Vidrine rides good fortune to O'Reilly SUPR Sprint Car
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (May 22, 2004) - Terry Vidrine moved up to the outside pole when Shane Morgan's sprinter slid out of line prior to the green flag, and Vidrine was thankful for the good fortune as he used the outside line to storm to his first O'Reilly SUPR Sprint Car victory of the season. Vidrine brought the $1500 winners share back to Slaughter, Louisiana on a track that hasn't always been so kind to him. Vidrine flipped his sprinter the first night out this year at Baton Rouge Raceway so he was much happier with tonight's results.
Vidrine ran second in his heat race and was slated to start behind Morgan but once he got the outside line going, he never looked back in the 25 lap feature that was slowed by just two cautions. The first caution waved on lap two when Billy Gunter dropped the crankshaft in his sprinter. Shane Morgan and Cary Farmer were collected but Morgan and Farmer were able to continue. The second caution waved on lap 13 as first time Sprint Car competitor Seavy Clemmons spun in turn four.
When the racing stayed green it was Vidrine running the top and pulling away from pole sitter Michael Dupuy, at the wheel of the 1B car normally driven by Bobby Ingram. Ingram invited Dupuy to drive the car and Dupuy quickly earned the pole in his first start of the season. But while Dupuy started on the pole, he was unable to keep up with Vidrine's pace and soon found himself trying to hold off the challenge from Butch David David would eventually grab second with Dupuy relegated to third at the finish line ahead of Lane Whittington and Mark Stokes who rounded out the top five.
Michael Herrington, Jr., who entered the race having won the last two races, struggled tonight and finished a disappoint sixth place ahead of leading rookie of the year contender Cassidy Lejeune. Seavy Clemmons recovered from his spin and finished eighth with Mark Tate and Shane Morgan rounding out the top 10.
Attrition was unfortunately a big story tonight as four drivers were unable to make the start due to mechanical troubles and then two other s dropped out in the feature due to motor problems including Harold Henderson, who entered the race in the race in the point lead. Shane Morgan was about to be in that number as well but he was able to jump into his father's sprinter prior to the start. Shane started on the rear and finished 10th in the feature event while he father was listed as a did not start.
1. Terry Vidrine
2. Butch David
3. Michael Dupuy
4. Lane Whittington
5. Brad Stokes
6. Michael Herrington, Jr.
7. Cassidy Lejeune
8. Seavy Clemmons
9. Mark Tate
10. Shane Morgan
11. Adam Moneyhun
12. Cary Farmer
13. Harold Henderson
14. Bill Gunter
15. Chris Buhler - dns
16. Herman Carrier - dns
17. Ronnie Morgan - dns
18. Steve Murphy - dns
Eric Courville repeats in Late Model competition
Kevin Watts and Donald Watson earned the heat wins for Late Models. Watson came off four as the green was waving and blasted down the front straightaway into the lead followed by Watts and Chris Hoyt. Eric Courville took third from Hoyt and then Hoyt spun and brought out the yellow. Someone lit a fire under Courville, he picked off his competitors one by one till he went from fourth to first and scored the win making it two in a row now. Chris Hoyt worked his way to second and finished there. Mitch Tassin took third, Donald Watson fourth and Jimmy Nolan fifth.
Darron Carroll and Jerry Cassano took the heat wins for UMP Modified.
Carroll busted out in the lead on the start followed by Roger Flynn and
Jerry Cassano. Something happen to the leader Carroll and he went in the
pits and Flynn took over the lead. Scotty Covington was a man with a
mission moving into second and then took the lead from Flynn. Covington
ran high in the turns and was smooth and flying. Covington scored the win,
Flynn finished second, Jim Bryant third, Jerry Cassano fourth and rounding
out the top five was Donnie Simpson.
Street Stock Matthew Simeon and Mitchell Arnold took the heat wins. The Simeon brothers started on the front row. Matthew Simeon from the pole took the lead by turn two. Mark Simeon got high in turn two and Jimmy Stephens took over second. Stephens tried lap after lap to catch Simeon, but couldn't catch Simeon who was so smooth. Matthew Simeon took the win by several car lengths. Jimmy Stephens second. Rocky deGruy worked his way from the back to third, Randy Jamison fourth and Mark Simeon fifth.
Bowman ,Eric McAllister, and Leonard Barrileou shared the pure stock heat
wins .Rusty Cooper started on the pole for the feature. On the start they
scrambled for the lead, Justin Bowman , Eric McAllister and Leonard
Barrileou ran three wide for the lead . Rusty Cooper tried to make it four
wide. McAllister took the lead followed by Bowman. Down the front
straightaway Justin Bowman took over the lead and held it till the end.
McAllister chased Bowman but couldn't get him. Barrileou finished third,
Rusty Cooper fourth and Fred Hastings fifth. Bowman is definitely the car
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