Hal Goodson Captures the Super Truck Championship
By Hunter Thomas
The racing was superb at Dillon Motor Speedway as 93 cars took to the track on Saturday, September 21.
Seven classes raced as the Speedway welcomed a few repeat winners as well as a new winner. The Super Truck season came to a closing also.
The Mini Cup cars were the first to take to the track. Justin Hicks, Larry Boyle, Steven Brewer, and Matt Corbett fought each other for the lead throughout the entire race. On Lap 13, Larry Boyle made an unscheduled pit stop while running in the fourth position. The first caution came out on Lap 17, when John Sofield Jr. spun around in turn four. Matt Corbett timed the restart perfectly as he took the lead on Lap 18. The final caution came out on Lap 23 when Matt Corbett pounded the frontstretch wall. With two laps to go, Steven Brewer’s car broke while running in second. Justin Hicks led 20 laps in route to his eighth win in a row. Carl Britt finished second, and John Sofield Jr. rebounded for a top three finish. Steve Chauncey finished fourth, and Steven Brewer finished fifth.
The Four Cylinder race had some great side-by-side racing as the championship was on the line. Emory Herring had a rough night when something went wrong with his car, and he dropped through the pack. Kevin Jackson led all of the 25 laps as he captured his third win of the year. David Barnes finished second, and Leon Vinson finished third. Brian Owens finished fourth, and Bobby Tumbleston rounded out the top five.
The points championship for the Four Cylinder class just got even closer after the conclusion of this weekend’s event. Emory Herring leads the points by only one point over Brian Owens. After collecting his third win of the year, Kevin Jackson is now tied for second and only one point from leading the points. Next weekend will be very exciting as the three drivers will fight to the end to become the 2010 Four Cylinder Track Champion.
The Street Stock feature was a wild one as three drivers were doing everything they could to scour a few points. Before the first lap was complete, Justin Altman spun around on the backstretch. The green flag flew once again as championship contenders, Hayes Goodson and Randy Hall were side-by-side for the first six laps.
On Lap 3, the first caution came out when Altman spun in turn four. On Lap 7, the second caution came out when Randy Hall, Hayes Goodson, and Curtis Peeples tangled together on the frontstretch. Peeples slapped the inside wall, and Hayes Goodson received some heavy damage from the incident as well. On the restart, Altman went around once again to bring out the third caution.
AJ Hyatt and Randy Hall battled each other for the last 18 laps, but Randy Hall just couldn’t make the pass. AJ Hyatt won his third race in a row as he led the last 10 laps. Points leader, Chad Lockamy finished third, and Curtis Peeples fought his way through the field to finish fourth. Hayes Goodson finished fifth.
Chad Lockamy leads the Street Stock championship with 270 points. Randy Hall is second with 263 points, and Hayes Goodson is third with 261 points.
The Charger feature kept the fans on their feet. On Lap 3, Bobby Dale Earnhardt spun on the backstretch. William Hainey had to pit from the sixth position to take part of Jimmy Miller’s sheet metal from his left front fender. On lap 8, AJ Walsh, William Hainey, and Barry Flowers tangled in turn four.
Barry Flowers spun around in turn two on Lap 10. Chad Webster spun while leading the race on Lap 14. Webster led 11 laps before the spinout. That handed over the lead to Bobby June as he went on to win his fourth race of the year, second in a row. Ernie Chappell finished second, and Chad Webster came through the field to finish third. Michael Williamson finished fourth, and William Hainey rounded out the top five.
The Super Truck race was incredible as seven cautions flew. The action started early as Archie Adams Jr., Anthony Adams, and Terry Moore crashed in turn three. Jody Measamer and Raymond Polk threaded the needle as they split the wrecked trucks to avoid the crash. On Lap 20, Marty Griggs went for a spin in turn four.
On Lap 21, all mayhem broke loose as there were three consecutive cautions. The first of the three cautions came out when Talon Gallimore and Anthony Adams crashed in turn four. The leader, Wayne Mahone blew up in a huge cloud of smoke as the truck ignited into flames to bring out the second caution. Anthony Adams spun trying to avoid the blinding blow up. The third caution came out when Jimmy Herrington climbed the backstretch wall in a shower of sparks. Teammates, Jody Measamer and Marty Griggs spun trying to avoid the spinning truck of Herrington.
On Lap 23, Talon Gillimore and Anthony Adams got together once again, this time in turn one. On Lap 27, the caution flew again as Kevin Parsons truck climbed on top of Ryan Hall’s. The two drivers didn’t wreck, but a chain of accidents happened because of it. Talon Gillimore, Jody Measamer, Marty Griggs, and Randy Hall crashed after the contact in turn two. At the same time, Anthony Adams spun on the frontstretch. The final caution came out on Lap 28, when Talon Gillimore went around in turn four.
Hal Goodson led 39 laps in route to his seventh win of the year, third in a row. Goodson also won the Super Truck Championship. This is his third Super Truck Championship at Dillon Motor Speedway. Bryan Blackwell finished second, and Terry Moore finished third. Kevin Parsons finished fourth, and Michael Ellis finished fifth.
The final points standings are: Hal Goodson first, Kevin Parsons second, Jody Measamer third, Mart Griggs fourth, and Archie Admas Jr. fifth.
Make your plans to attend Dillon Motor Speedway on September 25th, for the Championship Night 2010 Presented by Missy’s and All That and More. The UCAR/Bombers, Four Cylinders, Street Stocks, Chargers, USAC Ford Focus Midgets, and the Late Models will be racing. The pit gates open at 3:00 p.m. Practice starts at 4:00 p.m. and qualifying begins at 6:10 p.m. The heat races will start at 7:30 p.m.
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