Scott Smith Snags First-Ever Late Model Victory at Brownstown Speedway
Brownstown, IN – August 21, 1999 – Scott Smith of Bedford, IN held off all challenges to pick up the Late Model feature win Saturday night at Brownstown Speedway. The victory for the former Modified hotshoe was his first-ever win in the Late Model division at Brownstown, on an evening that saw all four divisions in action and 174 total cars in the pit area.
Smith would grab the lead right from the start of the feature, with C.J. Rayburn, Greg Williams, Dan Sturgeon, and Marty O’Neal all giving chase. The caution flag would slow the pace on lap 2 for a spin by Mark Schaefer and again on lap 4 for a multi-car incident involving Todd McKinney, Jeff Simonton, and Mike Darlage, with all three able to continue. O’Neal would snatch the fourth spot on lap 7 from Williams, lost it on lap 8, then regained the spot again on lap 9, with Sturgeon also getting by Williams and putting him back to fifth. One lap later, Steven Godsey would pass Williams and break into the top five.
Meanwhile, the battle for the lead was a two-car duel between Smith and Rayburn, with the caution slowing the leader’s pace once again on lap 13, for a spin by Rick Sowders. After the restart, Williams would squeeze back around Godsey for fifth, while the battle up front had become a quartet, as Smith, Rayburn, O’Neal and Sturgeon ran nose-to-tail, working the hub around the ¼ mile oval. Smith would stave off the repeated challenges of Rayburn to snag his first-ever win aboard his Travel World Auto Sales, Shorty’s Bar and Grill, Ikerd’s Corvette Custom Accessories #96X C.J. Rayburn mount. Rayburn would be second, with O’Neal and Sturgeon trailing. Godsey would edge back around Williams to take fifth. The remainder of the top ten would include Frankie Coomer, Todd McKinney, John Finn, and Mike Darlage.
The UMP Modified division was in action for a double track points and current track point leader, Randy Petro of Columbus, IN, would grab the lead from polesitter, Todd Gilpin, on lap 2 and keep Gilpin at bay for the second consecutive week and score his sixth win of the season at Brownstown, in his Greenwood Lawn Care, Tyree’s Trim Shop, RPR Enterprises #95 Lightning Chassis. Third through fifth would be John DeMoss, Scott Patman, and Nelson Gingery. The second five were Brent Londeree, Brad Cummings, Matt Bocknecht, Adam Sasser and Joe Godsey.
In Street Stock action, Mike Fields of Brownstown, IN would go flag-to-flag in capturing his third feature flag of the season behind the wheel of his NAPA Auto Parts of Browstown, and Seymour, MadDog Motorsports, UWE Enterprises #33 Flybyu Chassis. Chasing Fields at the finish was Matt Boknecht followed by Bret Ezzo, Tim Clark, and Rusty Smiley. Rounding out the top ten were Eddie Kindred, Perry Bruce, Steve Hunt, Dan Moore, and Al Flick.
The Bomber division would see Larry Harris take the lead at the midpoint of the feature and score his first Brownstown wins of the seasons. Trailing the Bloomington, IN veteran’s FX Underground Quality Hydraulics #67 Hobbs Chassis entry were Matt Bex, Darren Crawhorn, Frankie Burch, and Rick Applegate. Matt Cummings, Darrell Dearing, Nate Wentworth, Willie Sallee and Paul Ortman completed the top ten.