Thursday, April 26, 2007
Sumter Speedway Host Six Classes of Racing this Saturday
by Dargan Watts
SUMTER, S.C. -- The 3/8-mile dirt oval, Sumter Speedway will run its fourth race of the season Saturday night with a full card of six classes on the agenda. Last week the ancient track saw an increase in the number of cars, but more and more cars and drivers are expected each week. The Limited Late Model and Super Stock 4 classes have been very weak, but according to track co-promoter, Wanda Duke, there are still cars in the area that have not been completed as yet and are not ready for competition.
Tony Rabon has moved up one class, but is still winning as he is shown here after winning the Super Stock 4 main event at Sumter Speedway last Saturday. Rabon drives a car maintained by master-builder Kevin Andrews. (Jimmy Dimsdale photo)
Al Geddings has chalked up a pair of wins in the new and very popular Bomber division and will be after his third win in a row in this strictly stock class. Donnie Robertson should give him his stiffest competition while Pat Davis and Jamie Erwin will be on hand with the experience they gained last week.
Matt Holland and Mark Bartlette have had the hot hands in the Street Stock competition, but veteran Pete McKenzie is always a threat when his car is competitive. McKenzie has won numerous times in this class in past years. Thomas Skinner and Buddy Stephens are also gaining experience.
Billy Coursey looks for his second straight win in the Limited Late Model competition at Sumter Speedway Saturday night. (Jimmy Dimsdale photo)
Cody McAllister has picked up where he left off the past two seasons and is a sure bet to be among the leaders Saturday night in the Stock 4 class. Bruce Denman in a car with MOPAR power, gave McAllister all he wanted last week and with a break, he could come out on top this week. William Hutson, Sissy Duke and Kyle Lynch should be among the leaders at the finish.
Tony Rabon, in his Kevin Andrews-prepared mount, won the Dash For Cash event in the Super Stock 4 race last week, as he led Wayne Hodge all 15 laps for the victory.
The Ridge Runner class was a show with Brian Welch and Mark Horne chasing winner McIver McKenzie all night. Former track champions Joey Ayers and Terry Caples as well as William Disher are expected to join the chase Saturday night.
It's anybody's guess who might show up for the Limited Late Model event, but Billy Coursey hopes to pick up the win for the second straight week. Defending champ Jody Truett is expected to show his stuff once again as well as Gene Kinard, J. J. White and Ray Cagle, Jr.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the race is scheduled to get underway at 7:30. Adult grandstand admission is $10 with pits admission going for $20. Active military personnel with proper identification will be admitted free.