East Alabama Motor Speedway - 2011 Archives
Terrance Nowell Wins The Season Opener At EAMS!
By: Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL 03/12/2011 - Finally the wait was over, the start of the 2011 racing season at East Alabama Motor Speedway was here and race fans couldn't have asked for any better racing action. With the pit area full and the stands packed it was time to kick the racing action into high gear. After some practice laps and heat races it was time for Extreme Power Sports time trials in the Alabama Rock Late Model division. Seventeen cars took to the track with two chances at the top spot. When every car had timed in, it was Chase Edge setting fast time with a lap of 15.50 seconds. When the green waved on the 25 lap feature Chase Edge lead the field into turn one with Terrance Nowell following in second. Nowell not satisfied with second quickly took the top spot from Edge at the exit of turn two. Pat wall was running in the third spot trying to hold off a hard charging Thomas Lewis running in the fourth spot. While the top few cars were content to ride for the moment Montana Dudley was busy making his way through the field from his tenth place starting spot. By lap 15 Russ Ogletree had moved into the fourth spot with Dudley right on his heels. Up front Nowell had put some distance between himself and Edge. A few laps later the caution would wave as Pat Wall went for a spin in turn 2 giving Edge a chance at Nowell on the restart. Dudley, now in fourth, was making that high side work well and got a great restart passing Lewis and charging hard for Edge. Then pushing a little too hard Dudley caught the lip of the track coming off turn two. He was able to keep his car on the track but lost a lot of ground in doing so. Up front Edge was all over Nowell for the top spot and with two laps to go was trying to get a run on the inside. With the checkers in the air the front two went side by side down to the line with Terrance Nowell winning by a nose. Chase Edge finished second with Thomas Lewis third, Russ Ogletree fourth, and Montana Dudley pulling it together to finish fifth.
In the Limited Sportsman 15 lap feature Steven Gaines Jr. had the top starting spot with Roger Arnett starting second. When the green waved Gaines lead the field into turn one with Arnett right on his bumper. Marty Beckwith was in the third spot with Montie Vaughn running fourth. Some laps later, Vaughn trying to take third went for a spin in turn two sending him to the rear of the field. On the restart Gaines again pulled away from second place running Arnett. As the laps went by Arnett stayed with Gaines just waiting for one slip to take the top spot. Unfortunately for Arnett a slip by Gaines wouldn't happen and he would hold on to take the first feature win of the season in the Limited Sportsman division. Roger Arnett finished second with Marty Beckwith third, Brand Lewis fourth and Chris Arnett round out the top five in fifth.
In the 15 lap Hobby feature it was Kevin Bennett picking up the first win of the season. Bennett started the race on the pole with Chris Storey outside in second. When the green waved, Bennett held the lead with Storey and Allen McConnell following close behind. John Michael was running in the fourth spot and making ground on the front three when he went for a spin in turn three bring out the first caution of the night. When the race went back green Bennett started putting some distance between himself and Storey, but as the laps started winding down Storey started to close. With one lap to go Storey was all over Bennett for the lead but coming to the checkered flag he couldn't quite pull off the pass. Kevin Bennett held on to win the first Hobby Feature of 2011. Chris Storey finished second with Allen McConnell, Allen Franks, and Jared Eiland completing the top five.
The Bomber division was back in action Saturday night with a familiar face in victory lane. In the 12 lap feature it was Dylan Knowles starting on the pole with David Osbahr second. When the green flag waved Osbahr quickly powered past Knowles coming out of turn two to take the lead. Knowles ran second with Larry Hodnett running third. As the laps started to tick off, the front pair of Osbahr and Knowles put some distance between them and the rest of the field. Robbie Luke worked his way past Hodnett to take over the third spot but the front two cars were not in sight. With two laps left Knowles was trying everything to pass Osbahr. With the checkered flag in the air Knowles made one last try at Osbahr in three and four pulling along side coming to the line. When the dust settled David Osbahr held on to take the win with Dylan Knowles finishing second. Robbie Luke finished third with David Bartholf and Harold Ransom rounding out the top five.
We welcomed back the Modified class for the 2011 season opener and it was a Late Model veteran debuting his new modified ride in winning style. In the 12 lap modified feature Richie Stephens lead flag to flag to pick up the first win of the season. Finishing second was Gordy Scarbrough with Scott Prins crossing the line in third.
Saturday night was the debut of the brand new Road Warrior class. This entry level racing class allows drivers to get a custom to dirt track racing. Participating in the debut was Dylan Holmes and Cody Smith. After laps of side-by-side battling Holmes finally took the lead and the checkered flag with Smith taking home second.
Terrance Nowell Makes It Two In A Row At EAMS
By: Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL 3-19-2011 Saturday night the local stars of East Alabama Motor Speedway were back in action for the second racing program of the season. After some great racing action last week the fans were ready for more and the drivers didn't disappoint. As the sun started to go down the action started to heat up. After a few laps of practice and heat races in most divisions it was time for the Alabama Rock Late Models to take to the track for Extreme Power Sports qualifying. Last week it was Chase Edge on the pole but this time it was Scott Knowles with a lap of 15.22 seconds winning qualifying. With the starting line up set it was time for the Alabama Rock Late Models to battle it out for 25 action packed laps. Knowles was on the pole with Terrance Nowell starting to his outside in second. William Thomas was back in town to give the fans something to cheer about and had qualified in the third spot but decided to start at the rear of the field setting up for an interesting race for sure. When the green waved Knowles and Nowell went side by side into turn one and stayed that way until turn three when Nowell with little room on the top side slid off the track causing a quick caution. Without a lap in the books a total restart was ordered from the tower giving Nowell a second chance. When the field went green Nowell wasted no time in taking advantage of his second chance and quickly took the lead from Knowles at the exit of turn two. Pat Wall was running in the third spot until a slip off turn two caused him to lose momentum and slip back a few positions. Moving into the third spot was last week's hard charger Montana Dudley looking for redemption from last week's mishap. Joey Thomas occupied the fourth spot with Rodgerick Dykes holding on to fifth. By lap six William Thomas had worked his way into the sixth position and was putting heavy pressure on Dykes for fifth. The caution was displayed on lap 12 as Paul Walters and Oliver Gentry both went for a ride off the track. When the field wentgreen William Thomas made an impressive move passing Dykes and Joey Thomas in turn one and moving into the fourth spot. Two laps later William Thomas was all over Dudley for the third position and would get it as Dudley's car began to slow on the back straight. At the same time Randy Allen spun in turn four bringing out the caution. It was reported that Dudley was having some overheating issues and after a quick cool down was back on the track in time for the restart. When the field went green it was Nowell leading Knowles with William Thomas in third. A lap later Thomas was able to make it past Knowles at the exit of turn 2 and set his sites on Nowell who had a nice lead. As the laps started to tick away, Thomas was tracking down Nowell for the top spot. With two laps to go Thomas was there and giving Nowell all he could handle. When the white flag was displayed Nowell and Thomas were nose to tail. At the exit of turn two Thomas tried to make the move but he couldn't get the run he needed. Going into turn three Thomas gave it one more try this time he was able to get the grip he needed and was able to pull along side of Nowell coming to the line. With the checkers waving it was a drag race to the finish and Terrance Nowell with a little extra momentum was able to hold off William Thomas for the win. Terrance Nowell made it two in a row with William Thomas coming from the back to finish second. Rodgerick Dykes crossed the line in third with Scott Knowles fourth, and Joey Thomas coming home in fifth.
The Limited Sportsman division was back in action Saturday night with Steven Gaines looking to make it two in a row to start off the season. Jimmy Evilsizer started the feature from the pole with Gaines to his outside in second. When the green waved Gaines quickly took the lead going into the first turn with Evilsizer dropping to second. The caution would wave a lap later as contact was made back in the pack resulting in some heavy right side damage for Marty Beckwith. When the field went back green Gaines again started to pull away from the field as Evilsizer ran second. Jason Craft was running third followed by Joey Eiland in fourth. The top four would remain the same until lap 13 when Craft, charging hard, made a pass on Evilsizer for second. Craft however would not have enough time to catch Gaines and he would hold on to take home win number two for the season. Jason Craft finished second with Jimmy Evilsizer third, Joey Eiland fourth, and Chris Arnett coming home fifth.
In the Hobby division last weeks winner Kevin Bennett was looking to pick up his second win in a row but first he would have to battle Chris Storey every lap to do it. Bennett led the field to the green with Storey in second. Allen McConnell followed close behind in third with Nick Marsolf in fourth. The front four would stay the same till lap 6 when Ronnie Hudson was able to make it past Marsolf as he slowed on the track and pulled into the pits with problems. The new top four would stay the same till the checkered flag with a tight battle every lap between the top three cars. Once again Kevin Bennett with a strong performance held off a hard charging field of cars to pick up the win. Chris Storey was second with Allen McConnell third, Ronnie Hudson fourth, and Alan Franks, Jr. coming home fifth.
The Bomber division was back in action with David Osbahr leading the field to the green. Cameron Metts started the feature in second and going into turn one took the lead from Osbahr. Dylan Knowles followed the front two a close third with Larry Hodnett in fourth. A caution would wave early as Wiley McDaniel Jr. and Joey Keyser made contact in turn three resulting in both cars spinning leaving Katie Smith with no time to hit the brakes and making contact with Keyser. When the field went back green it was again Osbhar at the point. The top four would run the same until lap 8 when Knowles slowed at the exit of turn two allowing Hodnett to take over the third spot. With just one lap to go the caution would wave again as Ricky Henderson went for a spin while trying to stay on the lead lap. With a one lap dash for the checkers Metts was able to hold off Osbahr for the win. Larry Hodnett finished third with Wiley McDaniel Jr. fourth, and Ricky Henderson coming home fifth.
In the Modified division it was Richie Stephens looking to continue in his winning ways, but Jeff Culpepper had plans of winning of his own. Jeff Culpepper led the field to the green with Dustin Elliott starting second. When the green waved it was Culpepper leading lap one with Elliott in second as Richie Stephens followed a close third. A few laps later Stephens was all over Elliott for second with Stephens running into the back of Elliott and pushing him down the front stretch. The following lap Stephens was able to pass Elliott to take over the second spot. A brief caution would slow the field as Elliott, trying to catch Stephens, went for a spin in turn four. When the field went back green Stephens was all over Culpepper for the lead. When the white flag waved Stephens was trying to pass Culpepper on the low side in turns one and two but couldn't make it stick. However going into turn three Stephens would try it again and with a little help from some contact was able to pull even with Culpepper coming to the line. Even with the contact from Stephens Culpepper was able to carry momentum to the line a pick up the win. Richie Stephens crossed the line second with Dustin Elliott coming back to finish third as Scott Pines crossed the line in fourth.
East Alabama Motor Speedways newest classes, Road Warriors, were in action Saturday with the 10 lap feature being a re-match between Dylan Holmes and Kody Smith. At the start last weeks winner Holmes took the lead with Smith right on his bumper. Half way through the feature Smith passes Holmes for the lead and started to pull away. With the checkered flag waving this time it was Kody Smith picking up his first win of the season with Dylan Holmes coming home second. Kody Smith did not make weight at the scales after the race and the win was given to last week's winner Dylan Holmes.
The "Cat Daddy" Clint Smith Pounces on the competition at EAMS!
By: Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL 4-2-2011 After a week off due to inclement weather the racing action at East Alabama Motor Speedway was back on Saturday night with a full stock car program including the stars of the Southern Regional Racing Series Super Late Models. With the pits packed and the stands full, it was time for some of the greatest short track racing action in the nation. After the drivers had a few laps to dial-in there machines in practice it was time for heat races and time trials in the two late model classes. The first group out for time trials were the Alabama Rock Late Models. Sixteen cars took to the track trying to set the fast time for the night in Extreme Power Sports qualifying and when the dust settled it was Scott Knowles taking the pole with a lap of 15:91 seconds. The SRRS Super Late Model drivers then took to the track for there turn at setting the starting lineup for the evening. After a great performance in the crate late model feature two weeks ago it was William Thomas in his familiar number 22 super late model taking the pole with a lap of 15:24 seconds. With all 24 cars having taken time the field was now set for the 40 lap feature. William Thomas would lead the field to the green with series regular Ivedent Lloyd starting outside front row in second. Senoia Georgia's own, "The Cat Daddy" Clint Smith lined up inside row 2 with local fan favorite Montana Dudley starting fourth. With the green waving, Thomas led the field into turn one and it didn't take long for the caution to be displayed as several cars went spinning in turn one. With all cars righted a complete restart was ordered from the tower. Once again Thomas led the field into turn one. This time all cars were able to make one lap and the feature had officially started. Lloyd quickly tucked behind Thomas but had a bumper full of Smith as the second lap was now in the books. Just two laps later the caution would wave again as the car of Montana Dudley erupted in a big cloud of smoke going into turn 3. Dudley's night would unfortunately come to an end early after posting a great qualifying effort. When the field went back green Thomas lead Lloyd, Smith, and now the 12 of Chad Winkle. The front few cars seemed to be content to ride as the field started to get strung out. A few laps later Smith made a pass on Lloyd for second and set his sights on Thomas for the lead. Dana Eiland managed to work his way through the field and now ran in the fourth spot with Jake Knowles running fifth. The race would slow a few more times each time giving Smith a chance at Thomas for the top spot. Thomas was able to hold off Smith every time and pull away every restart. Then on a long green lap run just past half way Thomas was about to put Joe Denby a lap down when Denby slid up in front of Thomas coming out of turn four. Clearly a blocking maneuver Thomas made slight contact with Denby slowing both cars and allowing "The Cat Daddy" to pounce on Thomas's misfortune and take the lead. Four laps later the caution waved for the spinning car of Danny Stroud giving Thomas a shot at retaking the top spot. On the restart Thomas got a good run coming to the green but Smith was able to hold him off. As the laps wound down the intensity picked up with in the top five. Up front Smith had a small lead over Thomas, with Thomas not closing the gap. With the checkered flag waving "The Cat Daddy" Clint Smith crossed the line first with William Thomas second. Ivedent Lloyd Jr. was third with Brian Reese taking advantage of Dana Eiland's late race issues coming home fourth. Another local favorite Ricky Culpepper managed to work his way through the field to bring it home in fifth.
In the Alabama Rock Late Model division it was Scott Knowles on the pole with William Thomas lining up second. When the green waved Knowles lead the field into turn one. At the exit of turn two Thomas powered by Knowles to take the top spot and lead the first lap. Paul Walters ran third with Montana Dudley fourth, and Dana Eiland in fifth. The race would be slowed by caution once for the spinning car of Matt Dooley. When the field went back green Thomas again pulled away from the field. As the laps wound down it was apparent that Thomas had the best car on the track. With the checkered flag waving William Thomas picked up his first win of the season at EAMS. Scott Knowles came home second with Paul Walters third, Montana Dudley fourth, and Dana Eiland coming home fifth.
The Limited Sportsman division was back in action with Steven Gaines looking for three in a row. Jimmy Evilsizer lead the field to the green with Roger Arnett in second. Arnett wasted no time taking the top spot dropping Evilsizer to second. Gaines ran in the third spot trying to track down the top two. After two very quick cautions the race resumed. The top three ran the same with no one really taking a shot at Arnett for the lead. As the laps wound down Roger Arnett was able to hold on to win the feature. Jimmy Evilsizer finished second with Steve Gaines third, Marty Beckwith fourth, and John Capps coming home fifth.
In the Hobby division it was Allen McConnell leading the field to the green with Chris Storey starting second. When the green waved McConnell led the field into turn one, Storey followed second with Kevin Bennett running third. McConnell started to pull away from the field as Storey and Bennett were battling hard for the second position. With three laps to go Bennett made it past Storey to take over the second spot. Trying everything Bennett was fighting hard to catch McConnell but there just wasn't enough time. With the checkered flag waving Allen McConnell picked up his first win of the season. Kevin Bennett finished second with Chris Storey following in third, Tater Holmes fourth, and John Michael rounding out the top five.
In the Bomber division Cameron Metts lead the field to the green with Dylan Knowles starting second. When the green waved Metts pulled away form Knowles and the rest of the field. David Osbahr was running third trying to catch Knowles for the second spot. As the laps started to wind down Knowles started to catch Metts and with three to go the battle was on. Knowles trying to get under Metts for the lead just couldn't carry the momentum off the turns to complete the pass. Cameron Metts held on to win the race, but was protested after. When the protest was complete Dylan Knowles was declared the winner. David Osbahr was second with Clint Bullock third, Larry Hodnett fourth, and Robbie Luke fifth.
In the Modified division Ricky Culpepper lead the field to the green with Richie Stephens starting second. At the start Stephens quickly took the lead and started to pull away from Culpepper. Three laps in Culpepper had mechanical issues and pulled in. Herbie Donath moved into the second spot but could never muster a charge on Stephens for the top spot. With the checkered flag waving Richie Stephens crossed the line first to pick up the win. Herbie Donath was second, Scott Prins third, Jeff Culpepper fourth, and Ricky Culpepper coming home fifth.
The Road Warrior drivers were back in action this time with the addition of a new driver, Tony Newsome, and there is no better way to make your debut than to win. Leading every lap Newsome crossed the line in first with Kody Smith and Dylan Holmes finished second and third respectfully.
Terrance Nowell Wins At EAMS
By: Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL 04-09-2011 After some great racing last Saturday that included the Southern Regional Racing Series, it was time for the local drivers to take to the track for a full stock car racing program plus a $500 to win ASA Performance Hobby feature. After a few practice laps and heat races it was time for a special qualifying session for the ASA Performance Hobby division. Setting fast time was Jason Coggins with a lap of 17.21 seconds for the $500 to win feature. In Extreme Power Sports Late Model qualifying, Terrance Nowell put his number 55 car on the pole for the feature with a lap of 15.32 seconds. When the Alabama Rock Late Model feature started it was Terrance Nowell leading the field to the green with Scott Knowles lined up to his outside in second. Coming off turn two Knowles moved past Nowell on the high side to take the lead. Paul Walters followed Nowell in third with Joey Thomas in fourth. On lap six Paul Walters car would lose the right front fender bringing out a debris caution and causing him to pull in the pits ending his night. When the field went back green, Knowles was still in front with a good lead over Nowell and third running Thomas. On lap 10 Knowles had some issues slowing in turn four, allowing Nowell to draw within striking distance. Then in turn one and two Knowles car seemed to still be having problems opening the door for Nowell to take the lead. Knowles dropped back to the fourth spot for two laps but quickly made his way back by Thomas and third place running Pat Wall. Now back in second and the problem seeming to be fixed Knowles tried to close the gap and retake the lead. Unfortunately Knowles would run out of time and Terrance Nowell would hold on to win. Scott Knowles came home second after overcoming some brake issues that caused him to lose the lead. Joey Thomas finished third with Pat Wall fourth and Larry Harrod coming home fifth.
In the Limited Sportsman Division Steven Gaines Jr. led the field to the green with Andy Cook in the second spot. Gaines quickly started to pull away from the field with Roger Arnett moving into the second spot. Jimmy Evilsizer moved past Cook to take over the third spot bringing Joey Eiland with him. With Gaines having a commanding lead the battle was for the second spot as Arnett was doing all he could to hold off the cars of Eiland and Evilsizer. As the laps clicked away Arnett was able to hold off Eiland who made it around Evilsizer for third. With the checkered flag waving Steven Gaines Jr. held on to win for the third time in 2011. Roger Arnett finished second with Joey Eiland third, Jimmy Evilsizer fourth, and Don Knight coming home fifth.
The ASA Performance Hobby cars were trying for a shot at $500 dollars, but first they had to survive a grueling 25 lap feature. Jason Coggins was on the pole with Efrem Holbrook starting second. Coggins led the field to the green with Holbrook dropping in to the second spot. Kevin Bennett was running in the third spot with John Michael riding in the fourth spot. The top four cars would stay in that order until lap 8 when Coggins slowed on the track and pulled into the pits ending his night. Now Holbrook had the lead with Bennett in second. Unfortunately it wasn't a good night to be the leader because on lap 15 Holbrook's car slowed on the track causing him to pull in as well. Now with 10 to go Bennett inherited the lead with Michaels in second. Kevin Bennett would hold on to take the win and the $500 dollars. John Michael's car was able to hold onto second with Efrem Holbrook coming home third, Jason Coggins was fourth, and Tater Holmes rounded out the top five in fifth.
In the Bomber division Dylan Knowles led the field to the green with David Osbahr starting second. Knowles quickly pulled out to a good lead with Osbahr in second. Larry Hodnett was running in third with David Bartholf running fourth and Lucas Flaitz in fifth. The top five would stay the same for most of the race. Flaitz was able to make it past Bartholf just past halfway to take over the fourth spot. Meanwhile the top two of Knowles and Osbahr were battling hard on the track. With the checkers in the air Dylan Knowles was able to hold off Osbahr to pick up the win. David Osbahr was second with Larry Hodnett third, Lucas Flaitz fourth and David Bartholf coming home in fifth.
Herbie Donath led the modified cars to the green in there feature with Scott Prins starting second. Donath held the top spot with Prins running second. Jeff Culpepper started fifth but quickly moved into the third spot with Ricky Culpepper running fourth. As the laps started to click off Jeff Culpepper started moving to the front. Just past half way Culpepper was able to pass Prins for second and then Donath for the lead. Truly the car to beat Jeff Culpepper held on to win the feature. Herbie Donath come home second with Ricky Culpepper third, Scott Prins fourth, and Chris Storey rounding out the top five.
Kody Smith and Dylan Holmes were back in action for the Road Warrior class and ready to put on a show. For ten laps the two drivers swapped the lead and even traded a little paint. A few times Holmes spun out caused by some not so gentle contact from Smith. Ultimately in the end Smith was able to hold off Holmes and pick up the win.
Scott Knowles Takes The Checkers On Q107.3 Night
Phenix City, AL 4-16-11 - It was Q107.3 FM night at East Alabama Motor Speedway and "The Hustler" Scott Knowles had a number one hit leading every lap en route to victory. In Extreme Power Sports pole qualifying Knowles set fast time with a lap of 15:21 seconds with Paul Walters timing in second fastest. With Knowles on the pole and Walters second, last week's winner Terrance Nowell who qualified third had his work cut out for him. When the green waved Knowles jumped out front with Walters in the second position, Nowell in third and Rodgerick Dykes in fourth. Knowles started to put some distance between him an the rest of the field. Fourth place running Dykes and fifth place Montana Dudley was battling for the fourth position. A late race caution for debris would bunch the field up and give Walters and Nowell a shot at Knowles but when the green flag waved on the restart Knowles was too strong and pulled away picking up his first win of the season. Scott Knowles was followed across the finish line by Paul Walters, Terrance Nowell, Rodgerick Dykes and Montana Dudley rounded out the top five.
In the Limited Sportsman division, Steven Gaines set fast time in time trials putting him on the front row beside second fast qualifier Roger Arnett. At the drop of the green flag Gaines jumped out to the lead ahead of Roger Arnett, Joey Eiland and Chris Arnett. The running order would remain the same until lap 12 when Chris Arnett's engine let go. On the restart Gaines led Roger Arnett, Eiland and Jason Craft to the green for the 3 lap shootout. With the checkers in the air "The Showstopper" Steven Gaines crossed the finish line first to pick up his fourth win of the season. Roger Arnett was second, with Joey Eiland third, Jason Craft was fourth with Greg Gatlin coming home fifth.
In the ASA Performance Hobby division Kevin Bennett took the lead early to capture another win in the 2011 season. Kevin Bennett started the feature on the pole with Jeremy Nevels on his outside in second. When the green flag was displayed Bennett led the field into turn one with Nevels in the second position and John Michael in third. Bennett kept putting distance between himself and the field holding on the take his fourth win of the season. Jeremy Nevels, John Michael, Ronnie Hudson and Curtis Haney rounded out the top five.
In the Bomber division Dylan Knowles picked up his third win of the 2011 season. David Osbahr started on the pole position with Knowles starting on the outside pole position. When the green flag waved Osbahr and Knowles raced side by side for the lead for 5 laps until Osbahr got out of shape and spun around bringing out the caution flag. Osbahr had to go to the rear of the field for the restart giving Knowles some breathing room. Knowles took command of the field and went on to pick up the checkers ahead of Larry Hodnett, Harold Ransom, David Osbahr and Lucas Flaitz.
In the Modified division Ricky Culpepper led every lap in dominating fashion to win Saturday night's feature. Herbie Donath started on the pole with Scott Prins second. When the green was waved Culpepper powered to the lead with Donath and Prins behind him. Rick Buchanan made his way past Prins to take over the third position. As the laps clicked away it was evident that no one had anything for Culpepper and he cruised to victory. Herbie Doanth was second with Rick Buchanan third and Scott Prins coming home fourth.
In the new Road Warrior division it was Kody Smith picking up the checkers for the second time this season. Dylan Holmes experienced some bad luck hitting the front wall ending his night early.
Terrance Nowell Wins Easter Special At EAMS
By: Justin Rickett
Phenix City, AL 04-23-2011 Saturday night at East Alabama Motor Speedway was a special Easter racing program featuring a kids egg toss and a full program of racing action. Drivers from all over the southeast were on hand hoping the Easter bunny would deliver them a win in their basket this year. After a short practice in all divisions it was time for the Alabama Rock Late Models to take time in Extreme Power Sports pole qualifying. Picking up right where he left off, last weeks winner Scott Knowles laid down a blistering lap of 15.04 seconds to take the top spot. Knowles lead the field to the green with Terrance Nowell starting second. On the first lap Nowell used the momentum of the high side to slide by Knowles to take the point and lead the first lap. Montana Dudley ran in the third spot with Paul Walters following close in fourth. The first caution of the night would come on lap 5 when Joey Thomas, Rodgerick Dykes, and Doug Pullen all went for a spin in turn three. All cars continued and the field went back to racing. Nowell was still in the lead with Knowles and Dudley following close. Walters was running a distant fourth with Pat Wall challenging for that spot every lap. As the race went on Nowell's lead got bigger and Dudley was challenging Knowles for the second spot. The caution would wave with five laps left for debris on the track setting up a shootout for the win. When the green waved Nowell jumped out to a good lead leaving Knowles to hold off a hard charging Dudley. When the white flag waved Nowell had a good lead on Knowles and Dudley. With the checkered flag waving Terrance Nowell picked up his fourth win of the 2011 season. Scott Knowles held off Montana Dudley to pick up second with Dudley third. Paul Walters held on to the fourth spot with Pat Wall coming home in fifth.
In the Limited Sportsman division it was Steven Gains leading the field to the green with Roger Arnett in second. Gaines quickly took a commanding lead and pulled away from the field with Arnett running second. Joey Eiland occupied the third spot with Chris Arnett running fourth. The Race would stay green the entire distance with no one ever mounting a charge on Gaines for the lead. With the checkered flag waving Steven Gaines, Jr. crossed the line first to pick up his fifth win of the 2011 season. Roger Arnett crossed the line in second with Joey Eiland third. Chris Arnett came home fourth with John Capps, III rounding out the top five.
In the ASA Performance Hobby Division it was Jeremy Nevels leading the field to the green with Kevin Bennett starting to his outside in second. On lap one Bennett wasted no time taking the lead moving Nevels to second. Ronnie Hudson was running in the third spot and feeling some pressure form fourth place running Efrem Holbrook. A few laps later Holbrook made him move on Hudson to take the third spot but shortly after completing the pass he was forced into the pits with mechanical issues giving Hudson third and ending his night early. Up front Bennett continued to lead the field with no challenge from Nevels. With the Checkers in the air Kevin Bennett went on to pick up his third win in a row. Jeremy Nevels was second with Ronnie Hudson third, John Michael fourth, and Taylor Renfroe fifth.
In the Bomber division it was Dylan Knowles leading the field to the green with Larry Hodnett lined up second. On lap one Knowles jumped out to the lead with Hodnett and David Osbahr battling for second. Hodnett held the spot with Osbahr doing all he could to take it away. Then with just three laps left Hodnett and Osbahr made contact in turn four sending Hodnett for a spin and Osbahr to the pits with trouble under the hood. When the race went back green Knowles again took a commanding lead and held on to pick up the win. Larry Hodnett finished in second with Lucus Flaitz third, and David Oshbar coming home in fourth.
In the Modified division it was Dustin Elliott leading the field to the green with Herbie Donath starting second. On lap one Donath used the high side to take the lead from Elliott. Chris Storey ran in third with Scott Pines in fourth. The race would go caution free with the top five staying the same. With the Checkers in the air Herbie Donath held off Dustin Elliott to pick up the win. Elliott was second with Chris Storey third, Scott Pines fourth, and Rick Buchanan coming home in fifth.
The Road Warrior drivers were back in action Saturday night this time the duo of Dylan Holmes and Kody Smith had a new competitor in Chase Bruffy joining them. The three cars went at it for several laps with Holmes and Smith making contact in turn two sending Smith for a spin and some contact with the inside wall ending his night. Holmes would lead the rest of the race with no real challenge for newcomer Bruffy. With the checkers flying Dylan Holmes crossed the line first with Chase Bruffy coming home second and Kody Smith finishing third.