Whynot Race Results

MERIDIAN, MS – Mike Boland of Cuba, MS drove the Ware Construction Trak Star to a dominating victory on Saturday night in the StormPay.com Dirt Late Model Series Coca Cola 50-lap Labor Day Bash at Whynot Motorsports Park. Boland came from the ninth starting spot to take the lead on lap seven, and then checked out on the field in front of a packed house.

Boland had a half-lap lead on the field until a lap 31 caution flag bunched everyone up. Despite two more late-race cautions, Boland was able to pull away each time and took the checkered flag with a half-straightaway lead over the second place finisher David Gentry of Lewisburg, TN in the Dixon Plumbing Mastersbilt.

“After losing some close ones, it feels good to win here at Whynot Motorsports Park,” Boland said. “I didn’t know how big of a lead I had, but I knew Gentry was tough, and I figured he’d be there at the end. The car was really hooked up on the bottom, and I only had one close call with a lapped car.”

Frank Ingram of Woodstock, GA made a late-race charge to finish third in the Universal Concrete Rocket. Ingram is now tied for the point lead with Gentry, the defending StormPay.com Dirt Late Model Series National Champion, after 16 events have been completed in the 2007 season.

Polesitter Jeff Smith of Rocky Face, GA finished fourth in the AllSouth Racing Products Warrior. Smith out-timed the 43-car field with a lap around the 3/8-mile clay oval in 13.995 seconds, and he led the first six laps of the race.

Lucky Keeton of Toomsuba, MS finished fifth after starting 20th in the Charlotte’s Toy GRT. That earned the StormPay.com Weekly Racing Series West Region Champion and current point leader the NeSmith Chevrolet Hard Charger of the Race Award.

Jim McDuffie of Meridian, MS took the sixth spot in the H.E. Mosley, Inc. GRT, and Jeff Fields of Aragon, GA was seventh in the Summerville Junkyard Mastersbilt. Jay Blair of Angie, LA finished eighth in the All Star Graphics Mastersbilt, and Derrick Rainey of Powder Springs, GA drove the Dixon Hauling and Grading Warrior to a ninth-place finish. Curtis Cline of Douglasville, GA rounded out the top ten in the Pearson Construction Warrior.

When the field went green to start the race, Smith and outside front row starter Rainey led the field into turn one, as Gentry dove for the bottom from the inside row three starting spot to make it three-wide for the lead.

The field, however, was slowed for a three-car tangle in turn two involving Jim Till of Greenville, AL in the Dafor Heavy Timber Trak Star, Fields, and Stormy Derryberry of Monticello, AR in the DBR Race Cars Rocket. A complete restart saw Smith grab the lead followed by Rainey, Gentry, Boland, and Ingram.

Boland got under Gentry in turn four on lap two to move up to the third spot, and then shot under Rainey for the second position on lap four. Boland then quickly caught Smith, and took the lead on lap seven. From there, Boland quickly pulled away, and by lap 25 had a ½-lap lead over the field.

Gentry got around Smith for the second spot on lap 25, as McDuffie, Rainey, Ingram, Fields, Keeton, Blair and Terry Mosley of Gilbertown, AL in the Pee Wee’s Muffler GRT rounded out the top ten at the halfway point in the race.

The caution flag came out on lap 31 when Rainey spun in turn two. By this time, Boland had put every car up to the tenth spot one or more laps down. Smith and the rest of the top nine lined up single-file behind Boland, who lost over a ½-lap lead over Smith with the caution flag.

Keeton was the man on the move when the green flag came out, as he came from the seventh spot and passed Fields for sixth on lap 33. Boland pulled away as Gentry and Smith battled side-by-side for the second spot, with Gentry taking the spot on lap 35. A debris caution bunched the field back up on lap 36, but Boland pulled away again on the restart.

Ingram moved up to the third spot by passing Smith on lap 37, and was trying to chase down Gentry to battle for the point lead. With Gentry running second, and Ingram in third, the point lead was tied. By lap 40, Boland had pulled out to a full straightaway lead over Gentry, Ingram, Smith, McDuffie, Keeton, Fields, Blair, and Rainey. McDuffie got by Smith for fourth on lap 42.

A caution flag came out on lap 46 when Chip Brindle of Chatsworth, GA in the Brindle Brothers Auto Parts GRT and Till tangled in turn one. When the field went back to green, Ingram got around Gentry for the second spot and take over the point lead. But, the pass was negated when the caution flag came out for debris in turn one.

Boland checked out in the five-lap dash to the checkered flag, as Gentry held off Ingram for second. The best battle on the track was a three-car war for the fourth spot among McDuffie, Smith and Keeton. Smith got up on the high-side of the track, and made it work, as both he and Keeton got by McDuffie to finish fourth, fifth, and sixth respectively.

During intermission, the Whynot Motorsports Park fans reached into their pockets to raise over $3,500 to benefit the American Cancer Society. Fans made bids during an auction and bought raffle tickets to get a ride with their favorite drivers in the “Ride For Life” two-seat dirt late model.

The highest bid of the night was $1,100 for a ride with Lucky Keeton, who was so excited during the bidding, he threw in an additional $100 after the ride was sold. Boland, track owner Rodney Wing, David Gentry, and Larry Murphy also donated their driving skills in the Ride For Life car.

Gentry and Ingram will now take their Championship battle to Rounds 17 and 18 of the 2007 StormPay.com Dirt Late Model Series season at Columbus Speedway in Columbus, MS for a pair of 40-lap $2,500-to-win race on September 14 and 15.

OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 16 AT WHYNOT MOTORSPORTS PARK IN MERIDIAN, MS ON 9/1/07:

POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS $ WON
1. 9 4 Mike Boland Cuba, MS 50 $3,000
2. 3 56 David Gentry Lewisburg, TN 50 $1,600
3. 7 F9 Frank Ingram Woodstock, GA 50 $1,250
4. 1 00 Jeff Smith Rocky Face, GA 50 $1,100
5. 20 22 Lucky Keeton Toomsuba, MS 50 $1,100
6. 8 1 Jim McDuffie Meridian, MS 50 $850
7. 11 16 Jeff Fields Aragon, GA 50 $750
8. 14 2x Jay Blair Angie, LA 50 $700
9. 2 87 Derrick Rainey Powder Springs, GA 50 $650
10. 15 44c Curtis Cline Douglasville, GA 49 $600
11. 19 V8 Kerry Vicknair Denham Springs, LA 49 $550
12. 17 8 Chris Tays Corinth, MS 49 $500
13. 24 302 Robert Stutts (R) Murfreesboro, TN 49 $450
14. 22 311 Stormy Derryberry Monticello, AR 49 $400
15. 13 22t Terry Mosley Gilbertown, AL 49 $350
16. 18 F21 Frankie Beard Hartwell, GA 49 $300
17. 25 27 Larry Murphy Meridian, MS 49 $280
18. 21 44r Roger Rolison Meridian, MS 49 $250
19. 4 77 Michael Santangelo St. Rose, LA 48 $250
20. 23 38c Chip Brindle (R) Chatsworth, GA 48 $250
21. 6 10 Matthew Turner Dawsonville, GA 48 $250
22. 16 07 Talbert Goldman Meridian, MS 37 $250
23. 12 03 Chris O’Connor Cantonment, FL 33 $250
24. 5 44t Jim Till (R) Greenville, AL 15 $250
25. 10 55 J.J. Nye Ballground, GA 13 $250

ENTRIES: 43
FAST QUALIFIER: Smith, 13.995 Seconds
PROVISIONALS: Brindle and Stutts
PROMOTER’S PROVISIONAL: Murphy
LEAD CHANGES: 1

LAPS LEADERS: Smith, 1-6; Boland, 7-50
LAPS LED: Boland, 44; Smith, 6
NeSMITH CHEVROLET HARD CHARGER: Keeton (started 20th and finished 5th)
ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Stutts
CAUTIONS: 5

QUALIFYING (Top 10 Transfer To Main Event):

POS

CAR #

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

CHASSIS

ENG

LAP 1

LAP 2

TIME

1

00

Jeff Smith

Rocky Face, GA

Warrior

604

14.252

13.995

13.995

2

87

Derrick Rainey

Powder Springs, GA

Warrior

604

14.128

14.050

14.050

3

56

David Gentry

Lewisburg, TN

Mastersbilt

604

14.100

14.652

14.100

4

77

Michael Santangelo

St. Rose, LA

Rayburn

604

14.126

14.179

14.126

5

44t

Jim Till – R

Greenville, AL

Trak Star

604

14.168

14.582

14.168

6

10

Matthew Turner

Dawsonville, GA

Hicks

604

14.295

14.185

14.185

7

F9

Frank Ingram

Woodstock, GA

Rocket

604

14.248

14.234

14.234

8

1

Jim McDuffie

Meridian, MS

GRT

604

14.277

14.416

14.277

9

4

Mike Boland

Cuba, AL

Trak Star

604

14.330

14.280

14.280

10

55

J.J. Nye

Ballground, GA

Rocket

604

15.008

14.314

14.314

11

16

Jeff Fields

Aragon, GA

Mastersbilt

604

14.375

14.367

14.367

12

000

Rick Hasselle

Collinsville, MS

Trak Star

602

14.371

14.599

14.371

13

22t

Terry Mosley – R

Gilbertown, AL

GRT

604

14.498

14.420

14.420

14

22

Lucky Keeton

Toomsuba, MS

GRT

604

14.445

14.558

14.445

15

44c

Curtis Cline

Douglasville, GA

Warrior

604

15.012

14.453

14.453

16

07

Talbert Goldman

Meridian, MS

GRT

604

14.457

15.018

14.457

17

2x

Jay Blair

Angie, LA

Mastersbilt

604

14.460

14.478

14.460

18

03

Chris O'Connor

Cantonment, FL

Warrior

604

14.517

14.501

14.501

19

43

Cliff Spencer

Purvis, MS

GRT

604

14.527

15.336

14.527

20

34

Brandon Keeton

Toomsuba, MS

GRT

604

14.527

14.865

14.527

21

302

Robert Stutts – R

Murfreesboro, TN

Rocket

604

14.542

14.770

14.542

22

V8

Kerry Vicknair

Denham Springs, LA

Larry Shaw

604

14.562

14.768

14.562

23

8

Chris Tays

Corinth, MS

Rocket

604

14.731

14.579

14.579

24

F21

Frankie Beard

Hartwell, GA

Mastersbilt

604

14.617

17.363

14.617

25

38c

Chip Brindle – R

Chatsworth, GA

GRT

604

14.623

14.745

14.623

26

9

Herman Reynolds

Laurel, MS

Trak Star

604

14.865

14.627

14.627

27

17

Dustin Stewart

Meridian, MS

GRT

602

14.628

15.560

14.628

28

18

Steve Godsey

Bedford, IN

Rayburn

604

14.650

14.793

14.650

29

06

Bill Flowers

Bremen, GA

Rocket

604

14.685

14.754

14.685

30

44

Roger Rolison

Meridian, MS

GRT

602

14.690

15.223

14.690

31

27

Larry Murphy

Meridian, MS

GRT

604

14.690

14.962

14.690

32

21x

Kody Barber

Bogalusa, LA

Mastersbilt

604

14.880

14.722

14.722

33

18c

Randy King

Meridian, MS

GRT

602

17.145

14.813

14.813

34

911

Chris Reed

Sturgis, MS

Mastersbilt

604

15.362

14.855

14.855

35

28w

Wiley Williams

Stonewall, MS

Warrior

602

14.977

14.913

14.913

36

2

Curt Lipsey

Metairie, LA

Mastersbilt

604

15.025

14.951

14.951

37

18

Chase Washington

Houlka, MS

GRT

604

14.983

15.180

14.983

38

28

Robbie Harvey

Lake, MS

GRT

604

15.482

14.995

14.995

39

12

Dallas Mozingo

Laurel, MS

GRT

602

15.101

17.645

15.101

40

86

Nicholas Curole

Metairie, LA

Mastersbilt

604

15.258

15.140

15.140

41

07

Jimmy Elkins Jr.

Talladega, AL

Mastersbilt

604

15.620

15.338

15.338

42

02

Stephen Brantley

Monroeville, AL

Rocket

604

15.385

15.415

15.385

43

311

Stormy Derryberry

Monticello, AR

Rocket

602

16.115

15.633

15.633

HEAT RACES (10 Laps - Top 4 Transfer To Main Event):

1ST HEAT: 1. Fields; 2. Blair; 3. Tays; 4. L. Keeton; 5. B. Keeton; 6. Flowers; 7. Barber; 8. Reynolds; 9. Harvey; 10. Williams; 11. Elkins.

2ND HEAT: 1. O’Connor; 2. Cline; 3. Beard; 4. Rolison; 5. King; 6. Stutts (R); 7. Lipsey; 8. Stewart; 9. Mozingo; 10. Hasselle; 11. Brantley DNS.

3RD HEAT: 1. Mosley (R); 2. Goldman; 3. Vicknair; 4. Derryberry; 5. Murphy; 6. Spencer; 7. Godsey; 8. Reed; 9. Washington; 10. Curole; 11. Brindle (R).

STORMPAY.COM DIRT LATE MODEL SERIES NATIONAL POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 9/1/07:

1. Frank Ingram – 1400
2. David Gentry – 1400
3. Derrick Rainey – 1344
4. Jay Blair – 1328
5. Chip Brindle (R) – 1242
6. Jeff Fields – 1184
7. Chris Tays – 1172
8. Robert Stutts (R) – 1132
9. Matthew Turner – 1060
10. Jim Till (R) - 966
11. Rusty Hoge – 800
12. Bill Flowers – 664
13. Curtis Cline – 624
14. William Thomas – 572
15. Shannon Buckingham – 566
16. Johnny Stokes – 420
17. Kody Barber – 416
18. Jimmy Kay – 400
19. Carnell Parker III – 396
20. Larry Boutwell - 354

R – Denotes Rookie of the Year Candidate

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