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Cody Truett’s Sumter Review

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Sumter Speedway’s Annual Turkey Day Race
By Cody Truett
   
An exciting season of racing at Sumter Speedway comes to an end this Saturday night, November 5th, with the Annual Turkey Day Race finale. There will be racing in the bomber-4, Young Guns, Crate Latemodel, Street Stock, Ridge Runner, and Stock-4 divisions. And, all divisions, excluding Young Guns, will have an extra $500 added to the purse for this special event.
   
Early in the season, brothers Adam and Grant Hill established themselves as a dominant duo in the Bomber-4 division as they won all except one race throughout the regular season. Since the end of the regular season, the Hill brothers have been missing in action, and, as a result, several other drivers have picked up victories in the division. This weekend, several drivers like Bucky Deberry and Brett Siegel will be looking for their first wins, but they will have to hold off the stiff competition of Landon Jefferies and one time winner Raymond Kind to do so. This feature event is destined to be a shoot out to the final lap. 
   
The Crate Latemodel division has not had one dominant driver all season as at least six drivers have earned a victory at some point of the year. In the last event, Gib Gibbons, son of Sumter Speedway legend Ed Gibbons, made the trip to Sumter Speedway and blistered the field on his way to victory. Gibbons will be on hand for this weekend’s affair along with fan favorite Jimmy Blackwell’s Scooby Doo machine. Previous winners Donnie Austin and Tony Ayers are also expected to be on hand for the event. 
   
The Young Guns division, filled with the future stars of Sumter Speedway, has had some excitement throughout the year. Every driver in the division has improved in their driving and gained tons of knowledge about the sport throughout the year. Cameron Holloway has risen to the top of the division in recent weeks, picking up multiple wins. But, he will be challenged greatly for the win by another driver who continues to get faster each week, David Roark Jr. These two, along with the rest of the young guns, will be sure to put on a show for the fans in attendance.
   
The Street Stock division has been a division filled with excitement, drama, and intense racing every week of the season. Multiple drivers have picked up wins throughout the season, but none came easy as each driver had to fight for them until the final lap. Greg Murphy has gained the momentum going into this event as he has more wins than any other driver in the division. But, over the past few weeks, he has received multiple challenges for the lead and hasn’t had an easy win by any means. This weekend will be no different as Murphy tries to add to his win total, he will have to hold off challengers such as William Hill and Jody Truett.
   
The Ridge Runner division has been dominated throughout the year by Terrell Holloway, who has won nearly every race he’s competed in so far. However, in the last event, Bubba Livingston finally bested Holloway and picked up the victory. Holloway will look to regroup in this event, but Livingston will be on hand to try and make it two in a row. Between these two and the rest of the division, its sure to be a race no one would want to miss.
   
The Stock-4 division has been another division with no clear cut, dominant driver. David Scott has been one of the top drivers, posting multiple wins throughout the year, but he’s worked hard to earn several of those wins. Bubba Kolb made the trip to Sumter Speedway for the last event and blistered the field in the absence of Scott. This week, Kolb will look to make it two in a row, but will have to hold off many competitors who are all after the top spot.
   
With the Turkey Day Race set to go this weekend and conclude the 2011 racing season, there will without a doubt be some of the most aggressive racing seen all year as everyone wants to be the winner of the finale. There is sure to be plenty of side by side racing and nail-biting finishes. And, the extra $500 added to the purse of every class will push the drivers even harder to make it to victory lane. Gates open at 5pm and racing action gets under way promptly at 7pm. Grandstand tickets are $10 and pit passes are $25. All active duty military will be admitted to the grand stands free of charge with proper military ID. Don’t miss out on the most exciting race of the year at the toughest little dirt track in the south, Sumter Speedway.

Cody Truett’s Sumter Review 10-15-11

Monday, October 17th, 2011
Kind Earns First Career Victory
October 15th, 2011
By: Cody Truett
   
Sumter Speedway’s 2011 racing action continued Saturday night and despite a lower than usual car count, there was great, competitive racing in each and every division. Raymond Kind highlighted the night by picking up his much deserved, first victory in the bomber-4 division.
   
The bomber-4 division got the night started and Kind jumped into the lead as the green flag waived with Bubba Johnson second and Brett Siegel third. Jay Kyle took over fourth and Bucky Deberry settled into fifth. Kind opened up a small lead over the rest of the field, but Johnson chased him down and got right on his bumper down the front stretch. Johnson pressured Kind for the lead and the two made contact in the entrance of turn one. Kind held off the challenge and held the lead. Johnson lost some ground on Kind and began to face a challenge from Siegel for second. Johnson held off the challenged and again reeled Kind in and kept the pressure on him for the lead. Kind took the white flag with Johnson on his tail. The two went into turn one nose to tail and continued down the back stretch. Kind got through turns three and four and came around to take his first victory at Sumter Speedway. Johnson settled for second with Siegel third, Kyle fourth and Deberry fifth.
   
The latemodel division got underway next and Chris Pendleton jumped into the lead with David Roark second and Tony Ayers third. Ayers challenged Roark for second, but couldn’t complete the pass. Ayers continued to pressure Roark and finally made his way around him in turns three and four to take over second. While Ayers and Roark battled for second, Pendleton opened up a sizeable lead over the rest of the field and cruised on to pick up the win with Ayers second and Roark third.
   
An eventful young guns feature got underway next and as the green flag flew, DJ Caraway and David Roark Jr. made contact and both cars bounced off the wall on the front stretch to bring out a quick caution. Roark Jr. appeared to have damage to the rear of his car and was unable to finish the race. On the restart, Caraway and Ray-Ray Feigan made contact in the entrance of turn one and collected Cameron Holloway, the leader, and all three cars spun off the track to bring out another caution. Caraway was disqualified from the feature for rough driving. On the restart, Holloway regain the lead with Brittany Johnson second and Feigan third. Holloway pulled away from the field and picked up the win with Feigan second and Johnson third.
   
The street stock division took to the track next and William Disher grabbed the lead on the start from the outside pole with Greg Murphy second and Heather Welch third. Dave Munyan took over fourth and Ronnie Stephens Jr. moved up to fifth. Murphy challenged Disher for the lead down the back stretch, but couldn’t make the pass stick in turns three and four and Disher held on to the lead. Munyan lost a wheel on the back stretch and slowed to a stop to bring out a caution. On the restart, Disher resumed the lead with Murphy second and Welch third. Murphy got a run off of turn two and looked to the inside of Disher down the back stretch. Disher slammed the door in the entrance of turn three and again held on to the lead. Murphy kept the pressure on Disher for several laps, but just couldn’t find a way around him. Welch spun in turns three and four to bring out a late caution and set up a green, white, checkered finish. Disher grabbed the lead as the green flag waived and held off Murphy to pick up the win. Murphy settled for second with Stephens Jr. third, Mike Babirad fourth and Welch fifth.       
   
Terrell Holloway jumped into the lead as the green flag waived for the Ridge Runner feature with Brian Welch second. Holloway opened up a half track lead over Welch as the laps wound down. Welch spun in turns three and four and brought out a caution.  On the restart, Welch got sideways and spun on the front stretch to bring out another caution. On the next restart, Holloway resumed the lead and pulled away to pick up another win. Welch finished second.
   
The stock four feature was the final feature of the evening and David Scott jumped into the lead from the outside pole when the green flag waived with Preston Padgett second. Scott opened up some distance between himself and the rest of the field, but Padgett slowed to a stop to bring out a caution. On the restart, Scott again took the lead and began to open up his lead. But Padgett again slowed to a stop and brought out another caution. On the next restart, Scott took the lead and went on to pick up the win with Padgett second.
   
The next scheduled event will be Saturday, October 22nd. Gates open at 5pm and racing begins at 7pm. All active duty military will be admitted to the grand stands free of charge with military ID.   
 
Thanks Cody for this Great write up of this past weekends events at Sumter Speedway

Cody Truett’s Sumter Review 10/8/11

Monday, October 10th, 2011
Johnson Takes Bomber-4 Victory
October 08, 2011
By Cody Truett

   Sumter Speedway returned to racing action after a two week vacation and the fans were welcomed back with some of the most competitive racing of the year. A total of 50 drivers made the trip to the legendary 3/8 mile dirt oval, all with intentions of taking home the trophy. Bubba Johnson highlighted the night by picking up a tough win in the bomber-4 division.

   The bomber-4 division got the night started and when the green flag flew, Raymond Kind jumped into the lead with Bucky Deberry second and Tanner Rodonis third. Jay Kyle moved up to fourth and Bubba Johnson fell back to fifth. Johnson made his way around Kyle to take over fourth and pressured Rodonis for third. The two made contact in the entrance of turn one and Rodonis slapped the wall to bring out a caution. On the restart, Johnson shot into the lead with Kind second and Deberry third. Johnson opened up some distance between himself and the rest of the field and picked up the win with Kind second, Deberry third, Rodonis fourth and Kyle fifth.

   The latemodel division got underway next and Chris Pendleton shot into the lead from the outside pole with Russell Jones second and Donnie Shealy Jr. third. Tony Ayers pressured Shealy Jr. for the third place spot and took it over in the exit of turn two. Pendleton opened up some distance between himself and the rest of the field. As the laps wound down, Jones began to reel in Pendleton, but couldn’t get close enough to challenge him for the lead. Pendleton went on to pick up the win with Jones second, Ayers third, Shealy Jr. fourth and Gene Kinard fifth.

   Mikey Driggers jumped into the lead with the green flag flew for the young guns division with Cameron Holloway second and Chelsey Stephens third. Holloway kept the pressure on Driggers, but couldn’t find a way around him. Driggers held off multiple challenges from Holloway and picked up the win with Holloway second and Stephens third.

   The always exciting street stock division got underway next and Greg Murphy jumped into the lead with Mark Bartlette second and Jody Truett third. William Disher moved up to fourth and William Hill settled into fifth. Hill and Billy Collum made contact in turns one and two and Hill spun around and brought out a caution. On the restart, Truett and Bartlette made contact in turns one and two and Bartlette spun around to bring out the caution. On the restart, Murphy again regained the lead with Truett second and Disher third. Hill and Dave Munuan made contact in turns one and two and Munuan spun around to bring out another caution. Murphy resumed the lead on the restart and Hill battled his way back up to second. Disher spun in turns one and two and brought out a caution. On the restart, Leon Sohoemann and Truett made hard contact in the entrance of turn one and Truett spun around to bring out the caution.  On the restart, Murphy resumed the lead with Disher second and Marty Hudson third. Bartlette dove under Hudson as the white flag waived to take over third and Hill and Truett followed. Bartlette drove off the track on the back stretch on the final lap and Hill spun off the track in turns three and four. Murphy came around to take the checkered flag and the win with Disher second, Truett third, Munuan fourth and Sohoemann fifth.

   Terrell Holloway jumped into the lead as the green flag flew for the ridge runner division and never looked back. Holloway led flag to flag to pick up and easy win with Brian Welch second.

   The final feature of the evening was the stock-4 feature and David Scott jumped into the lead as the green flag flew, but a four car pile up in turns one and two would bring back a quick caution. On the restart, Scott resumed the lead, but another spin in turns one and two would bunch the field back up for a restart. After a few attempts, the race finally got underway and Scott jumped into the lead with JR Tager second and Donnie Shealy third. Jim Onos spun in turns one and two and brought out another caution. On the restart, Scott once again resumed the lead with Tager second and Shealy third. Shealy spun in turns three and four and brought out another caution. On the restart, Scott resumed the lead and went on to pick up the win with Tager second, Ashley Harding third, Onos fourth and Shealy fifth.

   Racing action continues next week, October 15th. Gates open at 5pm and racing gets underway at 7pm. All active duty military will be admitted free of charge to the grand stands with military ID.



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