Lloyd Wins Scott Thompson Memorial on Hot Summer Night at Volusia Speedway Park
by Jane Smith
Barberville, FL (June 27, 2009) Although the rain did come at Volusia, it came early enough in the day that it did not spoil the Scott Thompson Memorial. Thirty four Late Model drivers came to try for the beautiful guitar trophy and $3800.00. Ivedent Lloyd qualified the fastest with a 17.028 followed by Tyler Ivey with a 17.028, Darell Padgett with a 17.175, Johnny Collins with a 17.256 and Mark Whitener with a 17.262.
Four heat races were run for the Late Models with the top four cars taken out of each heat for the main event. Winning heat number one was Ivedent Lloyd, heat number 2 Keith Nosbisch, heat number 3 Tyler Ivey and heat number 4 Jack Nosbisch, Jr.
Two B-Mains were run for the Late Models with the top four of each B-Main also going into the main event. Patrick Williams, who drove the number 38 owned by Scott Thompson, won the first B-Main with Shan Smith winning the second B-Main. The field was finally set for 26 cars with Keith Nosbisch on the pole for the 50 lap event.
Patrick Williams took the number 38 to the front of the field for the warm-up laps leading to the main event forming the missing man field. Williams proudly rode in front alone in the #38 reminding fans how much Scott Thompson was missed. Williams took the #38 back to it's starting position as the green finally waved on the Scott Thompson Memorial.
Keith Nosbisch took the point on the green followed by Jack Nosbisch, Jr., Tyler Ivey, Mark Whitener, and Dillon Wood. Whitener wasted no time moving forward as he passed Ivey for third and then Nosibsch for second. By lap 3, it was Whitener to the point followed by Keith Nosbisch, Jack Nosbisch, Jr., Ivey, and Johnny Collins. In comes Ivedent Lloyd, winner of the Powell Memorial the week before at Ocala Speedway, and the Late Model feature last Saturday at Volusia, making his way towards the front. Lloyd works his way towards the front when the first caution comes out on lap 12 for Adam Bennett who has spun at the bottom of turn 2.
Whitener once again takes the point on the restart followed by Jason Fitzgerald, Keith Nosbisch, Lloyd, and Ivey. Lloyd takes third and pulls right on the tail of Fitzgerald in second. Whitener has his hands full of Fitzgerald who wants the point and takes the point on lap 16 with Lloyd following thru to second followed by Whitener, Nosbisch, and Ivey. Racing is getting hot and heavy but the caution comes out for Jack Nosbisch, Jr. who has spun high in turn 2.
Once again Fitzgerald takes the point on the restart followed by Lloyd, Whitner, Ivey and K. Nosbisch. But it is a very short green as the yellow comes out almost immediately for a pile-up at the bottom of turns 1 and 2 involving Kevin Durden, Clay Bedenbaugh, Adam Bennett, Kent Corbin, Patick Williams, and Stephen Castleberry. Fitzgerald once again took the point on the green followed by Lloyd, Whitener, Matt Hartley and Tyler Ivey who is doing some side-by-side racing with Johnny Collins. Collins wins the battle and goes to fourth as Hartley settles into fifth. It is almost as if Fitzgerald and Lloyd are in a world of their own as they are far ahead of the rest of the field. Whitener is a "lone ranger" in third all alone followed in the distance by Collins and Ivey. It continues like this until lap 26.
On lap 26 as Fitzgerald and Lloyd are doing their thing for the point, a lap car comes into the picture as Fitzgerald gets stuck behind the lap car and Lloyd is able to take the lead on the outside as Fitzgerald has to settle for second. It is now Lloyd, Fitzgerald, Whitener, Collins, and Ivey.
Adam Bennett has problems on lap 30 as he slowly limps around the top of the track making his way back to the pits. Lloyd continues to lead followed by Fitzgerald, Whitener, Collins, and Darell Padgett. Padgett is now on the move and passes Collins for fourth as Collins settles into fifth. Lap 45 sees Fitzgerald take back the point but it is only temporary as Lloyd fights back and regains the position putting Fitzgerald back to second.
Ivedent Lloyd takes the checkered and wins the Scott Thompson Memorial followed by Jason Fitzgerald, Mark Whitener, Darell Padgett, and Richard Ferry. The next event for the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series will be August 8, 2009 at Waycross Motor Speedway and the 2nd Annual Scotbilt Classic.
Shane Williams and Ronnie Ponce won the heat races for the Sportsman but their feature was alittle off for this class. Finally after numerous cautions, the class was told they had 20 minutes to get the job done or the race would be called. Luckily they did finally find their groove but it was a wild time for awhile.
Twenty two cars were in the feature as Garret Stewart had the pole with Kevin Davis on the outside. Stewart took the point on the green followed by Ronnie Ponce, Shane Williams, Davis and Drew Smith. Ponce took over the point putting Stewart second as the caution came out on lap 1 for Steve Shead and Aaron Barsness who got together at the bottom of turns 1 and 2. Barsness is able to continue but Shead needs the tow truck.
With Stewart on the inside, Ponce on the outside, Ponce takes the lead over Stewart, Williams, David and Danny Vogel, Jr. Williams takes over second but the caution comes out again for Ken Hall, Sr., Marc Kinley and Karl Haas for a spin in the bottom of turn 2. Ponce on the inside, Stewart on the outside, fans are on their feet as they go three wide for the point. Ponce, Williams, and Stewart are all side-by-side but in the end, it is Williams who has the point followed by Ponce, Stewart, Vogel, and Smith. But yet another yellow comes out for Paul Shead and Levi Cribbs who have spun also on the bottom of turn 2. Donnie Birdwell also spins after the fact and is given back his spot since the caution was called for Shead and Cribbs and this is only lap 3.
Williams on the inside, Ponce on the outside as Williams takes the point on the green followed by Ponce, Stewart, Vogel and Chris Vogel. But the yellow comes out again as Drew Smith has spun on the bottom of turn 2. Another restart is in order but it also fails as the yellow comes out again for Timothy Miller who has spun on the bottom of turn 2. Will this race ever make it pass lap 3??
Williams takes the point on the restart but Ponce takes over the point but only shortly as the caution comes out on lap 4 for debris on the track. Another restart as Ponce leads the way over Williams, Danny Vogel, Chris Vogel and Stewart. Williams challenges Ponce but Ponce shuts the door. It is Ponce, Williams, Vogel, Vogel, Stewart, Daugharty, Peacock, McGillivray, Haney, Davis and Smith leading the way.
Lap 9 sees McGillivrary bring out the caution for a spin at the bottom of turn 2. Ponce once again leads the way on the restart followed by Vogel, Williams, Vogel and Daugharty. By lap 10, McGillivrary is off and done for the night as Ponce leads the way over Vogel, Williams, Vogel, and Daugharty.
Lap 11 sees the caution come out for Drew Smith who has spun at the bottom of turn 2. Ponce once again takes the point on the lead followed by Vogel, Williams, Daugharty, and Vogel. By lap 11, Williams has taken over second as Vogel goes to third. Lap 16 sees Chris Vogel do a complete 360 for the fans on the frontstretch. Vogel retires to the pits as Ponce once again is on the point for the restart. But Daugharty has had enough as he takes over the point on lap 17 followed by Williams, Vogel, Ponce and Peacock.
Suddenly on lap 18, Daugharty begins to slow and it becomes evident that he is in trouble as he heads into the pits, done for the night. With Daugharty out of the way, Williams now takes over the point followed by Vogel, Ponce, Peacock, and Haney. Ponce dusts the frontstetch wall but continues as Stewart takes his ride in on the last lap as Williams takes the checkered followed by Danny Vogel, Jr., Ronnie Ponce, Alan Peacock, and Mike Haney.
Fourteen cars were in the field for the Street Stock feature with Phil Brown on the pole and Charlie Macnichol on the outside pole. Brown quickly takes the point on the green followed by Macnichol, Grady Christian, Bubba Christian, and Michael Tovet. Christian begins his move to the front but finds that Brown is not so quick to give up the point. Brown shuts the door on Christian every time.
Lap 4 sees the yellow come out for Wally Schneider and Mick Kulak who have gotten together in turn 1 and hit each other hard. Both drivers are fine but done for the night. Brown on the inside, Christian on the outside for the restart as Brown once again takes the point over Christian, Macnichol, Christian, and Tovet. But after a great try, Brown can no longer hold off Christian as he takes the point and Brown goes to second. Lap 6 sees Brown and Macnichol get together as Brown pushes Macnichol but both hold on. But the caution comes out for Macnichol who has spun on the backstretch from the battle for position with Brown. Both Brown and Macnichol are fine and put to the rear for the restart.
Tovet on the inside, Christian on the outside, Christian takes the point over Tovet, Steve Mooers, Macnichol and Brown. Bubba Christian is definitely having problems and limps his ride into the pits, done for the night. Christian continues to lead the way over Tovet, Mooers, Macnichol and Brown. By lap 10, Tovet has built up steam and challenges Christian for the point but Christian quickly shuts the door.
Lap 12 sees Mooers take over second as Tovet goes to third. Now Mooers challenges Christian for the point but Christian has nothing to do with it and shuts the door. Macnichol tries Mooers but Mooers shuts the door. It is now Christian, Mooers, Macnichol, Tovet and Brown. But just as you think Christian is headed for yet another win, the caution comes out for Christian and Mooers on lap 19. Christian had gotten alittle loose in turn 1 as Mooers is close behind and gives Christian alittle tap spinning him out Not something done on purpose but just one of those racing deals. Both Christian and Mooers are sent to the rear for the restart ending one of Mooers greatest runs of the year in second.
New leader is now Macnichol who takes the checkered over Michael Tovet, Phil Brown, Grady Christian, and Steve Mooers. Grady and Bubba Christian took the heat wins.
Danny Vogel, Jr. and Mark Taylor took the heat wins for the Mini Stock division. With $1000 on the line, there were nineteen cars in the field, the biggest field thus far this year for the Mini Stocks.
Sean Babcock had the pole but it was Nick Kerr who quickly took the point followed by Danny Vogel, Jr., Babcock, Tommy Saunders, and Jason Intoppo. Saunders takes over third as Babcock settles into fourth. Calvin Christian comes into the picture as he takes over fourth as Babcock slides backwards to sixth. Lap 4 sees the caution for a spin on the backstretch.
Vogel on the inside, Kerr on the outside as Kerr takes the point on the green followed by Vogel, Christian, Saunders, and Intoppo. Intoppo passes Saunders taking over fourth as Saunders settles into fifth. But Dan Kerr and Scott Mooers (who is in his brand new Mini-Stock and currently leads the points in the Thunder Stock class) makes their moves settling into fourth and fifth.
Just as it is getting hot and heavy, the caution comes out for Scott Burgess who has spun in turn 2. Kerr on the inside, Vogel on the outside as Kerr takes the point on the green followed by Vogel, Intoppo, Christian, and Saunders. Kerr finds his hands full of a very hard charging Vogel who is giving him some great side-by-side action. Vogel takes the point as Kerr settles into second followed by Christian, Intoppo, and Saunders. The caution comes out on lap 12 for Dan Kerr who has hit the frontstretch wall. Mooers spins in turn 2 but gets his spot back since he was not the reason for the caution. Kerr takes his ride in for the night.
With the race halfway completed, it is single file restart as Vogel leads the way over Kerr, Christian, Intoppo, and Saunders. But the caution comes out again on lap 12 when Scott Mooers spins his brand new Mini at the buttom of turn 2. Mooers takes his ride into the pits, done for the night. Kerr takes the point on the restart but it is a short green as the yellow comes out for Intoppo who has jumped the start and must go to the rear for the restart.
Vogel takes the point on the restart followed by Kerr, Christian, Saunders and Babcock. Kerr fights back and retakes the point putting Vogel second. However, it is not over until the fat lady sings and she is not singing yet, as Vogel retakes the point on lap 15. Carl Thomas is smoking bad and helping to kill those darn bitting bugs at a racetrack but continues.
Paul Shumway spins in turn 2 as Mark Taylor, who lives close to me since he is from Cocoa and I am from Merritt Island, hits the frontstretch wall hard. Finney Racing out of Merritt Island help Taylor and will have some work to do before Taylor can return for the next Mini Stock race at Volusia. However, the important fact is, Mark is not hurt only the car.
With only a few laps left, Vogel takes the point on the restart and the checkered to win $1000 followed by Nick Kerr, Tommy Saunders, Calvin Christian, and Jason Intoppo. Mini Stocks will return July 25th for another $500.00 to win night.
Volusia Speedway Park will be closed on July 4th. All the Staff and Officials would like to wish all the drivers, crews and fans a very safe but happy July 4th. Join us July 11th for Casino Night. Roll the dice for grandstand admission; roll a 7 or 11 and be admitted for $7. On the program will be six divisions, fan autographs, "Double Down" points with Late Models, Modified, Street Stock, Thunder Stock, and 4-Cyl Challengers.
VOLUSIA SPEEDWAY PARK
JUNE 27, 2009
SCOTT THOMPSON MEMORIAL 50
1. #07 Ivedent Lloyd, Ocala
2. #7 Jason Fitzgerald, Middelburg
3. #W5 Mark Whitener, Middleburg
4. #46P Darrel Padgett, Jacksonville
5. #17 Richard Ferry, MacClenny
6. #5 Johnny Collins, Jacksonville
7. #47 Tyler Ivey, Tallahassee
8. #66H Matt Hartley, Jacksonville
9. #26W Dillon Wood, New Smyrna
10. #17SS Shan Smith, Dade City
11. #41K John Kellum, Jacksonville
12. #J17 Joe Kump, Lake Helen
13. #23 Lawton Minchew, DeLeon Springs
14. #00 Russell Brown, Jr.
15. #03 Stephen Castleberry, Orange Park
16. #101 Keith Nosbisch, Valrico
17. #16 Stanton Mills, St. Augustine
18. #56 Kevin Durden, Archer
19. #98C Kent Corbin, Bunnell
20. #23b Clay Bedenbaugh, Lake City
21. #53 John Rankin, Ocala
22. #42 Adam Bennett, Jacksonville
23. #26 Adam Bedenbaugh, Lake City
24. #38 Patrick Williams, Archer
25. #12 Jack Nosbisch, Jr., Riverview
26. #21Q Chris Freeman, Enterprise
MINI STOCK - $1000 TO WIN
1. #99 Danny Vogel, Jr., St. Augustine
2. #75 Nick Kerr, Umitilla
3. #09 Tommy Saunders, Altoona
4. #63 Calvin Christian
5. #18 Jason Intoppo, West Palm Beach
6. #9B Sean Babcock, Ocala
7. #66 Scott Burgess
8. #73.5 Dalton Strehle, DeLand
9. #25K Rob Underwood, Umatilla
10. #19 Carl Thomas, Clermont
11. #77 Mark Taylor, Cocoa
12. #311 Paul Shumway, Eustis
13. #10 Scott Mooers, Osteen
14. #73 Dan Kerr, Umatilla
15. #60 Brian Chisolm, Clermont
16. #88 Rodney Alexander, Umatilla
17. #83 Mark Eldridge, Daytona
18. #777 Ron Adams, Holly Hill
19. #14 Keith Briggs, Sorrento
1. #21 Shane Williams
2. #99 Danny Vogel, Jr.
3. #57P Ronnie Ponce
4. #5 Alan Peacock
5. #22 Mike Haney
6. #3 Ken Hall, Sr.
7. #86 Kevin Davis
8. #17 Marc Kinley
9. #42M Timothy Miller
10. #05 Dan Lane, Sr.
11. #11 Aaron Barsness
12. #57 Karl Haas
13. #67 Garret Stewart
14. #00 Shaun Daugharty
15. #2 Chris Vogel
16. #31 Donnie Birdwell, Jr.
17. #29 Drew Smith
18. #96 Matt McGillivrary
19. #77 Wayne Allen, Jr.
20. #3c Levi Cribbs
21. #11S Paul Shead
22. #10 Steve Shead
1. #12M Charlie Macnichol
2. #4B Michael Tovet
3. #13 Phil Brown
4. #36 Grady Christian
5. #95 Steve Mooers
6. #11S James Smith
7. #04 Bubba Christian
8. #57S Wally Schneider
9. #51 Steve Oldaker
10. #2S Mick Kulak
11. #X5 James Strehle
12. #17 D.J. Nobles
13. #77M Mark Maresca
14. #54 Tim Hughes
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