Barrett, Climer win at Highland Rim Speedway
By Tammy Kelly
Photos By Kim Briley
October 13, 2012 – There was another unbelievable night of racing action at Highland Rim Speedway Saturday night. Fans were treated to some of the door to door action that mas made the high banked quarter mile famous for fifty years. The Chevettes made their debut. Though the field was not as large as expected, the action was certainly there! Kevin Preston, Mark Vibbert and rookie, Brian Seiver had some three wide action for the lead going for several laps before Preston pulled ahead winning the feature. Vibbert held on to second with Seiver coming home in third. Chopper Rice and Pete Carrera were fourth and fifth.
It seemed like a case of déjà vu in the Rim Runner class. The red #11 owned by Rigsby Motorsports found its way to victory lane for the second week in a row. Only difference is this week, it was a different driver! Shawn Jackson wasted no time taking over the top spot. Josh Green tried to keep Jackson within striking distance but never could make his move. Jackson won the race with Green coming in second just ahead of his teammate, David Lassiter. Kevin Figueroa and Zena Jenkins rounded out the top five.
Justin Dickens picked up his first win of the season in the Front Wheel Drive Modifieds after Aaron Ashcroft’s car failed the post-race tech inspection. Dickens worked his way through the field taking the second spot from Josh Brown with just two laps to go putting him in line for the win. With Ashcroft out, Brown wound up second with Chris Allen taking the third spot. Daniel Harper was fourth just ahead of Kenny Vetetoe.
Justin Martin made it two for two in the Pro Front Wheel Drive class. Martin took the lead from Toby Tobitt on lap 10. Tobitt chased Martin and thought he had the break he was looking for when the yellow flew with just two laps to go. Tobitt tried to get the jump on the restart but Martin held steady bringing home the checkers! Tobitt was second with Larry Thomason coming in third. Fourth went to Jason Turner while Michael Dufresne came home fifth.
Zach Evans dashed Matt Spurlock’s hopes for back to back wins in the Pro 4 class. Spurlock lead nearly the entire race. But Evans had other plans for the trophy taking the lead from Spurlock on lap 23 and never looking back. Spurlock settled for second with Johnny Cox finishing third. Charlie Dickens held off Michael Kelly for the fourth spot.
Tommy Climer took just three laps to take the lead in the 50 lap Sportsman race. With clean air in his grill, Climer took off leaving the rest to settle it in his dust. Johnathan Wilhite moved in to give Climer a run but could not do it. Climer won the race with Wilhite trailing in second. Kevin LaMastus held off Walt Garrison for third with Troy Hall cruising home in fifth place.
Mike Barrett came back with a plan. Barrett had been disqualified last week in the Late Model feature. But he came back this week with something to prove and he did just that. Barrett led the caution free race from flag to flag and also passed tech earning himself the trophy. Kyle Ivey was second followed by David Brown for third. Tommy Climer beat Jeff Higdon to the line to take the fourth spot.
Fans were on their feet for the final two races of the night. Brice Crabtree shot into the lead early in the race with Roger Birdsong, Jr. and Matt Fuqua in his tire tracks. As the trio battled for the lead, Bobby Joe Rippey sailed through the field towards front. By lap 7 Rippey was in the thick of things battling with the leaders for a four way run for the lead. Birdsong took over the top spot on lap 19, but Crabtree was not giving him anything, finally retaking the lead from Birdsong on lap 22. The top two got a little crossed up in the closing laps of the race, but were able to straighten back up and continue to the checkers. Crabtree took the checkers with Birdsong just behind him for second. But during post-race inspections, tech found both to have rules infractions, stripping them of their run and giving the victory to Matt Fuqua for his second trophy in as many tries. Rippey wound up second with Walter Watkins coming home third. Chris Neidert was fourth just ahead of Mike Greene for fifth.
Coming off the action of the Super Stocks, the Pure Stocks finished the night with some side by side, fender rubbing, paint swapping racing. Travis Ryman lead early with Tink Jackson taking the lead on lap 10. Jay Jay Williams kept the heat turned up on Jackson chasing him around the high banks until he caught him. With just three laps to go, Williams snatched the lead leaving Jackson to chase him for a while. Williams took the checkers but post-race inspection found him with a rules violation handing the win off to Jackson. Scott Russell had crossed the line in third but was found with a rules violation. Matt Adams finished in the second spot. Ryman wound up third. Clint Ivey had half the body panels ripped off of his car but still managed to finish fourth. Fifth place went to Nick Frederick.
Racing continues at the Rim on October 27th with the Trunk or Treat Halloween Spectacular featuring a 50 lap Super Stock race and racing in all other regular classes. Plus for the kids, a costume contest and trunk or treating on the track with your favorite racecar driver during intermission!!! For more information checkhttp://www.highlandrim.com/.