Tazewell, TN-August 26, 2011- The American Modified Series returned to action on Friday evening after about a month layoff with the tour’s first-ever visit to the super high-banked 1/3 mile red clay oval known as Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, TN and Joey Kramer of Hanover, IN would leave the Gary Hall-promoted facility with his second series win of the season and a $3,000 payday for his efforts.
Kramer’s win would come in the seat of Claudette Kramer owned MasterSbilt Race Car, powered by a Bullock Race Engine. The winning entry carries sponsorship from Hill’s Historic Painting and Restoration, ATVonics, Larry’s Truck Service, Lucas Oil Products, State Farm Insurance, Bright Beginnings Child Care, Lucas Slick Mist, Ground Works Lawn Care and Landscaping, Rocketman Race Bodies, and Indiana Decal Company.
Stanley Donahoo of White Pine, TN would take runner-up honors, while Ed Shamhart of Olney, IL would score a third place effort. Trent Young of Hopkinsville, KY would finish fourth, with John Demoss of Bloomington, IN earning hard-charger honors with his fifth place finish. The remainder of the top ten would be Ken Schrader, Michael England (who would go to the rear of the field after suffering a flat tire on lap 3), Bryan Barber, Don Adams, and Matthew Hopper. The 40 lap, $3,000 to win race would be slowed by nine caution flags and take 45 minutes and eight seconds to complete.
After a four car tangle in turn one at the start of the race that would eliminate Elliott Despain, race action got underway and Stanley Donahoo would take the race lead, while Don Adams and Joey Kramer mixed it up for second, and Bryan Barber and Ricky Arms would battle for fourth. Five more caution periods would slow the action by the halfway mark, but by this point it was a two-car battle for the lead between Donahoo and Kramer, while Barber and Adams continued to duel for third, with Trent Young and Ken Schrader mixing it up for fifth. Kramer would make his move on lap 32 with a slidejob pass of Donahoo in turn four, but Donahoo would regain the race lead before the pair crossed the start/finish line. A lap 34 caution would set up a sprint to the finish and when the green flag waved again, Kramer would follow Donahoo into turn one extremely high, almost hitting the retaining wall and would dive to the bottom of turn two and make what would be the winning pass for the lead in turn three. Third place running Don Adams would spin in turn four on lap 36 to draw the final caution and bunch the field up again, but Kramer would not be touched in the final circuits and would see the checkered first to claim the $3,000 victory.
In preliminary action, Don Adams was the Williams Precision Engines Top Qualifier among 24 entries representing five states at 12.358 seconds. Adams would win Hypercoil Springs heat one, while Joey Kramer won Wiles Driveshafts heat two. Stanley Donahoo would take VP Racing Fuels heat three and Bryan Barber would score the win in Comp Cams heat four.
The next events for the American Modified Series will be on Friday September 16 at Moler Raceway in Williamsburg, OH and Saturday September 17 at Bluegrass Speedway in Bardstown, KY. Both events will pay $1,500 to win.
The American Modified Series presents UMP Modified sanctioned dirt track sports entertainment at racing venues throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee. For more information concerning the American Modified Series, call series race director Chad Yantz at (606) 510-4836 or via the internet by visiting the series website at www.americanmodifiedseries.com.
American Modified Series Race Summary-Event #7: Tazewell Speedway- Tazewell, Tennessee-August 26, 2011
Williams Precision Engines Overall Top Qualifier- Don Adams 12.358
Hypercoils Heat #1- Don Adams, Ricky Arms, Billy Palmer, Michael England, Joey Cotterman, Rocky Wilson
Wiles Driveshafts Heat #2- Joey Kramer, Ken Schrader, John Demoss, Matthew Hopper, Mike Selby, Jeff Akard
VP Racing Fuels Heat #3- Stanley Donahoo, Trent Young, Shon Flanary, Elliott Despain, Wayne James (DNS- Josh Sexton)
Comp Cams Heat #4- Bryan Barber, Ed Shamhard, Keith Smith, Tyler James, Ricky Tinch, Jimmy Payne
Tazewell Speedway A-Main– Joey Kramer, Stanley Donahoo, Ed Shamhart, Trent Young, John Demoss, Ken Schrader, Michael England, Bryan Barber, Don Adams, Matthew Hopper, Keith Smith, Joey Cotterman, Ricky Tinch, Rocky Wilson, Billy Palmer, Tyler James, Ricky Arms, Shon Flanary, Jimmy Payne, Mike Selby, Elliott Despain (DNS- Jeff Akard, Wayne James, Josh Sexton)
Lap Leaders- 2 (Donahoo 1-33, Kramer 34-40) Caution Periods- 9 (Laps 0, 3, 7, 10, 11, 16, 32, 34, 36) Red Flag Periods- None
American Modified Series Provisional Starters- None
Track Provisional Starters- None
Time of Race- 45 minutes and 8 seconds
Williams Precision Engine Fast Time Award ($100 cash award)- Don Adams
Racing Head Service Slowest Qualifier ($100 gift certificate)- Tyler James Hypercoil Spring Heat #1 (5 inch spring)- Don Adams Wiles Driveshaft Heat #2 ($50 gift certificate)- Joey Kramer VP Racing Fuels Heat #3 ($50 gift certificate)- Stanley Donahoo Comp Cams Heat #4 ($50 gift certificate)- Bryan Barber
Racing Head Service B-Main #1 Non Transfer Award ($100 gift certificate)- None
Comp Cams B-Main #2 Non Transfer Award ($100 gift certificate)- None
All Star Performance Hard Charger Award ($100 gift certificate)- John Demoss (started 11th- finished 5th- advanced 6 positions)
Frankland Racing Products Top Finisher ($25 gift certificate)- Ed Shamhart
DJ Safety Lucky 13 Award ($100 gift certificate)- Ricky Tinch PPM Racing Products Hard Luck Award ($50 gift certificate)- Elliott Despain Willy’s Carburetors Lucky Draw ($100 certificate toward a chassis dyno)- Trent Young
2011 American Modified Series Championship Point Standings (Top 10 after 8/26/11)
1. Joey Kramer (Hanover, IN)- 1,605
2. John Demoss (Bloomington, IN)- 1,545
3. Michael England (Glasgow, KY)- 1,535
4. Bryan Barber (Greensburg, KY)- 1,505
5. Elliott Despain (Campbellsville, KY)- 1,120
6. Kelly Warren (Columbia, KY)- 990
7. Rocky Wilson (Hodgenville, KY)- 915 ®
8. Shon Flanary (Church Hill, TN)- 725
J.T. Ayers (New Haven, KY)- 725
10. Trent Young (Hopkinsville, KY)- 675
Upcoming American Modified Series 2011 Tour Schedule of Events *September 16- Moler Raceway Park (Williamsburg, OH)- $1,500 to win *September 17- Bluegrass Speedway (Bardstown, KY)- $1,500 to win- 11th Annual Bluegrass Rumble
American Modified Series 2011 Sponsors/Supporters *All Star Performance (www.allstarperformance.com)- “Hard Charger of the Race” Award *Arizona Sport Shirts- “Official Merchandise Vendor” of the American Modified Series (www.arizonasportshirts.com) *Bad Fast Race Chassis (www.734dirt.com) *Bandit Race Cars (www.banditracecars.net) *B&B Motorsports *Bilstein (www.bilsteinus.com)- Presented by B&B Motorsports *Bob Pierce Race Cars (www.bobpierceracecars.com) *Boknecht Trucking *Comp Cams (www.compcams.com)- “Sponsor of Heat #4”
*Cruise with the Champions (www.cruisewiththechampions.com) *Dale Meers Race Engines *DART Machinery (www.dartheads.com) *Diamond Race Cars (www.diamondracecars.net) *DJ Safety (www.djsafety.com)- “Lucky 13 Award”
*Dyers Top Rods (www.dyersrods.com)
*Frankland Racing Equipment (www.franklandracing.com)- “Top Finisher with a Frankland Rear End”
*H & H Computer Services- North Vernon, IN (812) 352-1221 *Hypercoils (www.hypercoils.com)- “Sponsor of Heat Race #1”
*Impressive Race Cars (www.impressiveracecars.com) *Jay Dickens Race Engines (www.jaydickens.com) *JB Salvage, Inc. (www.jbsalvage.com) *JumpStart Communications- “Official Webmaster” of the American Modified Series *Maximum Energy Development *Mullins Race Engines (www.mullinsraceengines.com) *PPM Racing Products (www.ppmracingproducts.com)- “Hard Luck Award”
*SpeeDecals Racing Graphics (www.freewebs.com/speedecals/) *UMP Dirt Car (www.umpracing.com) *VP Racing Fuels (www.vpracingfuels.com)- “Official Race Fuel of the American Modified Series and Sponsor of Heat Race #3”
*Wick Oil Company (www.wickoil.com)
*Wiles Driveshafts (www.wilesdriveshafts.com)- “Sponsor of Heat Race #2”