GoGirl Posted July 12, 2004 Report Share Posted July 12, 2004 At San Antonio Speedway this past Saturday night, the ladies were first to hit the track for their 8 lap Women On Wheels feature event. Ann Freudiger was all dressed up (in her driver's uniform) with somewhere to go.....and that somewhere was victory lane. As the race began, Missy Jones started on the pole. Freudiger and Kelly Earnhardt (in the borrowed car of Irish O'Leary) started second and third. Freudiger really strutted her stuff finishing 2 laps ahead of Jones. Earnhardt finished the night in the pits. Fifteen cars were on tap for the 40 lap Late Model main event. Mark Ackerman, who started on the pole, lost it on the very first lap in turn 1. It had the look of the "BIG ONE". Luckily, all made it through except Larry Bendele who pitted with slight damage. On the restart, Wesley McGuffin was on the pole followed by Jesse Salazar, Jason Smith, Danny Garcia, James Cole and Robert Barker. Cole was clobbering the competition and moved into the lead on lap 6. Bendele didn't let his trip to the back of the pack deter him one bit. He knows every inch of this track and on lap 19 overtook Cole on the high side for the top spot. With 13 laps remaining, the yellow flag flew when Michael Lampton and Greg Meuth tangled in turn 3. Cole, who had been losing ground, took this opportunity to pit. As racing resumed, Cole was making a charge from the rear when he and Donny Horelka made contact causing the right front tire of Cole's car to let go. This sent Cole's car careening violently into the turn 1 wall. He was transported to a local hospital. Bendele went on to win with Barker, Garcia, Smith and Horelka next to cross the stripe. Michael Odom and John Kelly Jr. had front row starting positions in the Road Runners main event. The yellow flag came out on lap 2 when Greg Rohmer spun out due to a flat right rear tire. As the field resumed racing, Odom was in the lead with Kelly Jr. glued to his bumper. Ann Freudiger's hopes of winning two main events went upside down when she flipped her racer on the front stretch. At that point due to time constraints, the race was shortened to 5 laps to go. As Kelly Jr. was attempting to pass Odom for the lead, they became hooked together. This sent Kelly Jr. very hard into the wall at the back gate. Once again the race was shortened to a green, white and checkered flag finish. Irish O'Leary survived this crash filled event for the win followed by Roy Bernal, Odom and Jason Kelly. The Texas Pro Sedans were next on the schedule making their second appearance of the year at SAS. Donnie Moore and Bill LaBarge started on the front row followed by Tony Johnson, Mike Knotts and Bryce Dishman. Moore took the lead with LaBarge staying within shouting distance. Dishman and Jamie Garner were stout moving into third and fourth by the halfway mark. With 6 laps remaining, LaBarge powered past Moore. The yellow flag came out when Candy Hogan spun out with just two laps remaining. On the restart, Moore had the pedal to the metal and breezed past LaBarge for the win. Dishman, Garner and Knotts filled out the top five spots. Let's get ready to rumble in the Sportsman division. In one corner there is Eric Knudtson....winner of two features. In the other corner there is Justin Oates....winner of five features. Leading into this event they are tied in the championship chase with 443 points. They rolled out onto the track ready to go 25 rounds. Garfield Shanklin led the field followed by Vince Trietch, Tom Casey, Tater Mason, Oates and Knudtson. It didn't take very long for Oates and Knudtson to knock out their competitors one by one to run 1-2. As the laps wound down, Knudtson gave it his best shot, but had to settle for second place. Oates took the win and the points lead. Mason, Casey and Trietch duked it out to round out the top five positions. Congratulations to all of our winners and wishes for a speedy recovery go out to James Cole! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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