Awesome weather greeted fans and drivers as they arrived at NGS. The car count was fair, but the excitement was there in truckloads.
At the drivers meeting it was announced that due to car count they would only be running features, but would be adding 5 laps to all features, well Jeff Smith spoke up and said why not give the fans heat races in all classes,
and the management put it up for a vote and everyone loved it, it was the perfect example of the management and the drivers working together, it was also announced that the track was going to be working on the weight issue in Hobby’s to bring them more inline with Boyd’s speedway,
After the drivers meeting the hot laps started an all classes got some extra laps to shake the cobwebs off from 3 weeks off for some.
Once the heats started it was a preview of the racing to come, action and hard fought battles in all heats.
The features started with the Econo’s and Donnie Patterson took the early lead with Caleb Boling and Glenn Grimsley chasing, and it seemed that Patterson was going to be the car to beat until the 10 of Boling caught him with 5 to go and working high then low found his way around the 28 of patterson and the two fought to the checkered but at the line it was the 10 car of Caleb Boling followed by Donnie Patterson and Glenn Grimsley and Kevin Brown.
Mod Hobby was a race that put the fans on the edge of their seats with Larry Higgins taking the early lead and the 11 of Mark Bishop and the T3 of Walston putting on a show for 2nd, Delbert Haynes who seem to be bogged down in the back soon made a charge to the front but couldn’t get around the T4 of Walston and Higgins held off a hard charging Mark Bishop to take the win, following Higgin, Bishop and Walston was Delbert Haynes at the line.
The crate race was one of the best of the night , with a good field of cars, and the racing was fierce and steady, the TEAM17 car of Jeff Smith started on second row and had his hands full getting around Doug Kilgore but it was all Aaron Wheat, as he showed off his new body on his Rocket race car with a “w” in the win column. Following Aaron Wheat to the line was Jeff Smith, Doug Kilgore and Tyler Adams.
In limited the T6 of Todd Hernandez took the early lead and never looked back, he was followed to the line by Shannon Bearden, Trig Parrish and a hard charging Lee Gray.
In supers who were the only class to qualify, it was the 00 of Johnny Chastain who took fast time and sat on the pole with the A-1 of Kayne Hickman joining him on the front row. And when the green dropped it was the 00 taking the point and seemed to run off and leave everyone, but the Chattanooga Flash Ronnie Johnson had other ideas, but he couldn’t catch the flying 00, until the 00 of Chastain had something in his rear end let go sending him to the pits for the night, moving everyone up one spot, Derek Ellis looked at time like he was going to catch Johnson but lacked just a little bit and at the line, it was the 5 of Ronnie Johnson, Derek Ellis, David Payne, and Shaun Chastain.
Stock pony say a new car for Roy Walston finish first but was found to be not legal in post race protest, giving the win to Ralph Langston. Lamar Cook and Donald Stone and Matthew Leonard rounded out the top 4.
Mod Pony had the 32 of Billy Callahan taking the early lead and never being really challenged, but the car everyone was watching was the 27 of Grady Stokes, only thing was it wasn’t Grady in the car, he had run his crate cat and had his Daughter Natasha Stokes in the 27 for the first time, Natasha said after the race that she loved the car and that with a little more seat time she felt she could run up front on a regular basis with it. But at the line it was Callahan, JJ Garren, Caleb Howard and Natasha Stokes.
An awesome night of racing even with the low car count, I think word is getting around that NGS is the place to be on Saturday nights if you want to race and have some fun! So next week come on out and join the fun at NGS.