Thunder Ridge to open June 22
Thunder Ridge Raceway will hear the roars of stock cars again June 22. The facility, located just off US 23 on KY route 3 will host 6 classes of competition, paying late models $1250 for first, $800 for limited late models, $450 to win the street stock division, $400 for the bombers, $300 for 4 cylinders and $500 for the modifieds. Admission prices will be $8 and $15 for a pitpass. For more information contact Hershel Colwell at work (606) -436-1124, evenings at (606)-436-5870 or call the track at (606)-886-RACE.
News Bulletins (6-11-02)
Checkered flag drops once again around the region (6-11-02)
At Mountain Motor Speedway in Isom, Chris Combs got his 5th straight limited late model win in the #47 orange and black late model. Tim Mason came home first in the #45 in the bomber division, and Oscar MacCowan & #5 Wille McIntyre were the 4 cylinder winners.
At Willard Speedway Michael Perkins in the #50 modified took home the feature win. Ryan Risner in the #R77 Chevy Caprice got the road hog victory.
Fleming Co. Speedway had over 50 cars in the pits, as Darrell Smallwood in the #23 got the late model feature win, David Hughes in the 17 won the modified feature, Jason Wright in the #J5 got top honors in the super bomber class, in the bomber division Frank King, #75 got the checkers first, and Arnie Fields #01 was victorious in the Chevette class.
At 201 Speedway, Eddie Carrier Jr followed his STARS win up with another victory as he held off a hard charging David Smith and Shannon Thornsberry. Prestonsburg's Clint Shutts in the #135 Lightning modified got the feature win, Jamie Slone in the #19 Monte Carlo took the super bomber class checkers first, 2001 road hog champ Scott Pennington got the bomber win in the #U2, Erwin Blair in the #B3 came out first in a good road hog race, and D.I. Henson added another 4 cylinder victory to his record for 2002.
In Olive Hill, Mt. Sterling's Arron Hatton #33 got the late model win at Thunder Mountain, #93 Todd Robinson got the modified checkers, and Josh McGuire #41 came home with the bomber victory.
Nice weekend of action around the hills(6/4/02)
At Mtn. Motor Speedway in Isom once again the #47 of Chris Combs got the limited late model win. Tim Mason in his #45 took top bomber honors, the 18K of D.I. Henson won in the 4 cylinders, and Oscar McCowan won the other 4 cylinder feature.
At Willard Speedway's season opener, Billy Dement, #1D won the UMP modified main event, #42 Jim Lemaster got the super bomber victory, Harlan Ferguson won the bomber feature, Royalton's Ryan Risner in his #R7 won the road hog feature, and Tim Prater got the 4 cylinder victory. Their next race is Friday night, with the drivers meeting at 7:30.
201 Speedway hosted the STARS Battle of the Bluegrass tour. Leburn, Kentucky's Eddie Carrier Jr took his first victory in the series. Click here for a full rundown of the race. Terry Hicks #64 took the checkered flag in the super bomber divison, Buck Lemaster made it 2 in a a row in the bomber class, West Liberty's Scott Pennington got the road hog victory, and D.I. Henson came back from a wreck to claim the 4 cylinder win.
At Fleming Co. Speedway # 23 Darrel Smallwood got the late model feature win, David Hughes in the #17 won the modified feature, and the #J5 piloted by Jason Wright got the bomber win. Arnie Fields won the 4 cylinder feature. Fleming Co. Speedway is running this FRIDAY night, June 7.
STARS BoB visits 201 Saturday Night (5/29/02)
The STARS Battle of the Bluegrass Series presented by Arizona Sport Shirts makes it's first ever visit to Sitka's 201 Speedway this Saturday night. Fourty to fifty of Kentucky's best late model drivers are expected to be on hand all hungry for the $3,000 first place prize. Over 100 drivers have competed in the first 7 Battle of the Bluegrass events. Admission prices are $20 for grandstands, and $30 for a pitpass. For more information visit the series official website at www.battleofthebluegrass.com .
At the Mtn. Motor Speedway in Isom Shannon Thornsberry in the #17 Rocket Monte Carlo won the late model feature, Chris Combs #47 with the limited late model win, D.I Henson with the carburated 4 cylinder victory, the #45 of Tim Mason got the bomber checkers first and the #XXX of John Allen took the fuel injected 4 cylinder division.
Fleming Co. Speedway seen #C7 Kenny Christy win the late model feature,
David Hughes #17 and Eddie Carrier the original finish 1st and second in the open wheel modified class.
At 201 Speedway in Sitka, it was Jackson's Herbie Barnett in his #37 Rocket Monte Carlo taking the late model checkers, with #17 Shannon Thornsberry with the runner up spot, #17WChris Wilson finishing 3rd, and Prestonsburg's Paul Harris was 4th. Jim Lemaster #42 took the $1,000 prize for top honors in the super bomber division after Howard #24H dropped out of the race with mechanical problems. His cousin Buck Lemaster #17 won in bombers with Jim taking second in the #XX.The L33 piloted by Randall Lester took the checkers in the modified class, and West Liberty's Scott Pennington won the road hog feature. the STARS Battle of the Bluegrass presented by Arizona Sport Shirts visits the 1/4 mile oval Saturday night, June 1.
"Preacherman" Steve Littleton #41 was first in the late model feature at Benny Christian's Thunder Mountain Speedway. Roger Dilley came home with the modified victory, and John Melvin won the street stock feature.
Cool Temps for action last weekend (5/20/02)
In the region's first STARS Battle of the Bluegrass race at Thunder Mountain Speedway, Richard Smith of Science Hill, Ky took the $3,000 to win feature. Eddie Carrier Jr, #1 set fast time for the night and finished 6th in the feature; he stands 5th in the series points standings. Randy, Tommy, and Jackie Boggs, all of Grayson took 13-15th positions. Read the full race recap here. Billy Dement, #1D won the modified feature.
Mountain Motor Speedway ran on Sunday due to rain Friday night. Mike Morris won the late model feature and Chris Combs #47 once again took home the limited late model win.
At 201 Speedway, Brandon Kinzer #18 took his second $1,000 late model feature of the season. Falcon, Ky's Micheal Paul Howard, #24H took the checkers first in the super bomber division, it was #L33 Randall Lester with the modified win, the U3 piloted by Bonnie Blair coming out victorious in the bombers, 11x Scott Pennington winning road hogs and the #18K Ford Pinto driven by D.I. Henson won the 4 cylinder feature.
Fleming Co. Speedway cancelled Saturday because of the unseasonably cold temperatures.
Dry weekend finally embraces Eastern Kentucky (5/14/02)
The rain that had plagued the region for several weekends left out as all area tracks got their races in. In Isom at Mountain Motor Speedway, the area's only Friday Night track, #47 Chris Combs took the limited late model feature, Justin Sandlin #34J was first to take the checkered flag in the bomber division and in the 4 cylinders it was #1 Oscar McCown taking home the 4 cylinder victory.
At Thunder Mountain Speedway in Olive Hill, #4B Jackie Boggs won the $3,000 Wayne McGuire Invitational, with his younger brother Tommy taking the runner up spot. Eddie Harmon #87 won in the modifieds, Wayland, Kentucky's Kevin Hall #43 K took the super bomber checkers, and DI Henson #18K got the 4 cylinder win. At 201 Speedway, Brandon Kinzer in his #18 Kinzer Drilling Mastersbilt/Elliott Taurus lapped the late model field. Michael Paul Howard #24H took super bomber division honors, #L33 Randall Lester won the modified division feature,
#U3 Bonnie Blair took the checkers in the bomber division, Royalton, KY's Randy Risner #R77 took the road hog win, and #XXX John Allen won in the 4 cylinders.
BoB News (5/8/02)
Rain Rain Go Away (5/4/02)
That seems to be what alot of drivers/promoters are thinking in the area, as wet conditions once again forced the cancellation of action at 201 and Thunder Mountain Speedways Saturday night. Thunder Mountain's Wayne McGuire Invitational is rescheduled for next Saturday night, May 11. The event will have increased purses for all divisions, with $3K to win for the late models and $1,000 up for grabs for the modified feature winner. The only Friday night track in the region, Mountain Motor Speedway in Isom ran this weekend. Jackie Fields #77 won the limited late models feature with #47, Chris Combs taking the runner up spot. Jimmy Collins, #0 took the bomber main event and D.I. Henson won both the fuel injected and carbureted 4 cylinder features. Fleming Co. Speedway ran Saturday night, Larry Martin #12 won the late model feature, #17 David Hughes took the modified feature, Brian Sammons #B5 came away with the super bomber win and in the bomber division, Salyersville's Scooter Lemaster #3 took his first career victory.
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Willard to open May 24 (5/4/02)
Carter Co. track to run on Friday nights
By Steve Lemaster, Sports Editor, Floyd Co. Times
WILLARD Willard Speedway, formerly known as East Kentucky Raceway
Park, will begin its fifth season of exciting, dirt track racing on Friday, May 24.
Track owner Jim Allen, a Floyd County resident, is looking forward to his most successful season to date.
³We¹re looking forward to getting started this year,² said Allen. ³The track looks good, and we feel like this could be our best season yet.²
Classes racing at Willard Speedway this season will include Super Bombers, Bombers, 4-Cylinders, UMP Modifieds and Road Hogs. Four-wheelers will also
race at the Carter County track. FULL STORY
HMS cancels opening date (5/3/02)
"Once again HMS is forced to cancel the opening day. Due to inclement
weather conditions over the past weeks HalfMountain Speedway announces
that Opening Day is postponed until further notice. Owner Jim Branham says,
"We are very disappointed that we are not opening on the date that we set,
but the weather and some problems getting the equipment in place has
forced this delay". Branham also went on to say that he did not announce
another date as for now and when the wall and some other improvements
are near completion the date will be advertised. HMS still is hopeful that the
delay will be a short one. The 2002 schedule will be revised as soon as the
opening is decided upon.
For more information contact owner Jim Branham (606)-285-3303"
Rain the headline for last weekend (4/28/02)
Rain once again foiled the plans for the weekend's action, washing out the racing at 201 Speedway and Thunder Mountain Speedway. 201 was planning on letting the late models and modifieds take the green for their 1st run of the season, and Saturday night would have been the opener of Benny Christian's Thunder Mountain Speedway. Stock cars were not the only form of racing affected however as J&M Motocross Park, near Royalton, KY had to call off Sunday's races due to the inclement weather.
Checkers fall for the first time this season (4/21/02)
201 Speedway in Sitka was the 1st track to start their 2002 season, doing so Saturday night. In front of 800 spectators, Jimmy David Hall, #US 23 took top honors in the super bomber division, with #3 Jim Lemaster in the runner up spot, and Gary Raegar #17 coming in 3rd. In the bomber class, the U3 of Bannie Blair was the class of the field, with Dean Pennington #P12 following him to the checkers, and #U2 Scott Pennington took the third spot. Randy Risner in the #R77 won the road hog feature, and John Allen took the 4 cylinder feature. 201 will run late models and modifieds next weekend.
Half Mountain Speedway announced this weekend that their new season opening date is May 11. Benny Christian owner of Thunder Mountain Speedway announced their practice session will be Wednesday April 23, under the lights, with their season opener slated for Saturday, April 27. Mountain Motor Speedway will open this Friday, April 26. The Isom track is the only one in Eastern Ky that will be running limited late models.
Jackie Boggs of Grayson, Ky set a new track record, won his heat and took home the $10,000 first place prize at the Renegade Dirt Car Series race sanctioned "Spring 50" held at K-C Raceway near Chillicothe, OH. Boggs chased the series full time last season, posting an impressive 3rd in the final points standings.
Brandon Kinzer and Chuckie May, both Allen, Ky natives were at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio Saturday night for the ALMS race. Kinzer, set the fast time for the night with a lap of 15.701 seconds. Kinzer posted a 3rd place finish in his heat as well as a 4th in the feature. May was 5th in his heat and 6th in the second B-main.
Chris Wilson, from Louisa, KY was at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Ky Saturday night. It was the first time his new Outlaw Chassis that is built here in Eastern Kentucky had been entered in competition. Wilson was 4th in the trophy dash and 6th in the feature, 15 late models were in attendance.
Half Mountain to open May 11 (4/20/02)
"Half Mountain announces that Opening day will be pushed up to May 11th. Owner Jim Branham says,"We just can't seem to get things working together, everytime we get prepared to set the wall something happens to prevent it". Branham says that rain has been a problem but not the only obstacle that he has faced. HMS hopes this causes no inconvenience for fans and racers."
News Tidbits (4/16/02)
Rain dampens racing plans all over the region
(4/13/02) - Rain has negatively affected racing all over Eastern Kentucky recently, 201 Speedway planned on having their season opener tonite, but with overnight rains from Friday and more forecasted for today, it was cancelled. Half Mountain Speedway was jinxed with wall problems over the offseason, and rain and the mud it brings has stopped Jim Branham and crew from completing the work and making other improvements. Thunder Mountain Speedway had announced this weekend as their opener a few weeks ago, but the persistent rain has kept Benny Christian from completing the improvements he wants to do to his 3/8 mile track. At last check, J&M Motocross Park is still racing tommorow, for more info call (606)-884-2311.
C&S Signs finishes work on May Late Model
(From Floyd Co Times, reprinted with permission)
by STEVE LeMASTER
THE FLOYD COUNTY TIMES
STARS Battle of the Bluegrass
Carl Short and BoB reach an agreement to use STARS name
201 Speedway prepares for 19th season
Sitka, Ky track under new owners, Practice day April 6
Outlaw produces it's first chassis
Outlaw Chassis, based in Louisa, Ky, has put together their first of what they hope to be many of their new
innovative race cars. Chris Wilson will run the 2002 season in the Outlaw Chassis house car, the #17W
Mountain City Chevrolet Outlaw Grand Prix. For pictures of Wilson's 2002 car and chassis, click here.
Risner Motorsports seeking sponsorship
"We appreciate each of our sponsors tremendously. Without them we could not be nearly as competitive as we are. T
o Continue our strive to be the best in class, we need all the support we can get."
Ryan: Age 17, #R7 Chevy Nova Bomber
Randy: Age 25, #R77 Chevy Impala Road Hog
2001 Sponsors : Don's Super Lube, TCI Mining Supply, Ideal Water
Conditioning, J&J General Store, and Bethney Trucking.
Address - 4760 Royalton Rd. Salyersville, Ky 41465
Phone - 606-884-7009 or 884-8212
The Floyd County Times welcomes all racing news
(03/14/02) - The Floyd County Times, located in Prestonsburg, Ky., welcomes any and all auto racing news, and submitted photos, including dirt track-type.
The Times, a weekly newspaper with three issues per week Wednesday, Friday and Sunday was the first newspaper in the area to go regional with its coverage. The Times is available in several Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky counties.
Steve LeMaster serves as sports editor of The Times. In addition to his duties at The Times LeMaster has also worked very closely with several area dirt tracks.
Get your dirt track racing results in The Floyd County Times. As mentioned earlier, photos are also welcome. The Times includes auto racing news in each of its three weekly issues as well as devoting a full page in each Friday edition to nothing but racing.
The Times also publishes a sports-packed monthly edition entitled Regional Sporting Times. On the Net check out The Times at www.floydcountytimes.com.
Look for The Times in a city near you. Ask for it, and drivers, crew members and owners, KEEP THE FLOYD COUNTY TIMES INFORMED by contacting LeMaster and his staff. Any press releases are welcomed, including faxes, emails or phone-ins.
The Floyd County Times,
Steve LeMaster, Sports Editor
263 South Central Ave.
Prestonsburg, Ky. 41653
Sports Editor Steve LeMaster at home...
137 Right Fork of Lick Branch
Boons Camp, Ky. 41204
BoB Tour has it's first meeting
(2/27/02) - Quite possibly the best thing that has ever come down the road for the drivers, fans and promoters in the state of Kentucky was launched at Wayne Bowen's Racing Supply in Harrodsburg, KY on Sunday Afternoon, February 24. Nearly 60 race teams were on hand along with several other interested parties to hear word of the brand new "Battle of the Bluegrass" Late Model series which will begin in 2002. Race directors, Spencer Wilson and James Essex explained to the parties gathered on the mission statement for the new series. At the conclusion of the meeting 25 teams have already signed up on the first day you could do so to run the events. Many more are expected to compete in the inaugural series which will pay the series champion a minimum of $4000. Discussions on rules, formats, memberships, point fund, contingencies, payoff and schedule were all presented in a professional manner to the attentive crowd. For those drivers and car owners who were unable to attend and need more information please e-mail the series at:email@example.com
Attention: Spencer Wilson
Information will be sent to you. The complete schedule should be announced in a few weeks. Other tracks we are waiting on include, Florence, Paducah and Central Park. For a list of drivers that joined the series during the first meeting, click here.
HMS announces 2002 Schedule
(2/23/02) - Half Mountain Speedway, located in Royalton, has released their 2002 schedule. April 27 is the tentative opening date for the 4/10 mile track. On May 25, there is a special race for the bomber division, paying $1,000 to the winner, a $5,000 to win late model program is on slate for June 15, on July 4, there is a $3,000 to win modified race, and scheduled for July 20 is a $1,500 to win super bomber race. Also, HMS welcomes a series for the first time on Aug. 30 & 31, as the Battle of the Bluegrass late model tour invades Magoffin Co. for a $3,000 to win program on Friday night and a $4,000 to win feature on Saturday. The complete schedule is on the Track Schedules page. For more info on Half Mountain Speedway visit their official site at HalfMountainSpeedway.com
Battle of the Bluegrass adds more dates
(2/23/02) - Battle of the Bluegrass Late Model Tour Officials are pleased to announce more additions to
the growing 2002 Tour Schedule. June 22nd, BoBTour drivers will tackle Benny Christians' reconfigured Thunder
Mountain Speedway in Olive Hill, Ky for a second time in our "rookie" season. August 10th, BoBtour Drivers
will make our first trip west of I-65 as they tackle Soggy Bottoms Speedway located in Morgantown, KY.
August 30th & 31st, Half Mountian Speedway will play host to drivers' attempting to tame the 4/10ths mile oval
Jim Branham opened in 2001.
2002 Late Model Tour ScheduleMay 3rd ...Barren County Speedway, Glasgow, Ky May 4th ...Lake Cumberland Speedway,Burnside, Ky
May 11th .Richmond Raceway, Richmond, Ky May 18th .Thunder Mountain Speedway, Olive Hill, Ky
June 14th....Ponderosa Speedway, Junction City, Ky June 15th .Bluegrass Speedway, Bardstown, Ky
June 22nd Thunder Mountain, Olive Hill, Ky July 12th. .Ponderosa Speedway, Junction City, Ky
July 13th ..Bluegrass Speedway, Bardstown, Ky Aug 10th ..Soggy Bottoms Speedway, Morgantown, Ky
Aug 30th ..Half Mountain Speedway, Royalton, Ky Aug 31st ..Half Mountain Speedway, Royalton, Ky
Sept 14th .Richmond Raceway, Richmond, Ky Oct 11th ..Barren County Speedway, Glasgow, Ky
Oct 12th ..Lake Cumberland Speedway, Burnside, Ky The 2002 Battle of the Bluegrass Late Model
Tour will pay its member drivers a season ending points fund worth $4000 to the Points Champion.
This Sunday Feb 24th, Drivers, Owners & Promotors will meet with Tour Officials at 2pm at Wayne
Bowen Racing Supply in Harrodsburg, Ky to unveil the 2002 schedule, rules, & format. For more info
on the 2002 season call (859)-271-4501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Webb to race at HMS in '02
01-19-02 - David Webb from Nicholasville, Ky, plans on racing his #13w ORS Motorsports BRC/Lazer
GR2 modified at Half Mountain Speedway this coming season. He picked up his new car this weekend
from Bernheisel Race Cars in Jonestown, Pa. Sponsors of the #13w include BRC/ Lazer Race Cars,
Woodland Marine, Noble Racing Engines, PECCO, and Rocky Top Furniture.
EKRP (Willard) announces changes for next season
01/13/02 - (By Scott Porter:) East Kentucky Raceway Park announces a few changes for the 2002
racing season. The biggest of these changes is the name of the track. EKRP will now be called Willard
Speedway to compliment the town Willard, KY, where the ¼ mile red clay track is located. Qualifying will
also be dropped from the weekly program. All classes will now draw for their heat starting positions.
Willard Speedway management hopes this change will save 45-60 minutes off a race night letting the
fans and drivers return home earlier than before. Other changes include the addition of the Road Hog
class and more red clay surfacing in the spring.
Willard Speedway would also like to honor their 2001 track champions: Frank Porter-UMP
Modified, Terry Hicks-Super Bomber, Paul Day-Bomber, Jack Clevenger and Arnie Fields-4 Cylinder.
Willard Speedway will continue to race on Friday nights. Classes for the 2002 season will consist of
UMP sanctioned modified, Super Bomber, Bomber, 4-Cylinder and Road Hog. The track is located
9 miles south of Grayson, KY on Route 1. Call 606-474-2477 for more information.
Thunder Mountain unveils 2002 plans
01/07/02 - Benny Christian owner of Thunder Mountain Speedway in Olive Hill announced they will
run Saturday nights this coming season, and their 2nd annual race car show at Ashland Town Center
will be March 4-10, the drivers autograph session will be from 2-5 PM on the 10th. He also said there
will be a test and tune session at the track March 31, with the season set to kick off on April 6.
The 2001 track champs at Thunder Mountain were Arron Hatton #33 in the late model division,
#31Lee Neil in the super street class, and #41 Josh McGuire took bomber division honors.