Mark Barber Bags Brownstown Late Model Feature Win
Brownstown, IN-April 28, 2001- Mark Barber of North Vernon, IN captured the 25 lap Late Model feature at Brownstown Speedway on Saturday night in front of a nice crowd of race fans who witnessed four divisions of racing that featured a total of 128 race cars in attendance. Other feature winners included Bubba Woods of Bedford, IN in Bombers, Adam Sasser of Bedford, IN in UMP Modifieds, and Jason Basham and Gordon Dixon in Pro-Truck action.
Reece Riggle would peddle to the top side and take the lead at the drop of Rusty Nunn's green flag to start the Late Model feature, with polesitter Mark Bechelli, Barber, Ernie Barrow, and Dick Phillips in pursuit. Disaster struck Bechelli on lap 2 and he looped his mount in turn two also causing Brian Wilhite to stop on the track, bringing the lone caution of the 25 lap event. The restart would see Barber put the pressure on Riggle and Barber would squeeze under Riggle off of turn four and take the lead on lap 2, with Phillips now third, followed by Barrow and Gary Burton. Phillips would flex his muscle again on lap 4 as he disposed of Riggle to claim the runner-up spot, Barrow getting by Riggle for third one circuit later. Meanwhile, Dion Deason was in action at Brownstown for the first time in about three years and he had worked his way to fifth by lap 9. At the halfway point, Barber was still on the point, but Phillips had mounted a challenge and was on Barber's backdoor as the field saw the halfway signal. Barber would catch slower traffic on lap 15, allowing Phillips to get just inches from his bumper, and this allowed Barrow to close on the front duo. With five laps to go, the front trio was clear of lapped traffic and were set to decide the outcome among themselves. As the two lap to go signal went out, Phillips changed his line and tried to pass Barber around the topside. As the lead pair worked off turn two for the final time, they would enter turn three side-by-side for the lead and exited turn four in the same manner. Barber would nip Phillips at the line by a half-car length to take his first Brownstown win of the year in the Bill Davis owned Biehle Electric, Challenge Plastics, Davis Machine #00 MasterSbilt Race Cars entry. Phillips would be second, with Barrow taking third. Burton and Deason completed the top five. Fast qualifier C.J. Rayburn would head up the second group of five at the finish, trailed by 18th starting Tim Prince, Brett Davis, Frankie Coomer, and Riggle. Thirty-two Late Models were in attendance for the action, with heat wins going to Bechelli, Riggle, Barber, and Phillips, while Scott Smith was victorious in the Late Model B-main.
Fifty Bombers were signed for racing action and when all was said and done, it was Bubba Woods leading all 15 laps of the Bomber feature event to claim his second win of the season at Brownstown aboard his Antique Auto Race Car Museum, Bailey's Flowers and Gifts, Jerry Arthur Paving, Tucker Transmissions, B and D Waste Removal, Fultz Auto Supply #00 Performer Chassis, Terry Cummings powered Monte Carlo. Woods held off the hard charging Robert Walters over the final five laps, with Walters ending up in the runner-up spot. Charlie Stevens, Jim Ruddick, and 15th starting Matt Bex would complete the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Kevin Applegate, Matt Cummings, Josh Turner, Mike Seal, and Jamie Wilson. Heat races were scored by Bubba Woods, Jerry Maynard, Glen Woods, Ruddick, and Ray Godsey, Jr., while B-mains were won by Mickey Hines and Clifton Barron.
Adam Sasser would make it two wins in a row in the UMP Modified feature race as he held off the rim riding Earl Plessinger and hub working John DeMoss to grab the 20 lap open-wheel main event behind the wheel of his Sasser Construction, Mullis Petroleum, David Holt Auto Parts, Gould's Body Shop, Holt's General Store, Bedford Federal Savings Bank #79 Lightning Chassis, Terry Cummings powered mount. Plessinger would hip John DeMoss for second in a photo-finish at the checkered flag, with Matt Boknecht and Levi Godsey completing the top five. Young Clint DeMoss would lead the second group of five at the finish, with seventh through tenth going to Jay Miller, Mike Bowersox, 17th starting Darren Davis, and J.D. Roberts. Thirty-four UMP Modifieds showed up for action, with heat wins going to Sasser, Boknecht, Clint DeMoss, and Godsey, while the B-main was won by Davis.
The Pro-Truck Racing Association had double features and the March 31 rainout make-up feature saw Jason Basham take the win over Gordon Dixon, Tony Fraley, Roger Snell, and Shon Snell. The regularly scheduled feature for the truckers was captured by Gordon Dixon over Tony Fraley, Rodney Stone, Jason Basham, and Glenn Luckett.
Racing action will continue at Brownstown Speedway this Saturday night as the Late Model feature will pay $2,000 to win and $200 to start. Also on the racing card will be Super Stocks, Bombers, and the American Mini-Sprint Association. There will be no increase in general admission prices, as $10 will get you in the gate to see all the action upcoming at Brownstown Speedway on Saturday night, May 5.
SUMMARY-Brownstown Speedway-Brownstown, Indiana-April 28, 2001
Late Models (32 entries)
Top Qualifier- C.J. Rayburn 15.283
1st Heat- Mark Bechelli, Ernie Barrow, Rayburn, Cale Kern
2nd Heat- Reece Riggle, Dion Deason, Brett Davis, Marty O'Neal
3rd Heat- Mark Barber, Gary Burton, Frankie Coomer, Dan Sturgeon
4th Heat- Dick Phillips, Tory Collins, Brian Wilhite, Justin Blackwell
B-Main: Scott Smith, Tim Prince, Steven Godsey, Todd McKinney, Matt Tiller
Feature- Barber, Phillips, Barrow, Burton, Deason, Rayburn, Prince, Davis, Coomer, Riggle, Sturgeon, Smith, O'Neal, Collins, McKinney, Godsey, Blackwell, Bechelli, Wilhite, Kern
Bombers (50 entries)
1st Heat- Bubba Woods, Robert Walters, Josh Turner, Mickey Hines
2nd Heat- Jerry Maynard, Kevin Applegate, Jamie Wilson, Joe Brandenburg
3rd Heat- Glen Woods, Mike Seal, John Phelps, Ron Fedor
4th Heat- Jim Ruddick, Charlie Stevens, Matt Cummings, Rick Applegate
5th Heat- Ray Godsey, Jr., Tony Mahoney, Matt Bex, Roger Reichenbacker
1st B-Main: Hines, Brandenburg, Paul Owens, Josh Hayes, Matt Jacobs
2nd B-Main: Clifton Barron, Rick Applegate, Darrell Burton, Dave Lemons, Jim Pfieffer
Feature- Bubba Woods, Walters, Stevens, Ruddick, Bex, Kevin Applegate, Cummings, Turner, Seal, Wilson, Rick Applegate, Mahoney, Glen Woods, Owens, Hines, Burton, Brandenburg, Godsey, Jr., Phelps, Barron, Maynard
UMP Modifieds (34 entries)
1st Heat- Adam Sasser, Mike Bowersox, Dale Hobbs, Earl Plessinger
2nd Heat- Matt Boknecht, John DeMoss, J.D. Roberts, Brad Sturgeon
3rd Heat- Clint DeMoss, Ryan Thomas, Jesse Cramer, Brad Thrasher
4th Heat- Levi Godsey, Jay Miller, Murl Robinson, Josh Wells
B-Main: Darren Davis, Vernon Soeder, Cully Chapman, Eddie Kindred, Rick Gumm
Feature- Sasser, Plessinger, John DeMoss, Boknecht, Godsey, Clint DeMoss, Miller, Bowersox, Davis, Roberts, Thomas, Hobbs, Thrasher, Robinson, Cramer, Kindred, Wells, Chapman, Soeder, Sturgeon
March 31 Make-Up Feature- Jason Basham, Gordon Dixon, Tony Fraley, Roger Snell, Shon Snell, Glenn Luckett, Bob Sterrett, Mike Davis, Jim Bower, Robert Davis, Rodney Stone, Brian Hutt
Heat Race Winners- Basham and Rodney Stone
Feature- Dixon, Fraley, Stone, Basham, Luckett, Roger Snell, Sterrett, Mike Davis, Shon Snell, Robert Davis, Jim Bower