Marc Collins takes first Sportsman win By CANDY GREEN
by Emanuel County Live | March 30, 2005 12:00 am
With rain and storms all around, race fans and drivers packed Swainsboro Raceway Saturday night for an evening packed with racing action. Getting the show on the road was the Road Warrior division. Last week’s winner Brad Corley came back for more action this week. Corley held the pole position after the heat races with Grant Harbin sitting beside him.
When the green flag fell, it was Corley in his #54 police machine leading the field all the way to the checkered. Taking home second from green to checkered was Grant Harbin. Third through fifth went to Billy Grassmyer, John Grubbs, Mark Scott and David Beasley.
Rolling onto the track next was the Sportsman division. After the two heat races, Marc Collins and Tracy Sharpe held the front row. Leading the field around for lap one was Tracy Sharpe and Collins battling it out for the first position. On lap two, Collins made his way into the groove for first position. Collins led the field flag to flag taking home his first win of the season. Tracy Sharpe fell into the second spot comfortably and Jimmy Maness third. As the white flag flew and the field began to make their way around to the checkered, Charlie Waller had engine problems and made that hard left turn in the pits before crossing the finish line. Tracy Sharpe began to lose power coming out of turn three. Collins to the checkered, Maness made his way around Sharpe for second, Jeremy Ricks third, Chet Chester fourth and Mike Ray fifth. After a run for second, Sharpe rolled across the finish line in eighth due to mechanical problems on the last lap.
Next, the Budweiser Late Model division took the track. Sitting on the pole with a fast time of 18.8 seconds was Ken Ricks and outside was Mitchell Meeks. Back for revenge after having mechanical problems last week, Mitchell Meeks took the lead when the green flag flew. Ken Ricks fell into second and Billy Lyles third. On lap two, Rod Wiggins took a hard trip over the back straight-away ending his night early. Once the field was back underway, Mitchell Meeks led them to checkered and made his way into victory lane. Ken Ricks held onto second position the entire race and Billy Lyles locked in third. Fourth and fifth positions went to Chesley Dixon and Terry Lumley.
Finally, as the rain and thunderstorms began to move in, the Super Street pulled onto the track. After winning the first heat race, Andy Logue held the pole position and Chris Caststeel sat on the outside. After two chances to start, the field went single file. Using some defensive driving skills, Andy Logue held off Cast-steel for the first position. With light rain, the cars fought hard to stick to that groove and gain position. Logue continued to hold off Caststeel while Dewayne Sharpe sat back in third. After completing only a little over half the race, the rain moved in hard and heavy. The field was given the checkered flag allowing Logue to take home his first win of the 2005 season. Cast-steel took second, Sharpe third, Benjie Donaldson fourth and Carter Fair fifth.
Due to rain and storms, the Pure Stock and Mini Stock divisions did not get to their feature event. Friday, April 1, the Pure Stock and Mini Stock feature events will be held with only those cars competing in the March 26 heat races. Also, Friday, April 1, will be Super Street qualifying and heats for the Super Street Challenge #1 paying $3000 to win. Saturday, April 2, will be heats and features in all divisions including Pure Stock and Mini Stock and the Super Street Challenge feature event. For more info on upcoming events, call 478-252-1300 or visit www.swainsbororaceway.co