Swainsboro Raceway Crank It Up 100 Season Opener!
Swainsboro Raceway Crank It Up 100 Season Opener!
By: Candy Barber
Saturday night drivers and race fans packed the house at Swainsboro Raceway for the season opener Crank It Up 100. Paying $2000 to win in the Aarons Crate Late Model division, 23 drivers qualified for starting position in the first event of the 2013 racing season. Leading the field out for the 25 lap feature, Ben Faircloth picked up the fastest qualifying time with Jody Nipper on the outside. Ben Faircloth took the lead pulling ahead of Jordy Nipper and Jeremy Faircloth in turn one. First caution on lap four sent the to a double file start with the leader Ben Faircloth getting to pull out front and the rest of the field double stacked behind him. On the restart, Jeremy Faircloth on the outside of Nipper battling for second position went high in turn two losing control and causing the a chain reaction. Ending up with damage and having to pit from the caution was Jeremy Faircloth, Ches Chester running in seventh, and Pearson Lee Williams running in tenth after qualifying fifth. Taking over the third position was Stacey Roberts. Lap eight, Stacey Robert began to put pressure on Jordy Nipper in a battle for the second position. Going into turn one, Roberts and Nipper got hooked coming apart in turn two Nipper spun as Roberts was able to continue racing. Nipper was forced to pit as Stacey Roberts moved into second and Brandon Overton third. With several cautions, Ben Faircloth continued to lead the way as the battle for second continued between Roberts and Overton. Ben Faircloth took the checkered flag dominating the entire event, Stacey Roberts came in second but was disqualified in post-race inspection. After qualifying ninth Brandon Overton took home second, Bob Robertson third, qualifying eighteenth Austin Scarboro took home fourth, and Henry Carter moved from seventeenth to take home fifth.
Gearing up for the $1000 to win feature next week, the West Main Pit Stop 440 division took the green with Tommy Davis and Richard Parrish starting front row after heat race wins. As Tommy Davis pulled out front, there was a four car battle for second. As John Whisnant took over second, he continued to have to fight off John Hooks and Clay Collins. Tommy Davis grabbed his first win of the season, 2012 Points Champion John Whisnant took second, John Hooks third, Clay Collins fourth, and Richard Parrish fifth.
In the Adams Construction Road Warrior division, Alf Wimberly took the lead with Tyler Holt in second. After winning the second heat race, Justin Hart was hung on the outside and began to fall back. Lap five, Josh Herndon began battling Eric Weber to take over the third position. Lap six, Herndon began to move to the inside of Holt for the second position but a caution flag sent the field to double file start. Alf Wimberly celebrated in Victory Lane, Tyler Holt held onto second, Josh Herndon third, Eric Weber picked up fourth in his first race, Lil Charlie Coxwell fifth.
Up next in the Extreme Concrete Mini Stock division heat races, a red flag event due to driver Fred Young having to be transported for checkup after bad wreck in turn two, gave announcer Shawn Wombles and Extreme Mini Stock 440 drivers a chance to interact with the crowd. All the drivers competed in a foot race with Joey Schoen winning by inches. Mr Fred Young was treated andreleased from the hospital. In the feature event, Joey Schoen took the lead leaving father and son to battle for second. Lap six, in turn three father Roger McKenzie gave son Brad McKenzie a love tap bringing out the caution and sending Roger McKenzie to rear as Payton Johnson moved up to the third position. Joey Schoen returned to dominate taking home the win, Brad McKenzie second, Payton Johnson third, Roger McKenzie fourth, and Tony McCumbers fifth.
Bringing on the excitement, the Daniels Chevrolet Pure Stock division took the green with Roger McKenzie and Luke Scott front row. Roger McKenzie led lap one with Scott in second, and JJ Williams third. Lap two, after double file start from caution, JJ Williams running in third was hung on outside and went off back straight away wall. On the restart after caution, Marshall Powell moved inside Luke Scott for second. Lap 4, Roger McKenzie continued to lead the way as Brent Herndon joined the 3 wide battle for second. In turn two, Marshall Powell slipped up to take the lead from Roger McKenzie off turn two but a caution sent Powell back to second place. Luke Scott running in third began to have mechanical issues and after taking a trip off the back straight away wall, pitted for the night. Lap eight, Marshall Powell drove too hard in turn three slipping out of the groove allowing Brent Herndon to move into second and Wesley Coleman took over the third position. Roger McKenzie took the checkered, Brent Herndon second, Wesley Coleman third, Marshall Powell fourth, and JJ Williams fifth.
Ending the night in the Sunoco Super Street division, Luke Scott took the lead with Dustin Watkins and Danny Scarboro falling in line. Halfway, Watkins began to make move to the inside of Scott to pass for the lead. Although Watkins drove harder into the turns making grounds on Scott, Scott had the power on the straight away. Three laps to go, Watkins ran to the inside of Scott in turn four but something cause Watkins to cut tire. Luke Scott picked up his first win of the 2013 racing season, Danny Scarboro grabbed second, Jason Kight third, Michael Smith fourth, and Shaun Snellings fifth.