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July 26th Race Results: Capital City 140 produces HOT night of racing!

MMS Media/ Photos: Philip Odom

July 27, 2014 Montgomery, Ala

As the season hit the ¾ mark the racing hit full tilt as Montgomery Motor Speedway fans braved the heat and were witness to 3 divisions of stock car action. Budweiser qualifying featured the Uncle Bob’s Self Storage Street Stocks and the Open Sportsman division hitting the historic half mile to post their best time. Street Stocks were first up with only one lap to get the job done. Deatsville’s Joe Bethea Jr. piloted his new #33 machine to a fast time of 23.043 averaging almost 80 mph. Joe Bethea_Bud Pole 7-27-14 #17 Chance Atkins muscled his car to a second position with a time of  23.048. Marbury, Alabama driver Brad Edwards posted a respectable time of 23.229 rounding out the top 3. Bethea Jr. with daughter Bristol in arm rolled a 6 to invert the starting field and put #82 Kameron Wesenberg and #51 Perry Patino on the front row to start the feature.

Open Sportsman were the feature of the night with a 75 lap contest. The Budweiser qualifying session granted 2 timed laps per car. The Session started with Joey Holt #19 laying down a lap of 22.145. That mark was short lived as Enterprise, Alabama driver Gary Davis 5x posted a lap of 22.116. Next up was the orange machine of Shelby Reuse #59 but the Alabaster, Alabama driver had issues on her second lap and hit the turn 4 wall ending her evening. The #91 of Veteran Larry Speakman had the crowd on their feet as he laid down a lap of 21.622 in his Mimi’s storage sponsored race car to move to the top of the qualifying chart.  The bar was raised as #22 Justin South Set the Budweiser fast time of the night with a time of 21.185 average speed of 86.6 mph. Justin South_Bud Pole 7-26-14 His time was followed up closely by Bill Bethea III 21.502 and current points leader Justin Caton #7 21.562.

After the www.RockAuto.com opening ceremonies the Open Sportsman rolled onto the front stretch for an on track autograph session. Fans were able to meet their favorite drivers and receive gifts and prizes during the session.

The first race featured the Modified Minis and proved that you don’t always need a large car count to put on a good show. The 2012/2013 MMS Track Champion #71 of Joel Collier jumped to the lead and looked to continue his winning ways as he fought of challenges from the #18 of Chase ”The Bessemer Bomber”  Spradlin in his Ford Pinto. The fight continued till lap 5 when Spradlin made his move bringing the #9 of Chris Landers along with him a lap later. Landers from Deatsville worked the back bumper looking for a way to the front. Mechanical woes struck Collier on lap 17 as an electrical issue ended his night. Landers was stalking the #18 car but a distributer problem sent his machine to the pits as the white flag flew. The” Bessemer Bomber” cruised to his second win of the season in the Modified Mini Division.

Modified Minis

Mini Mods 1st Place_Chase Spradlin 7-26-14

1st  Chase Spradlin #18

2nd Chris Landers #9

3rd Joel Collier #71

Fan favorite Uncle Bob’s Street Stocks did not let the crowd down as they put on a racing clinic.

The #51 of Montgomery’s Perry ”P2” Patino took the lead and settled in for side by side door to door battle with the current points leader Dwayne “Collard Green” Wesenberg in the #31. The two raced inches apart till caution flew on lap 8 for a spin by #88 Montgomery’s Bubba ”Papi” Nesbitt. The race resumed with the #17 of Chance Atkins getting in the mix. Hard racing was evident throughout the field as battles waged on from front to back. The #82 of Wesenberg had a battle going with Marbury’s Brad Edwards #18. The #12 of Josh Wilson also had a great race going on with the #88 of Bubba Nesbitt. Budweiser Fast time qualifying winner Joe Bethea Jr. was stalking the front runners and wondering how long the close racing could go on without major contact. Cautions on lap 17, 20 and 21 brought the field together. Lap 22 restart saw the Elmore driver Atkins make a bold 3 wide move and fans thought the front runners would end up in a pile. The #17 held the lead spot and took the checkers with Patino #51 and Wesenberg #31 following him across the finish line. Joe Bethea Jr. crossed the line in 4th and collected an extra $200 donated by fans to the car that finished in that spot.

Uncle Bob’s Self Storage Street Stocks

Street Stock 1st Place_Chance Atkins 7-26-14

1st   Chance Atkins #17

2nd  Perry Patino #51

3rd  Dwayne Wesenberg #31

4th  Joe Bethea Jr. #33

5th  Brad Edwards #18

6th  Kameron Wesenberg #82

7th  Bubba Nesbitt #88

8th  Josh Wilson #12

Open Sportsman rolled on to the track for the 75 lap contest. #33 of Bill Bethea III and Larry Speakman #91 formed the front row and roared into turn 1 for the start. The #19 of Joey Holt wasted no time placing himself in the #2 position behind Bethea. The Auto Performance / Blacksheep Woodlands /Mullican Flooring sponsored driver set the pace for the first portion of the race. Teammate Jason Furrow worked his way to the #2 spot and was hunting down the leader. During this portion the #7 of Justin Caton and The #22 of Justin South were steadily working their way to the front from the 6th and 7th starting position. Lap #10 saw the #19 of Holt retire with brake issues. Lap 14 saw the caution fly again as Gary Davis #5x made contact with the inside wall coming of turn 2. Under caution the #37 of Opp, Alabama’s Jeremy Burchfield received the O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Lucky Dog and was placed back on the lead lap. The Yellow was brought out again as Laurel, Mississippi’s Billy “Bo” McCraney made hard contact with the turn 3 wall. South #22 worked his way to the lead bringing the #7 of Caton with him. The race went clean and green till lap 51 as the field was slowed for a debris caution. The #21 of Furrow, #99 of Gary Nix and the #33 of Bethea battled for position behind the two front runners. Justin South #22 was flagged the winner for the 4th time in 2014. Justin Caton #7 crossed in second and Jason Furrow rounded out the Top 3. Gary Nix #99 received a $100 bonus for his 4th place finish. Auto Performance Engines Posted an extra $100 dollars for the race winner and Lilla Landscaping added $100 to the Budweiser Fast Time Pole Award.

Open Sportsman

Open Sportsman 1st Place_Justin South 7-26-14

1st   Justin South #22

2nd   Justin Cato #7

3rd   Jason Furrow #21

4th   Gary Nix #99

5th  Bill Bethea III #33

6th  Larry Speakman #91

7th  Jeremy Burchfield #37

8th  Bo McCraney #44

9th  Gary davis #5x

10th Joey Holt #19

11th Shelby Reuse #59

Montgomery Motor Speedway is back in action on August 9th as the Open Wheel Modified return to the gem of the south along with the MARS Motorcycles, Open Sportsman, Uncle Bob’s  Self Storage Street Stocks and Modified Minis.

Montgomery Motor Speedway first opened its doors in 1953 and is the Deep South’s Oldest Asphalt Speedway. The Half mile track is the home of the Alabama 200 featuring the Southern Super Series bringing some of the most talented super late model drivers to compete at the finest short track in the south. Sponsorship opportunities are available to fit any budget. Our Private air conditioned VIP suite can accommodate a company outing or private party in our “state of the art” control tower.

Montgomery Motor Speedway bringing you quality racing and family entertainment at an affordable price. For More Information visit us on the web at www.montgomeryspeedway.com or call 334-262-6101

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