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East Alabama Motor Speedway - 2009 Archives


Terrance Nowell Picks Up Season Opener

Phenix City, AL - 3-21-09 - The 2009 season started Saturday night at East Alabama Motor Speedway with beautiful weather and exciting racing action in all divisions. In the Late Model division young gun Montana Dudley driving the Racing Zone GRT was the fastest qualifier among the 22 entrants with a 15:95 lap around the 3/8 mile high banked clay oval. Dudley led teammate and second fastest qualifier Terrance Nowell to the green flag. At the drop of the green third place starter Bobby Eiland jumped into the lead with Dudley and Nowell on his rear bumper. The first three drivers raced three wide and on lap 4 The Phenix City Assassin, Terrance Nowell took aim on Eiland and took over the lead with Dudley moving into second place. Nowell, Dudley and Eiland raced hard for the top spot. There was exciting intense racing all around the track. Nowell was able to hold the top spot picking up the checkers in the Racing Zone, Clarence's Truck Repair GRT #7. Dudley finished a strong second followed by Eiland, Scott Knowles, Marvin Cook, Chase Edge, Jimmy Evilsizer, Josh Noles, Matt Woodson and Larry Eldridge rounded out the top ten. In Limited Sportsman action Danny Stroud led every lap to take the checkers ahead of Paul Walters, Dustin Elliott, Chris Arnett and Steven Gaines, Jr. The Hobby feature saw John Michael take the lead from Jason Anthony on lap 4. Michael drove a great race and crossed the finish line ahead of Anthony, Robert Jackson, Allen McConnell and Randy Allen. Cody Scrimpshire picked up the checkers in the Bomber division for his first ever win. Billy Duell, Jr was second, James Fountain was third, Christy Noles was fourth and Blake Vaughn was fifth. The Modified feature event checkers went to Jeff Culpepper. Culpepper was challenged hard for the lead by second place finisher Terrance Nowell. Culpepper, Nowell, Terry Braswell, JC DuBoise and Gordy Scarbrough rounded out the top five. The Pony Stock feature was won by Bill Taylor. Taylor was followed by Tim Goins, Larry Hodnett, Jana Renfroe and Kenneth Catrett.


Knowles Big Winner At EAMS

Phenix City, AL - 4-11-09 - Scott Knowles was the big winner Saturday night at East Alabama Motor Speedway. Knowles first win of the night came in the egg toss competition for the Easter weekend celebration. Knowles and a lucky child from the grandstands outlasted 9 other teams of drivers and children to become the 2009 egg toss champions. Later in the night Knowles took the checkers in the Late Model feature event for his second win in a row. Knowles driving his All Star Graphix #66 Warrior picked up the Extreme Power Sports fast time award for the night with a 15:90 lap around the 3/8 mile high banked clay oval. Knowles started alongside Terrance Nowell in the Racing Zone GRT. At the drop of the green Nowell jumped out to the early lead and was able to hold off a hard charging Knowles for the first 14 laps. Knowles led the remaining 6 laps to pick up the checkers ahead of Nowell, Larry Eldridge, Richie Stephens, Matt Woodson, Jimmy Evilsizer, Larry Harrod, Bert Tompkins, Rodgerick Dykes and Chase Edge rounded out the top ten.

Montie Vaughn picked up his first win of the season in the Limited Sportsman feature. Vaughn was followed to the checkers by Dustin Elliott, Joey Eiland, Richard Mills and Steven Gaines, Jr.

John Michael won the Hobby division event for his second win of the season. Allen McConnell, Jason Craft, Chris Strength and Robert Jackson rounded out the top five.

Joey Thomas led flag to flag to claim the checkers in the Bomber feature event for the second week in a row. Thomas was followed by Shelby Amos, Trevor Elliott, Billy Duell, Jr and Matt Marchant.

Terrance Nowell took the checkers in the Modified feature event over John Greene, Herbie Donath, Stacy Mashburn and Gordy Scarbrough.

Bill Taylor picked up the Pony Stock victory ahead of Jesse Rivera, Larry Hodnett, Tim Goins and Jana Renfroe.

Whitener Wins It Again
By Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL - 4-18-09 - Saturday night the stars and cars of the United Dirt Late Model series rolled in to East Alabama Motor Speedway for the 2nd Annual Alabama clash 50 lap $4000 to win event. Picking up where he left off last year Mark Whitener of Middleburg, FL successfully defended his title, leading flag to flag in dominating fashion. Thirty cars were on hand to qualify for 24 spots. With a blistering lap of 14.79 seconds it was Travis Pennington picking up the Extreme Power Sports/Zeigler Racing Engines fast time qualifying award. Allowing only the top seven to be locked into the show, the stage was set for some exciting and action packed B mains. The first B main provided lots of excitement with the caution waving on lap one when East Alabama's very own Bobby Thomas made contact on the front stretch with the defending series champion Russell Brown Jr. Thomas' car received minimal damage and was able to continue but Browns car wouldn't be so lucky as he would have to take a provisional to start the feature. With the green flag back out it was Richie Stephens jumping out to the lead and holding on to win a wild first of three B main. The other two B mains saw similar action with the eventual winners being Larry Harrod and Terrance Nowell. An inversion of the top four saw Darrell Padgett and Mark Whitener on the front row and Jordy Nipper and pole sitter Travis Pennington on row number two. The green flag was out on the feature and Whitener lost no time jumping out to an early lead with Pennington hot on his trail. On lap seven the caution would wave for an incident involving Darrell Padgett and the lap car of Ricky Culpepper. When racing resumed, Whitener once again started to pull away as there was a three car battle for second with Pennington successfully holding off the advances of Padgett and Keith Nosbisch. The caution would again wave on lap 16 as Dillon Wood took a wild ride off the track in turn 2 when contact was made with Larry Harrod and Russell Brown Jr. all would be unable to continue. After just two circuits of green flag action another scary moment happened as Clay Bedenbaugh's car lost a right rear tire in turn 4 and went bouncing to the infield and struck an official. Fortunately the official was not hurt and was able to continue on. However, the car of Clay Bedenbaugh was not so lucky. With the green flag back out Whitener once again went to work building a commanding lead. The battle for second on back was a tough one. Keith Nosbisch started working the low line in one and 2 and was gaining ground on Pennington with Salem Alabama's Dana Eiland working his way into the forth position. Finally Nosbisch was able to overtake Pennington for second and set his sights on the car of Whitener. Then on lap 43 Nosbisch went for a spin in turn 4 to bring out the caution. Nosbisch's spin was caused by a suspension failure in the left rear and he was forced to pull it behind the wall. With Nosbisch now out of the race Pennington could set his sights on the 5w of Whitener. When racing resumed Whitener didn't get away from Pennington. Following right in the tire tracks of Whitener, Pennington was gaining ground and closing in. On lap 47 the caution came out again to set up a three lap thriller between Whitener and Pennington. The green flag was out once again as Pennington was right on the tail of Whitener trying the low line in 1 and 2 and the high line in 3 and 4 but it just wasn't enough and the checkered flag waved on Mark Whitener. Pennington would finish second with Dewayne Johnson, Dana Eiland and Johnny Collins, who had to take a provisional and start in a backup car due to an incident in the second B main, rounding out the top five.

The Limited Sportsman Division started with Joey Eiland on the pole and Dustin Elliott in second. Joey Eiland would jump out to an early lead with Elliott running the high line, trying everything to catch him. On lap 4 the caution would wave for a spin in one and two and provide Elliott with a chance at overtaking Eiland on the start. However the defenses of Eiland were too much for Elliott and he would hang on to win the Limited Sportsman feature. Chris Arnett, Steven Gains, Jr and Montie Vaughn would round out the top five.

In the Bomber division, Trevor Elliott would take the lead on lap one from Jimmy Thomas and pull away. Jimmy in the meantime was busy holding off the advance of his cousin, Joey Thomas, who was charging hard for the second position. Joey was eventually able to overtake Jimmy and set his sights on the #7 of Elliott. Slowly Joey Thomas was able to close the gap and then on the last lap he made one last effort but it wasn't enough, and Elliott would hang on to win. Rounding out the top five would be Joey Thomas, Jimmy Thomas, Cody Scrimpshire, and Chris Marchant fifth.

The Hobby Division started with the 294 orange and black car of John Michael on the pole and defending champion Allen McConnell out side row one. With the green flag in the air McConnell took command of the race. Pole sitter John Michael would have his hands full holding off the advances of Randy Allen and Chris Strength. Allen and Strength would eventually overtake Michael. With Allen now running second, he closed in on McConnell and with the white flag waving they were side by side coming out of turn four. However Allen McConnell was able to hold off Randy Allen and take the win in the Hobby division. Randy Allen was second followed by Chris Strength, John Michael and Jason Craft coming in fifth.

Eldridge Plays A Victory Tune
By Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL - 4-25-09 - Saturday night was Kissin' 99.3 FM Continuous Country night at East Alabama Motor Speedway, and after the dust had settled it was Larry Eldridge in his Kissin' 99.3 FM late model playing a victory tune. Eldridge, no stranger to victory lane at East Alabama Motor Speedway, flexed his muscles early by winning the Extreme Power Sports of Columbus pole award with a blistering lap of 15.60 seconds beating out Scott Knowles by just three one thousandths of a second. Seventeen of the best late model drivers in the south were on hand for the 20 lap Alabama Rock Late Model main event, and the action had fans on the edge of their seats until the very end. Larry Eldridge rolled out first with Knowles second, Bobby Eiland third, Larry Harrod forth and Richie Stephens rounding out the top five starting line up. The green flag was out and Eldridge quickly jumped to the high side with Knowles following close in second and Eiland third. With a clean start the race would remain green until lap four when Josh Noles made contact with Pat Wall resulting in Wall's right front fender coming off in turn 4. After the debris were picked up the green flag waved once again and much like the start, the front duo of Eldridge and Knowles started to pull away. Meanwhile, Bobby Eiland found himself in a three-way battle for third with Larry Harrod and Richie Stephens trying to take that spot away. Eventually Harrod was able to overtake Eiland for the third spot, but Eiland would keep Stephens at bay. Then on lap 11, a scary moment for the leader, Eldridge made contact with the slowing lap car of Adam Brown on the back straight resulting in Eldridge spinning in turn 4. Fortunately for Eldridge his car was not damaged and Brown was faulted with causing the accident. Eldridge, allowed to return to his spot as the leader, was determined to fight until the very end and he would have to do just that. With 9 laps left and the green in the air Eldridge found himself having to hold off a hard charging Knowles. Running the low line around the track Eldridge was able to gain some distance on Knowles but not for long as Knowles found his stride running the high line. Then on lap 16 Knowles caught Eldridge. With Eldridge down low and Knowles up high they battled side by side lap after lap both swapping the lead by a nose for the next four laps. Then with the white in the air Knowles made one last attempt by going low in turns 1 and 2. Eldridge went low in 3 and 4. Contact was made coming out of 4 and it was Larry Eldridge holding on by a nose over Scott Knowles. Larry Harrod finished third with Bobby Eiland forth and the defending track champion Richie Stephens rounding out the top five.

In the Limited Sportsman Division Joey Eiland was looking to make it two in a row after winning last weeks race, but he would have to settle for second as it was the 7 car of Chris Arnett that took the checkered flag. Arnett, starting from the pole, would hold off the advances of Eiland leading flag to flag and picking up his first win of the season. Eiland, finishing second, had to hold off the advances of Paul Walters and Chad Scrimpshire as there was a three-way battle for second for much of the race. Finishing in the fifth position would be Steven Gaines Jr.

The Bomber division of East Alabama Motor Speedway is one of the most entertaining divisions at the track and Saturday night Joey Thomas showed why. Thomas, who started the race in fifth, took home his third win out of four starts this season. Billy Duell Jr. started on the pole and led the first seven laps. Thomas who was slowly working his way through the field took advantage of the restart following a lap 6 caution to take the lead away from Duell. Duell would hold on to second followed by Jimmy Thomas, Cody Scrimpshire, and Robert Luke in fifth.

Randy Renfroe started on the pole for the 15 lap Scorpion Chassis Hobby feature with Jonathan Dozier second. On the start Dozier jumped out to an early lead but was quickly overtaken by the advances of Allen McConnell who came from fifth to take the lead in four laps. Soon the 294 of John Michael would follow suit and get past Dozier as well. Then with five laps remaining Michael's mounted an attack on McConnell but it wasn't enough as McConnell was able to hold on and take the win. Michaels was second followed by Jonathan Dozier, Frankie Roberts, and Jason Craft.

The Modified's were back in action Saturday night and it was Nick Biddle taking the win in the 12 lap event. Biddle, using the race as practice for next weeks Modified $1000 to Win Event, took charge of the race on lap 9. The race was slowed by caution early when JC DuBoise, Duane Treadwell, and Stacy Mashburn all made contact in turn 1 and 2. Only Mashburn would continue and he would eventually make his way back to the fifth position. Wes Duboise lead early but was overtaken by Biddle and would hold on for a second place finish. Jeff Culpepper who started on the pole would finish third with Randy Register forth.

The Pony Stock division was back in action as well Saturday night and it was Bill Taylor holding off Larry Hodnett for the win. Taylor and Hodnett put on a good show as they swapped the lead back and forth several times throughout the race. Jana Renfroe finished third after she passed Tim Goins after he spun late in the race. Goins would finish forth with Jay Mason rounding out the top five.

Third Win A Charm For Scott Knowles
By: Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL - 5-2-09 - With Mother Nature in full cooperation the stage was set for a full night of racing action at East Alabama Motor Speedway. The night wasn't totally dry as qualifying for the Late Models and Modifieds was interrupted by a rain shower that lasted only a few moments. After a brief re-packing of the track and the fans returning to their seats we were ready for action. When Extreme Power Sports Pole qualifying concluded for the 20 lap Late Model event it was Montana Dudley turning a blistering lap of 15.51 seconds besting second place qualifier Scott Knowles by just one onehundreth of a second. Qualifying in third spot in the familiar black K9 Car was Richie Stephens, that's not a misprint; Dana Eiland's car was on loan to Stephens for the night's event. Twenty cars were on hand to start the Alabama Rock Late Model Main event and there was side by side racing action in every lap. On the start Scott Knowles jumped out front making that high line work in his favor. Dudley dropped back to second followed by Stephens in third. On lap 3 contact was made between the 20 car of Glenn Brewer and John Capps III on the front stretch. Both cars would be done for the night with Capp's car sustaining the most damage as it was backed into the front stretch wall. With the debris cleaned up the green flag was back out. Knowles, picking up where he left off, took a commanding lead. With Dudley and Stephens battling it out for second, caution would wave again on lap seven as Tyler Millwood took a ride off the track in turn two. His car was ok and he was able to continue. On the restart Dudley, hoping to take the lead, went to the bottom in turn one under Knowles but it didn't stick. Meanwhile last weeks winner Larry Eldridge was making a hard charge to the front and found himself in the middle of a three way battle for fourth with Larry Harrod and Terrance Nowell. All three would take turns holding the forth spot. Then on lap 15 bad luck would strike Stephens as he would lose a left rear tire coming out of turn four and spin on the front stretch. Good news for car owner Dana Eiland as the car wasn't damaged, however, something in the wheel broke ending Stephens chance at victory. With Stephens car off the track Montana Dudley and Terrance Nowell had five laps to overtake the dominatingly fast car of Knowles but they couldn't get the job done. Scott Knowles held on for the last five laps to take home his third win of the season. Montana Dudley held off Terrance Nowell for second, with Terrance Nowell finishing third. Larry Eldridge was forth followed by Rogerick Dykes in fifth.

In the Modified 25 lap $1000 to win main event it was Wesley Duboise in his number 5 modified taking home the win. With a field of 16 cars going after that $1000 top prize the fans were guaranteed to see a good show and the drivers didn't disappoint. Qualifying on the pole with a lap of 16.54 was Ricky White in the 0 car and starting to his outside laying down a lap of 16.61 was eventual winner Wesley Duboise. At the drop of the green flag it was White jumping out to an early lead with Bucky Gregory following behind in second. White would lead for the first 11 circuits but Duboise, who dropped back to fourth on the start, had worked his way past the machines of Jeff Culpepper and Bucky Gregory and was right on the heels of the leader. Coming out of turn four on lap eleven White went high, Duboise went low and at the line Duboise was the new leader. After a brief caution for a spin involving Nick Briddle in turn two the green flag was waving again and Duboise started to pull away from the field. Meanwhile Terrance Nowell, who had just finished third in the Late Model main event, was working his way through the field from his sixth place starting position and was now sitting third trying every way to get past the car of White and make a challenge for first. Then on lap twenty he would do just that and as luck would have it a caution was brought out for a spin in turn 2 by the 29 machine of Randy Register setting up a 5 lap dash for cash. On the restart Duboise jumped out to a two car length lead over Nowell but soon that two car length lead was no more and they were battling nose to tail side by side for the lead. Nowell the Phenix City Assasin had his sights on passing Duboise in turn four but it just wasn't enough and Wesley Duboise would hang on to win. Nowell was second followed by Ricky White, Bucky Gregory and Jeff Culpepper rounding out the top five.

In the Limited Sportsman division it was Joey Eiland taking home the win in the 15 lap event. The feature started with Tracey Baker on the pole and Thomas Lewis on his outside starting second. The green flag was out and and Baker would take the lead. Eiland in his black and red number 29 started forth and had quickly worked his way into the second position and before too long would occupy the top spot with Baker dropping to second. Lewis who started second but had dropped back fought his way back through the field to retake the second spot from Baker. With just two laps to go Eiland had a sizeable lead over second place Lewis who was in a side by side battle with Chris Arnett for that spot. The checkered flag was in the air and Joey Eiland leading most of the race crossed the line in first. Thomas Lewis held off Chris Arnett to finish second, Arnett was third followed by Steven Gaines Jr. in fourth and Dustin Elliott fifth.

The Hobby feature at East Alabama Motor Speedway saw Chris Strength dominate most of the race but John Michael take the win. Strength started on the pole for the event with Allen McConnell second. When the green flag waved it was Strength jumping out to an early lead with McConnell second and John Michael following behind in third. That running order would remain for much of the 12 lap event until a lap ten caution. Going into turn one on lap 10 Strength spun and the cars of McConnell, Michael, and Jason Craft all piled in. Strength's night would be over as his number 7 machine sustained heavy front end damage. Also forced to pull it into the pits was McConnell although his stay was brief and he would return to finish fifth. Michaels and Craft were able to continue therefore they occupied the first and second spots for the restart. With the green back out Michaels would lead the final two laps to pick up the win followed by Jason Craft in Second. Third was Robert Jackson with Randy Allen fourth and Allen McConnell in fifth.

The 12 lap Bomber main event saw Jimmy Thomas leading every lap in dominating style and picking up his first win of the 2009 season. Jimmy Thomas took the lead pole starting position and never looked back. In the closing laps Joey Thomas, in the number 90, was able to get past the K9 of James Fountain for second. On the last lap Joey caught Jimmy and the family feud was on. Side by side they battled on the last lap then coming out of turn 4 Joey got loose trying not to make contact with Jimmy and that was all Jimmy needed to take the win. Joey Thomas was second followed by James Fountain third, Chris Marchant forth and Shelby Amos fifth.

Terrance Nowell Wins Wild One At EAMS
By Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL - 5-9-09 - The National Vintage Racing Association was in action at East Alabama Motor Speedway Saturday night as part of Senior Citizen Appreciation night. Twenty-three Vintage racecars of varying makes and models were on hand to bring back a blast from the past. Leading off the first of three vintage races were the Late Model Modifieds and Late Model Sportsman. These two classes are made up of cars originally built in the late 50's and 60's. Six cars took to the track with Jason Bowen from Bonaire, GA in his number 16 1964 Ford Falcon with a 302CI engine taking the win in the Late Model Modified division and John Knowles Jr. from Byron, GA in his 1956 Chevy with a 350CI motor picking up the win in the Late Model Sportsman division. Vintage racing event number two saw the Limited Sportsman cars in action. The division is made of racecars from the late 1920's and early 1930's. Jason Bailey in his 1929 Ford six cylinder number 29 took the win in dominating fashion lapping all six cars in route to victory. The final Vintage race of the evening saw the Modified Open and Modified Sportsman racecars in action. These two divisions are made up of racecars from the 1930's and 1940's. Bruce Griffin of Lincoln, AL took home the Modified Open win while Woody Callaway from Bonaire, GA in his 1936 Ford collected the win in the Modified Sportsman division.

After a great show last week the Alabama Rock Late Models were back in action Saturday night and the Phenix City assassin Terrance Nowell took home a victory in a race that had the fans standing on their feet the whole time. For the second week in a row it was Montana Dudley laying down a blistering lap in Extreme Power Sports of Columbus pole award with a time of 15.58 seconds. Qualifying second was the K9 of Dana Eiland back behind the wheel of his own car after loaning it to Richie Stephens last week. When the green flag waved for the 20 lap main event Dana Eiland taking to the high line quickly took the lead with Dudley falling in line in second. After completing just one lap the caution was waved for the spinning cars of Gordy Scarbrough, Pat Wall, and Marc Gooden. No cars were damaged and all would continue. On the restart Dana Eiland began to pull away from Dudley who was busy holding off the advances of Randy Hester. Caution would again wave on lap 5 when race leader Eiland went for a spin with a little help from second place running Montana Dudley. Eiland would restart as the leader and Dudley was sent to the rear of the field for the contact. Eiland taking charge of the race started to pull away from new second place runner Hester, who would hold the position for one lap before pulling into the pits for mechanical problems. Terrance Nowell inheriting second was trying to catch Dana Eiland and hold off last weeks winner Scott Knowles. As the laps started to wind down once second place running and pole sitter Montana Dudley was working his way back through the field. Slowly but surely lap after lap Terrance Nowell was catching Dana Eiland and coming to take the white flag he caught him. Then going into turn one they caught the lap car of Gordy Scarbrough. Nowell went low under Scarbrough while Eiland went high. Unfortunately for Eiland Scarbrough washed up in front of Eiland. The nose of Eiland's car got hung behind the rear of Scarbrough's car. The pair hung together with Eiland pushing Scarbrough down the back straight hung together. That was all Nowell needed to make the pass and he would take the checkered flag in dramatic fashion. Eiland still hung up behind Scarbrough tried to break free in turns three and four which resulted in the pair spinning and the field of cars passing them by. Scott Knowles was second with Montana Dudley third, Shane Stodghill forth and Larry Harrod coming home in fifth.

The Hobby feature at East Alabama Motor Speedway saw Randy Allen take the win in the 20 lap feature. Robert Jackson in the 12 car started on the pole for the event with Allen second. When the green flag waved the top three cars went three wide going into one. When they came out of turn 2 it was Jackson in the lead but Allen McConnell passing Allen for second. Two laps later Allen would use the low line in three and four to pass McConnell and regain that second position. Allen back in second set his sites on Jackson and was slowly making ground with Jason Anthony now in third following in tow. Unfortunately for Anthony third position would be short lived as he lost control of his car and went off the track in turn one bringing out the caution. The restart would be a turning point in the race as it allowed Allen the chance he needed to pass Jackson for the lead and going low in turn one on the restart he did just that. McConnell who was running third quickly wasted no time in following Allen past Jackson as well. Then with just three laps to go McConnell and Jason Craft who was running third now had caught the leader. Craft making a bold move dove low in turn one on the last lap trying to pass McConnell and Allen but it didn't stick. Then in three and four it was McConnell's turn at Allen but he too would come up short and Randy Allen would hold on to take the win. Allen McConnell was second with Jason Craft third, Robert Jackson fourth, and Jason Anthony battling back from his early spin finished fifth.

In the Bomber main event it was Jimmy Thomas taking advantage of a late race accident between Cody Scrimpshire and Joey Thomas to pick up his second win in a row. Billy Duell started the feature from the pole with Jimmy Thomas to his outside in second. When the green waved it was Duell taking the lead with Jimmy holding strong in second. Cody Scrimpshire who had worked his way through the field form his forth place starting position now found himself running in second and closing on the leader. The next lap Scrimpshire making his number 83 stick in turn three completed the pass on Duell. Mean while Matt Marchant in his white number 1 had worked his way to second and brought Joey Thomas with him in third. Then on lap 14 Joey passed Marchant and quickly closed on the back bumper on Scrimpshire. The next lap coming out of turn four contact was made between Joey Thomas and Cody Scrimpshire that resulted in both cars coming together on the front stretch wall and ending there chances of winning. Marchant who should have inherited the lead pulled into the pits with some sort of mechanical failure therefore relinquishing the lead to Jimmy Thomas. Thomas held off Shelby Amos in the final few laps to collect his second win of the season and second win in a row. Shelby Amos was second, Drew Roberts third, Cody Scrimpshire forth, and Joey Thomas rounding out the top five.

In the Limited Sportsman division it was Joey Eiland taking home the win for the second week in a row in the 15 lap feature. A field of 8 cars started the feature with Joey Eiland on the pole and Chris Arnett on the out side of the front row. The green flag was out and Eiland quickly jumped out to an early lead. Eiland with a three car length lead over Chris Arnett was pulling away from the field. Lewis who started third was charging hard and looking to battle Arnett for the second position. With just two laps remaining Eiland had a sizeable lead over second place Chris Arnett who was in a side by side battle with Lewis for that spot. The checkered flag was in the air and Joey Eiland leading every lap crossed the line in first. Chris Arnett held off Thomas Lewis to finish second, Lewis was third followed by Freddie Slaughter in forth and Dustin Elliott fifth.

The Modified main event had Ricky Culpepper taking advantage of Terry Braswell's misfortune and picking up his second win of the season. When the green flag waved Terry Braswell jumped out to a commanding lead with Stacy Mashburn who started forth moving into the third position. The top three would remain the same for much of the race. Then on lap 13 the T5 car of Broswell started to slow in turn two and unfortunately he had to make that hard left hand turn into the pits with mechanical issues. Braswell's misfortune was all Ricky Culpepper needed to take the win holding on to lead the final three circuits. Jeff Culpepper was second, Brand Lewis third, Gordy Scarbrough forth, and Stacy Mashburn falling back from second late in the race came home fifth.

The Pony Stocks were back in action after taking a week off and this time it was Tim Goins in the 27 taking the win over the 01 of Larry Hodnett. Jana Renfroe started on the pole but was quickly overtake by Goins going into turn one. Bill Taylor also passing Renfroe moved into second with Hodnett following closely in third. The running order would remain the same for much of the race until lap 12 when the 55 of Taylor lost power coming out of turn four and coasted into the pits. Tim Goins would go on to take the checkered flag with Larry Hodnett taking second, Jana Renfroe third and Bill Taylor coming home forth.

Scott Knowles Wins NeSmith Event
Phenix City, AL - 5-30-09 – Scott Knowles of Lanett, AL swept the Alabama Bonus Bucks Weekend by driving his All-Star Graphics Warrior to his second straight NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series win on Saturday night in the Salute To The Armed Forces 50 in front of a packed house at East Alabama Motor Speedway. Knowles took the lead on lap four, and went on to post the $2,500 victory. With his $2,000 win on Friday night at Penton Raceway in Penton, AL, Knowles was the top point driver in the two race series for a $1,000 bonus, and he also picked up a $1,000 bonus from GM Performance Parts for winning both races. That brought his two-day earnings to $6,500. “When I woke up this morning, I never dreamed I could win two of these races in a row,” Knowles said. “This has been the best weekend of my career. I was going to concentrate on trying to win the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series East Region Championship, but I may have to run some more of these National Touring events.” Terrance Nowell of Phenix City, AL finished second in The Racing Zone GRT, and challenged Knowles for the lead after a late-race restart, but Knowles was up to the challenge and pulled away to take the checkered flag just over three seconds ahead of Nowell. “I just about gave the race away after that restart to Terrance Nowell, and we had to race hard for a lap before I could get going,” Knowles said. “Terrance is a good clean racer, and I think we got together there once, but I know it was nothing intentional by either one of us, and it was just hard racing.” Defending NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Track Champion Richie Stephens of Phenix City, AL took the third spot in the Darda Tire GRT, and Chase Washington of Houlka, MS was awarded the fourth spot after the Ride 95.3 Scorpion driven by Travis Pennington of Winston, GA was light at the scales during the post-race weigh-in. Washington was the Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the Race. Eric Cooley of Fulton, MS drove his 78 Towing and Recovery Victory Circle to the Race Car Engineering fifth position, and took over the NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS National point lead over two-time National Champion David Gentry of Lewisburg, TN by 20 points. Gentry retired his Eads Farms/Dixon Plumbing Mastersbilt on lap four, and finished 22nd. Chase Edge of Lafayette, AL started his Gar’s Cash Flow Mastersbilt 18th, and finished sixth to earn the GM Performance Parts Hard Charger of the Race Award. Jay Blair of Angie, LA was seventh in the J&A Trucking Mastersbilt, and Matthew Turner of Dawsonville, GA grabbed the Race Car Engineering eighth spot in the Turner Excavating DWB. Aaron Ridley of Chatsworth, GA was the Maximum Signs ninth-place finisher in the True Temp Heating and Air Barry Wright, and Rodgerick Dykes of Smith Station, AL rounded out the top ten in the Tri-City Machine Works GRT. Cooley finished second to Knowles in the weekend point standings to pocket an extra $300, while Blair and Ridley tied for the third spot and each driver was awarded $100. Pennington started off the evening earning the $200 McLeod Construction/Extreme Powersports Fast Time Award and earned the pole position for the main event by turning a lap in 15.660 seconds. When the green flag fell for the main event, Pennington grabbed the lead followed by Knowles, Dana Eiland of Salem, AL, Larry Eldridge of Columbus, GA, and Washington. Knowles challenged Pennington for the lead on lap four looking to the high side coming off the second turn. Pennington slid up the track coming off turn four, while Knowles made a hard left, and drove under Pennington to take the lead down the front straight away. One lap later, the most serious crash of the night took place when Bobby Eiland of Phenix City, AL hit the front straightaway wall in the Dry Creek/Paradise Pools GRT, and then ricocheted into turn one in front of oncoming traffic. Eiland was t-boned by Anthony Meadows of Lanett, AL in the All-Star Graphics Barry Wright. What followed was an explosion of parts and piece from both destroyed race cars that brought out the red flag for 12 minutes. All the safety features built into the race cars driven by Bobby Eiland and Meadows did their jobs, and both drivers walked away uninjured. Bobby Eiland earned the Dominator Race Products Hard Luck of the Race Award. On the restart, Dana Eiland spun his Andy’s Auto Parts GRT in turn two while running third, that sent several cars, including Gentry over the outside banking. Gentry’s was retired for the evening from the damage. Knowles led Pennington, Eldridge, Washington, and Nowell down for the restart. Nowell was able to shoot by Washington for the fourth spot after a lap nine restart, and Stephens moved up to the top five, getting around Washington on lap ten. Nowell moved up to challenge Eldridge for the third spot, and took the position one lap later coming off turn four. A lap 17 restart saw Stephens and Eldridge battling for the fourth position, swapping the spot on laps 17 and 18. Derrick Rainey of Powder Springs, GA put his Hays Family Racing Warrior on the outside, and charged from the 19th starting spot to ninth by lap 17. Rainey’s run to the front came to an end on lap 31 when his car broke a left-rear axle. Pennington dodged a bullet on a lap 37 restart when he almost spun in turn four and lost two spots, but a yellow flag for debris in turn two saved him, and he started behind Knowles for the restart. When the field went back to green, Stephens got by Eldridge to take over the fourth spot, while Nowell moved up to challenge Pennington for second. Nowell passed Pennington for second on a lap 44 restart. The next lap saw Stephens get sideways coming off the second turn. Stephens gather his car back up, but Eldridge spun the Outdoor Products Warrior out of the fifth position. On the restart, Knowles couldn’t quite find the handle on his race car, and Nowell pulled along side to challenge for the lead coming off turn two. By lap 45, Knowles’ race car came to life, and he pulled away to take the win and a big payday. In preliminary action, the three ten-lap heat races were won by Bobby Eiland, Washington and Stephens. The two ten-lap B-Main races were won by Rainey and Gentry.

After a few weekends off thanks to mother nature, the local divisions at East Alabama Motor Speedway were back in action. Leading off the local classes was the Limited Sportsman class. Starting on the pole for the 15 lap feature was the "Show Stopper" Steven Gaines Jr. in the number 50 car with the 29 of Joey Eiland to his outside. When the green flag waved Eiland wasted no time in passing Gaines in turns one and two. However it wouldn't take long for the caution to come out as Jeff Elliott spun in turns one and two collecting the car of Chris Arnett. Arnett's car wasn't hurt and he would continue on however Jeff Elliott would retire from the event. Unfortunately Jeff wouldn't be the only Elliott in the pits before the night was over. For on the restart Arnett, who lined back up fifth, hooked the right rear corner of Dustin Elliott's 115 car sending him hard into the front stretch wall therefore ending his night early. Fortunately Arnett's actions didn't go unnoticed as he was sent to the rear for the restart. The green was once again waving and Eiland went to work building an untouchable lead over Gaines. With Eiland in another zip code Gaines had his hands full holding off a hard charging Thomas Lewis. As the laps wound down Lewis caught Gaines and coming to take the white they were side by side. The dominating car of Joey Eiland crossed the line first with Gaines successfully holding off Lewis for second. Lewis was third with Tracy Baker fourth and Chris Arnett crossing the line fifth. Unfortunately for Eiland his dominating performance caught the attention of second place finisher Steven Gaines, Jr. who, upon the completion of the race, filed a protest. After the teardown process it was found that in fact the 29 car of Eiland was to be in violation of the rules therefore Steven Gaines Jr. will be awarded the win.

In the Scorpion Chassis Hobby division, points leader John Michael was looking to expand his lead on double points night at East Alabama Motor Speedway. The 15 lap feature had Robert Jackson on the pole with Randy Renfroe on his outside in second. When the green flag waved Renfroe, sticking with the high line, took the lead coming out of turn two. Renfroe would hold on to the lead for five laps until he was passed by the hard charging 294 of John Michael. Michael, coming from his third starting spot to take the lead, started to put some distance between himself and the rest of the field. Then on the next lap Randy Renfroe's 99 car veered sharply to the left on the back straightaway making contact with the backstraight wall. The impact was so violent that all four tires came off the ground. The driver was fine but the car was destroyed. On the restart Michael once again started to pull away while new second place runner Jason Anthony was busy holding off the advances of Jason Craft. Eventually Craft was able to overtake Anthony, but fell short on time in catching Michael. John Michael crossed the line first with Jason Craft in second, Jason Anthony third, Don Otto fourth and Randy Allen rounding out the top five.

The Bomber class at EAMS saw Chris Marchant take his first win to the scales but not the house. Robbie Luke started on the pole for the 15 lap event with Joey Thomas second. When the green waved Joey took the lead in turn one and started to pull away. Meanwhile Marchant, who started fourth, slowly made his way to second with Jimmy Thomas following him in third. Then on lap 12 the leader slowed on the track and pulled into the pits. Joey Thomas' night was over. Also on lap 12 the cars of Cody Scrimpshire and Robbie Luke started to slow leaving Marchant and Jimmy Thomas to battle it out. Marchant was successful in holding off Thomas to take the win....to the scales. It was there, at the scales, that Marchant was found to be too light therefore the win was awarded to the 22 of Jimmy Thomas. Robbie Luke was scored as second with Chris Marchant third, Cody Scrimpshire fourth, and Joey Thomas fifth. For the fans of Billy Duell, Jr. he was in attendance for the nights events, however he suffered mechanical problems in practice and was not able to start the feature.

The 15 lap Modified feature saw Jeff Culpepper dominate the event leading flag to flag but not without serious challenge from Jimmy Hiett. Culpepper started on the pole with Hiett second. The green flag waved and it didn't take long for a caution to follow as there was contact made between two cars coming out of turn four. When the smoke cleared seven cars in some way or another caught a piece of the action. All but one car would continue, with the only casualty being Duane Treadwell. The lineup was set and the green was once again waving and a clean start was achieved. Culpepper wasted no time in lengthening his lead over Hiett. Meanwhile, the 5 car of Wesley Duboise was slowly working his way through the field and gaining ground on Hiett. As the laps started to wind down Hiett was able to draw closer to Culpepper and on the last lap, was on his back bumper. Going into turn one Culpepper went low with Heitt high. Side by side they battled down the back straight. Heitt tried to make it stick on the low side coming out of four but it didn't work and Culpepper held on to win. Jimmy Hiett was second, Wesley Duboise third, Nick Biddle fourth, and Randy Register coming home in fifth.

East Alabama Motor Speedway and the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series would like to thank all the race fans for your generous donations in the support of the American Cancer Society. Saturday night was truly a record setting night for the driver auction with one race fan bidding $1,000 to ride with Dana Eiland. The total donations for the night were over $2,500 that went straight to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society to help find a cure for cancer. Special thanks to Montana Dudley, Dana Eiland, Scott Knowles, Terrance Nowell and Derrick Rainey for taking time out of their schedule to support a great cause and give a fan the ride of life in the 2 seater car.


Rocket Man takes "The Ride" to Victory Lane
By: Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL - 6-6-09 - Saturday night the local Alabama Rock Late Model stars were back in action for 95.3FM The Ride night at East Alabama Motor Speedway. After winning last weeks NeSmith race Scott Knowles was ready for a repeat by setting the fast time in Extreme Power Sports qualifying with a lap of 16.09 seconds to start from the pole. Looking to better his results from last weeks race was The Rocket Man Richie Stephens timing in with the second quickest lap driving the 95.3 FM The Ride car. With 16 late models starting the feature, the 20 lap main event was shaping up to be a slugfest till the very end. On the start Richie Stephens took advantage of starting on the outside and quickly took the lead with Knowles right on his tail. Stephens was working the high line to keep up momentum while Knowles was down low searching for grip and any advantage he could use to catch Stephens. Meanwhile Larry Harrod, who started fifth, was slowly working his way into the third position passing Montana Dudley to do so. For several laps Harrod and Dudley traded passes until it seemed as though Dudley's tire might be giving up as he slowly started to fall back into the clutches of Terrance Nowell. Up front Stephens was starting to lengthen the gap between himself and Knowles. Then on lap 9 it looked as if Knowles would get a break as the car of Matt Woodson started to slow on the track. Woodson would make it into the pits without assistance and the race would remain green. With the front two cars in a league of their own, the battle for third was heating up. Montana Dudley with a second wind was starting to catch Larry Harrod and he was bringing Terrance Nowell with him. Finally on lap 15 something had to give and it did. Terrance Nowell while trying to pass Dudley and Harrod spun in turn 2 to bring out the caution and give Knowles the break he was looking for. With the cars lined back up we were ready for a thrilling five-lap dash. On the start Stephens began to put distance between himself and Knowles, but not for long. Slowly lap-by-lap Knowles was closing in. Stephens's car looked great in turns one and two but it looked like a handful in turns three and four and that's where Knowles was making up time. Every lap Knowles would close on Stephens but in the end he ran out of time. Richie Stephens driving the 95.3 fm The Ride car took the checkered flag with Scott Knowles coming home second. Larry Harrod held on to finish third with Bobby Eiland finishing forth and Tod Darda rounding out the top five.

In the Limited Sportsman Division Dustin Elliott was looking for redemption after last weeks accident and he found it in victory lane Saturday night. Elliott, starting from the pole, had to hold off the advances of last week's winner Steven Gains Jr. and Thomas Lewis to win. It looked early as if Joey Eiland was going to win another one as he passed Elliott in turn 2 on lap 8 to take the lead. However on lap 10 Eiland would have to pull into the pits with a flat tire therefore giving the lead back to Elliott. Holding off the advance of Lewis late in the race Dustin Elliott was able to hang on and win the Limited Sportsman feature. Thomas Lewis finished second with Steven Gaines Jr. third, Chris Arnett fourth and Tracy Baker fifth. The race was slowed twice for caution one involving the 26 car of Freddie Slaughter who made hard contact with the front stretch wall sending him rolling down the racetrack. Fortunately he was ok, but unable to continue.

Jason Craft started on the pole for the 15-lap Hobby feature with Allen McConnell starting to his outside in second. On the start Craft jumped out to an early lead with McConnell following in second and John Michael in third. Slowly Randy Renfroe was coming through the field and made his way past both cars to move into second. Then with five laps remaining Renfroe mounted an attack on Craft but it wasn't enough as Craft was able to hold on and take the win. Randy Renfroe was second followed by Jonathan Dozier, Robert Jackson, and Randy Allen.

The Bomber division of East Alabama Motor Speedway is one of the most entertaining divisions at the track and Saturday night Joey Thomas showed why. Thomas, who started the race in second, took home the win in the 15-lap feature. Shelby Amos started on the pole and led the first five laps. Thomas, who was working his way through the field after falling back at the start, took advantage of the restart following a lap 7 caution to take the lead away form Amos. As the laps started to click off Jimmy Thomas passed Amos for second to making it the familiar Thomas and Thomas show. At the checkered it was Joey Thomas holding off Jimmy Thomas to take the win. Billy Duell finished third with Matt Marchant fourth and Cody Scrimpshire coming home fifth.

The Modifieds were in action Saturday night and it was Herbie Donath taking the win in the 15-lap event. Donath took charge of the race on lap 1 from his pole position and led every lap flag to flag in dominating fashion. Jeff Culpepper, who started third, quickly made his way to second but not without a fierce battle with Stacy Mashburn for the position. Culpepper and Mashburn battled side by side for several laps and allowed Donath to extend his lead and hold on for the win. Jeff Culpepper came home second with Mashburn third; Ricky Culpepper was fourth with Nick Biddle rounding out the top five.

The Pony Stock division was back in action as well Saturday night and it was Bill Taylor holding off Tim Goins for the win. Taylor and Goins put on a good show as they swapped the lead back and forth several times throughout the race. Larry Hodnett finished third with Jana Renfroe coming home fourth.

Dudley Dominates Tuesday Night Thunder
By: Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL 6-16-2009 - With another win going to mother nature last Saturday the management at East Alabama Motor Speedway decided to hold racing at the track on Tuesday night, and what a great night of racing it was! Tuesday Night Thunder sponsored by Zaxby's with racing action in the Hobby, Limited Sportsman, and Late Model classes proved to be just what the fan ordered. Five dollar admission, dollar Hotdogs, and dollar beer a fan could not ask for a better deal and they showed their appreciation by packing the stands. Even with a shorter program there was no shortage of action on the track. In the Alabama Rock Late Model Division it was Montana Dudley who started the evening on the fast track by setting a time of 15.55 seconds to capture the Wimmer's Wrecker Service pole award for the night. Timing in with the second quickest time was Larry Harrod, with Chad Wallace rolling off third. When the green waved Montana Dudley wasted no time jumping out front. Harrod maintained second with Scott Knowles passing Wallace for third. Wallace whose car never seemed to come up to speed slowed on the track in turn 2 to bring out the first caution of the evening. After the cars were back in their proper order we were ready for the green. Just as he did on the start Dudley started to pull away from Harrod. With the laps winding down Harrod found himself having to hold off a hard charging Scott Knowles who was making the bottom grove work for him in turns 3 and 4. As the laps started to click away Dudley continued to pull away. With the checkers in the air Montana Dudley leading every lap took home the win. Larry Harrod was second, Scott Knowles Third, Bobby Eiland fourth and Travis Pennington rounding out the top five.

In the caution free 15 lap Limited Sportsman division race it was Joey Eiland taking the lead early and holding off Thomas Lewis to win the nights event. Lewis started on the pole with Eiland on his outside. When the green waved Lewis jumped out front in turns 1 and 2, but it was Eiland who powered past him on the outside of 3 and 4 to lead the first lap. Lewis would try several times to wrestle it away form Eiland by running the low line but he just couldn't make it stick. With the checkered flag waving it was Joey Eiland picking up another win. Thomas Lewis held on for second with Roger Arnett third and Steven Gaines Jr. rounding out the top five.

In the Hobby division it was Jason Craft picking up his second win in a row and holding off John Michael to do so. Craft, who started on the pole, jumped out to an early lead with Randy Renfroe following close behind in second. Renfroe looked to have a stronger car than Craft and on lap 3 he was about to complete the pass for the lead when suddenly his car slowed on the back stretch and he was forced to pull behind the wall. Renfroe's loss was John Michaels gain as he now inherited the second position and set his sights on Craft. As the race was nearing completion the battle for the lead was heating up. Michael had caught Craft and he was trying to make the pass down low in turn 4 every lap. In the end Craft's car proved to be too strong for Michaels and Jason Craft would hold on the win. John Michael was second with Randy Allen third, Jason Anthony fourth and Curtis Haney rounding out the top five.

Harrod Logs A Win At EAMS
By: Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL - 6-20-2009 - Saturday night at East Alabama Motor Speedway the local stars of the Alabama Rock Late Model division were back in action and looking to put on a show for the fans. Tuesday Night Thunder winner Montana Dudley was looking to make it a two for two winning week but it just wasn't meant to be. The action started early in the night with Extreme Power Sports pole qualifying with Montana Dudley laying down a lap of 15.51 seconds. However it just so happened that the last car out was Larry Harrod and he was looking to collect the pole and the one hundred dollar award. On his second lap Harrod bested Dudley's lap by one one-hundredth with a lap of 15.50. The battle lines were set for a 20-lap Late Model slugfest and that it would be. Seventeen of the finest Late Models in the south took the green flag, and it was Harrod wasting no time taking a commanding lead. Dudley held second with Terrance Nowell following close in third. The caution was thrown early in the race for a spin in turn 2 and as that was happening forth place running Scott Knowles went for a ride in turn 3 . Knowles managed to make it back on to the track and lined back up forth for the restart. With the green back out Harrod picked up where he left off and started to put some distance between himself and Dudley. Nowell not wanting to settle for third was all over the back bumper of Dudley and then on lap nine he would complete the pass coming out of four. Nowell would hold the second spot for only four laps as Dudley with a second wind went charging back by Nowell to take back the second spot. Then with just five laps to go it looked as if Dudley was making Ground on Harrod. Harrod was running the high line with Dudley running the low line and he was coming. Slowly Dudley was closing in on Harrod. Lap after lap Dudley gained ground and then with the white flag in the air he had caught him. With Harrod running high in turns 1 and 2 and Dudley down low they came off the corner side by side. On the back straight Dudley went blasting by Harrod going into turn 3 diving to the lowest line on the track. Harrod knowing Dudley over drove the corner went high then cut low in the middle of the turn. Side by side with the fans on there feet they crossed the line. When the dust had settled it was Harrod holding of the young gun Montana Dudley in a race that the fans won't soon forget. Terrance Nowell had to settle for third with Bobby Eiland who started sixth racing his way to forth, and Dana Eiland rounding out the top five in fifth.

In the action packed Limited Sportsman division Joey Eiland found his way to a familiar place...victory lane. Steven Gaines Jr. won the first heat putting him on the pole for the feature with Joey Eiland, who also won his heat, starting on his outside. When the green waved Joey Eiland took off and never looked back leaving Steven Gaines Jr. to battle Chris Arnett and Mike Parker for second. With Eiland having over and straight away lead over the competition Gaines was in a three car battle for second. Mike Parker had caught Gaines and tried several times to pass, as did Arnett. For several laps the three drivers took turns holding the second spot but in the end it was Steven Gaines Jr. crossing the line in second. Parker was running third on the last lap when he and Arnett made contact off turn 4 coming to the checkers sending Parker for a ride. While Parker was trying to gather control of his car Chris Arnett slipped by for third leaving Parker to settle for forth and Thomas Lewis rounding out the top five.

Once again the fans at East Alabama Motor Speedway caught another episode of the Thomas and Thomas show in the Bomber Division. Shelby Amos won the first heat race putting him on the pole for the event with Jimmy Thomas starting to his outside in second. When the green waved Jimmy Thomas jumped past Amos bringing Joey with him and the show was on. Quickly the Thomas's started to put some distantse between them and third place running Amos. Jimmy was out front with Joey right on his bumper just waiting to make his move. Then on lap 9 the time was right Joey dove low driving under Jimmy to take the lead. Joey Thomas would lead the final three laps in rout to another victory. Jimmy Thomas would have to settle for second with Billy Duell coming home third, Chris Storey forth and Shelby Amos rounding out the top five in fifth.

In the modified division it was Nick Biddle taking the lead on the second lap from Randy Register to pick up the win in the 10-lap feature. Randy Register was second with Glenn Brewer coming home third.

Harrod Holds Them Off Again
By: Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL 6-27-2009 - For the second week in a row Larry Harrod rolled into victory lane Saturday night at East Alabama Motor Speedway but not without some tough competition from Dana Eiland. Harrod started the night off right by setting fast time in Extreme Power Sports pole qualifying with a lap of 15.42 seconds. Dana Eiland looking stronger than ever posted the second fastest time with a lap of 15.55 seconds with Scott Knowles timing in third. Thirteen cars lined up for the Alabama Rock Late Model feature and when the green waved Harrod wasted no time taking the lead. Eiland followed in second with Knowles third and Pat Wall riding in forth. With just six laps in Kevin Bennett made contact with the outside wall to bring out the caution. Bennett would retire to the pits and racing would resume. Harrod again keeping his lead running the high line with Dana Eiland close on his bumper running the extreme low line in the turns and gaining ground. With the front two pulling away Knowles was left to fend off the advances of Randy Hester who started sixth and had quickly worked his way into the forth position and looking for more. Unfortantlly the caution would wave for the spinning car of Russ Ogletree and keep Hester from passing Knowles. Then Hester pulled into the pits with what seemed to be over heating issues. Once aging the green was waving and Harrod and Eiland started to pull away. With Hester at the back of the pack Knowles had a new challenger for the third position, Chase Edge. Edge started the feature seventh and slowly worked his way to the front like a seasoned veteran and was now challenging Knowles for the third position. Then on lap 18 Edge completed the pass on the high side of turn two and set his sights on the two front running cars of Harrod and Eiland. Every lap since lap 15 Eiland would dive to the inside of Harrod in three and four but just couldn't pull off the pass. Lap after lap Eiland kept trying and coming to take the white it looked as if he just might do it. It was the last lap, Eilands last chance. In one and two he dove low but couldn't make it stick. Down low in three and four the same and coming to the checkers it was Harrod holding off Eiland for an impressive win. Dana Eiland finished second with Chase Edge coming home in third. Scott Knowles held on to forth with Marvin Cook rounding out the top five.

In the Limited Sportsman division it was Joey Eiland picking up another win but not in dominating fashion as last week. Thomas Lewis and Chris Arnett made up your front row for the feature with Eiland and Steven Gaines Jr. in row number two. The green was out and the action started early. Eiland wasted no time getting around Lewis to take the lead on lap one. Lewis would ride in second until lap three when Gaines made his way past to take the second spot. Gaines now in second set his sights on the lead with Lewis in tow. As the laps started to wind down Gaines and Lewis started to make ground on Eiland and on the last lap they were there. With the white flag in the air it was now a three-car battle for the lead. Coming out of turn four they were three wide Eiland up high Gaines in the middle and Lewis down low. Eiland was able to get the run off the corner he needed and crossed the line first. Steven Gaines Jr. was second with Thomas Lewis third, Chris Arnett forth, and Dustin Elliott rounding out the top five.

The Hobby division at East Alabama Motor Speedway had Jason Craft leading every lap in route to another win this season. Jason Anthony started on the pole with Craft to his outside. When the green waved Anthony got loose and spun in turn one and two collecting points leader John Michael and Allen McConnell. Michael and McConnell would continue Anthony however would not. Craft now inherited the lead with Don Otto in second. Craft would go on to lead every lap without much challenge from Otto. Don Otto would finish second with Randy Allen third, Robert Jackson forth, and Allen McConnell battling back to finish in fifth.

Saturday night was another rerun of the Thomas and Thomas show with your lead actor once again being Joey Thomas for the second week in a row picking up the win. Joey and Jimmy started the feature on the front row with Billy Duell JR. and Shelby Amos in the second row. When the green waved Joey jumped out front with Jimmy in second Duell followed in third with Cody Scrimpshire moving pass Amos to take forth. This would be the running order for the remainder of the race. Joey Thomas was your winner with Jimmy Thomas second, Billy Duell Jr. third, Cody Scrimpshire forth and Shelby Amos fifth.

In the Pony Stock division Bill Taylor lead all ten laps in route to another win. The race was slowed once when Larry Hodnett who was running second spun in turn four and made hard contact with the inside wall. When racing resumed Jana Renfroe moved into second with Patty Ann Hoell running in third. Bill Taylor would hold off Renfroe and take the win. After a post race inspection of race winner Bill Taylor he was found to have parts not allowed and was disqualified. Jana Renfroe inherited the win Patty Ann Heoll second, Larry Hodnett third and Tim Goins coming home fourth.

In the Modified division it was Nick Briddle taking home the win over Gordy Scarbrough in the eight-lap feature.

Richie Stephens Takes The Win
Phenix City, AL 6-30-09 - Richie Stephens driving The Ride 95.3 Scorpion chassis picked up his second Extreme Power Sports Tuesday Night Thunder win in a row. Stephens took the lead from the Harrod Logging fast time winner Larry Harrod at the drop of the green flag and never looked back. Stephens, Harrod, Travis Pennington, Terrance Nowell and Jake Knowles rounded out the top five. Joey Eiland picked up the checkers in the Limited Sportsman feature. Eiland was followed to the finish line by Dustin Elliott and Jeff Elliott. In the Hobby division John Michael took the win ahead of Curtis Haney, Robbie Burt and Kelly Leonard.

Dustin Elliott & Jason Craft Win Big At EAMS
Phenix City, AL 7-3-09 - Dustin Elliott drove his #115 to victory lane Friday night for the Independence Day celebration at East Alabama Motor Speedway. Elliott took the lead at the drop of the green and was able to hold of Joey Eiland and Chris Arnett for the win. Eiland was forced to the pits with tire issues on lap 7. Elliott took the checkers ahead of Chris Arnett, Steven Gaines, Jr, Roger Arnett and Joey Eiland.

Jason Craft put his #0 machine out front at the drop of the green and was able to hold of challenges by Allen McConnell and John Michael. McConnell had mechanical problems develop on lap 9 of the 20 lap feature event and was forced to the pits. John Michael was never able to make the pass on Craft. Craft was followed to the finish line by John Michael, Jonathon Dozier, Jeremy Nevels and Randy Allen rounded out the top five.

Travis Pennington Takes EAMS Checkers
Phenix City, AL 7-7-09 - The Extreme Power Sports Tuesday Night Thunder Late Model event at East Alabama Motor Speedway was won by Travis Pennington. Pennington started the night off by winning the BTR Scorpion Chassis pole award from there he had his sights set on the feature event. At the drop of the green Pennington jumped out front and held off a hard charging Terrance Nowell for most of the race. A late race caution bunched the field and Richie Stephens made a pass for second on the last lap. Pennington, Stephens, Nowell, Montana Dudley and Randy Hester rounded out the top five.

The Limited Sportsman feature was won by Joey Eiland. Steven Gaines, Jr jumped out to the lead at the start and raced hard with Eiland. Gaines and Eiland traded positions several times with Eiland making the pass stick with four laps remaining. Eiland, Gaines, Jr, Chris Arnett, Dustin Elliott and Roger Arnett completed the top five.

In the Hobby division it was Allen McConnell taking the checkers. Lee Traylor was second, Jason Craft third, Randy Allen fourth and Robbie Burt fifth.

Joey Thomas picked up the win in the Bomber division. Thomas was followed to the line by Jimmy Thomas, Cody Scrimpshire and Israel West.

The Modified main event saw Ricky Culpepper take the win over Herbie Donath and Gordy Scarbrough.

In the Pony Stock feature Tim Goins took the checkers ahead of Jana Renfroe


Eiland Holds Off Eiland To Win At EAMS
By: Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL 07-11-2009 - The fire works were back at East Alabama Motor Speedway Saturday night but this time on the track and not in the air. The Alabama Rock Late Models were back in action and action is what they provided and lots of it! Dana Eiland in his familiar K9 machine wowed the crowd by laying down a blistering lap in Extreme Power Sports Pole Qualifying knocking then pole sitter Richie Stephens to second. With qualifying in the books, 16 of the best late models in the south were ready to battle door to door in some of the best racing action ever seen. After attempting to start the main event two times, the call was made to start the feature in single file formation. When the green was finally displayed on the third attempt it was Dana Eiland leading them into turn one. Richie Stephens immediately dove to the inside of Eiland making contact with the side of his car and pushing Dana into the higher groove. Eiland, being the seasoned veteran that he is, took it in stride and powered back by Stephens coming out of turn two to complete the first lap. With Eliand out front it looked as if Stephens was just going to ride until the right time and then make his move. Bobby Eiland who started third was also biding his time and holding his position. Meanwhile Rodgerick Dykes was in a fierce battle trying to keep Larry Harrod at bay and maintain his fourth running position. The running order would remain the same until lap 13 when Richie Stephens decided it was time to make his move. Stephens who had been running in Eilands tire tracks saw an opportunity to use the lap car of John May as a pick and pass Eiland for that top spot. Unfortunately for Stephens, May never got the memo. As Stephens and Eiland split May coming out of turn two May came down the track to make room for the leader not knowing that Stephens was passing him on the low side moved down making contact and sending Stephens for a spin bringing out the caution. Stephens was allowed his spot back in line behind Eiland for the restart with Bobby Eiland lined up behind him. On the restart Eiland started to pull away from Stephens, something he hadn't been able to do all night. Then on lap 16 the caution waved again. This time it was for the spinning car of Montana Dudley. Dudley had been beating and banging his way to the front, at times driving like a man possessed, unfortunately for Dudley though the spin would send him to the tail end of the line. Then, while under caution, the race changed in a big way. The second place running car of Richie Stephens pulled into the pits with a problem and he would not return. With Stephens in the pits it was an Eiland and Eiland restart Dana leading the way with Bobby behind him inheriting the second spot. With the green out and just four laps remaining Bobby Eiland just couldn't do it and Dana Eiland held on to win. Bobby Eiland held onto second with Larry Harrod passing Rodgerick Dykes on the last lap for third. Dykes came home fourth with Pat Wall rounding out the top five.

In the Limited Sportsman division Chris Arnett lead ever lap en route to victory in a crazy race that ended with the points leader black flagged and Joey Eiland in the wall. Arnett started from the pole with Joey Eiland starting to his outside. On the start Arnett started to pull away leaving Eiland trying to hold off points leader Steven Gaines Jr. for the second position. Unfortunately the battle for second for those two drivers would come to an end on lap three. On the front straight Gaines, Jr went to pass Eiland on the high side when at the flag stand Gaines, Jr made contact with Eiland hooking the right rear and sending him head on into the wall. Unfortunately for Gaines, Jr the yellow wasn't the only flag that waved as the black was displayed for Gaines, Jr who was ordered into the pits for the rest of the race. After Eilands car was removed from the track the green was back out Arnett went back to work putting distance between himself and new second place running Dustin Elliott. As the laps came to an end Elliott was passed by Wade Walker for second. Walker however would have no chance of catching Arnett and he would roll to victory in dominating fashion. Wade Walker was second with Dustin Elliott third, Roger Arnett fourth, and Thomas Lewis rounding out the top five.

In the Hobby division Allen McConnell passed Randy Allen on the first lap and held the lead every lap en route to a dominating victory. The running order for much of the race remained the same with the occasional caution waving for a spinning car. None of the caution seemed to be a hindrance to McConnell until lap 14 when John Michael went for a ride on the back straight, and setting up a green white checkered finish with McConnell having to hold off Randy Allen. The green, white checkered proved to be no problem for McConnell as he cruised to victory. Randy Allen was second with Jason Craft third, John Michael fourth and Tim Jessup rounding out the top five.

In the Bomber division it was another episode of the Thomas and Thomas Show with Shelby Amos making a guest appearance on the final lap of the race. Jimmy Thomas started on the pole with Chris Storey to his outside in second. When the green waved Jimmy jumped out to the lead going into turn one with Joey Thomas moving past Storey to take over the second position. Also making it past Storey and moving into the third position was Shelby Amos. The top three would run in that order for much of the race with the two Thomas's out front. Then on lap 11 coming to take the white Joey Thomas lost control of his car while trying to pass Jimmy on the low side. Joey's car almost spun but the wall kept that from happening. He was able to continue but not before Amos passed him for second. Jimmy Thomas would hold on to win with Shelby Amos crossing the line second. Chris Storey was third, David Osbahr fourth, and Joey Thomas rounding out the top five.

In the Modified division Nick Biddle looked to have the win in the bag until a late race pass by Ricky Culpepper. Biddle started on the pole and led the first 12 laps and looked to be in control of the race. Meanwhile Culpepper who started sixth had been coming through the field and had caught Biddle. The two would battle side by side for several laps but in the end Culpepper was too strong and he crossed the line first to take the win. Nick Biddle was second with Jeff Culpepper third, Randy Register fourth and Herbie Donath coming home fifth.

In the Pony Stock division Larry Hodnett lead every lap en route to his first victory of the season. Jana Renfroe passed Patty Hoell late in the race to take second. Patty Hoell was third followed by Richard Gilliland in fourth and Tim Goins rounding out the top five.

Richie Stephens Takes Win At EAMS
Phenix City, AL July 14, 2009 - Congratulations to the Extreme Power Sports Tuesday night thunder Late Model winner Richie Stephens. Stephens driving the 95.3 The Ride BTR Scorpion chassis took the checkers ahead of Jake Knowles, Terrance Nowell, Chase Edge and Shane Stodghill.

Stephens wins "The Racing Zone 50"
By: Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL 7-18-09 - Some of the best drivers in the south were on hand for The Racing Zone 50 lap Late Model feature event Saturday night at East Alabama Motor Speedway. Starting the night off right Richie Stephens set the fast time in Extreme Power Sports pole qualifying with a lap of 15.71 seconds. Travis Pennington timed in with the second fastest time while Dana Eiland timed in third fastest. Some of the areas best cars were on hand to battle door to door for $3000 and win the first annual Racing Zone 50. With the line up set, the field was ready for the green flag. Quickly Stephens jumped in front of Pennington to lead the field into turn one. Pennington seemed content to ride in Stephens tire tracks as the duo began to pull away from third place running Dana Eiland. Eiland in a fierce battle for third with Terrance Nowell and Larry Harrod looked to be laying back to save his tires. On lap 15 the first caution of the night would be for the spinning car of Jimmy Evilsizer in turns 3 and 4. With Evilsizer rejoining the field at the back, the green was displayed and Stephens and Pennington again started to put distance between them and Dana Eiland. Again the top five seemed content to ride and save their tires for the end. Then on lap 24 the caution would wave when Montana Dudley took a ride off the track in turns 1 and 2. Dudley, who qualified uncharacteristically in the back of the pack, for the feature had quickly been working his way toward the front until he went for a ride off the track. The race would go green for one lap before the caution was displayed again for an accident involving Terrance Nowell, Marc Gooden, and Chase Edge. After the track was cleared and all the cars involved rejoined the pack we were ready to see the green once again. Like before the duo of Stephens and Pennington started to pull away. The battle for third was still a three-car fight but now someone new was in the mix. Pat Wall had worked his way around Terrance Nowell and brought Bobby Eiland with him. As the laps slowly wound down it looked as if the race was going to come down to a battle between Stephens and Pennington and it look as if Pennington was getting tired of riding. Then on lap 43 the caution waved for debris giving Pennington time to cool his tires and make one last run at Stephens and a $3000 dollar payday. The green was out and so was Stephens, out front that is. Stephens' initially began to put distance between himself and Pennington, something he hadn't done all night. Then with the checkers in the air Richie Stephens crossed the line first and taking home the win in the first annual "The Racing Zone 50". Travis Pennington was second with Dana Eiland third, Pat Wall fourth, and Bobby Eiland passing Montana Dudley on the last lap for fifth.

In the Limited Sportsman feature it was Thomas Lewis passing Rogers Arnett, and holding off Joey Eiland late to take home his first win of the season. The race started with Lewis on the pole with Arnett starting to his outside in second. When the green waved Lewis would lead the first lap but was quickly passed by Arnett for the top spot. Arnett would lead the race until lap 15 when both Lewis and Joey Eiland decided it was time to go. Lewis passed Arnett for the top spot and Eiland followed suit. Lewis back out front would begin to pull away from Eiland in rout to his first win of the season. Joey Eiland was second, with Roger Arnett third, Chris Arnett fourth, and Jeff Elliott coming home fifth.

In the Hobby division it was Jason Craft picking up another win in dominating fashion. Robert Jackson started on the pole with Craft to his outside in second. When the green waved it was Jackson leading the first lap with craft following close in second. Two laps later Craft was able to make the pass on Jackson and Chris Strength followed suit and moved into the second position. Strength didn't stay there long as Allen McConnell made his way past Strength for second and set his sights on Craft for the lead. On lap 10 the caution waved for the spinning cars of Jason Anthony and Randy Allen. After both cars rejoined the field the green was back in the air. Again Craft began to pull away from the rest of the field and cruised on to collect another win in the Hobby division. Allen McConnell was second with Tim Jessup third, Robert Jackson fourth, and Jason Anthony coming home fifth.

In the bomber division Joey Thomas lead every lap in a caution free race to pick up another win. Joey Thomas started on the pole with Shelby Amos to his outside with Jimmy Thomas Starting third. When the green was displayed Joey Thomas waited no time pulling away from the pack. Jimmy Thomas moved past Amos for the second position and set his sights on Joey but he was too strong. Joey Thomas crossed the line first with Jimmy Thomas in second, Shelby Amos was third, Chris Storey fourth and David Osbah rounding out the top five in fifth.

In the modified division it was Ricky White passing Nick Biddle late to take home the win. Ricky Culpepper started on the pole and led the first five laps until being passed by Nick Biddle. Biddle then took charge of the race and looked to have it in the bag but Ricky White had made his way into the second spot and was closing. A late caution for the spinning car of Duane Treadwell gave White the chance he needed to close the gap on Biddle. One lap after the restart White passed Biddle on the high side coming out of turn four and never looked back. Ricky White crossed the line first with Nick Biddle second, John Greene third, Jeff Culpepper fourth, and Duane Treadwell coming home in the fifth position.

Larry Harrod Takes The Checkers
On Q107.3 Night At EAMS
By: Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL 7-25-2009 - It was Q107.3 FM night at East Alabama Motor Speedway and "The Big Tree" Larry Harrod had a number one hit leading every lap en route to victory. In Extreme Power Sports pole qualifying it was Larry Harrod setting the fast time with a lap of 15:73 seconds with Dana Eiland timing in second fastest. With Harrod on the pole and Eiland second, last week's winner Richie Stephens who qualified third had his work cut out for him. When the green waved Harrod jumped out front with Stephens making quick work of Eiland to take over the second position. Harrod and Stephens started to put some distance between them and third running Eiland who was in a three car battle with Pat Wall and Scott Knowles. The running order would remain the same until lap 8 when Adam Brown went for a spin in turn 4. After Brown rejoined the pack the green was displayed once again and like before Harrod and Stephens started to pull away from the rest of the pack. Eiland was still holding on to the third position but Knowles was able to work his way past Wall for fourth. The race looked to be a battle of the front two cars with Stephens riding in the tire tracks of Harrod every lap. Then the rest of the field got a break on lap 15 when Gordy Scarbrough spun in turn 4 to bring out the caution. After Scarbrough rejoined the pack the stage was set for a five-lap dash. When the green flag waved Stephens had one chance in turn one as he took to the low side of Harrod trying to complete the pass off turn two. With Stephens losing time off two Scott Knowles made a power move quickly passing Eiland for third and Stephens for second. Pat Wall also made it past Eiland to take over the forth position. Stephens was able to regain his momentum and catch Knowles on the last lap as the two battled door to door to the line. Harrod safely out front took the win. Richie Stephens was able to get back by Knowles to come home second. Scott Knowles was third, Pat Wall fourth, and Dana Eiland coming home fifth.

In the Limited Sportsman division, Steven Gaines Jr. made a late race pass on Chris Arnett to take the win. Arnett started on the pole with Thomas Lewis to his outside starting second. When the green was displayed Arnett took the lead going into turn one. Gaines, who started fourth, made quick work of Keith Phillips and Lewis to take over the second position. Joey Eiland who started shotgun on the field also made his was to the front to take over the third spot. Arnett was enjoying a good lead but lap after lap Gaines and Eiland were making ground. Then with two laps to go Gaines had caught Arnett and made his pass on the back straight to take the lead bringing Eiland with him to take over the second spot. With the checkers in the air Stevens Gaines Jr. held off Eiland on the last lap to take the win. Joey Eiland was second, with Chris Arnett third, Thomas Lewis was fourth with Allen McConnell Sr. coming home fifth.

In the Hobby division Jason Craft took the lead early to capture another win in the 2009 season. Allen McConnell started the feature on the pole with Robert Jackson on his outside in second. When the green flag was displayed McConnell lead the field into turn one with Craft who started third sliding into the second position. McConnell would hold the lead for five laps before Craft made the pass low in turn 4 to take the lead. McConnell dropped to the second position and a lap later was doing all he could to hold off Jonathan Dozier who had worked his was to third. Jason Craft kept putting distance between himself and the field holding on the take the win. Allen McConnell was able to hang onto the second spot with John Michael passing Dozier for third. Jonathan Dozier came home fourth with Scott Sherrer rounding out the top five.

In the Bomber division Shelby Amos held off the Thomas boys to pick up his first win of the 2009 season. Amos who started on the pole took advantage of the Thomas boys having to come from the back and jumped out to an early lead. Jimmy Thomas had worked his was to second with Joey Thomas running third. The Thomas' set their sights on Amos and got close but could never get close enough. Shelby Amos would hold on to win Joey Thomas getting around Jimmy to take the second spot. Jimmy Thomas was third with David Osbahr fourth and Cody Scrimpshire coming home fifth.

In the Modified division Wesley DuBoise lead every lap in dominating fashion to win Saturday night's feature. DuBoise started on the pole with Ricky Culpepper second. When the green was waved DuBoise lead them into turn one with Culpepper following behind in second. Randy Register made his way past Jeff Culpepper to take over the third position however that wouldn't last long as Culpepper powered back by to regain the third spot. As the laps clicked away it was evident that no one had anything for DuBoise and he cruised to victory. Ricky Culpepper was second with Jeff Culpepper third, Randy Register fourth, and Ricky White coming home fifth.

In the 12-lap Pony Stock division it was Patty Ann Hoell crossing the line first but Larry Hodnett taking home the win. Jana Renfroe started on the pole with Rick Gilliland starting second. At the start Gilliland would take the lead with Renfroe running in second. Then on lap Four Gilliand spun in turn four to bring out the caution. When the green was waved Hodnett was now the leader with Renfroe second and Hoell third. With 2 laps to go Hoell made her way past Renfroe and Hodnett to cross the line first. Unfortunately for Hoell she was found to have the wrong tires and the win was awarded to Larry Hodnett. Jana Renfroe was second with Tim Goins third, Rick Gilliland fourth and Patty Ann Hoell scored in the fifth position.

Nowell Wins In The Rain At EAMS
By: Justin Rickett
Phenix City, Al 8-1-09 - Saturday night at East Alabama Motor Speedway the stars of the National Late Model Series were on hand, and at the end of the night Terrance Nowell was shining in victory lane. Twenty-seven cars were on hand for the night's main event and in Extreme Power Sports / Racer's Depot pole qualifying it was "The Big Tree" Larry Harrod timing in with a lap of 14.97 seconds to take the top spot. Laying down the second fastest time was Terrance Nowell with Jay Johnson timing in third. The points leader in the series flipped a coin and the field was inverted six spots putting Harrod starting sixth and Dewayne Johnson on the pole with Bo Allen to his outside. With the field set the fans were ready to see some of the best drivers battle it out for forty laps and a prize of 3,000 dollars. The flagman waved the green and Johnson lead the pack into turn one Bobby Thomas took over the second spot with Allen sliding to third. After just two laps of racing action the caution was waved for a car going off the track in turns one and two. It was the pole sitter Larry Harrod taking a wild ride off the track. Harrod was able to continue however it would be at the rear of the field. The cars were lined back up and we were set for more action. It didn't take long as just one lap later the caution was brought out for a turn one melee involving the cars of Kitt Sealy, Robbie Cowart, Larry Harrod, Eric Regester, and Chad Wallace. All cars were able to continue however, Harrod's night got even worse when he received the most damage to his car with the right side caved in. Now with the cautions out of the way it was time for some serious racing. Johnson, still in the lead, lead the field to the green flag with Thomas in second. Two laps later Nowell was able to make his way past Thomas to take over the second spot. Bo Allen, who started second, was in a fierce battle with Brandon Cameron with Cameron trying to take the fourth spot away from Allen. Then two laps later the battle turned into a war as the two made contact with each other several times finally ending with both cars spinning in turns one and two. Both drivers rejoined the pack at the tail end of the field and the green was displayed once again. Again Johnson, with the lead, started to put distance between himself and Nowell with Thomas still riding in third. The running order up front would remain the same until lap 18 when the leader, Dewayne Johnson, got too high in turn two and went off the track bringing out the caution and handing the lead to Terrance Nowell. Just like the drivers before him Johnson rejoined the pack at the rear of the field. With Nowell in the lead the green was displayed once again with Thomas now riding in second and Skeeter Redman moving into the third position. The race would remain green for another 10 laps until the caution was brought out for rain. Unfortunately the radar showed that mother nature was not going to let up anytime soon and the race was called. Since we were past halfway Terrance Nowell was declared the winner, Bobby Thomas was second, Skeeter Redman third, Jason Fitzgerald fourth, and Cale Simmons coming home in the fifth position.

In the Limited Sportsman division it was Dustin Elliott holding off Joey Eiland to take the win in the 15 lap event. Elliott started on the pole with Chris Arnett to his outside in second. When the green waved Elliott pulled away from Arnett who dropped into the second spot. Three laps later Eiland was able to make it past Arnett and set his sights on Elliott. As the laps slowly wound down Eiland was catching Elliott. Then with just two laps to go he caught him the two driver's battled side by side for the lead and on the last lap Eiland drove the low side and slid up into Elliott and causing both to almost spin. Elliott however was able to maintain control of his car and hold on to win. Joey Eiland was second, with Chris Arnett third, Steven Gaines Jr. fourth and Thomas Lewis coming home fifth.

In the Hobby division Jason Price held off Allen McConnell to take home the win in the 15 lap event. McConnell started on the pole with Price to his outside in second. When the green waved McConnell lead the pack into turn one with Price following in second. Three laps later Price made a pass on McConnell for the lead. Jonathan Dozier who started fourth had moved up one position to take over the third spot. As the laps slowly wound down the front two duo of Price and McConnell were pulling away from the pack setting up a two-car battle for the win. Allen McConnell was trying every line on the track but just couldn't make a pass on Price. Jason Price crossed the line with the win, Allen McConnell was second, Jonathan Dozier third, John Michael fourth, and Randy Allen coming home fifth.

In the Bomber Division it was Joey Thomas besting a field of 12 cars to take home another win in 2009. Matt Marchant was on the pole for the event with Joey Thomas starting in second. When the green waved it was Thomas quickly taking the lead from Marchant. Marchant would remain in the second position until lap 5 when he was forced into the pits with a flat tire. Bradley Franks moved in to the second position and was trying to make up ground on Joey Thomas however on lap 12 Franks went too high in turn 2 and went off the track bringing out the caution and setting up a three lap dash for the win. When the green was displayed it was Thomas leading Josh Taylor and Jimmy Thomas into turn one. Taylor would try to make several advances at Joey Thomas but he was too strong. Joey Thomas took home the checkers with Josh Taylor second, Jimmy Thomas third, Shelby Amos fourth, and Mathew Taylor fifth.

In the modified division it was Jeff Culpepper taking home the win with son Ricky Culpepper coming home second for a father son one two finish. Gordy Scarbrough was third and Dustin Elliott was fourth.

Larry Harrod Logs Another Win
By: Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL 8-8-09 - Saturday night at East Alabama Motor Speedway was kids bike racing night and exciting racing in the local divisions. The nights action began with qualifying for the Extreme Power Sports Pole award. Larry Harrod looking for redemption after last weeks mishap once again set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 15:47 seconds. Shane Stodghill set the second fastest time with Scott Knowles timing in third. There were sixteen cars on hand to do battle for 20 laps in the Alabama Rock Late Model division. When the green waved Harrod went to work stepping away from the field and leaving Knowles and Stodghill to battle for second. Knowles would take the position and set his sights on Harrod. After just three laps of action the caution was waved for last weeks winner Terrance Nowell who slipped up in turns one and two and went off the track. No damage was done to Nowell's car and he would rejoin at the back of the pack. With the cars back in order the green was displayed once again and just like before Harrod put some distance between himself and Knowles. The front two cars seemed content to ride for the moment as a battle ensued from third on back. Bobby Eiland was able to make it past Stodghill for third and bring Richie Stephens with him to bump Stodghill to fifth. Then on lap 10 the caution would wave again as Dana Eiland spun off of turn 4 trying to pass Stodghill for the fifth position. Eiland would pull into the pits and not return ending his night early. Once again the green was out and Harrod started to put some distance between himself and Knowles. The top five running order would remain the same until lap 14 when Terrance Nowell, coming from the back and using the high line to get a run off the corner, passed Stodghill for fifth. Two laps later he passed Stephens for fourth and then with just one lap left the caution came out giving Knowles one more shot at Harrod. The spinning car of Jimmy Evilsizer was the cause for the caution. Now the field was back in order and ready for a one-lap dash. The green was displayed and Harrod once again got a jump going into turn one but all eyes were on Terrance Nowell who in one turn passed Bobby Eiland for third and was all over Knowles for second coming out of turn 4 Harrod crossed the line to take the win. On the last corner of the last lap coming all the way from the rear after an early spin Terrance Nowell passed Scott Knowles at the line to take home second. Scott Knowles was third, Bobby Eiland was fourth and Richie Stephens was fifth.

In the Limited Sportsman division Joey Eiland picked up another win in the 15-lap event. On lap one Roger and Chris Arnett led the field into turn one with Joey Eiland following closely in third. On the next lap Eiland was able to make it past Chris Arnett for the second position. Then on lap six Eiland made his move passing RogerArnett for the top spot. Dustin Elliott made his way past both Arnett's to take over the second position and looked to be chasing down Eiland for the top spot. Then on lap 12 caution was displayed as Elliott trying a little too hard spun in turn two. Elliott's spin allowed Steven Gaines Jr. to take over the second spot with Thomas Lewis moving into third. The top three would remain the same for the final three laps as no one could touch Eiland. Joey Eiland crossed the line to take home the win with Steven Gaines Jr. coming home second. Thomas Lewis was third, Chris Arnett fourth, and Dustin Elliott coming back through the field to take home fifth.

In the Hobby division it was Randy Renfroe taking home the win with a last lap pass on Allen McConnell. McConnell was on the pole for the event with Renfroe starting second. When the green waved McConnell jumped out front with Renfroe following in second. Jason Craft rode in the third spot with John Michael passing Robert Jackson for the forth position. The running order would remain the same for much of the race with Renfroe slowly making ground on McConnell. Then with just three laps to go Renfroe caught McConnell. Every lap Renfroe would try to get a run on McConnell coming out of the corners but it wouldn't stick then on the last lap he tried again. Coming out of turn 2 Renfroe got a run off turn 2 and dove to the inside of McConnell on the back straight. Going into turn three Renfroe drove it in hard and made contact with McConnell. Coming out of turn 4 Renfroe completed the pass and McConnell tried to regain control of his car. Randy Renfroe crossed the line first to pick up the win. Jason Craft was able to get past McConnell for second. Allen McConnell came home third with Randy Allen fourth, and Tim Jessup rounding out the top five.

In the bomber division it was once again a Thomas and Thomas show with Joey taking the win. On the start Davis Osbahr lead the field into turn one with Joey Thomas quickly sliding into the second position with Jimmy Thomas behind him in third. Three laps later Joey would make the pass for the lead and bump Osbahr to second. Jimmy Thomas rode in the third position with Chris Marchant in forth. The top four would remain the same until the last lap as Osbahr got loose in turn two allowing several cars to get past. However it was clear no one had anything for Joey Thomas and he crossed the line to pick up another win in 2009. Jimmy Thomas was second with Chris Marchant third, Cody Scrimpshire fourth, and David Osbahr coming home fifth.

In the modified division it was Ricky Culpepper picking up the win for his dad Jeff who was involved in a horrible crash in practice. Culpepper started on the pole and led every lap en route to victory. When the green waved it was clear that no one had anything for Culpepper as he injured a half a lap lead on the field. Dustin Elliott was able to make his way up to the second spot with Gordy Scarbrough running third. As the laps wound down the order remained the same and Ricky Culpepper held on to win. Dustin Elliott was second, Gordy Scarbrough third, Billy Duell fourth, and Randy Register coming home fifth.

In the Pony Stock division it was a matter of survival and endurance, for the cars anyway. Scooter Brown started on the pole and led the first three laps with Larry Hodnett running second. Then suddenly Browns car slowed on the track and he pulled in giving the lead to Hodnett. Jena Renfroe moved into the second position until lap 6 when she too slowed on the track leaving only Rick Gilliland and Larry Hodnett on the track. Hodnett looked to have it in the bag until the last lap when he spun in turn two allowing Gilliland to take the win. Rick Gilliland crossed the line first with Larry Hodnett second, Jena Renfroe third, and Scooter Brown coming home forth.

Larry Harrod Wins Night One Of Monster Truck Madness
By: Justin Rickett

Phenix City, AL 8-14-09 - In the Late Model Division once again the "Big Tree" Larry Harrod's hot streak was not about to end. Harrod timed in with the fastest time in Extreme Power Sports pole qualifying with a lap of 15.55 seconds. There were seventeen Late Models on hand to do battle for twenty laps in the feature event and what an exciting show they put on. Harrod started on the pole with Dana Eiland to his outside in second. When the green was waved Harrod lead the way going into turn one with Eiland in second, Terrance Nowell falling into third, Scott Knowles running forth and Rodgerick Dykes fifth. On lap 6 the caution was displayed for the off track excursion of Randy Hester in turn two. Hester rejoined the pack in the rear and we were ready for the green. Once again Harrod lead the parade into turn one Eiland this time was making some serious advance at the lead running the extreme low line in the turns trying to get an inside shot on Harrod. Third through fifth was running with some distance between them with a major battle taking place for the sixth, seventh, and eight positions. Matt Woodson who started the race eleventh had worked his way up to the sixth position moving Pat Wall in Seventh and Chase Edge in eighth. At the half way mark Harrod was still leading and had some distance over Eiland. Nowell was still riding third with Knowles and Dykes forth and fifth. Then with just five laps to go Eiland seemed to be making up ground on Harrod in turns four. Lap after lap Eiland slowly worked his way closer. Then with just three laps remaining Eiland was on Harrod's bumper and diving to the inside going into turn three. Coming out of turn four Eiland and Harrod battled door to door at the line. Unfortunately Eiland could not get enough of a run to pass Harrod. The next lap Eiland got loose and lost time on Harrod. Larry Harrod leading every lap and continuing show just how strong he is crossed the line first to take home the win. Dana Eiland was second with Terrance Nowell third, Scott Knowles forth, and Rodgerick Dykes holding off a hard charging Matt Woodson to take home fifth.

Also apart of the exciting action of Friday night was the Modified division. Ricky Culpepper was looking to continue his winning ways after last weeks dominating performance. However it was time for someone new to win. Culpepper started on the pole with Duane Treadwell to his outside in second. The green was out and Culpepper wasted no time pulling away from Treadwell. One lap later Dustin Elliott would make his way past Treadwell to take over the second position. On lap three the caution came out for Treadwell as he went for a spin in turn 4. On the restart Culpepper again pulled away from the field putting several car length between himself and Elliott. Then coming to take the white flag it seemed as if Culpepper was slowing down. On the last lap Elliott caught Culpepper in turn four. Side by side they raced to the line and it was Dustin Elliott taking home his first modified win. Ricky Culpepper seemed had another one in the bag but had a tire go flat on the last lap causing him to come home second. Duane Treadwell was third with Gordy Scarbrough forth and Randy Renfroe rounding out the top five.

Larry Harrod Takes Night Two Of Monster Truck Madness

Phenix City, AL 8-15-09 - Larry Harrod drove his #27 Harrod Logging / BTR Scorpion to victory lane Saturday night at East Alabama Motor Speedway for night two of the monster truck double header weekend. Harrod started the night off by claiming the Extreme Power Sports fast time award from there it was a repeat of Friday night with Harrod and Dana Eiland racing for the win. Harrod held Eiland off and led every lap to pick up the win ahead of Dana Eiland, Rodgerick Dykes, Pat Wall and Chase Edge.

In the Limited Sportsman feature event it was Thomas Lewis and Chris Arnett starting from the front row. When the green waved it was Lewis taking the lead. Arnett and Dustin Elliott battled for the second position. Lewis led every lap to pick up the victory. Lewis was followed across the finish line by Chris Arnett, Dustin Elliott, Joey Eiland and Steven Gaines, Jr.

Jonathan Dozier started on the pole for the 15-lap Hobby feature with Randy Renfroe starting to his outside in second. On the start Renfroe jumped out to an early lead with Jason Craft moving into second and Dozier in third. Slowly John Michael was coming through the field and made his way past both cars to move into second on lap 10. With five laps remaining Michael mounted an attack on Renfroe but it wasn't enough as Renfroe was able to hold on and take the win. John Michael was second, Jason Craft was third, Jonathan Dozier was fourth and Bobby Piper was fifth.

The Bomber division was won by Joey Thomas. Thomas took the lead at the drop of the green flag. David Osbahr, Israel West and Jimmy Thomas was in a fierce battle for the second, third and fourth positions for most of the race. Joey Thomas led Osbahr, Jimmy Thomas, Chris Storey and Chris Everidge across the checkers

Dana Eiland Takes EAMS Checkers
By: Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL 8-29-09 - After a great monster truck show and a week off it was time for the local stars of East Alabama Motor Speedway to get back to business. Larry Harrod was coming off an impressive streak of five poles and looking to make it six, but Dana Eiland had other plans. In Extreme Power Sports Pole Qualifying Larry Harrod once again laid down a good lap but it was Dana Eiland with a lap of 15.49 seconds that ended Harrods search for a sixth pole. With qualifying concluded a field of 16 Alabama Rock late models were set to do battle. Eiland was on the pole with Harrod to his outside in second. Bobby Eiland lined up third with Paul Walters in fourth. When the green waved Eiland jumped out to the lead with Bobby Eiland following in second. Harrod was in third trying to hold off a hard charging Richie Stephens who had gotten around Walters to occupy the forth position. The running order would remain the same until lap 11 when the leaders caught some lap traffic. The lap traffic proved to be beneficial to Larry Harrod and he was able to close in on Bobby Eiland and make the pass in turns 3 and 4. As the laps started to wind down Dana Eiland enjoyed a half a lap lead on the rest of the field. Harrod was trying to chase down Eiland but he wasn't making up any ground. Bobby Eiland was still running in third and had managed to put some distance between himself and Richie Stephens who was in forth. Scott Knowles who had been running sixth had managed to get past Paul Walters to move into the top five with Walters dropping to sixth. With only three laps to go it was clear that not only would Larry Harrods pole streak end tonight but so would his winning streak as well. With the checkers waving Dana Eiland crossed the line first, Larry Harrod was second with Bobby Eiland third. Richie Stephens was forth with Scott Knowles coming home in the fifth position.

The next big event of the evening was the 30 lap $750 to win modified feature. Time trials were run to set the starting line up and Ricky Culpepper timed in with the fastest lap putting him on the pole. Wesley DuBoise timed with the second fastest time starting him on the outside pole. When the green waved DuBoise took to the high side in 1 and 2 and powered past Culpepper to take the lead. Jeff Culpepper had moved into the third position with Ricky White moving in to the forth position with Gordy Scarbrough running in fifth. Three laps later Duane Treadwell was able to make the pass on Scarbrough for fifth. Up front the running order would stay the same until lap 14 when the caution was thrown for Billy Duell running off the track in turn two. While the field was under caution the second place running car of Ricky Culpepper pulled in the pits. Culpepper would not return therefore moving Jeff Culpepper into the second position. The green was out and the field would run one lap before the caution was brought out for the spinning car of Ricky White. White had moved into the third spot after Culpepper pulled in but now he would have to go to the rear of the field. Now with the field once again in proper order the green was displayed once again. DuBoise lead the field into turn one but this time Jeff Culpepper was right on his bumper. Culpepper running the extreme low line could pull even with DuBoise but could never complete the pass. Mean while Ricky White who had to go to the rear had been working his way back through the field and had moved back into the third position. With the laps winding down no one had anything for DuBoise. With the checkers in the air Wesley DuBoise crossed the line first to take home the win and a $750 payday. Jeff Culpepper was second with Ricky White third. Duane Treadwell was forth with Gordy Scarbrough coming home in the fifth position.

In the Limited Sportsman Joey Eiland was looking to take home another win in the 2009 season and try to close the gap in the points race. Chris Arnett won the first heat race putting him on the pole for the feature. Joey Eiland also won his heat race putting him on the outside pole. When the green waved Eiland waited no time making the high side work as he took the lead from Arnett coming off turn 2 on the first lap. Arnett was running second with Dustin Elliott moving into the third position. Then on lap 5 the caution would wave as the cars of Wade Walker and Jeremy Britton got together in turn 1. Both cars would return to the rear and the green was out again. Joey Eiland was still leading with Arnett second and Elliott third. Then on lap 11 Tim Jenson made contact with Steven Gaines Jr. on the front straight causing both to spin in front of Thomas Lewis who tried to avoid Gaines but made contact with the inside wall and Gaines ending Lewis's night. Gaines would rejoin the pack in the forth position. When the green waved Joey Eiland again went to work putting distance between himself and Arnett. With the checkers in the air Joey Eiland crossed the line first with Chris Arnett in second. Dustin Elliott was third with Steven Gaines Jr forth and Wade Walker coming home in the fifth position.

In the Scorpion Chassis Hobby division it was Allen McConnell leading every lap in route to another win this season. McConnell started on the pole with John Michael to his outside in second. When the green waved McConnell wasted no time taking the lead Michael was second with Scott Sherrer in third. On lap 5 the caution was out as John Michael went for a spin in turn 2 and Jason Craft also spun trying to avoid him and made hard contact with the right front of his car. Both cars would rejoin the pack at the rear. The green was back out and once again McConnell started to put some distance between himself and second place running Sherrer. One lap latter Jonathan Dozier made a pass on Sherrer to take over the second spot. As the laps start to tick off McConnell enjoyed a comfortable lead on the field and as the checkers waved Allan McConnell crossed the line to take home another win. Jonathan Dozier held on for second with Scott Sherrer third. John Michael fought back to the forth position and Ed Lynch came home fifth.

In the Bomber division Joey Thomas picked up another win leading every lap in route to another win. Chris Storey started on the pole with Joey Thomas second. When the green waved Joey Thomas passes Storey in turn one to take the lead. David Osbahr also made it pass Storey and set his sight on Thomas. Jimmy Thomas had moved his way in to the third spot and was trying to catch the top two. On lap 7 the caution was waved as Osbahr got too high in turn 4 and went off the track. He would rejoin in the rear and the green was displayed once again. Joey Thomas was still leading with Jimmy Thomas moving into the second position with John Dozier running third. The top three would remain the same till the last lap when Osbahr made it past Dozier for third. Joey Thomas crossed the line first and took home another win in 2009. Jimmy Thomas was second with David Osbahr third, John Dozier forth and Steven Jenson fifth.

The Pony Stocks were back in action and Tim Goins took advantage of Patty Ann Hoell's misfortune to take home the win. Larry Hodnett started on the pole with Goins to his outside in second. At the start Goins took the lead going into one and started to pull away. Meanwhile Patty Ann Hoell started to work her way through the field and before long had caught Goins. With six laps to go Hoell took the lead and started to pull away. Then with just two laps to go something broke in Patty's car sending her for a spin in turn four and ending her chance of winning. When the race was restarted Goins was once again the leader and he would go unchallenged in route to victory. Larry Hodnett was second with Rick Gilliland third, Jana Renfroe forth and Patty Ann Hoell was fifth.

Terrance Nowell and Larry Harrod Take The Win in The Twin 20's
By: Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL 9-5-09 - What a Labor Day spectacular it was at East Alabama Motor Speedway Saturday night! Headlining a night of fire works and family fun were the twin 20 lap Alabama Rock Late Model Features. The stands were full, the weather was nice and the racing action was better than ever. In Extreme Power Sports pole qualifying each driver is given two laps and on a regular night normally the faster of the two would determine your starting position. However, for the twin 20's, both laps counted. The first qualifying lap set the order for the first feature while the second lap's time set the order for the second feature. Sixteen cars were on hand for qualifying and when it was over the Phenix City Assasin Terrance Nowell had the fastest qualifying time for the first feature with Scott Knowles taking the pole for the second feature. The starting line up for the first feature looked like this: Terrance Nowell was on the pole with Scott Knowles in second, Larry Harrod was third, with Dana Eiland fourth and Chase Edge rounding out the top five starting spots. When the green was out on the first feature Scott Knowles wasted no time taking the lead going into turn one. Then with just one lap complete Larry Harrod, going into turn one, spun in the middle of the track causing several drivers to take evasive action to miss him. Several cars spun and the cars of Joey Eiland and Rodgerick Dyke's made contact ending Eilands night and sending Dykes for repair. Everyone except for Eiland returned to the track. With the green out once again Knowles came to the lead with Terrance Nowell running second and Harrod third. Knowles had put some distance between himself and Nowell at the start but that distance was shrinking in a hurry. Every lap Nowell would get such a run down the back straight that it looked like a rocket taking off. Then on lap 12 Nowell had caught Knowles. Every lap Nowell was so close he was at times pushing Knowles down the straight-aways. Then on lap14 he got a run once again coming off turn two. He managed to make room on the topside of Knowles to complete the pass in turn 4. One lap later the caution would wave as Kelly Leonard took a ride off the track in turn 2. Butchering the field up for a five-lap dash. The green was out and Nowell once again took to the high side this time putting several car lengths between himself and Knowles. Than with 2 laps to go the caution waved again for the slowed car of Randy Hester setting up a green, white, checkered finish. With Hester off the track the green was out and Nowell getting such a great run off of the corners, he went unchallenged to take the win in the first 20-lap feature of the night. Scott Knowles was second with Larry Harrod third, Dana Eiland fourth, and Chase Edge fifth.

In the second 20 lap Late Model feature Scott Knowles was on the pole with Larry Harrod starting second, Terrance Nowell third, Dana Eiland fourth, and Rodgerick Dykes lined up fifth. When the green waved Harrod quickly made the high side work by taking the lead going into turn one. Then in turn three Dana Eiland went for a ride off the track bringing out the first caution of the night. Eiland would rejoin the pack in the third position and we were ready for action once again. Just like the first lap Harrod led the field into turn one. Knowles was second with Eiland third and Nowell fourth. Then just two laps later Randy Hester made hard head-on contact with the wall coming out of turn four, collecting Adam Brown as well. Hester got out of his car but was limping to the ambulance and the race was red flagged. After the track was cleared of debris the green flag waved and Harrod started to pull away. Eiland was able to make it past Knowles for second to move Knowles to third. Nowell's car wasn't getting the bite off the corners like in the first feature and was running fourth and Rodgerick Dykes was still fifth. As the laps ticked off the running order remained the same but one thing was changing and that was the distance between Eiland and Harrod. Lap after lap Eiland was gaining ground on Harrod. With three laps to go Eiland was within a car length of Harrod and with two to go the side-by-side battle was on. Harrod running the low line forced Eiland to run even lower. Then on the last lap going into three Eiland was able to keep it under Harrod and the two come off turn four side by side and Harrod had the advantage. Eiland just couldn't get enough of a run off the corner and Larry Harrod took home the win in the second twin 20-lap feature. Dana Eiland was second with Scott Knowles third. Rodgerick Dykes was able to make it past Terrance Nowell to take the fourth, leaving Terrance Nowell rounding out the top five.

In the Limited Sportsman division Steven Gaines, JR. led every lap to take home the win in the 15-lap feature. Gaines started on the pole with Joey Eiland to his right in second. When the green waved Gaines jumped out to the lead Eiland was second with Thomas Lewis running third. On lap 8 Greg Gatlin was working his way through the field and passed Sam Moore for fourth and then Lewis for third. Then just two laps later Gatlin spun in turn 2 to bring out the caution. When the green waved again Gaines was the leader followed by Eiland and Moore. Then with just three to go Gatlin again had worked his way past Lewis and Moore and was back in the third spot and gaining on the front two. Unfortunately for Gatlin, there wasn't enough laps left and Steven Gaines Jr. took the win. Joey Eiland was second with Greg Gatlin third, Sam Moore fourth, and Thomas Lewis fifth.

In the Hobby Division Allen McConnell had to hold off a hard charging Jason Craft on the last lap to take home the win. John Michael started on the pole with Randy Allen to his right in second. When the green waved Michael lead the field into turn one with McConnell moving into the second position. Randy Allen would run in the third position for a few more laps till Craft was able to work his way by to take the position away. McConnell still enjoyed a good lead over Michael's until lap 10 when Craft was able to make it past Michael's to take the second spot. As the laps started to tick off Craft was closing in on McConnell and with 3 laps to go Craft had caught McConnell. Side by side they race on the back straight with Craft to the inside. Then on the last lap Craft made a dive bomb move on McConnell going into turn three. Craft slid up the track and McConnell was able to gain enough traction to keep his momentum and cross the line ahead of Craft. Allen McConnell took home another win with Jason Craft in second. John Michael finished third with Scott Sherrer in fourth, and Alan Franks coming home in fifth.

In the Modified Division Ricky Culpepper led every lap en route to another win. Ricky White started on the pole with Dustin Elliott to his right in second. When the green waved White washed up the track going into turn 1 breaking Elliott's momentum and allowing Culpepper to pass them both and lead the first lap. Then just one lap later it was as if White's car broke something going into the first turn and he coasted around and into the pits. Culpepper was still the leader with Elliott in second, and Gordy Scarbrough running in third. For the remaining ten laps the running order would remain the same as Culpepper enjoyed a nice lead on the rest of the field. Ricky Culpepper crossed the line first to take home the win. Dustin Elliott was second with Gordy Scarbrough in third, Terry Braswell in fourth, and Duane Treadwell rounding out the top five.

In the Bomber division Jimmy Thomas beat cousin Joey Thomas to pick up another win in the 2009 season. Jimmy and Joey started first and second for the feature. Jimmy led every lap with Joey right on his back bumper but Joey could never find a way around him and Jimmy went on to win. Jimmy Thomas finished first with Joey Thomas in second and Harold Ranson coming home third.

In the Pony Stock division Tim Goins held off Rick Gilliland to take home the win. Goins started on the pole and led every lap. Rick Gilliland was able to make it past Jana Renfroe to take over the second spot early in the race and set his sights on Goins. Unfortunately Gilliland could never complete the pass and Tim Goins took home the win. Rick Gilliland was second with Jana Renfroe third, Larry Hodnett fourth and Patty Ann Hoell rounding out the top five.

Larry Harrod and William Thomas Win At The Alabama State Rules Races
By: Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL 9-12-09 With the regular season completed it was time for the Alabama State Rules Race at East Alabama Motor Speedway Saturday night with racing in seven divisions. Many teams were on hand to use this race in preparations for the upcoming Alabama State Championship races. Up first for the night was Extreme PowerSports pole qualifying for the Create Late Model division and the Late Model Sportsman division. In Crate qualifying Larry Harrod posted a blistering lap of 15:11 seconds with William Thomas setting fast time in the Late Model Sportsman division with a 14:93. Fifteen cars were on hand for the Alabama Rock Crate Late Model feature event. Larry Harrod and Terrance Nowell made up the front row with Dana Eiland and Danny Stroud in the second row. When the green flag waved Terrance Nowell, using the high line, quickly took the lead coming out of turn 2. The field had only completed one lap when the caution was displayed for the spinning car of Paul Walters. Walters rejoined at the rear and the green was out once again. Nowell again took to the high side and took the lead. Harrod was running second with Eiland in third. Two laps later the caution would wave again as Richie Stephens stopped on the track in turn 4 and exited his car as his night was over. When the green was displayed Nowell again began to put some distance between himself and Harrod. Eiland was still third with Danny Stroud running fourth. Then with just five laps to go the caution was displayed again for debris on the track in turn 4. With the debris removed the green was displayed again. This time Harrod was able to get under Nowell going into turn 1 and the side-by-side battle was on. The two drivers battled door to door for the lead until Harrod was able to clear Nowell coming out of turn four. After Harrod completed the pass on Nowell he checked out. With the Checkers in the air Larry Harrod crossed the line first to win the Create Late Model race. Terrance Nowell was second with Dana Eiland third, Danny Stroud fourth, and Montana Dudley came home fifth.

In the Late Model Sportsman division William Thomas was on the pole for the 25-lap feature. When the green flag waved Thomas jumped out to the lead over second place running Larry Eldridge and third place running Terrance Nowell. It wouldn't take long for the caution to wave as Ricky Peyton went off the track in turns two. Peyton rejoined the pack and the green was out. Once again Thomas put some distance between himself and the field. In the mean time Eldridge and Nowell were battling for the second spot. The caution would wave again when Rucker Orr slowed on the track in turn two. When the green waved Thomas again put some distance between himself and the rest of the field. In the closing laps Nowell was able to make his way past Eldridge to take over the second spot but he wouldn't have enough to catch Thomas. With the checkers waving William Thomas took home the win in the Late Model Sportsman race. Terrance Nowell was second with Larry Eldridge third, Glenn McWarters fourth, and Chad Marchman fifth.

In the Super Street race it was Joey Eiland picking up the win in the 20-lap feature. Joey Eiland was on the pole with Dewayne Johnson to his outside in second. Dustin Elliott lined up third with Wade Walker starting fourth. When the green waved there was a stack up in turn one and coming out of turn 2 Dustin Elliott had the lead until turn 3 when Elliott almost spun allowing Eiland and Johnson to pass. On the next lap Elliott was passed by Roger Arnett for the third spot. Eiland continued to lead with Johnson running second. Wade Walker moved into the fourth spot a few laps later and would hold that spot until Sam Moore made the pass on him a two laps later. Up front Johnson was closing in on Eiland for the lead but the laps were winding down. Then with just four laps to go Johnson caught Eiland and a side-by-side battle was on. On the next lap Johnson was able to clear Eiland coming off turn four. Now that Johnson had the lead he wasn't going to give it up and he didn't. Dewayne Johnson crossed the line first. The win was Johnson's until he didn't pass tech and the win was handed to Joey Eiland. Roger Arnett finished second with Sam Moore third, Jeremy Britton fourth, and Wade Walker was fifth.

In the Hobby Class it was Richie Stephens taking the checkers in the feature event. Stephens driving in the Hobby division Saturday night in preparation for the State and National races started on the pole and led every lap. Don Otto started in the second with John Michael lining up third. When the green waved Stephens wasted no time taking the lead and pulling away. Then going into turn three John Michael got into the back of Otto causing a six-car pile up in the middle of 3 and 4. All car involved were able to continue. When the green waved again Stephens lead them into turn one. Don Otto was second with Danny Earl Warren in third. Just three laps later Warren was able to make it past Otto to take over the second spot. Meanwhile Stephens had checked out from the rest of the field. John Michael was working his way back through the field after falling back and was running in the fourth position. A few laps later Michael made his way past Warren and Otto to take over second. Michaels fast car however wasn't enough for Stephens and as the checkers waved he crossed the line to take home the win. John Michael was second with Don Otto third, Danny Earl Warren fourth, and Larry Guilford coming home with fifth.

In the Bomber division there was a full field of cars doing battle for 15 laps and after tech Tim Bosley was declared the winner. Billy Duell Sr. was on the pole with David Osbahr starting to his outside in second. When the green waved Ryan King who started fourth dove to the bottom in turn one and took the lead coming off turn two. After just one lap the car of Shelby Amos went for a ride off the track in turn 2 to bring out the caution. Once Amos rejoined the pack the green was waved again. Like before King was out front with Osbahr in second. Jottie Burgamy had worked his way in