GREENBRIER TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) –Saturday night Easter Weekend race fans at Highland Rim Speedway got a treat as they watch some excellent door to door racing action in almost every division.
The new Format that the owners are putting in place is bringing back the good-ole-days style of Short Track racing to the greater Robertson county area. Starting off the evening with the Pro Truck qualifying race was 14 year old Garrett Dies. It was his second race at the historic ¼ mile high banked facility. Dies led the Pro Trucks to the green flag with Dustin Goodwin driving for veteran owner Bubba Matherly in tow.
Going into the first turn, the veteran Goodwin did it the hard way by making the pass for the lead on the outside of Dies Chevrolet truck going into turn one and he never looked back distancing the field and gathering the checkers and the first of the season for the Matherley racing team.
The Baby Grand division the #15 of John McCloud and Mark Cole in the #50 lead a big field of cars to the green flag. By lap 5 it was easy to see the #8 car of Chris Willis passing cars and coming to the front. He took the lead on lap 13 only to have the racing action slowed by a caution as Tim Vinsant and Tommy McPherson get together.
As the race resumed Willis had opened up a lead however Ronnie Binkley in the famous Binkley #125 car was in pursuit. The two battled for the lead with Binkley eventually taking the lead and the Checkered Flag. The Legends race saw young guns Dylan Fetcho and Hunter Wright going for the Feature win with Fetcho coming out on top.
The Tuner division saw Josh Brown and Daniel Harper drag race side by side for the lead off turn four at the drop of the green. Brown edged out the competition to win the event over Chris Brown in second. Crowd favorite and last week’s winner Toby Tobitt was back in action and finished third falling just short of contending for another win after having to start at the rear of field.
The Pro Truck division saw veteran Racer Charlie Dickens and Hot shoe Clay Gilbert lead the field to the green in a battle to turn one. Gilbert takes the early lead with the #95 of Dustin Goodwin falling off the pace after winning the qualifier earlier in the evening. On lap seven 2015 track Champion Matt Spurlock edges the lead away from hotshoe Gilbert. Spurlock begins to stretch the lead out when all of a sudden young Garrett Dies appears to have found the groove in his Roland Tire Chevrolet truck.
After starting shot gun on the field he worked his way up to the 3rd position and by lap 16 the Hartsville Tennessee youngster make a veteran type move for second place and sets his site on Spurlock. With only four laps left in the caution free event he is now reeling in last year’s champion as the laps run out.
The ever popular PULL A PART Pure Stock Division is a Fan favorite as the competition is always tight and this division has history of using the ole chrome horn when necessary. Cameron Choate driving his Pull a Part Chevrolet leads the field to the green flag with the ever popular Willie Coats right on the outside of the front row.
Choate eventually clear Coats and during this battle 2nd year driver James Shaw is wheeling his Chevrolet into position as he and Choate began to battle fender to fender and door to door on the high banked Bull Ring track. Shaw battling from his 3rd place starting position eventually wins the battle for the lead as he continues on to a Very Popular Win with the fans. This was Shaws first ever victory at Highland Rim Speedway and that is quite an accomplishment as The Rim has some of the most competitive racing in the south every Saturday night. To get the first win of your career at this speedway is a huge feat.
Next up was the brand new division .. THE ROAD WARRIORS… Locals race enthusists wanting an affordable way to get into racing and have a easily competitive car are choosing this class to start in.
Before the end of the year the Speedway is expecting this division to be the most popular division as they are expecting upwards of 15 to 20 cars to be racing this division on a given night. At the drop of the green George Chandler and John McCloud bring the field out of turn four and down the front stretch towards turn one.
As they enter turn one, McCloud takes the lead with everyone else scrambling to get into position. It appears the #9 has his car on a rail this week until current points leader Donald Webb puts veteran move to get the lead with McCloud chasing the 26 car of Webb his luck suddenly changes with a mechanical failure that knocks him out of the race.
As the race winds down, Webb and young Payton Allen in the Blue deuce swap the lead with Allen leading the White Flag lap only to be edged by the 26 of Webb at the finish. Allen was racing in only his 2nd race of his career so we can see a bright future for this young man.
The final event of the evening was the Super Stocks. Tink Jackson and Curtis Daye lead the field to the green with these two battling for the lead. Crowd favorite Josh Hagewood spins in turn one to bring out the only caution of the evening and on the restart it is Curtis Daye who grabs the lead from the Veteran Tink Jackson but only for a short time as Jackson eventually takes the position using a great inside move to get the lead. Daye and Terry Jackson do their best to get the lead from Tink Jackson but tonight’s race belonged to the Tinkster as he took the big feature event of the evening.
The Rim has new start times this year as the gates open at 3pm and racing begins at 6pm. Co-Owner Jerry Criswell says the speedway has chosen to move the start time up to 6pm this year to try and get the races over quicker in respect of our neighbors. It will allow the fans to get home at a much earlier time of the evening, Criswell told Smokey Barn News.
“The tracks goal is to be finished with all racing by the 9:00 hour each Saturday, Criswell said. The first week the racing was over at approx. 9:30 and that was with the BIG 125 Lap Late Model season opening event. Easter weekend it was over at an unpresidented 8:34, much to the approval of the fans, racers.
If you have not been to Highland Rim Speedway in a while this Saturday would be a great time to visit the new family friendly atmosphere.
Those Ground Pounding Open Wheel Modifieds with their UNLIMITED horse powered engines are in town for their first big event as they have changed to a new racing tire this year. This tire should help these guys hook up some of that horsepower to the track for a what should be a great race. It is scheduled to be a 75 lap Open wheel event featuring local talent such as Ricky Sanford, Tim Gay, Robert Janes and defending Champion Scott Gay. Many more drivers should be on hand along with many of the popular weekly divisions that will be racing as well.
James Shaw in only his 2nd season of racing makes a veteran move inside of Cameron Choate in the PULL A PART Pure Stock Division at Highland Rim Speedway Easter Weekend and he goes on to hold the other hard chargers off to score the Big Win. This was James 1st feature Win but with the way he is running it will not likely be his last.
Written by Tabitha Branham
James Shaw 1st feature win
The racing was getting close as Terry Jackson looks inside of fan favorite Tink Jackson as they race for the win in the Super Stock Division. Mr. Tink Jackson the Gentle Giant held on to win the Big event at the ¼ mile bull ring Easter Saturday for a very popular win.
Top Five Finishers are below…
Super Stock Division
A lucky young fan gets the opportunity to meet Baby Grand Winner Ronnie Binkley after his big win and is presented with a Candy Easter Bunny after the Big Easter Egg hunt at The Rim for the children.
Plus this young man got to have victory lane photos with the winner and then Mr. Binkley gives the young man the winning trophy that is almost as BIG as he is. It’s no wonder the children love racing at The Rim.
Josh Brown from Cottontown TN wins the Tuner Feature Race and enjoys his moment in the Victory Lane Spot light with some of his friends and supporters.
Josh Brown Wins Tuner Feature
Donald Webb Jr. of Greenbrier makes it two in a row in the ROAD WARRIOR division. This was a great race with both Webb and rookie Payton Allen driving the blue 02 battling door to door in the final laps. Allen lead the white flag at the line but with Webb having the inside line going into turn one Allen was not able to hold on to the lead position as Webb made the pass for the Win.
Donald Webb Jr. of Greenbrier makes it two in a row in the ROAD WARRIOR
Clay Gilbert (88) leads Charlie Dickens (33) and Matt Spurlock(98) as they go three wide down thunder alley as young Garrett Dies (27) chases Dustin Goodwin (95) after he starts at the back of the pack. Matt Spurlock made it two in a row by winning the event but not before Dies came on strong to finish second to the 2015 Champion in only his second ever Pro Truck start. Dies from Hartsville TN is only 14 years old and he has shown a lot promise in his first two races.. If he continues on the pace he is on with a little luck he could find himself in the Winners Circle before long. In the Pro Truck qualifier event Dustin Goodwin in his Bubba Matherly Pro Truck took home his first win of the season. Dustin had mechanical failure in the feature event.
For a while young Grayson Pate (7) and Cody Fredricks (5) were making Dylan Fetcho the meat in the sandwich as they were three wide for position. In the end young Dylan Fetcho from Lebanon TN picks up his first win of the season in the Legends event. Dylan enjoys his win in Victory lane with his father Scott Fetcho also an accomplished winning racer.
Dylan Fetcho from Lebanon TN picks up his first win
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