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GPS Week 4 Recap 3/25/2017

March 25th 2017 GPS Week 4 Race Recap

By Matthew Henson


                  With the sun out all day and mild temperatures all the way through nightfall the short sleeves came out and the on track action was as hot as ever as, for the first time, a preliminary invitation-only event kicked off the night’s festivities: The Dash for Cash presented by Class Act Home Décor. Six cars in the four-cylinder division would race for six laps and to the winner would go 200 dollars. Bobby Wortham in the 22 machine started mid-pack, but quickly pulled to the front on the start. At half way the 21 of Carey Smith and the 04 of Michael Webster tangled in turn three, and although body panels littered the track, the damage was all cosmetic and both drivers would compete in the points paying race later that night. With his two main competitors now in the rear, Bobby Wortham cruised to victory lane and nabbed his first victory of the year and a solid payday.

                  Pure Stocks started our points paying races and the Meinders brothers of Charlie and Zach started on up front, but on the start Buck Simmons in the 71 went high into one and quickly got freight trained all the way to fourth. The Meinders brothers raced one-two for the majority of the race, but Buck Simmons picked off the 01 of Drew Moser, and then the 1 of Zach Meinders to put him into the second position. As Buck Simmons made the pass for the lead, the 1 car ran hot in a plume of steam and quickly took to the pits to avoid a caution. Drew Moser made a late charge toward the front in an attempt to make it three victories in a row for him but to no avail; the 71 of Buck Simmons walked away with the victory.


                  Super Stocks hit the track next, but Austin Samero had trouble with his 99 machine and had to start the race in an alternate car driven in from Anderson. Chris “Sidewinder” Meinders lived up to his name as he spent the first five laps being so loose that the right side of his vehicle was perfectly visible from the grandstands as he exited turn four. He eventually got involved in an accident with the 11 of Travis Cox in turn three and was sent to the rear for overly aggressive driving. Even so, the 30 of Jason McDowell was able to come back after a two week break due to car troubles and win in dominating fashion. In Bryan Ramey victory lane an emotional J-Mac thanked his family and crew for helping him get back to the winner’s circle.

                  Four-cylinders went back out onto the track for their points paying race and Don Tavernia in the 3 lead the pack down for the green flag, but a missed shift had the entire field pass him by in the first couple of turns. The 00 of Hunter Evans also went high out into the gray of the track and dropped like a rock into the rear as two-by two racing broke out all throughout the field. The ever-competitive 69 car of Tommy Davis Jr. picked his way through the field but by the time he got to the second position, Travis Shelton in the 32 had capitalized on Don Tavernia’s misstep and had figured the track out; he sped away to nab his first win of the year. 

UPDATE: 32 Travis Shelton was withdrawn from the race for refusing inspection. 69 Tommy Davis Jr. was declared the winner. 

                  In limited late model competition there was an all female front row for the second time this year as Tasha Kummer took the pole position and the always-fast Taylor Sorrow started the race in second. On the start, Taylor got the jump on Tasha and the 92 car pulled away and lead for the majority of the 50 lap feature. While the ladies battled up front, Andrew Cordell saw them pulling away and made an aggressive move on Bob Root in the 28 for third. Cordell completed the pass on lap 25, but seven laps later Bob Roots’ machine blew an engine and a huge cloud of white smoke billowed out of that car as he went high in three and spun, bringing out the first caution for the limited late models. After the restart, Tasha battled with the 92 for a few laps before, on lap 35, Tasha Kummer in car 35 took the lead for good. A late caution would set up a restart and a bonsai move by Taylor Sorrow on the outside, but Tasha would hold on to win her second race of the year.

                  Renegades would cap off the night and engine troubles from Ricky Burnett in the 15 would open up the possibility of a new face in victory lane this year. Bobby Emory started second to a surprisingly fast number 14 car of Eddie Ray and as the race began everyone was breathing down Ray’s neck. Parker Jameson in the 85 tried for several laps to put the pass on Ray, but Bobby Emory reclaimed his second place spot and tried his hand at Eddie Ray, but as the laps dwindled down, the 14 car drew even more distant and he finished the night with his first win of the year.

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                  Week four ended with a lot of the year’s first trips to victory lane for multiple drivers and as the season’s plot begins to thicken, the weeks coming up can only get more hotly contested. Join us next week when the limited late models take the week off and the late model stocks come back for the twin 50’s and the lower divisions all return for another chance at a trip to the winner’s circle.

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