LUCAS OIL TREATED TO A PACKED HOUSE AT JMS
Byram, MS – After over 10 years of waiting, the race fans in the Central Mississippi area were treated to a great night of Super Late Model action when the “Big Boys” of the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series invaded Jackson Motor Speedway Friday night. A strong field of superstars with names like Francis, Bloomquist, Davenport, Owens, O’Neal and others were on hand. But local and regional drivers Jimmy and Jason Cliburn, Bubba Mullins, Klint Byars, Brooks Strength, Jeremy Broadus, Timothy Culp, BJ Robinson, Ronnie Lee Hollingsworth and Cliff Williams showed they were up for the challenge the “big boys” were laying down. Each of these local and regional drivers make the 24 car starting field for the “Southern 50”. Congrats to Williams in his #4 Ware Construction/The Strength Center/Trakstar for being the highest finishing Jackson Motor Speedway weekly competitor and to Bubba Mullins in the Lugi’s restaurant/Grigg Truck and Equipment/Rancher Oilfield Pipe and Supply/PTS Racing Engines/R&R Pump and Valve Ricky Jowers owned #j11 Bill West Chassis machine for making the field and having a strong 9th place run. For a full press release detailing the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model portion of the night visit www.lucasdirt.com.
After the 50 lap, $10,000 to win “Southern 50” for the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series, the undercard events took to the track and provided some great racing action for the standing room only crowd. The Nesmith Crate Late Model feature took to the track for a 20 lap feature event. Fast qualifier of the 23 cars on hand, ”Dr. Dirt” Johnny Stokes, would lead the field to the green in his #1 Nesmith Chevrolet GRT with eventual winner Chase Washington on the outside pole in his #38 Inman Race Cars machine. After a caution with 9 laps remaining, Washington would open up a several car length lead over Stokes to hold on for the win. Following Washington and Stokes to the checkered flag was local hotshoe Neil Lee in his #4r Hayles Towing sponsored GRT. Michael Blount would pick up the win in b main action in his #121 Lamar Auto Salvage Trakstar. The hard luck award for the night for the crates has to go to the #747 of Michael Arnold. Arnold has had a monkey on his back at Jackson Motor Speedway and had a great run going until a flat left rear tire took him out of the race while running 4th.
A solid field of Open Wheel Modifieds showed their support of this special night at Jackson Motor Speedway with a strong field of 20 cars. Toby Hodge and Randy King took the heat race wins. The 15 lap feature saw a great battle for the win among the #k1 of King, #3 of Mike Ladner, #31 of Billy Collette, #25 of Hodge and the #c2o of Cliff Ross. Collette’s Decorative Centers of Byram Shaw would prove to be too much as Collette would pick up the win at his home track over King in 2nd and Ross in 3rd in his USA Tire and Automotive Shaw. A special thanks to the drivers from out of the State of Mississippi that made the trip to Jackson Motor Speedway. Drivers from Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida were represented.
In Super Street action “Mr. Smooth” Kevin Whittington looks to be trying to set an early season precedence as the man to beat in 2012. Whittington started the 15 lap Super Street feature from the 3rd position and took the lead after early leader #1 Chris Sawyer blew a motor just 5 laps into the feature event. With 5 laps remaining 7th place starter Donnie Monk drove his #10-4 machine to the lead using the high groove. On the last lap with pressure being applied by Whittington, Monk drove his ride in deep into turn 3 and pushed to the wall allowing Whittington to drive under him to take the win by 2 car lengths in his #007 Ergon/Mikes Fiberglass/Hwy 19 Race Shop ride. Monk would hold on to second and Clinton Thaxton in 3rd with a strong run in his #6 Crystal Club Racing machine.
In Pure Street action veteran street stock racer Mark Lewis Sr. picked up the win over Pearl, MS driver Jason King in his #711 Touch of Class Body Shop machine. #50 Phillip Crittendon finished 3rd followed by Jason “Hooter” Whittington in his #911 Roofing with Strength/Duncan Motorsports ride. Ross Armstrong rounded out the top 5.
The entire staff of Jackson Motor Speedway would like to thank all the sponsors that made the “Southern 50” possible: Budweiser, Roofing with Strength, OK Auto Parts, Krystal’s of Byram, Eastover Insurance (Myra Brown Agent), Villa South Assisted Living, Jackson Air and Hydraulics, and the Mississippi Army National Guard.
Jackson Motor Speedway will be back in action on April 21st with a Weekly Racing Series event, then wrap up the month of April on the 28th with a $2,500 to win Super Late Model event. Details of the April 28th Super Late Model event will be announced in the coming days.
Please visit www.jacksonmotorspeedway.net for daily updates.