Dupont's double up while Ashley ends an emotional day in victory lane
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (September 18, 2004) - It was father and son night as Kevin Dupont topped the topped the UMP Modifieds while Jr. Dupont topped the Super Stocks but it was David Ashley that scored the O'Reilly Auto Parts Late Model division in a final tribute to his mother Maxie who was laid to rest this morning.
The two young talents took the heat wins for UMP, Kevin Dupont and Mike Connell. Kevin Dupont in his Ford powered UMP had all those ponies running out in the lead. His cousin James (Binky) Ward in the 66 car chased Dupont down but couldn't get him. He was a few ponies short of catching Kevin. Dupont went on to score the win followed by James Ward, Jerry Cassano, Mike Connell, and rounding out the top five was Jason Taylor.
Just like his son, Jr. Dupont in his Ford powered Super Stock shared heat win with Donald Collins and then went on to score the feature win just like his son. Dupont had his hands full with Donald Collins but got the lead followed by Collins and Wilson Voisin. Off turn four Voisin in a cloud of smoke slow way down and went in the pits under yellow. On the restart, Jr. Dupont went on to score the win with Donald Collins in second, Joey Chassion making a hard charge to get third, Curt Lipsey fourth and Richard Zeller fifth.
Street Stock heat winners were Jason Jackson and Jimmy Stephens. As the green flag waved starting the field Jason Jackson took the lead followed closely by Stephens and Rocky deGruy. The first yellow flew when seventh place Randy Jamison lost a wheel out of four. On the restart Jackson held Stephens off. Stephens car started to slow down and fall back through a whole army of cars. A 4 car pile up in four brought another yellow. On the restart Jackson had Rocky deGruy on his back bumper trying to get the lead. A small tap sent the leader Jackson spinning and earned deGruy a trip to the rear.
On the restart Jackson was sent back to the lead and went on to score the win. John Edmonston in second was hard charging the last two laps but finished second. John Griffin came on strong in the final laps and finished third. Kenneth Keating took fourth and Rocky deGruy after taking a trip to the rear came all the way back up to finish fifth.
Justin Bowman and Eric McAllister took the pure stock heat wins. For the feature the two cars ran wheel to wheel for a complete lap. Finally under the flag stand starting the second lap Bowman pulled into the lead. From that point on Bowman never gave up the lead. Last week I made a mistake and said Justin Bowman had 10 wins in the 2004 season. When he took this win it was number 15 for the season. McAllister chased Bowman all 15 laps but had to settle for second. Melvin Buecker ran third about 5 car lengths behind those two and finished in third. Jason Truax finished fourth and Mike McDempsey moved up to finished fifth. The feature ran caution free.
David Ashley ended a long week that started with an emotional O'Reilly SUPR Late Model victory at Houston Raceway Park followed by the passing of his mother Maxie after a long illness and ended one week later as first David and his family laid his mother to rest and then somehow still finding the wherewithal to go out and do what his mother always loved seeing him do, win another race. Ashley grabbed the lead from the start and held off heat winners Jimmy Noland - who finished second and Elizabeth Halpin Smith - who finished fourth when Randy Blanchard moved by to take third. Donald Watson rounded out the top five.
Jesse and Kristi Whitehead topped the heat and feature races in the Cruisers.
Story by Sue DuRoy
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