarrett Roberts, 21 Bryce Pritchett, 56 Tyler Webb, 7d Austin Theiss, 155 Austin Waunderschied, 5k Kelsey Baggett, 74 Emily Phillips, 21x John Freeman, Ksp1 Jarred Marquez, 77 Jeremy Hamlin, 00 Jesney Reagan, 12 Calton Pritchett
Young Guns Heat winners; 56 Tyler Webb, 21x John Freeman