Tucker and Purvis continue to dominate
by Emanuel County Live | May 30, 2012 3:21 pm
by CANDY BARBER
The Extreme Concrete 440 division was the first feature event Saturday night at Swainsboro Raceway kicking off the Memorial Day Weekend. As seventeen cars took the green, Kevin O’Brien quickly pulled out front and began to dominate. About half way, O’Brien began lapping several cars and maintaining a hefty lead. Appearing to dominate and add another win for the season, unfortunately for O’Brien he would fall one lap shy of victory. O’Brien was forced to pit on the last lap with car trouble. Freddie Gregory took the checkered, Tripp Giffin second, Kevin Bird third, John Hooks fourth, and Jonathan Edge fifth.
In the Adams Construction Road Warrior division, TJ Purvis took the lead on the outside of Jared Jones. Jones battled hard for the lead for nearly half to the race driving harder in the turns. About half way, TJ Purvis began to pull away and took the checkered picking up his third win in a row. Jared Jones fell short for the second week in a row picking up second, Jason Kight third, Ricky Strange fourth, and Derrick Screws fifth.
On the first start in the Love’s Seafood Mini Stock division, Tim Wilkerson took the lead but a caution in turn three sent the field double file. On the second restart Wilkerson took the lead again in turn one, but slipped in turn three allowing Joey Schoen to take over. As Schoen held about a half straight away lead, with four laps to go the caution flag waived for Cy Strickland. While under caution, Schoen was forced to pit due to mechanical trouble. Tim Wilkerson took over first but felt much heat from Brad McKenzie as the two battled to the finish. Tim Wilkerson took the checkered, Brad McKenzie second, Gene Thompson third, John Whisnant fourth, and Brad Newton fifth.
It was a three wide battle for the lead off turn four in the Daniels Chevrolet Pure Stock division. Lap one, Roger McKenzie took the lead. Lap four running in third, Chris Turners night ended early with a blown motor. Also on lap four running in the second position, Dustin Watkins spun going in turn two. As McKenzie continued to lead the way, Dustin Watkins began fighting his way back into the battle. With two laps to go, Watkins passed RJ Coleman for the third position. Coming off turn four, Coleman having some car trouble shut off running in the fourth position. With a green-white-checkered finish, Roger McKenzie returned to Victory Lane. JJ Williams picked up second, Dustin Watkins maintained third. RJ Coleman moved back into the fourth position, and Charles Coxwell fifth.
In the Sunoco Super Street division the battled continued as Luke Scott and Johnnie Tucker Jr held the front row. Coming off turn four the first time was a no start as the flagman backed away. On the second restart, the front two both spun coming off turn three causing the entire field to spin. Unfortunately Scott was forced to pit returning a lap down to the field with car trouble. As Tucker led the field single file, Timmy Thompson took second inside Glen Watkins. Lap six, Luke Scott took hard turn to the pits for the night. Johnnie Tucker, Jr took the checkered, Timmy Thompson second, Glen Watkins third, Danny Scarboro fourth, and Luke Scott fifth.
After two restarts in the Aarons Crate Late Model division, Chesley Dixon took the lead over fastest qualifier Terry Lumley. Lap five, Jeremy Faircloth and Johnnie Tucker Jr battled for the third position. As Faircloth held the third position, he began to work on Terry Lumley for second. Chesley Dixon making his way through lapped traffic took the checkered, Jeremy Faircloth picked up second over Terry Lumley in third, Robert Diekemper took home fourth after qualifying eighth, Johnnie Tucker Jr fifth.