Larry Harrod Wins Wild Season Opener At East Alabama Motor Speedway
By: Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL 03-20-2010 - Saturday night the roar of engines came to life as the season opener at East Alabama Motor Speedway was finally upon us. The seemingly long off-season had come to an end and the wait was over. The drivers were ready, the crews were prepared, and the fans were anxious to see some great racing action. Starting off the night were heat races in the Hobby, Limited Sportsman, Bomber, Modified, and Pony Stock divisions. After the heat races had been run in the lower classes, it was time for the Alabama Rock Late Models to take to the track for Extreme Power Sports pole qualifying. Seventeen cars took to the track in qualifying and leading the charge was Larry Harrod laying down a lap of 15:60 seconds. The second fastest qualifier was Dana Eiland who timed in with a 15:61 second lap and setting the stage for a fierce battle. With the field set it was time for the drivers to shake off the cobwebs and the fans to experience 20 laps of some of the best racing action ever witnessed. When the green flag was displayed Harrod wasted no time leading the field into turn one. Following close behind was Dana Eiland who was busy holding off the advances of Richie Stephens currently running third. One lap later Bobby Eiland who started fourth made his way around Stephens to try his hand at Dana Eiland. Chase Edge was running in fifth to round out the top five. The top five would remain the same for the first eleven circuits. On the eleventh lap the caution came out for Randy Hester who took a spin in turn two. On the restart Harrod would once again pull away from Dana Eiland who was running second, but not for long as Bobby Eiland was able to make his way past Dana on the exit of turn four. Bobby Eiland would hold the second spot for two more laps until Dana Eiland was able to make his way back by to regain the second spot. Then on lap fourteen the caution would wave again as the cars of Ryan Evans, Ricky Brady, and Gordy Scarbrough would all spin in turn four. One lap after going back green the caution would fly again as once again Ricky Evans and Randy Hester would both take there second spin of the night in turn two. The green would wave again and this time it was Richie Stephens taking advantage of the restart as he would muscle his way past Dana Eiland in turn two to take over the third spot. Chase Edge who had been running in the fifth position had fallen back to the sixth spot when a hard charging Matt Woodson made his way into the top five from his twelfth starting position. One lap later the caution would once again wave, as Michael Page would go for a spin in turn four. With only three laps of racing action left the stage was set for a thrilling finish for the fans and the drivers were not about to disappoint. The race was green once again and Dana Eiland was looking to regain the second spot. On the back straight Dana Eiland and Richie Stephens made contact as Dana was trying to complete the pass on the low side. The contact resulted in Stephens's car sliding off the track and bringing out the caution. Stephens wouldn't be able to continue and the top five looked like this: Harrod, Dana Eiland, Bobby Eiland, Matt Woodson, and Chase Edge. When the green comes out the drivers would have just two laps to over take Harrod and take home the first win on the season. Finally the green was displayed and the action level reached an all-new high. Harrod tried to get a jump on the field but Dana Eiland was all over the back of his car. Going into turn three it looked like Eiland would complete the pass as he pulled to the inside of Harrod on the exit of turn four. Dana Eiland wasn't the only one in the hunt for the lead as Bobby Eiland had his hands full with Matt Woodson as all three were within striking distance of the lead. When the top four took the white flag they were so close you could have put a sheet over all of them. Then going into turn two Matt Woodson had a run on Bobby Eiland for third as Dana Eiland was on the inside of Harrod for the lead. On the exit of turn two Matt Woodson and Bobby Eiland came together sending Matt Woodson across the track and in the path of Rodgerick Dykes sending both cars off the back straight. Racing back to the checkers Dana Eiland was doing all he could to make the bottom line work to his advantage and pass Harrod. Unfortunally Dana Eiland wouldn't get the run off turn four he was looking for and Larry Harrod would cross the line first picking up win number one for the 2010 season. Dana Eiland was second with Chase Edge making it past the last lap wreck to take home third. Danny Stroud who was running just outside the top five all night came home fourth with Bobby Eiland making his way back to the flag to round out the top five in fifth.
Eight cars were on hand for the first Limited Sportsman race of the 2010 season. Starting on the pole for the feature event was Thomas Lewis who had earlier in the night won the first heat race. Making his Limited Sportsman debut and starting third was Joey Thomas. Thomas, a terror in the bomber division in 2009, was looking to continue his winning ways but in a new class. When the green waved Thomas pulled to the inside of Lewis going into turn one. Lewis was able to hold off Thomas to lead the first lap. Quickly Joey Eiland made his way past Roger Arnett from his fourth starting spot to take the third position. After a few laps in it looked as if Thomas was losing ground to Lewis and was falling back to Eiland who was looking to take over the second spot. As the laps started to wind down Steven Gaines Jr. was able to make his way past Arnett to take over the fourth spot and it looked like Thomas was starting to gain ground on Lewis. With just three laps to go Thomas had caught Lewis and was charging hard for the lead. When they crossed the line to take the white flag the front two were side-by-side. Thomas on the inside of Lewis tried to get a good run off turn four coming to the checkers but it wasn't enough. Thomas Lewis would use the momentum on the high side to hold off Joey Thomas and pick up his first win of the season. Joey Thomas would cross the line second with Joey Eiland third, Steven Gaines Jr. fourth, and Roger Arnett fifth.
A full field of Hobby cars was on hand to start there 2010 season. John Michael was starting on the pole after winning his heat race. Bryan Teel also won his heat race but unfortanally wasn't able to start the feature putting Jason Craft on the outside pole. When the green was displayed Michaels lead the field into turn one with Craft following behind in second and Allen McConnell moving to third. Jonathan Dozier was running in the fourth position with Nick Marsolf in fifth. The top five would remain the same until lap twelve when Dozier would take a ride off turn two to bring out the caution and setting up a three lap dash for the finish. On the restart Michaels got a jump on the field and pulled away from Craft who was battling hard to keep McConnell at bay and hold the second spot. John Michaels lead would be too much for Craft and he would hold on to take the first Hobby feature win of 2010. Jason Craft finished in the second spot with Allen McConnell third, Nick Marsolf fourth, and Jason Anthony coming home in fifth.
In the Bomber division Jimmy Thomas was set to continue his winning ways from the 2009 season. Starting on pole for the Bomber feature was Josh Taylor with Jimmy Thomas starting on the outside pole for the twelve-lap event. When the green was displayed Thomas using the momentum of the high side took the lead coming out of turn four moving Taylor back to the second position. Chris Barfield was running in the third spot with David Osbahr in fourth. Thomas with a good lead on the rest of the field looked to have the win in hand. In the mean time Osbahr was all over Taylor for the second spot and as the laps wound down they were in a side-by-side battle. With the checkered flag in the air Jimmy Thomas cruised to his first win of 2010 in the bomber division. Josh Taylor was able to hold off David Osbahr to finish second. Osbahr finished third with Chris Barfield fourth, and Shelby Amos fifth.
The Modifieds were back in action Saturday night and Ricky Culpepper was ready to win. Starting on the pole for the feature Culpepper quickly took the lead when the green was displayed. Jeff Culpepper followed close behind in second with Ricky White running third. Dustin Elliott was running fourth until Wesley Duboise was able to make his way past Elliott to take the spot. Half way through the race it looked like it was going to be a Culpepper and Culpepper show, but as the laps wound down White was closing in. With three laps to go White made his way past Jeff Culpepper to take over the second spot. White was gaining ground on Culpepper for the lead but he ran out of laps. Ricky Culpepper leading every lap, took home the first Modified feature win of the season. Ricky White was second with Jeff Culpepper third, Wesley Duboise fourth, and Herbie Donath coming home in fifth.
In the twelve-lap Pony Stock division Tim Goins started on the pole with Rick Gilliland starting to his outside in second. When the green was displayed Goins wasted no time in leading the field to turn one. Gilliland ran second with Patty Ann Hoell following behind in third. Three laps later Gilliland would slow on the track and take his car to the pits giving second position to Hoell. Then as the laps started to wind down the race became a two car battle as Hoell was able to pass Goins coming out of turn two with five laps to go. For another 2 laps Goins was able to stay with Hoell until a slip up in turn two costs him some time. With the checkers in the air Patty Ann Hoell crossed the line first to pick up the win in the Pony Stock season opener. Tim Goins was second with Jana Renfroe third, Rick Gilliland fourth, and Larry Hodnett rounding out the top five in fifth.
Chase Edge Takes Round Two At East Alabama Motor Speedway
By: Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL 3-27-2010 - After a wild first race of the season it was time for round two of Saturday racing action at East Alabama Motor Speedway. A full program of racing was on the docket including a special showing from the Georgia Winged Outlaw Mini Sprints. With Practice concluded it was time for Heat racing in all divisions. After some great heat racing action, it was time for Extreme Power Sports pole qualifying. First on the track was Randy Hester laying down a lap of 15:37 seconds. With a good lap on the board it was up to the other drivers to knock Hester off the pole. When it was all said and done no one had anything for Hester and his lap time would hold up. With qualifying in the books it was time for the stars of the Alabama Rock Late Model division to go to work. Hester was on the pole with Chase Edge starting to his outside in second. Last weeks winner Larry Harrod lined up third with Lark Haskins starting the feature in fourth. With the green in the air Hester lead the field into turn one with Edge following behind in second. The top four cars would remain the same with fifth changing hands as Josh Noles made his way past Richie Stephens to take that spot. Just two laps later Stephens was able to make his way past Noles to retake the fifth position. Hester had pulled away from Edge as the top three cars were starting the spread out. In the meantime Stephens was tracking down Haskins for the fourth position. As the laps started to wind down it seemed that no driver would have enough to over take Hester. With the checkered flag waving Randy Hester, leading every lap, crossed the line first to pick up the win. After his victory lane photo was taken it was time for Hester to push his car to technical inspection, it was there he would run into problems. Upon inspection of tires it seemed that Randy Hester's tires were a little too soft therefore handing the win to Chase Edge. Larry Harrod would be rewarded second with Richie Stephens third, Lark Haskins fourth, and Pat Wall rounding out the top five with fifth.
In the Limited Sportsman division feature event Steven Gaines Jr. started on the pole with Chris Arnett starting to his outside in second. Last weeks runner up Joey Thomas lined up third with Efrem Holbrook starting fourth. When the green waved Gaines led the field into turn one, Arnett followed closely in second with Thomas running in third. Roger Arnett who started fifth quickly made his way past Holbrook to take over the fourth position. Joey Eiland followed Arnett past Holbrook as well to take the fifth spot. On lap four Thomas Lewis who was running in sixth spun in turn four to bring out the first caution of the feature. No damage was done and the race was restarted. With the green waving Gaines once lead the field to turn one with Chris Arnett and Thomas following close behind. The top five looked like a train going around the track as everyone was running the high line. As the laps wound down it looked like a Talladega race, as the drivers seemed to wait to the end to make a move low. The only driver to do so was Thomas. With one lap to go Thomas tried to get a run under Arnett for second. Coming off the second turn Thomas had a run on Arnett but in turns three and four he lost a little ground. With the checkers in the air Steven Gaines Jr. took home his first win of the season. Chris Arnett crossed the line in second but after technical inspection he was disqualified moving Joey Thomas to second. Roger Arnett was third with Joey Eiland fourth and Thomas Lewis coming home with a top five in fifth.
Ten cars were on hand for the Hobby feature with Jason Anthony starting on the pole. Allen McConnell started the feature in second with Ed Lynch third and Jason Craft fourth. When the green flag waved Anthony lead the field to turn one with McConnell following closely in second. Craft passed Lynch to take over the third spot and set his sights on the front two cars. After just three laps the caution waved as Cody West went for a ride in turn four. West rejoined the field and the race restarted. On the restart, Jonathan Dozier made his way past Lynch to take the fourth spot with John Michael following him past to take fifth. Then on lap nine the big one happened. Dozier got loose coming off turn four causing Bobby Piper and Nick Marsolf to make contact sending both cars spinning into the front stretch inside wall. Both cars were heavily damaged and neither driver was able to continue. When the race was restarted Anthony lead the field into turn one with McConnell still in tow. As the laps started to wind down the top three cars were all battling hard for the lead. When the checkered flag was displayed Jason Anthony came off turn four to win the feature. Allen McConnell was second with Jason Craft third. John Michael was able to make it past Dozier to finish fourth moving Jonathan Dozier to round out the top five in fifth.
In the twelve lap Bomber feature Jimmy Thomas was looking for his second win in a row, and David Osbahr was looking to still the victory away. Israel West was on the pole for the feature with Osbahr starting in the second position. When the green was displayed Osbahr quickly to the lead from West as the field went into turn one. Thomas was also able to make his way past West to take over the second spot moving West to third. Chris Storey was running in fourth with Chris Barfield in fifth. The top five would remain the same until a caution on lap six for the smoking car of Cameron Metts would bunch the field back up allowing for some changes in the top five. When the race went back green Osbahr led the field for two more laps until a slip in turn two allowed Thomas to pass him on the inside coming off turn four. At this point it looked like more than a slip as several cars quickly passed Osbahr as there seemed to be trouble under the hood and he pulled in. With only three laps remaining Jimmy Thomas would hold on to pick up win number two for the season. Israel West would cross the line in second with Chris Storey in third. Joey Keyser finished the feature in fourth with Jason Britton finishing in the fifth position.
In the Modified division Dustin Elliott started on the pole for the feature with Ricky Culpepper starting to his out side in second. When the green waved Culpepper used the high side to get a run on Elliott to take the lead at the exit of turn two. Elliott fell to second with Wesley Duboise moving into third. Jeff Culpepper was running in fourth and trying to make a move on Elliott for the third spot when just 4 laps in smoke started pouring out of the back of his car. Jeff Culpepper slowed on the track but made his way to the pits without bringing out the caution. With Jeff Culpepper in the pits Brand Lewis moved into the fourth spot with Shawn Pitts moving into fifth. Up front Culpepper had a good size lead on the field, but as the laps started to wind down it seemed that Duboise might have something for him. Duboise was able to make his way past Elliott to take over the second spot and set his sights on Culpepper for the lead. With every lap Duboise was able to gain ground but it wouldn't be enough as Ricky Culpepper held on to win the modified feature. Wesley Duboise crossed the line second with Dustin Elliott taking third. Brand Lewis finished in the fourth position with Herbie Donath finishing in the fifth position.
In the Pony Stock division Patty Ann Hoell was looking to make it two in a row and Tim Goins was going to do all he could to stop that from happening. Bobby Duell started the feature on the pole with Tim Goins starting second. When the green flag waved Goins quickly took the lead. Duell fell to the second spot with Hoell running third. For a few laps Duell was able to stay with Goins but after three laps he began to fall back as Hoell was making a move for the second spot. Then on lap nine Duell spun in turn four bringing out the caution and allowing Hoell to restart on Goins bumper. With just three laps remaining the green was displayed once again. Goins was able to get a great jump on the field and so was Duell as he was able to move back to the third spot when the white flag waved. Seeing the Checkered flag coming off turn four Tim Goins held on to win the Pony Stock feature. Patty Ann Hoell was second with Bobby Duell third, Larry Hodnett fourth, and Rick Gilliland coming home in fifth.
Richie Stephens Returns To Victory Lane
By: Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL 4-3-10 Saturday night at East Alabama Motor Speedway the local heroes were back in action for round three of the 2010 racing season. Starting the night off right was Richie Stephens who had a qualifying time of 15.39 seconds to pick up the Extreme Power Sports Pole award. Bobby Eiland also had a good start to the evening as he timed in with the second fastest time of the night. With the field set the Alabama Rock Late Model drivers were ready for the green. When the green waved Stephens quickly jumped out to the lead with Chase Edge moving into second with Bobby Eiland third. As the front three started to spread out Chad Scrimpshire was moving throughout the field from his seventh starting spot. As the laps started to wind down Scrimpshire was able to make his way to fourth, and Stephens still enjoyed a comfortable lead. With the checkers in the air Richie Stephens held on to take the win. Chase Edge was second with Bobby Eiland third, Chad Scrimpshire fourth, and Pat Wall coming home fifth.
In the Limited Sportsman division it was Steven Gaines, Jr and Thomas Lewis starting on the front row. When the race went green Gaines led the first lap with Joey Eiland moving to second. Lewis fell to third with Joey Thomas running fourth. A few laps later Eiland had closed in on Gaines and was able to pass him and take the lead. Thomas was able to make his way past Lewis to take third and set his sights on Gaines. As the laps started to wind down Thomas had caught Gaines and was able to complete the pass for second. With the checkers in the air Joey Eiland held on to pick up the win. Joey Thomas finished second with Steven Gaines, Jr. third. Chris Arnett was able to make his way to fourth in the closing laps with Jeremy Britton coming home fifth.
Rodney Gorman and Allen McConnell started on the front row for the Hobby feature event. When the race went green McConnell took the lead with Jason Craft moving into second. Lap after lap the top two duo battled back and fourth for the lead. With the field spread out the front two were free to battle it out. As the laps ticked away McConnell was able to hold off Craft to take the win. Jason Craft was second with Nick Marsolf third, Jeff Elliott fourth, and Rodney Gorman coming home in the fifth position.
In the Bomber division it was Joey Keyser and Chris Storey started on front row. Storey took lead at start with Israel West moving into second. Joey Keyser was running in the third position. Unfortunately a few laps later Keyser got to high and ran off track on the back. Then after the field went green trouble would find West as he had overheating problems and went to pits. As the race wound down Dave Bartholf took over the second spot and he and Storey raced for the win. With the checkers in the air Chris Storey held on to win his first event and did his victory lap in reverse around the track. Dave Bartholf was second with Chris Barfield third. Jason Britton was fourth with Joey Kyser coming back to finish fifth.
Dustin Elliott and Brand Lewis started on front row for the Modified feature. When the green waved Elliott took lead with Rickey White and Ricky Culpepper moving to the second and third positions. With a good lead trouble hit Elliott on lap 4 when he had a flat tire and would have to go to the pits for a new tire. Culpepper would inherit the lead with White and Herbie Donath now running second and third. The top three would remain the same until lap 11 when Donath was able to pass White for the second position. With the checkers in the air Ricky Culpepper was able to hold on and pick up the win. Herbie Donath came home in the second spot with Jeff Culpepper third, JW Noles fourth, and Roland Kent rounding out the top five.
In the Pony Stock division Tim Goins and Larry Hodnett started on front row. At the start Goins took the led going into turn one with Hodnett. Patty Ann Hoell ran third until lap 4 when she would pass Hodnett to take over the second spot. Two laps later Hoell would get high off turn four and take a ride off the back resulting in two flat tires forcing her to the pits. Hodnett would regain the second spot. With the checkers in the air Tim Goins would hold on to take the win. Larry Hodnett finished second with Hank Lynch third, Patty Ann Hoell fourth, and Bobby Duell rounding out the top five in fifth.
Chase Edge Takes Second Win In 2010
Phenix City, AL 4-10-10 Saturday night at East Alabama Motor Speedway was Q107.3 FM night at the races. The weather was great, the stands were packed, and the drivers were ready to "tune" their way into victory lane. The action for the night got started early with the Alabama Rock Late Model drivers taking to the track for Extreme Power Sports pole qualifying. Chase Edge would set the fast time with a lap of 15:31 seconds securing a great starting position and taking home the pole money. Bobby Eiland timed in with the second fastest time starting him outside Edge on row one. With the green in the air the Alabama Rock Late Model feature was started. Edge lead the field into turn one getting a great run off turn two and holding off Eiland to lead the first lap. Richie Stephens who started fourth made his way past Dana Eiland to take third but not for long. Dana Eiland a few laps later charged back by Stephens and made it a two car battle for third all race long. Up front Edge still had the lead but Bobby Eiland was all over him. For several laps the front two battled side by side for the lead always with Edge having the advantage coming off turn four. As the laps wound down the battle up front was still raging. With the white flag in the air Bobby Eiland knew he had to give it his best as he tried to get a run on Edge one last time. The checkers were waving and Chase Edge was able to hold on to pick up his second win in 2010. Bobby Eiland battled hard all race long and came home second. Richie Stephens was able to win the tug of war match against Dana Eiland to come home third. Eiland was fourth with Tod Darda rounding out the top five.
In the Limited Sportsman division Joey Thomas and Thomas Lewis started on the front row, with Joey Eiland and Tracey Baker on the second row. At the start Thomas jumped out to the lead with Lewis following in second. Third place starter Joey Eiland's car did not take off on the start and he dropped to seventh place in the matter of a lap. After regaining power he now had to work his way back to the front. As Thomas had a good lead it was apparent that Eiland had a good car as he was making his way past cars like a driver possessed. As the laps wound down Eiland battled his way back to third put could not make a pass on Thomas Lewis who was also having a great race. With the checkers in the air Joey Thomas would lead all fifteen laps in dominating fashion to pick up his first ever Limited Sportsman win. Thomas Lewis finished second with Joey Eiland battling back to finish third. Efrem Holbrook came home in fourth with Tracy Baker rounding out the top five in fifth.
In the Hobby division John Michael was back this week with a new car after receiving severe damage last weekend to his car and he was looking for redemption. For the feature John Michael and Allen McConnell started on the front row with Kevin Bennett and Jason Anthony on the second row. When the green waved Michael took the lead at the start with McConnell right on his bumper in second. On lap two Jason Anthony took over the third spot from Bennett with Craft also making the pass on lap ten to take fourth. Throughout the race you could throw a blanket over first to fifth as every lap drivers battled for position. With the checkers waving John Michael got his redemption and he pulled his new car into victory lane. Allen McConnell was second with Jason Anthony third, Jason Craft fourth, and Kevin Bennett rounding out the top five in fifth.
The Bomber division was back in action and it was Shelby Amos and Cameron Metts starting on the front row with Jimmy Thomas and Jason Britton on row number two. On the start Amos got high in turn one opening the door for Thomas to get by and take the lead. For several laps Amos tried to regain the lead from Thomas but was not able to get enough of a run on the low side to pull even. Metts was running third with David Osbahr in fourth. For several laps the two raced for the third position with Osbahr finally taking the spot on lap four. Unfortunately he would only hold the spot for four laps as on lap eight mechanical issues forced Osbahr to the pit area ending his night. With a good lead and the checkers in the air Jimmy Thomas held on to pick up another win in the Bomber division. Shelby Amos was second with Cameron Metts third, Chris Storey fourth, and Jason Britton coming home fifth.
In the Modified division Dustin Elliott and Ricky White started on the front row with Ricky Culpepper and Herbie Donath on row number two. When the green fell Ricky Culpepper took the lead with Elliott falling to second. White had closed in on Elliott for the second position and the two battled lap after lap for the second spot. As the laps started to wind down Jeff Culpepper got in on the action for the second spot and passed White on lap nine to take over third. With the checkers in the air and a good lead on the field Ricky Culpepper crossed the line first to pick up the win. Dustin Elliott was able to hold off a hard charging Jeff Culpepper to take the second spot. Jeff Culpepper came home third with Herbie Donath fourth and Brand Lewis fifth.
In the Pony Stock division it was Patty Ann Hoell and Rick Gilliland starting on the front row with Larry Hodnett and Tim Goins on row number two. When the green waved Gilliland had the lead by lap one with Hoell running second. A few laps later Hoell would take over the top spot and pull away from the field held. With Hoell up front the left Gilliland and Goins to battled it out for the second position with Goins taking the spot on lap five. With the checkers in the air Patty Ann Hoell held on to take the feature win. Tim Goins was second with Rick Gilliland third and Larry Hodnett coming home fourth.
Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. Wins The Alabama Clash At EAMS
By: Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL 04-17-2010 - Saturday night at East Alabama Motor Speedway the stars of the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series rolled into town for the third annual Alabama Clash. Twenty-four of the best late model drivers were on hand for the event and with a fifty lap feature event the fans were in for some great racing action. Starting the evening off right it was William Thomas returning to his home track and setting the fast time with a lap of 14:66 seconds to take The Racers Depot / Extreme Power Sports Pole award. The inversion of the top six would put Thomas starting in the second position with Ivedent Lloyd Jr. on the pole. With the cars on the track and the engines warm it was time for fifty laps of racing action. With the green waving Lloyd led the field into turn one with Thomas falling in line second. Then on lap two the caution came out as the field got bunched up off turn two causing Dana Eiland to run into the back of Tod Darda resulting in Eiland spinning and being the first car out of the event. When the field went back green Lloyd was still out front with Thomas second. Tyler Ivey was in third with Darrell Padgett in fourth. Jeremy Faircloth was running in the fifth position and charging hard for the fourth spot. The front five would remain the same until lap eighteen when Darrell Padgett had some problems with his machine bringing out the caution. Padgett pulled into the pits for a quick tire change and rejoined the field at the rear. With Padgett having problems that moved Montana Dudley to fifth as he was able to make it past Faircloth just before the caution came out. When the race resumed Lloyd still had the lead with Thomas running second. Mark Whitner joined the top five as he made his way past the cars of Faircloth and Dudley to occupy the fourth position. The battle up front was shaping up to be a good one Thomas seemed to be closing in on Llyod for the top spot running the highest line on the track with Lloyd a lane lower. As the laps wound down Lloyd started to run the same line as Thomas and it was working. As the race got closer and closer to completion the driver's were trying to get all they could and they were beating and banging all over the track. On lap forty-seven the caution would wave giving Thomas a shot at the lead one last time. Thomas knew that the re-start would be his only shot at a win. When the race restarted Thomas got a good run off turn two and dove to the inside of Lloyd but just couldn't get enough traction off turn four to complete the pass. Then one lap later the caution came out again. The race would resume, and again the same would happen, Thomas would get a great run off two but his car just didn't get a good run off turn four. Well they say the third time is a charm and it looked like that could be the possibility as the caution came out a lap later giving Thomas shot number three at Lloyd and the win. When the green waved for the final time Thomas followed Lloyd into turn one like before Thomas had a great run off turn two. This time he was able to pull even with Lloyd off the turn and a side-by-side battle for the win on the last lap was headed into turn three. Lloyd sticking with the high side, Thomas in the middle both cars still side by side. Coming off turn four this time Thomas was able to get a better run but it wouldn't be enough and Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. held on to win. William Thomas battled hard all night and in the end had three shots at the win but came home in second. Tyler Ivey ran in the third position all night. Darrell Padgett was able to battle back from his early race troubles to come home in the fourth position, and Mark Whitener last years winner of the Alabama Clash was able to work his way into the fifth position.
In the Sportsman division Chris Arnett started on the pole with last weeks winner Joey Thomas starting to his outside in second. When the green waved Thomas quickly took the lead dropping Arnett to second. Two laps later Eiland would get past Arnett for the second spot allowing Thomas Lewis to follow along moving Arnett to fourth. Thomas had a good lead on the field but as the laps wound down Eiland was making up some ground. With the checkers in the air Joey Thomas was able to win for the second week in a row. Joey Eiland came home second with Thomas Lewis third. Chris Arnett was fourth with Tracey Baker rounding out the top five in fifth.
In the Hobby feature Jason Anthony was on the pole with Jason Craft starting second. When the green waved Anthony led the field into turn one, Craft ran second with Randy Renfroe running third. A few laps later Rodney Gorman was able to make his way past Renfroe for third. Up front Craft was all over Anthony for the lead just waiting to make his move. As the laps wound down the front two were nose to tail. Then on the last lap Craft decided to make his move. Off turn two Craft got a run and dove under Anthany for the lead. Side by side the front two raced into turn three. Then coming off turn four Craft was able to find enough traction to edge in front of Anthony and take the win in dramatic fashion. Jason Craft was your winner with Jason Anthony second. Randy Renfroe made it back to third with Rodney Gorman in fourth and Nick Marsolf coming home in fifth.
In the Bomber Division it was Chris Barfield starting on the pole with David Osbahr starting to his outside in second. When the green waved Osbahr quickly took the lead with Israel West taking over the second spot. Jimmy Thomas was runnig third but not for long as he was able to make it past both West and Osbahr for the lead. After taking the lead Thomas started to pull away from the field. Shelby Amos had been working his way through the field and managed to pass West for third. Amos however would loose control of his car in turn four with just two laps to go bringing out the caution. When the race went green Thomas lead the charge into turn one with Osbahr second. With the checkers in the air Jimmy Thomas crossed the line in first. David Osbahr was second with Israel West third. Chris Barfield was fourth with Shelby Amos coming back to finish fifth.
In the Modified division five drivers were looking to stop the winning ways of Ricky Culpepper. For the feature Jeff Culpepper started on the pole with Brand Lewis starting to his outside in second. When the race went green Jeff Culpepper held onto the top spot with Lewis running second. Dustin Elliott was running the third spot until a lap four spin in turn four forced him to the tail of the field moving Ricky Culpepper into the third spot. When the race resumed Jeff Culpepper was able to get a good lead over the now second place running Ricky Culpepper. As the laps wound down Ricky was gaining on Jeff but there wouldn't be enough laps left and Jeff Culpepper held on to win. Ricky Culpepper was second with Brand Lewis third, Herbie Donath fourth and Ron Kent fifth.
In the Pony Stock division Tim Goins started on the pole with Larry Hodnett starting second. When the green waved Goins led the field into turn one with Hodnett running second. Jana Renfroe was running in the third spot and making a charge for second. A few laps later Renfroe was able to complete the pass on Hodnett for second. As the laps clicked away Goins enjoyed a comfortable lead over Renfroe. With the checkers waving Tim Goins crossed the line in first to pick up the win. Jana Renfroe was second with Larry Hodnett third, Patty Ann Hoell fourth and Rick Gilliland coming home fifth.
Richie Stephens Takes EAMS Checkers
By Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL 05-01-2010 Saturday night at East Alabama Motor Speedway it was Senior Citizens appreciation night with a full racing program and the National Vintage Racing Association making a stop at the 3/8 mile clay oval. Headlining the night was the twenty lap Alabama Rock late model feature event. After heat racing action had concluded for the lower divisions it was time for Extreme Power Sports pole qualifying where Larry Harrod laid down a lap of 15:20 seconds to secure the pole for the nights feature. Richie Stephens timed in with the second fastest lap time with Chad Carden posting the third fastest time of the evening. With the field set it was time for a great show with some of the best late model drivers in the south doing battle. When the green waved Harrod wasted no time leading the field into turn one. Stephens followed close behind in second with Dana Eiland moving into third. Carden ran in the fourth spot with Chase Edge running fifth. The front five would run in the same order until the caution waved on lap ten for the spinning car of Randy Hester. The field was ready for the restart and once again Harrod led the field into turn one. Stephens was still second but was feeling some heavy pressure from Eiland for that spot. Chase Edge was able to make it past Carden to take the fourth spot moving Carden to fifth. Matt Woodson who had charged through the field from his ninth starting spot was running sixth and working hard to pass Carden. Up at the front of the pack Stephens had managed to hold off Eiland and gain some ground on Harrod. As the laps started to wind down Stephens had caught Harrod and was trying every lap to pass him on the low side. With the white flag in the air Stephens got a good run off turn two allowing him to be right on the bumper of Harrod. As they entered turn three Stephens again went low with Harrod up high. Coming to the checkers Stephens was able to use the traction on the low side and slide up in front of Harrod and crossed the line first. Richie Stephens with a last lap pass had won the race. Larry Harrod was second with Dana Eiland third. Chase Edge was fourth with Matt Woodson making it past Carden to take home fifth.
In the Limited Sportsman division Richard Mills was on the pole for the feature with Thomas Lewis starting second. When the green waved Mills lead the field into turn one. Steven Gaines Jr. quickly moved into second with Lewis third. One lap later Gaines, Lewis, and Joey Thomas were able to make it past Mills as his car seemed to be having trouble. Then a few laps later Thomas would take a ride off turn two bringing out the caution. After Thomas re-joined the pack the green was displayed once again. Gaines was still the leader with Eiland now running second with Lewis third. With three to go Thomas was able to make his way back into the fourth position after an early spin and seemed to have one of the faster cars. Then with the white flag waving Gaines went into turn one with Eiland all over him for the lead. Gaines went low to block Eilands line but Eiland didn't go low this time he went high and got a great run off tune two. Going into turn three Eiland had an advantage on Gaines. Side by side going into the turn Eiland went high with Gaines down low driving hard into the turn. Gaines car washed up making contact with Eiland's car. Coming off turn four it was a drag race with Steven Gaines Jr. crossing the line first. Joey Eiland was second with Thomas Lewis third. Joey Thomas came home fourth with Jeremy Britton fifth.
In the Hobby division Ed Lynch started on the pole with Rodney Gorman starting second. When the green waved Lynch lead the race for one lap till he slid off the track in turn two on the next lap. When the race went back green Gorman was your new leader with Allen McConnell running second. As the race went on Gorman started to fall back through the field and Cody West had been working his was through the field and after some contact between the front two cars was now the leader. West lead Jason Craft and McConnell with just three laps to go. Craft was doing all he could to make his way past West but in the end he just couldn't complete the pass and Cody West held on to win. Jason Craft was second with Allen McConnell third. Randy Gorman was fourth with Stephen Goins coming home fifth.
In the Bomber division Chris Storey was on the pole with David Bartholf starting second. When the green waved Storey lead the field into turn one with Jimmy Thomas quickly moving into the second spot. Just three laps later Thomas was able to make his way past Storey to take the lead. Bartholf was running in third with Cameron Metts in fourth. The front five would spread out and remain the same for the remainder of the race with Jimmy Thomas picking up another win in the 2010 season. Chris Storey was second with David Bartholf third, Cameron Metts fourth, and Jason Buttler fifth.
In the Modified division Ricky Culpepper started on the pole with Brand Lewis starting second. When the green waved Culpepper lead the field into turn one with Lewis following in second. Dustin Elliott was running in the third sport with Lakeetha Skinner running in fourth. On lap four Lewis was able to power his way by Culpepper to take the lead. With the lead in hand Lewis started to pull away from the field, but as the race drew closer to the end you could tell that Culpepper was making up some ground. Unfortunately for Culpepper time would run out and Brand Lewis would hold on to take the win. Ricky Culpepper was second with Dustin Elliott third, Lakeetha Skinner fourth, and Herbie Donath fifth.
In the Pony Stock division it was Larry Hodnett on the pole with Paul Goins starting second. Hodnett lead the field into tune one but coming off turn two the field didn't follow as all four cars behind him spun either on the track or off the track as was the case with Jana Renfroe. Renfroe and Henry Martin would not be able to continue the race. Then with just three cars left the race was restarted and Hodnett led the field into turn one this time Rick Gilliland was able to pass Goins and Hodnett for the lead. As the laps started to wind down both Hodnett and Goins were forced to pull in the pits for different issues and allowed Rick Gilliland to pick up the win. Paul Goins was second with Larry Hodnett third. Henry Martin was fourth with Jana Renfroe fifth.
Rocketman Two For Two At EAMS
Phenix City, AL 5-8-10 - Richie "Rocketman" Stephens returned to the East Alabama Motor Speedway Victory Lane for the second week in a row in the Alabama Rock Late Model Division. First up for the Late Models would be the Extreme Power Sports qualifying where Dana Eiland turned in a lap of 15:28 to earn the pole position for the feature. The stage was set for another great race with Dana Eiland and Rodgerick Dykes leading the field to the green flag. Eiland jumped into the lead with Stephens who started in the third position taking over second, Dykes was third with Chase Edge in fourth. Eiland and Stephens battled for the lead for several laps with Eiland pulling away from the field with a comfortable lead. Dykes and Edge was busy battling for the third position with Edge taking over the position. On lap nine the caution flag would fly for the only time during the race taking away the lead Eiland had built up. When the race went back green Stephens was all over Eiland. Eiland and Stephens raced several laps side by side with Stephens taking the position and picking up the checkers for the third time this season. Dana Eiland was second, Chase Edge was third, Rodgerick Dykes was fourth and Chad Carden was fifth.
In Limited Sportsman Joey Eiland started from the pole. Steve Gaines, Jr who started third was quickly challenging for the lead. Thomas Lewis and Joey Thomas was battling for the third position with Thomas taking the spot on lap 2. Eiland and Gaines continued racing for the lead. The caution would fly on lap 8 when Joey Thomas who was running the high line ran out of real estate and went over in turn one. When the race re-started Eiland held off Gaines for the win. Joey Eiland was followed to the checkers by Steven Gaines, Jr, Thomas Lewis, Joey Thomas and Efrem Holbrook.
The Hobby division began with Allen McConnell and Jason Craft leading the field to the green. Jason Craft took the lead and never looked back as he took the checkers for his second win of the year. Kevin Bennett finished second, Allen McConnell third, Rodney Gorman fourth, and Stephen Goins finished fifth.
In the Bomber division Jimmy Thomas and Israel West started the feature from the front row. Thomas took the lead at the drop of the green and never looked back picking up the checkers.
Cameron Metts worked his way thru the filed from his fourth starting position to pick up second place. Cameron Metts, Israel West, Chris Barfield and Dave Bartholf rounded out the top five.
Brand Lewis and Jeff Culpepper started the Modified feature from the front row. Jeff Culpepper
took the lead on lap one and held on for the checkers. Brand Lewis finished second, Herbie Donath third and James Fountain fourth.
The Pony Stock division started its feature with Larry Hodnett on the pole. Hodnett took the lead at the drop of the green. On lap 3 Tim Goins passed Hodnett. Tim Goins finished first, Rick Gilliland second, Patty Ann Hoell third and Larry Hodnett fourth.
Rocketman Takes Four In A Row At EAMS
Phenix City, AL 5-22-10 - Richie "Rocketman" Stephens driving the Bennett Logging Rocket #00 took the checkers Saturday night at East Alabama Motor Speedway picking up his fourth win in a row. Stephens leads the Alabama Rock Late Model class with five wins for the 2010 season. Stephens took the lead from the Extreme Power Sports fast qualifier Dana Eiland at the drop of the green. Stephens, Eiland and Terrance Nowell raced lap after lap for the win with Stephens taking the win. Stephens was followed by Dana Eiland, Terrance Nowell, Chase Edge and Pat Wall.
Joey Thomas picked up his third win of the season in the Limited Sportsman division. Steven Gaines, Jr was second, Thomas Lewis was third, Joey Eiland was fourth and Jeremy Britton was fifth.
In the Scorpion Chassis Hobby division Nick Marsolf picked up his first win of the season crossing the line ahead of John Michael, Rodney Gorman, Jason Anthony and Stephen Goins.
The Bomber class was won by Jimmy Thomas taking the checkers for an impressive seventh time this season. Joey Keyser was second, David Osbahr was third, Chris Storey was fourth and Israel West was fifth.
Dustin Elliott picked up the checkers in the Modified division for the second week in a row. The #115 rolled into victory lane ahead of Lakeetha Skinner, Ricky Culpepper, Brand Lewis and Jeff Culpepper.
Lady driver Jana Renfroe picked up her first win of the season in the Pony Stock class. Renfroe was followed by Rick Gilliland, Larry Hodnett and Tim Goins.
PHENIX CITY ASSASSIN NOWELL GUNS DOWN NeSMITH CHEVROLET DLMS FIELD FOR EAMS WIN
By: Roby Helm
PHENIX CITY, AL 7-4-10 – The “Phenix City Assassin” Terrance Nowell of Phenix City, AL gunned down the field on Sunday night in front of a packed house at East Alabama Motor Speedway in the Salute To The Armed Forces 50 for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Tour, the third race of the Firecracker Nationals.
Nowell started third in the main event, passed early race leader Larry Harrod of Plains, GA on lap 36, and then pulled away to post a 1.590 second margin of victory driving the Clarence’s Truck Repair GRT.
“I kept looking inside Larry, and I think the longer the race went, the tighter his car got,” Nowell said. “Our car kept getting better as the race went on, and when the track came to us, we were able to get underneath Larry and take the lead.”
The NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series celebrated its 100th event since the inception of the series in 2005 on Sunday night at East Alabama Motor Speedway. Nowell’s first career win with the series made him the 38th different winner in 100 races.
Harrod led the first 35 laps of the race after earning the pole position earlier during the evening in spectacular fashion driving the Harrod Logging Scorpion, but had to settle for second at the end of the race and was the VP Racing Fuels Rookie of the Race.
As the defending EAMS NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Model Champion, Harrod was expected to be a favorite for the win at his home track.
In his first qualifying lap, Harrod sailed off the first turn banking and landed on a safety barrier pile of tires. After getting off the tires, and not knowing if his car suffered any damage, Harrod came back out on the track and began his second qualifying lap. “The Big Tree” turned in a lap in 16.461 seconds to take the Extreme Power Sports Fast Time Award.
Dana Eiland of Salem, AL took the third spot in the Andy’s Auto Parts GRT, and Billy Franklin of Calera, AL finished third in the Franklin Enterprises Trak-Star. Matthew Turner of Dawsonville, GA was fifth in the Turner Excavating DWB. Turner was honored during the pre-race drivers meeting for making his 100th consecutive series race, the only driver to compete in every series event.
The defending NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Champion and current point leader Eric Cooley of Fulton, MS drove the 78 Towing and Recovery Victory Circle to a sixth-place finish. Cooley now leads Turner in the NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS National point standings by 52 points.
The 2008 NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Champion Chip Brindle of Chatsworth, GA came from the 15th starting spot to finish seventh in the Bryson Motorsports Mastersbilt, and NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series East Region point leader Chase Edge of Lafayette, AL took the eighth spot in the Edge’s Gas Company Mastersbilt.
Marc Gooden of Lafayette, AL started his RPI GRT from the 22nd starting spot and finished ninth to earn the GM Performance Parts Hard Charger of the Race Award. Russ Ogletree of Phenix City, AL rounded out the top ten in the Northeast Alabama Audiology Barry Wright.
Harrod took the lead at the start of the race, but the field saw the caution flag before the first lap was completed when Paul Walters of Valley, AL in the Gary Davis Construction Warrior, Charlie Henderson of Cottondale, AL in the Century Dedicated, Inc. Mastersbilt, and Marcus Minga of Shannon, MS in the B&M Salvage Rocket tangled on the front straightaway.
Henderson, the VP Racing Fuels Rookie of the Year point leader, had to pit for repairs, and returned to the track later several laps down. “Chargin’ Charlie” completed just 18 laps before he retired for the evening. Henderson earned the Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award.
Harrod again took the lead on the complete restart followed by Nowell, Richie Stephens of Phenix City, AL in the Bennett Logging RMRC, Eiland and Turner. Ogletree sailed off the turn three baking on lap two to bring out the caution flag.
The caution flag came out again on lap ten when Jordy Nipper of Gray, GA spun the Scotty’s Muffler TNT in turn two collecting Ryan King of Anniston, AL in the True Bond Masonry TSR, and Danny Stroud of Salem, AL in the Stroud Construction Scorpion.
Harrod led Nowell, Stephens, Eiland, Turner, Franklin, Pat Wall of Columbus, MS in the Wimmer’s Wrecker Service Rocket, Edge, Cooley and Rodgerick Dykes of Smith Station, AL in the Dyke’s Towing GRT down for the restart. Business picked up when the field went back to green, as Eiland passed Stephens for the third spot on lap 11, and Franklin got by Turner for fifth.
Franklin kept up his momentum, and passed Stephens for the fourth spot on lap 12 before the field was slowed by the caution flag on lap 17 when Justin McRee of Tuscaloosa, AL spun the Century Dedicated, Inc. Trak-Star in turn four. When the field went back to green, Edge passed Wall for the seventh spot on lap 19, and Cooley got by Wall for the eighth position on lap 22.
King sailed off the first turn banking on lap 26 to light caution bulb for the fifth time in the race. The restart at the halfway point of the race saw Harrod leading Nowell, Eiland, Franklin, Stephens, Turner, Edge, Cooley, Dykes and Shannon Lee of Lumberton, MS in the Billy Riels Racing Trak-Star.
On each restart, Nowell tried to dive under Harrod in a bid to challenge for the lead, but it seemed he could never get his tires up to temperature to get maximum bite off the corners before the next caution flag would come out. That trend continued after the halfway point, as Stroud spun in turn four on the lap 26 restart, and King spun on lap 27 in turn four,
Stephens tried to dive under Franklin in a bid to retake the fourth spot on the restart, but spun in turn four while running fifth. Michael Blount of Sumrall, MS was charging through the field from the 23rd starting spot in the Lamar Auto Salvage Trak-Star. Blount was closing in on the top ten when he left the track in turn two on lap 31 to bring out the ninth caution flag.
During the caution period, Lee went to the pits, giving up the ninth spot. The field didn’t stay green long, as Stroud made his second scenic tour of the race off the third turn banking on lap 33. Harrod led the top ten with Nowell, Eiland, Franklin, Turner, Edge, Cooley, Dykes, Brindle, and Gooden following him back to the green flag.
Nowell kept chipping away at Harrod’s lead trying the inside groove, while Harrod continued to run the high side. On lap 36, Nowell got along side Harrod in turn two, raced wheel-to-wheel with him down the backstretch, and bringing the capacity crowd to their feet. Nowell planted his car on the bottom of the track in turn three, and then slid up in front of Harrod to take the lead.
Once Nowell was out in front, he began to pull away from Harrod. Two late-race caution flags kept the field bunched up as Wall spun in turn two on lap 41, and Dykes spun out of the eighth spot in turn four on lap 43. On each restart, Nowell pulled away and took a 1.590 second margin of victory under the checkered flag.