"ROCKET MAN" TOMMY KERR SCORES FIRST TAZEWELL SPEEDWAY WIN."
By Justin Howard
TAZEWELL, Tenn. - On an smooth & tacky racing surface Saturday night at Tazewell Speedway, Terry Wolfenbarger looked to be on his way to his first win of 2005 until lap 19 when Wolfenbarger retired to the pits with mechanical problems sending The “Rocket Man” Tommy Kerr of Maryville, TN to the front as Kerr held off Brian Smith to take his first win ever at Tazewell Speedway.
Knoxville’s Terry Wolfenbarger toured “The Taz” in 11.565 Seconds (103.65 MPH) during time trials setting him on the front row with Tommy Kerr who wheeled his No. 4T around Tazewell Speedway in 11.604 Seconds (103.30 MPH) with Brian Smith qualifying third, Brett Miller fourth and Bryan Hendrix fifth.
The Duo of Wolfenbarger and Kerr led the 12 car field to the drop of the green as Wolfenbarger rocketed into turn one over Kerr.
The first caution of the event would wave on lap four as Steve Smith, Jack Trammell and Bryan Hendrix were running three wide down the front stretch as Smith got loose sending him for a wild ride on the front stretch catch fence tearing a portion of the fencing down and taking out the caution lights in turn one retiring Smith and Trammell for the night putting the race under the red flag as track officials repaired the damaged fencing.
The top five on the restart were Terry Wolfenbarger, Tommy Kerr, Brian Smith, Brett Miller and Jason Trammell.
As the green flag waved on the restart, Tommy Kerr wasted no time trying to overtake first going to the inside of Wolfenbarger with Wolfenbarger holding onto the point.
The Second caution of the event waved on lap 12 as the leaders were starting to work their way into lap traffic, for debris on the back stretch.
The top five on the restart were Wolfenbarger, Kerr, Smith, Miller and John Laws who had worked his way into the picture.
Lap 15 saw Wolfenbarger still out front with a clear track in front of him as he started putting distance between himself and the rest of the field.
On lap 18 as Wolfenbarger started working lap traffic yet again, until bad luck struck and he starting slowing in turn four after losing his drive shaft ending his night moving The “Rocket Man” Tommy Kerr into the front running position followed by B. Smith, Miller, Laws and Hendrix.
Back under green, Kerr blasted out front over Brian Smith as lap 29 saw Kerr
in lap traffic with Smith trying to reel him in, but it seemed as if no one had
nothing for The “Rocket Man” Kerr as he went on to take his first win ever
at Tazewell Speedway driving The Insurance Partners/ Lantrick Group/ Murphy’s
Bobcat/ Blount Excavating Inc. / Competition Racing Equipment #4T.
Pos Driver (Car)
Morristown’s Randle Self set fast time during Limited Late Model time trials, wheeling his No. 91 around Tazewell Speedway in 12.502 Seconds (95.88 MPH) with Shane Roberts setting second quick time (12.653 Seconds) putting him on the outside of row one.
At the drop of the green, Roberts blasted into the lead over Self, Freddie Brock, Keith Chapman and Eric Creech. The first caution of the race fell early on lap two for debris on the racing surface.
The top five on the restart remained the same with Shane Roberts quickly jumping back into the lead as Randle Self and Freddie Brock battled for second.
Roberts quickly put a large cushion between himself and second placeman Randall Self as the battle for third heated up between Freddie Brock and Keith Chapman with Chapman overtaking third. Shane Roberts looked to be well on his way to another win until lap 10 as he suffered déjà vu when his ride started showing signs of engine failure as smoke rolled from the rear of his GRT retiring him to the pits for the night moving Randle Self into the lead followed by Chapman, Brock, Creech and James England.
The duo of Self and Chapman kept the crowd on their feet as they ran door to
door with Randle Self going on to take his first win at Tazewell Speedway in the
Limited Late Model division.
Pos Driver (Car)
At the drop of the green Tony Trent jumped into the lead over; Anthony Morgan (who had rocketed from fourth to second within one lap) Rick Welch, Brad Davis and Leonard Bray.
Welch and Morgan continued to run door to door for second place with Welch taking over the position. The first caution of the event waved on lap 4 as Robbie Buchanan slowed on the front stretch.
Lap 7 saw the second yellow wave as fourth placeman Brad Davis retired to the pits.
On the restart Tony Trent quickly jumped back into the lead and continued to keep a comfortable margin between himself and the field as he worked lap traffic and made hard contact with a lap car sending him to the pits for the night with heavy damage moving Welch onto the point followed by Morgan, Bray, Tony Horton and Johnny Lane.
Rick Welch went on to take the checkered first but the undefeated Anthony Morgan put up money to protest Welch’s engine and Welch refused to tear down giving Anthony Morgan his fourth win of the season followed by Leonard Bray, Johnny Lane, Tony Horton and Randy Davis.
Modified Street (20-Laps)
Pos Driver (Car)
Phillip Nichols continued to dominate the Pure Street division as he set fast time during Pure Street time trials wheeling his white/black No. 33 around Tazewell Speedway in 15.230 Seconds with Jesse Helton setting second quick time, Mike Bright third, Clyde Overholt fourth and Dwight Creech fifth.
At the drop of the green Nichols jumped into the lead and never looked back in route to capturing his third Pure Street win of 2005.
Pure Street (20-Laps)
Pos Driver (Car)
With a stellar field of 14 Four-Cylinders on tap at Tazewell Speedway, Jimmy Kerr of Knoxville set quick time during Four-Cylinder time trials touring Tazewell Speedway in 15.070 Seconds setting him on the front row with second quick qualifier and team mate, Allen Holoway.
At the drop of the green Kerr quickly jumped into the lead over Holoway, Allen Wright, Richie Phillips and Bo Johnson.
Kerr went on to take his second win of in a row at Tazewell Speedway during
the caution free 14-Lap Four-Cylinder feature over Allen Holoway, Richie
Phillips, Bo Johnson and Allen Wright.
Pos Driver (Car)
Next Saturday, May 28th Tazewell Speedway will be back in action with a full
slate of racing including the Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Modified
Street, Pure Street and Four-Cylinder divisions. For additional information
visit Tazewell Speedway online at www.TazewellSpeedway.net, or contact the track
via phone at 423.626.2222.
FIVE DIVISION POINTS RACING
PROGRAM SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MAY 21ST
May 18, 2005
MOTHER NATURE CAPTURES THE "CITIZENS BANK
TAZEWELL, Tenn- (May 14, 2005) Mother Nature captured her third win of the year at Tazewell Speedway on Saturday, May 14th as Drivers and Fans were pouring in from around the country to witness what was shaping up to be the most successful race in Tazewell Speedway's 40 year history.
Many of the nation's "Premier Dirt Late Model Drivers" had already rolled in the gates at "The Taz" such as; Donnie Moran, Dennis Erb, Billy Ogle, Jr., Earl Pearson, Jr., Terry English, Scott Sexton along with several others looking to capture the "Citizens Bank 75" $10,000 pay day, but mother nature had other plans in store as the skies opened up and the rain came.
Tazewell Speedway officials planned on 'sticking it out' but looking at the East Tennessee Doppler Radar, things weren't looking too good as it seemed that rain and thunderstorms were heading in the direction of Tazewell Speedway, so owner John Thompson decided to postpone the Lucas Oil Dirt Car Series "Citizens Bank 75" until a later date. At this time it looks as if the "Citizens Bank 75" will be ran on Saturday, September 3rd.
Tazewell Speedway will return to action next Saturday, May 21st with a full slate of racing including; Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Modified Street, Pure Street and Four-Cylinders.
For more information visit Tazewell Speedway online at www.TazewellSpeedway.net or contact the track at 423.626.2222.
TAZEWELL, Tenn. – “Superman” Scott Sexton of Pigeon Forge looked to be en-route to his second victory of the 2005 season at Tazewell Speedway until lap 20, as Sexton got caught up in lapped traffic and The “Dirty White Boy” Anthony White took over the lead and never looked back capturing his first win of 2005 at “The Taz.”
Scott Sexton started what would be an “unlucky night” by wheeling his blue No. 52 TNT around Tazewell Speedway in 11.316 seconds (105.93 MPH) putting him on the pole with Gary Blanken starting his 2005 season off on a ‘good note’ setting second quick time (11.663 Seconds) putting him on the outside of row one.
At the drop of the green Sexton blasted into turn one over Blanken, with Anthony White quickly overtaking the third position from Bryan Hendrix and working on second place man Blanken. Lap two saw White working the low side of Blanken, overtaking second with his sights set on race leader Scott Sexton, which already had a comfortable lead over the field.
Lap three saw the first caution of the event wave as Jeff Wolfenbarger slowed on the racing surface with apparent mechanical problems retiring him to the pits for the night.
The top five on the restart were Sexton, White, Blanken, Hendrix and Billy Ogle, Jr. On the restart the action for fourth started to heat up as Ogle dove to the inside of Hendrix just as the second caution of the event waved as sixth placeman Brett Miller spun in turn two. The top five remained the same on the restart.
Lap nine saw race leader Scott Sexton closing in on lapped traffic with Anthony White quickly in tow.
By lap 20 Sexton had lapped up to fourth place and was in a mess of traffic with a rear-view mirror full of Anthony White. As the duo raced into turns one and two Sexton slipped to the high side of the track, and White saw his chance to “go for it” and quickly made his move diving to the inside of Sexton to overtake the lead. Sexton would not give up the lead easily as he was quickly back on the throttle and reeling in White until lap twenty nine when Sexton lost his drive shaft retiring him to the pits moving Gary Blanken into second , Ogle into third, Hendrix fourth and Brett Miller overtaking the fifth running position.
Lap 31 saw the lapped cars of Billy Ogle, Jr. and Bryan Hendrix battling for the third position until the fourth turn as Ogle cleared Hendrix with the two making contact coming down the front-stretch.
With only the first and second place man on the lead lap, The “Dirty White
Boy” Anthony White of Clinton, TN. Went on to take the win driving the
Black/Red White’s Total Performance/ Stone Plus/ Mike Rubble Auto Body
Inc./DJ-Designs/ No. 2 Dirty White Boy Race Cars Chassis followed by Gary
Blanken, Billy Ogle, Jr., Bryan Hendrix and Brett Miller.
1. Anthony White #2
Morristown’s Michael Hodges set fast time during Limited Late Model time trials, getting around Tazewell Speedway in 12.754 Seconds (93.99 MPH) with 22 Year Old; Shane Roberts of Bluff City setting second quick time, Keith Chapman third, Randle Self fourth and Marlin Bull setting fifth quick time.
At the drop of the green, Shane Roberts quickly powered by pole-sitter Michael Hodges to overtake the point as Randle Self overtook third position from Keith Chapman.
Lap 12 saw third place Randle Self retire to the pits with heavy damage after Self and Freddie Brock made hard contact in turn three sending Self into the inside retaining wall.
Lap 16 saw Shane Roberts still out front with Keith Chapman and Michael Hodges running door to door as Keith Chapman drove the outside line clearing Hodges for second.
As the white flag flew on lap 24 Shane Roberts looked to be on his way to his
second victory ever at Tazewell Speedway until he entered turn four and
suspension problems sending him into the outside retaining wall as “Beaver”
Keith Chapman went on to take a well-deserved first win in the Limited Late
Model division driving the Jack Trammell owned JRT Promotions/ Fast lane Signs/
TCS Productions/Vic Hill Racing Engines No. 97 GRT into Tazewell Speedway
1. Keith Chapman #97
The undefeated Anthony Morgan of Morristown set fast time during Modified
Street time trials turning a 14.422 Second lap, Brad Davis set second quick time
turning a 14.442 Sec. lap putting him on the front row with Morgan. Anthony
Morgan jumped into the lead at the drop of the green with Brad Davis and Leonard
Bray in tow. Brad Davis looked to be the only one with anything for Morgan until
lap 13 when he pulled his blue No. 88 into the pits with mechanical problems as
Anthony Morgan went on to make it ‘three out of three’ taking the Modified
Street Feature Victory over Leonard Bray, Tony Horton, Johnny Lane and Randy
Modified Street (20-Laps)
1. Anthony Morgan #26
Current Pure Street points leader Phillip Nichols of Sneedville set fast time during Pure Street time trials, touring Tazewell Speedway in 15.369 Seconds nearly a second faster than second place qualifier Jody Horton who turned a 16.176 Second Lap. Nichols jumped to the lead at the drop of the green and never looked back going on to take his first win of 2005 at Tazewell Speedway.
Pure Street (20-Laps)
1. Phillip Nichols #33
Allen Holoway set fast time during Four-Cylinder time trials turning a 15.510 Second Lap with Jimmy Kerr qualifying second, Bo Johnson third, Allen Wright fourth and Mike Simpson fifth.
At the drop of the green Kerr jumped into the lead over Holoway and never looked back en-route to his first Victory ever over Bo Johnson, Allen Holoway, Mike Simpson and Scott Litton.
1. Jimmy Kerr #k72
Tazewell Speedway will also host the Limited Late Model, Modified Street and Pure Street divisions, all vying for an increased purse. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00 P.M., with Pit Admission being $35.00 and the Grandstand Gates will open at 4:00 P.M. with a special Autograph/ “Meet and Greet” session being held for the fans at 4:30. General Admission will be $25.00.
For more information on the “Citizens Bank 75” or Tazewell Speedway visit us online at www.TazewellSpeedway.net , Call the track at 423.626.2222, Contact Track Promoter Rick Brooks at 423.581.4761 or PR/Media Contact Justin Howard at 606.248.9065 or e-mail Justin@TazewellSpeedway.net
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