Pine Tree 100 at Swainsboro Raceway
Pine Tree 100 at Swainsboro Raceway!
By: Candy Barber
Saturday night Swainsboro Raceway hosted its makeup race for the Pine Tree 100. Drivers competed for double points and an increased purse in all divisions. Feature event winners were joined in Victory Lane by Miss Swainsboro Raceway representative Bessie Rountree. After qualifying, Henry Carter held the fastest time over Chesley Dixon in the Aarons Crate Late Model division. Lap one Carter took the lead over Dixon as Jeremy Faircloth fell into the third position. Lap three, Faircloth moved inside Dixon to battle for the second position but a caution allowed Dixon to hold onto second and chose his lane for the double file restart. On the restart, Jeremy Faircloth took over second. Lap five, after qualifying fifth, Ben Faircloth began to try the inside of Dixon to take over the third position on lap six. Halfway, Jeremy Faircloth was able to get on the inside of the Hurricane Henry Carter to battle for the lead but Carter pulled away off the turns. After a caution just past halfway, brother, Ben Faircloth, took over second from Jeremy Faircloth on the restart. Lap thirteen, Ben began slipping on the high side and Jeremy regained the second position. Hurricane Henry Carter took the checkered for the second week in a row, Jeremy Faircloth second, Ben Faircloth third, and on the final lap Austin Scarboro passed Chesley Dixon on the inside off turn two to round out the top five.
Up next, Tommy Davis and Joey Schoen competed side by side for a couple laps in the West Main Pit Stop 440 division battling for the lead. Tommy Davis took the lead with Schoen falling into second. Tommy Davis drove to the checkered increasing his points lead with Joey Schoen picking up second. After a competitive battle for the third position, Freddie Duplisea picked up a top three finish and moved into second position in the battle for points. Finishing out in fourth was Rod Morris and Jeff Grubbs fifth.
In the Adams Construction Road Warrior division, Tyler Holt and Jared Jones battled side by side for the lead with Holt taking over first off turn two on lap two. Lap three, Lil Charlie Coxwell pulled to the inside of jones for second. Lap seven, Josh Herndon passed Alf Wimberly for the fifth position. With five laps to go, side by side down the back stretch Tyler Holt slipped allowing Jared Jones to take the lead. Two laps to go, George Williamson running fourth slipped allowing Josh Herndon and Alf Wimberly to make the pass. Jared Jones took the checkered picking up his second win in row, Tyler Holt second, Lil Charlie Coxwell third, Josh Herndon fourth, and Alf Wimberly fifth.
Another wild night in the Daniels Chevrolet Pure Stock division, Luke Scott took the lead off turn two with Roger McKenzie in second. Lap three, Brent Herndon tried the inside of McKenzie for the second position as Luke Scott out front began to push in the turns. Scott leading the way but pushing in the turns allowing McKenzie to get underneath but Scott quickly slams the door off the turns. Lap five, Scott drifted way high spinning and bringing out the caution. As Roger McKenzie led the way, Charlie Coxwell and Wesley Coleman battled for third. With four laps to go, Scott was making his way back through the field is he moved inside Jamie Whitaker for fifth. Taking the high side with two laps to go, Scott passed Coleman for the fourth position. Final lap, Roger McKenzie takes the checkered and returns to victory lane with four seconds over Brent Herndon in second place. Luke Scott slipped once again on the last lap allowing several cars to get pass. Wesley Coleman moved underneath for the third position, Jamie Whitaker fourth, and Charlie Coxwell fifth.
Battling for one grand to win in the Extreme Concrete Mini Stock division, Joey Schoen quickly jumped out front leaving Brad McKenzie and Tim Wilkerson to battle for second. Brad McKenzie moved into the second position. Lap five, running in fourth, Tony McCumbers slipped high off turn two taking a visit off the back stretch and Lil Roger McKenzie moved up. Lap six, Tim Wilkerson tried the inside of Brad McKenzie for the second position. After battling for a couple laps, Wilkerson moved to second. Lap nine, a battle of the brothers as Roger McKenzie moved inside Brad McKenzie for third. With all the racing action behind him, Joey Schoen seemed to be hooked up on Sunday afternoon cruise. Joey Schoen celebrated with a cool grand and his sixth win in Victory Lane and Tim Wilkerson finished second. Riding side by side for the last few laps, Brad McKenzie picked up third inches over brother Roger McKenzie in fourth and Aaron Phillips fifth.
Finishing out the night, Luke Scott took the lead over Jimmy Maness in the Sunoco Super Street division. Maness tried the inside several times but Scott slammed the door. Lap five, after a caution, Jamey Donaldson fell asleep on the restart allowing Dustin Watkins to take over third. With a side by side battle to the finish as Maness ran underneath Scott in the turns, Luke Scott took the checkered. Finishing out the top five was Jimmy Maness in second, Dustin Watkins third, Jamey Donaldson fourth, Danny Scarboro fifth.