Skip to content

Hannagan calls win – then backs it up

FARMINGTON – On the hottest night of the race season, fans packed the St. Francois County Raceway grandstands and an exceptional car count filled the pit area.

In the Modified class, Brent Thompson of Farmington held off a charging John Bohn of Farmington to pick up the victory in the feature. Bohn settled for second place, Jeremy Greenwalt finished in third with Tommy Worley Sr. fourth and Alan Conner fifth. They were followed by Kenny Kennedy, Mike Francis, Kasey Burch, Chris Boyd and John Paul Reando.

Bohn won the first heat race with Worley second and Doug Beier third. Doug DeClue won the second heat with Greenwalt second and R.C. Hovis third. Conner won the third heat with Chris Boyd second and Lou Dreimeier third. Thompson won the fourth heat with Kennedy second and Francis third. Danny Resinger won the “B” main with Kasey Burch second and Danny Sisson third.

In the Pure Street class, Mark Todd of Jackson returned to victory lane with a solid win in the feature. Chris Boyd settled for second place with Bill Skaggs third, Chris Webb fourth and Michael Abney fifth. They were followed by Gary Johnson, Tommy Worley Sr., Ryan Robins, Ray Dodd and Serek Shipman.

Wayne Frymire won the first heat race with Pete Koenig second and Josh DeSpain third. Todd won the second heat race with Boyd second and Beith Brugger third. Shipman won the third heat with Skaggs second and Dodd third.

Randy Hannagan knew he was going to have a good night on Saturday. In a pre-race interview he told All Star Announcer Rob Klepper “I’ll talk to you later on the front stretch in victory lane.” Hannagan kept his promise and scored his first win of the season at St. Francois County Raceway in wire-to-wire fashion, leading all 40 laps of the Haulmark All Star sprint car feature.

“The car was really good all night. I really have to thank Gaerte Engines. This was an experimental motor from Gaerte and it was good all night,” Hannagan recalled. “I really have to thank my brother and the whole crew. We raced at Knoxville last night and were second in points and decided to come here and race with the All Stars and it worked out.”

Hannagan’s brother Terry owns the feature winning Hurricane Chassis.

A bit of luck put Hannagan on the pole for the start of the main when Danny Smith and Kelly Kinser failed to transfer through their heat races and were forced to run the B Main. Hannagan drove to the top of the track in turn one around fellow front row mate Bryan Matthews and set sail right into victory lane.

Third starter Paul May took over second from Matthews on the second circuit and began his pursuit of Hannagan. Following a lap five caution the order up front was Hannagan, May, Matthews, Dale Blaney, Chad Kemenah, Smith, Joey Montgomery, Kinser, Jeremy Campbell and Terry Babb.

Blaney moved to the top groove as he noticed Hannagan’s success up there and began pressuring May for second. But Hannagan had the right setup for the tricky oval and began stretching his lead.

Following another caution period, Hannagan again stretched his lead, but once in lapped traffic, May pulled right back on the Hurricane’s back bumper. On lap 24 May passed Hannagan using lapped cars on the bottom of the track. Hannagan was lucky as the yellow came out for Nathan Higgins who spun right in front of leaders, nearly taking out the top three.

Hannagan’s near miss enabled him to take back the top spot for the restart. May was still second ahead of Blaney and Matthews. With rubber down on the racetrack surface, Hannagan on the restart went right to bottom of the track and stayed there the rest of the way.

Blaney used the bottom groove and passed May for second, but could not catch the leader and the lead pack ran in freight train style. Blaney made a few runs but Hannagan was too good off the bottom of turn two and pulled away to win by two car lengths over Blaney’s George Fisher No. 2x.

May ended up third ahead of points leader Kemenah, Matthews, Smith, tenth starter Campbell, 14th starting Jerrod Hull and Tim Montgomery.

Montgomery was the Fisher Performance Hard Charger of the race after starting 22nd. He had worked his way into the top ten by lap 12 and ran a smooth race to end up ninth.

The Crown Battery heat fell to Robbie Standridge, the B&B Products heat went to Jimmy Hurley, the Engler Machine and Tool heat was won by Tim Montgomery and the TP Wings heat fell to Tommy Worley, Jr.

The University of Northwestern Ohio B Main was won by Danny Smith and Blaney captured the Haulmark Dash. Joey Montgomery was the Huggins Cams Fast Time qualifier.

There will be no racing at the St. Francois County Raceway on July 30th due to the annual St. Francois County Fair. Racing will resume on Saturday, August 6 with Barrett-Jenson Chevrolet Night. Regular admission prices of $10 for adults and kids age 12 and under admitted free. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7.

For more information phone (573) 438-4546 or visit the track’s website at: www.sfcr.net

Leave a Comment