Henderson makes late charge to claim SUPR Sprints opener!
Henderson started the feature on the inside of row two and settled into fourth in the early going behind race leader Shane Morgan, Butch David and Kelly Angelette. The race was slowed on lap four when Herman Carrier slowed in turn one with a flat left front tire and he was collected by defending O’Reilly SUPR Sprint Car Champion Michael Herrington, who tried to squeeze by on the outside of Carrier. Both cars were finished for the night.
lap six Henderson
had moved by Angelette for third while David assumed the point
from Morgan. David
built up a large lead while
field bunched up one more time on lap 16 as the caution waved
for Humble, Texas
competitor Kent Lewis Jr. who lost a motor and suffered a
brief flash fire as the oil from his motor hit the red hot
headers. Lewis was
battling Lane Whittington for sixth when his motor expired.
As the race went back green,
David retained second place and acknowledged that he had spent
most of his energies building up a big lead and that working
through lapped traffic just proved to be too big a challenge
tonight and that
Shane Morgan closed back in on David and made it a three-way battle for the lead but he was unable to climb back to the front. Terry Vidrine started seventh and battled his way forward to finish fourth ahead of Lane Whittington, who made the charge of the night, climbing from 23rd to fifth at the checkers. Kelly Angelette held on to sixth despite losing his front spoiler early in the 25-lapfeature. David Kountz, Mark Roth, Kent Lewis Sr. and Billy Gunter rounded out the top 10.
In heat race action, Butch David started seventh in the first heat race and charged to the victory, earning the pole for the feature in the process. Shane Morgan won the second heat race from the third starting spot while Harold Henderson claimed the third heat race from the pole.
23 O’Reilly SUPR Sprint Cars were on hand and all cars took the green flag in the feature.
Terry Vidrine, Slaughter,
Kent Lewis, Sr.,
Kent Lewis, Jr., Humble,
In local competition, Justin Bowman returned to victory lane after a
one week absence in Pure Stock action. Bowman topped last week's
winner Eric McAlister to take his fourth victory in five starts. McAlister
held on to second ahead of Robert Petit, Melvin Buecher and Dallas
Mark Simeon topped a three-way battle with Rocky deGruy and
Matthew Simeon to take his first Street Stock victory of the season.
Jimmy Stephens and John Edmonston rounded out the top five.
Jerry Cassano recorded his first UMP Modified victory of the season,
holding off current Baton Rouge Raceway point leader Darron Carroll
to take the win. Richie Ginn finished third after winning his heat race
earlier in the night. Carroll claimed the other heat race victory.
David Ashley held off a late race charge from James Ward in topping
the Late Models. Ashley led from the start but Ward made a mid race
charge and raced side-by-side with Ashley for several laps before
Ashley pulled away to take the win. Eric Courville made a nice late
race run to grab third followed by Curt Lipsey and Kevin Watts.
Jr. Dupont topped the Super Stock action over the #99, Joey
Humphreys and David Knight.
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