Barnett, Petro, and Woods Claim Top Prizes
Brownstown, IN-September 2, 2000- Labor Day weekend at Brownstown Speedway saw 135 race cars jam the pit area for Jay C Foods Night at the Races. Steve Barnett claimed victory in the Late Model feature, with Randy Petro garnering top honors in the UMP Modified feature, while Bubba Woods scored the win in the Bomber division feature.
Ernie Barrow and Steve Barnett would bring the 25 lap Late Model feature to the green flag, with Barrow grabbing the point trailed by Barnett, Todd McKinney, Doug Ault, and Dick Phillips. Barnett would nose ahead of Barrow to the point on lap 2, with Ault pressuring McKinney for third. The next four circuits would see Barrow and Barnett duel side-by-side for the top spot until Barrow would clear Barnett for the lead exiting turn two on lap 7. Meanwhile, Ault had now moved into the third spot, bringing Phillips with him to fourth, with Godsey scooting by McKinney for fifth on lap 8. The pair of Barrow and Barnett had then pulled away from everyone else at this stage of the event and would begin the process of lapping slower traffic on lap 13, with the duo again side-by-side for the lead on lap 14. Lap 15 would see the fourth official lead change of the race as Barnett would get inside of Barrow getting into turn one and would clear Barrow for the lead off of turn two and down the backchute. The only caution of the race would wave on lap 17 as Brian Wilhite and fast qualifier Brett Davis would tangle in turn one, with both mounts stopping on the track. The restart would see Godsey slip past Phillips in turn one and Godsey would now turn his attention to the third place entry of Ault. Business would then pick up for the fifth spot as Mark Barber and Jim Curry were now challenging Phillips, with Barber taking fifth on lap 21. Meanwhile, Barnett continued to motor away from the field and would claim his second Y2K win and 32nd career Brownstown victory in his Bradley Chevrolet, Franklin Power Products, Pleasant Heating and Cooling, Complete Hydraulics, Spears Auto Parts, AFCO Shocks, #89 GRT entry. Trailing the Franklin, IN native would be Barrow in second, with Ault taking third. Godsey would finish fourth, while Curry would make a last lap pass of 16th starting Barber to take fifth. Trailing Barber to complete the top ten were McKinney, Phillips, Tim Prince, and 20th place starting Mike Jewell.
The UMP Modified 20 lap feature event would see John DeMoss lead the first 18 laps until he got crossed-up in turn two and slid through the infield, handing the lead to Randy Petro. Petro would then proceed to hold off the challenges of Adam Sasser and DeMoss to claim his first Modified win of the year at Brownstown and his 12th career flag in the division. The Columbus, IN pilot drove his #99 Lightning Chassis to the win over Sasser, with DeMoss recovering to claim third. Fast qualifier Alan Magner and Todd Gilpin would round out the top five. Completing the top ten were Nelson Gingery, Darren Davis, Earl Plessinger, Robbie Gullion, and Vernon Soeder.
The 15 lap Bomber division main event would see Bubba Woods of Bedford, IN lead flag-to-flag to score his second win of the season at Brownstown in his Bailey's Flowers and Gifts, Lawrence County Hydraulics, Jerry Arthur Paving, Terry Cummings Race Engines #00 Performer Chassis. Robert Walters would charge to second to claim runner-up honors, with Ernie Niemoeller taking a season's best third place. Ray Godsey, Jr. would settle for the fourth spot, while Charlie Stevens also had a season's best finish by rounding out the top five. Points leader Matt Bex would charge to finish sixth after starting 17th, with Matt Cummings close behind in seventh. Completing the top ten were Paul Ortman, Jim Ruddick, and Larry Harris.
SUMMARY-Brownstown Speedway-Brownstown, Indiana-September 2, 2000
LATE MODELS (36 entries)
Top Qualifier- Brett Davis 15.623
1st Heat- Ernie Barrow, Gary Barrow, Rodney Bruce, Tim Prince
2nd Heat- Steve Barnett, Brian Wilhite, A.J. Bingham, Scott Smith
3rd Heat- Todd McKinney, Dick Phillips, Steven Godsey, Reece Riggle
4th Heat- Doug Ault, Jim Curry, Gary Burton, Mark Barber
1st Consy- Davis, Cale Kern, John Finn, Mike Bechelli, Derek Ramp
2nd Consy- Tory Collins, Mike Jewell, Greg Ault, Dusty Chapman, Dennis Boknecht
Feature- Barnett, Ernie Barrow, Doug Ault, Godsey, Curry, Barber, McKinney, Phillips, Prince, Jewell, Smith, Burton, Riggle, Wilhite, Kern, Davis, Collins, Bingham, Bruce, Gary Barrow
UMP MODIFIEDS (42 entries)
Top Qualifier- Alan Magner 16.878
1st Heat- Matt Tiller, Magner, Darren Davis, Eddie Kindred
2nd Heat- John DeMoss, Todd Gilpin, Earl Plessinger, Levi Godsey
3rd Heat- Adam Sasser, Vernon Soeder, Josh Lucas, Brad Erwin
4th Heat- Randy Petro, Nelson Gingery, Robbie Gullion, Bubba Woods
1st Consy- Greg Lee, Matt Boknecht, Clint DeMoss, John Gurley, Cully Chapman
2nd Consy- Steve Walp, Jay Miller, Bobby Davis, Butch Shay, Tim Eddelman
Feature- Petro, Sasser, John DeMoss, Magner, Gilpin, Gingery, Davis, Plessinger, Gullion, Soeder, Godsey, Lee, Boknecht, Lucas, Erwin, Miller, Kindred, Woods, Walp, Tiller
BOMBERS (57 entries)
1st Heat- Bubba Woods, Robert Walters, Mark Hines, Tony Arthur
2nd Heat- Ernie Niemoeller, Willie Sallee, Ben Burton, Josh Hayes
3rd Heat- Paul Ortman, Donnie Pifer, Robert Green, Dave Robinson
4th Heat- Ray Godsey, Jr., Charlie Stevens, Jim Ruddick, Matt Bex
5th Heat- Matt Cummings, Larry Harris, Troy Clark, Jerry Maynard
1st Consy- Maynard, Greg Benton, Roger Reichenbacker, Greg Hicks, Hayes
2nd Consy- Bex, Mickey Hines, Josh Turner, Dave Eagen, Robinson
Feature- Woods, Walters, Niemoeller, Godsey, Jr., Stevens, Bex, Cummings, Ortman, Ruddick, Harris, Mickey Hines, Benton, Maynard, Burton, Green, Reichenbacker, Sallee, Turner, Clark, Pifer, Mark Hines