National Late Model Sportsman Series Report: Rental Service Corporation 75

15 September 1997

Terrific Terry Tears up Thunderbowl

Valdosta, GA - Swainsboro, GA driver Terry Lumley proved that rookies can win on the National Late Model Sportsman Series as he held off the challenge of points leader Gene Maine to take his first ever win on the Southern Dirt Tour in just his seventh race with the highly competitive series. Lumley put the Reeves RPM/Hollywood/Hadden Wrecking Chevrolet on the outside of the front row for the Rental Service Corp. 75 at Thundebowl Speedway, Valdosta, GA, by setting the second fastest time in qualifying and then winning his heat race. On the start of the race Lumley out raced pole sitter Cary Corbin into turn one and then held off all challenges to take home the $4,000 winner's check.

"This is great." an excited Lumley said afterwards. "I can't believe we did it. We had a small oil leak around the fuel pump that was throwing oil on the rear tires during those last cautions. It made the car handle funny for a couple of laps till I got it burned off. The car was getting loose at the end, but I just tried to keep it straight and not take any chances."

There were 31 cars on hand at Thunderbowl making qualifying even more important. Gene Maine of Quitman, GA set the fast time in qualifying at 19.640 secs/91.650 mph around the newly reshaped 1/2 mile oval. Times were incredibly close with the entire field timing within 1.17 seconds. In the heat races, Corbin got the jump on Maine on the start and held on for the win. Lumley, Dennis Smith and Chris Usry won the other heats to make up the front four of the 26 car starting field. Mike Becton and Johnny Lieupo won the consolation races.

The field came to the green in perfect two-abreast formation and as the green flag flew, Lumley edged ahead of Corbin as the two cars accelerated down the front straight and took the lead into turn one. Corbin fell into second with Smith third, Maine fourth, and Chris Usry fifth. The first caution of the race came out on the third lap when Billy Godowns Jr. of Louisville, GA spun out of a large pack of cars making their way through turn two.

Back under green, the tightly packed field began dicing for position as Lumley took a car length lead over Corbin. 1996 NLMS Champion Ivedent Lloyd, driving a new PeeWee Wiggins race car slipped under 1997 Thunderbowl Track Champion Charlie Harris and Smith got high in turn three allowing both Maine and Usry to slide to the low groove and make the pass. Two laps later Lloyd slipped past Wiley McDaniel to move into ninth place. Rookie contender Steve Jones slipped inside veteran driver Eddie Gainey to take sixth spot and Everett Phillips, Lieupo and Henry Carter Jr were also gaining spots back in the pack.

On lap 15 Skip Pannell worked his way past McDaniel and Corbin closed up on Lumley's rear bumper. On the next lap as the cars came through turns three and four, Corbin made a move to the inside, the left rear tire caught the inside berm and lifted the whole rear of the car into the air. Corbin fought for control, but his car skipped sideways, right into the side of leader Lumley. Corbin tried to keep the car off the leader and spun to the inside of the track at the start of the front straight. With Corbin's spin the order now had Lumley still in the lead, but now right behind him was Maine, Usry, Smith and Jones.

As the race progressed into the middle stages there were plenty of good battles all through the field to thrill the packed stands. Pannell and Gainey were running nose to tail as they battled for position, and in the process of fighting with each other they worked their way around both McDaniel and Lloyd to move into eighth and ninth place. These two would continue their battle throughout the race and soon were up to sixth and seventh.

By the mid-point of the event, Lumley was holding a three car length lead over Maine with Usry, Smith and Jones running about a car length apart. Gainey was in sixth, with Pannell seventh, McDaniel eighth, Lloyd ninth and Harris rounding out the top ten. Two other veterans, Phillips and Cecil Eunice, had hooked up together in a battle for eleventh. After going to the rear of the field on lap 3 Godowns was working his way back through the field and had made it as far as 19th.

The second half of the race was run mostly under green flag conditions with just one caution slowing the field until lap 67 when Lloyd, running in eighth, tried to get under Gainey in turn three and got in too deep and spun out. With field bunched back up and just eight laps to go, it would be a shootout to the checkers. Lumley proved to be too strong on the restart and he quickly opened a gap between himself and Maine, and the rest of the field picked up their individual battles. On lap 70 Lloyd again lost control of the car and spun off the top of turn two again slowing the field for a five lap dash to the finish.

Lumley led the single file restart to the box and jumped out to a car length lead again. The battles in the pack increased in intensity as drivers tried to improve their finishing positions. Godowns moved up to 13th after going to the rear and Joe Kump, having started 21st moved into 12th spot. Then as the white flag flew, Kump spun in the middle of turn two, causing a melee behind him as the leaders headed for the checkered flag. Corbin, Carter, Al Jones and Andy Stewart were all caught up in the last lap incident and never crossed the finish line. Kump was able to gain control and finish as the last car on the lead lap.

There were 14 cars on the lead lap at the checkered flag in a race that was slowed by only six caution flags. The race took just 42 minutes to complete and 18 cars were still running at the finish. Kump gained the most positions despite his last lap spin, but Godowns passed the most cars after going to the rear.

The next race for the National Late Model Sportsman Series will be September 27th at Lake City, FL as "Dirt meets Asphalt" for the Gaylon Roberts Memorial 50 at Columbia Motorsports Park.

John Kaiser -- The Auto Channel


Thunderbowl Speedway
Qualifying results for 
NLMS Series Blue Collar 75, Presented by Aggressive Signs

Ps.No.  Driver , Car                                          Lap Time M.P.H.
-- ---- ----------------------------------------------------- -------- -------
 1 201  Gene Maine      Ives Racing/Russell Brown Racing Chev 0:19.640 91.650
 2  55  Terry Lumley    Hollywood Race Cars/Hadden WrkingChev 0:19.680 91.463
 3  80  Charlie Harris  Economy Transmission & Garage    Chev 0:19.700 91.371
 4  20  Billy Godowns Jr Godowns Farm/Henderson Chev     Chev 0:19.760 91.093
 5  27  Cary Corbin     Robert Cates Body/T&E Trucking   Chev 0:19.770 91.047
 6   0  Steve Jones     Quality Saw Works/Beardon Oil    Chev 0:19.780 91.001
 7  33  Gene Ross       Cauthan Const/Scruggs Concrete   Chev 0:19.870 90.589
 8  12  Chris Usry      Washington Wood/Robinson Trking  Ford 0:19.900 90.452
 9   5  Wiley McDaniel  Robertson Racing                 Chev 0:19.910 90.407
10   2  Tracy Walden    Infiltrator Systems Inc          Chev 0:19.910 90.407
11 D21  Dennis Smith    Holliman Heat & Air/Firecheck    Chev 0:19.920 90.361
12   3  Ivedent Lloyd   Trident Supply/Aggressive Signs  Chev 0:19.930 90.316
13  46  Everett Phillips Everett's Custom Services       Chev 0:19.970 90.135
14   2c DeWayne Chancey Performance Elec/Fast Trak Comm  Chev 0:20.000 90.000
15  45  Andy Stewart    Paschall Wood Products           Chev 0:20.010 89.955
16  28  Henry Carter Jr Mimbs Farms/Sweats Port Build    Chev 0:20.020 89.910
17  15  Mike Becton     J7M Diesel Repair                Chev 0:20.100 89.552
18   3x Skip Pannell    Seabolt & Leslie Dyno/Hollywood  Chev 0:20.130 89.419
19 222  Jim Brophy      Hartley's Tire/Scott's Fina      Chev 0:20.130 89.419
20  22  Cecil Eunice    Norman Pontiac/Ace Pole          Chev 0:20.190 89.153
21  53  John Rankin     Rankin Const/Snow Bros/Kroury EngChev 0:20.230 88.977
22 721  Joe Kump        A-1 Specialty/Car House          Chev 0:20.240 88.933
23  88  Paul George      R&J Greeneries/Heather Farm     Chev 0:20.280 88.757
24 112  Johnny Lieupo   Lieupo Motorsports               Chev 0:20.280 88.757
25  97  Carl Black      Carter Rental Equipment          Chev 0:20.300 88.670
26   7  Greg Rutland    Webb Bros Propane/Custom Engines Chev 0:20.410 88.192
27  17  Eddie Gainey    Snow Bros/VP Racing Fuel         Chev 0:20.500 87.805
28  99  Bruce Durden    Big K Auto parts/DP Racing       Chev 0:20.530 87.677
29  37  Al Jones        Team Kendall/Brown Bag           Chev 0:20.990 85.755
30   3T Mike Mishoe     Little's Paints/Cork's Fabricare Chev  No Time 0.000
31 X15  Jeff Jacobs     Crazy J's Auto Sales             Ford  No Time 0.000
    
3T light at scales=DQ, No time
Track Length      :  0.5000 Miles



Thunderbowl Speedway -NLMS - Provisional results for the 
National Late Model Sportsman Series, 
Blue Collar 75 Presented by Aggressive Signs:
          
Ps.Ql.No.  Driver , Car                                          Laps 
-- -- ---- ----------------------------------------------------- ----- 
 1  2  55  Terry Lumley    Hollywood Race Cars/Hadden WrkingChev  75      
 2  1 201  Gene Maine      Ives Racing/Russell Brown Racing Chev  75       
 3  8  12  Chris Usry      Washington Wood/Robinson Trking  Ford  75       
 4 11 D21  Dennis Smith    Holliman Heat & Air/Firecheck    Chev  75       
 5  6   0  Steve Jones     Quality Saw Works/Beardon Oil    Chev  75       
 6 18   3x Skip Pannell    Seabolt & Leslie Dyno/Hollywood  Chev  75       
 7 27  17  Eddie Gainey    Snow Bros/VP Racing Fuel         Chev  75       
 8  3  80  Charlie Harris  Economy Transmission & Garage    Chev  75       
 9 20  22  Cecil Eunice    Norman Pontiac/Ace Pole          Chev  75       
10  9   5  Wiley McDaniel  Robertson Racing                 Chev  75       
11 13  46  Everett Phillips Everett's Custom Services       Chev  75       
12 24 112  Johnny Lieupo   Lieupo Motorsports               Chev  75       
13  4  20  Billy Godowns Jr Godowns Farm/Henderson Chev     Chev  75       
14 22 721  Joe Kump        A-1 Specialty/Car House          Chev  75       
15  5  27  Cary Corbin     Robert Cates Body/T&E Trucking   Chev  74       
16 16  28  Henry Carter Jr Mimbs Farms/Sweats Port Build    Chev  74       
17 15  45  Andy Stewart    Paschall Wood Products           Chev  74       
18 29  37  Al Jones        Team Kendall/Brown Bag           Chev  73       
19 12   3  Ivedent Lloyd   Trident Supply/Aggressive Signs  Chev  70       
20 19 222  Jim Brophy      Hartley's Tire/Scott's Fina      Chev  51       
21 30   3T Mike Mishoe     Little's Paints/Cork's Fabricare Chev  47       
22 14   2c DeWayne Chancey Performance Elec/Fast Trak Comm  Chev  45       
23 10   2  Tracy Walden    Infiltrator Systems Inc          Chev  45       
24 23  88  Paul George      R&J Greeneries/Heather Farm     Chev  45       
25 17  15  Mike Becton     J7M Diesel Repair                Chev  18       
26 31 X15  Jeff Jacobs     Crazy J's Auto Sales             Ford   3       
  
    
Time of Race      : 42 mins
Margin of Victory : 1 car length
Lap Leaders       : Lumley 1 - 75
Cautions          : 6
Track Length      :  0.5000 Miles


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