With fans in the stands on this J-98 the Boot and Ron’s Tire Center night at the races, Jimmy Hurley, Springfield, IL brought out the broom and made a clean sweep of the Sprint Division. The “Hat Trick” was accomplished by winning his heat, the dash, and the feature.
Driving his Action Graphics, Velocity Wings, Bell Helmets, Miles Chevrolet entry, Hurley only had to encounter one close call enroute to the win. Brad Yoder would do a complete spin in the second turn as the leaders were approaching. All drivers escaped without incident. During that close encounter, second place runner, Tim Montgomery had his best chance at taking the lead.
Montgomery went to the low side, Hurley went high and they had a drag race down the back stretch. Going side by side into three, Hurley used the small amount of cushion he had and remained in the lead.
Top five are Hurley, Tin Montgomery, Tom Dickerman, Keith Burch and Joey Montgomery.
Modified action was hot as ever. Brent Thompson placed his name in the win column again.
It was not an easy run for him at the start as Matt Eaton, David Shepard and Billy Smith would get great starts instead. Eaton jumped to the lead on the initial start with Shepard in tow. Shepard found room on the high side and made a move for the lead, only to have the caution wave.
Going back to the last completed lap, Eaton returned to the front of the pack. Thompson in the mean time, racing hard, was looking for an opening. It finally appeared as he and Billy Smith took advantage.
Following Thompson and Smith were Eaton in third, Shepard in fourth and Jeremy Greenwalt completed the Top five.
With $600 on the line for the Pure Street Feature Winner, everybody wanted a piece of the action. A couple of “hired guns” were in the field as 2007 Champion Chris Boyd drove the car normally driven by Greg Chilton and Jeremy Greenwalt found himself in the seat of the 416 machine of Jimmy Farris.
The start of the race found Shane Blair, Dave “The Wolf” Wofford, Points Leader John Bohn, Mike Savage and C J Wright up to the task. Lap one Shane Blair was scored as the leader. Lap 2 found ”The Wolf” scored in front and on Lap three Dom Wadlow found his home at the front and stayed there until the checkers fell. Surviving three caution periods, one for a spinning car and two for debris, Wadlow was hounded by Team 3, Bohn and Shane Blair, to claim his second win of the season.
Following Wadlow at the line included Bohn, S Blair, Bill Skaggs and “The Wolf”.
The 600 Multi Division saw Ryan Kempin dominating the field for his sixth win of the season. Kempin had little trouble as he would have only one late race challenge from Sam Miller. Kempin was chased to the checkered flag by Miller, “Super Dave” Chilton, Tom Sydnor and James Scott.
Racing will continue next Saturday Night. This will be the last $5.00 Grandstand admission night of 2008. Bring all your friends out and enjoy the Winged Sprint Cars, IMCA Type Modifieds, Pure Streets and 600 cc Multi’s. Gates open at 4:00, hot laps around 6:15 and Racing at 7:00. Information is also available on the track website www.sfcr-online.com.