takes season opening win
TN (April 7th) – The gates opened at Crossville
Raceway to kick-off the 2012 racing season with
the Tennesseeracer.com “Spring Fling 100” . A great
crowd was on hand to watch their favorite drivers
in action. On this night Crossville Raceway founder
J. Paul Smith was the Grand Marshall of the night’s
festivities. Also on hand to carry the American
Flag for the National Anthem was Jerry & Dee
Walker, the Walker Special #14 Vintage Sprint Car,
that’s powered by a Flat-Head Ford. Now to the racing
In Late Model action, #29 Jason Welshan set fast
time with a lap of 13.091. Second quick was #00
Ruben Mayfield with a lap of 13.796. In the two
Late Model heats #7 Darrick York won the first heat
followed by #47 Dave Jurist and #2 Danny Yoder who
rounded out the top three. In heat two #14 Weston
Gantte took the win with #77 Robby Reagan and #8
Trent Mullinax rounding out the top three. In the
Late Model Hoosier Dash for the top six qualifiers
#22 Patrick Duggan took the win, followed by Welshan
and #77 Perry Delany rounding out the top three.
In the 30 lap Late Model feature, Duggan and Welshan
waged a battle for the lead. Duggan took the lead
with Welshan in his tire tracks. On lap 9, Welshan
got by Duggan for the lead. Also on lap 9 #0 Brandon
Williams grabbed third from Delaney. Williams would
get by Duggan for second on lap 16. On lap 17 #5J
Jesse Lowe passed Mayfield for fifth. Meanwhile
up front, it was Welshan taking the win. Williams
would finish second, Duggan third, Delaney was fourth,
and Reagan rounded out the top five. Welshan was
relieved after the race as he got a much needed
win. Welshan was driving a MasterSbilt chassis,
with a 604 crate motor under the hood. The car owners
are Gary Rolfe and Roger and Cindy Kerr. A couple
of sponsors on the car is Competition Racing Equipment
and Outlaw Graphics.
The FrontRunner feature saw #J27 JD Rector power
to an early lead followed by #16R Robert Stone.
On lap 5, #L92 Lucas Presley got by Stone for second.
On lap 10, #13 Dog Lane took the second position
away from Presley. Lane began applying pressure
to Rector, on lap 17 Lane would slip by Rector for
the lead coming out of turn four. Contact between
the two resulted in Lane sliding into the wall.
Lane was done for the night and Rector was sent
to the rear of the field. Presley took over the
lead, #C4 Eddie Brown started pressuring Presley
for the lead. Presley however held on to take the
win. Brown finished in second, Stone finished in
third, #31 Mike Brown was fourth, and #57 Stephen
Conley rounding out the top five.
In the Chevette feature, #8 Ronnie Choate took the
lead at the start. #66 Todd Spivey was running second
and #34 Dustin Benton in third. Choate went unchallenged
and took the first win of the year in this class.
Benton finished second, Spivey was third, #92D Jonathan
Dicken, and #2 Brian Sevier rounded out the top
The Street Stocks saw #84 Jason Savage take the
win with #7 Dwayne Jones finishing in second.
The Jr Hornets is a new class at the track this
year. It is a class for the younger crowd ages 12-17.
In the first race of the season, #17 Carlie Mullinax
took the win and #4 Cane Pelfrey finished in second.
"Spring Fling 100"
Models: 1. 29 Jason Welshan 2. 0 Brandon Williams
3. 22 Patrick Duggan 4. 77R Perry Delany 5. 77 Robby
Reagan 6. 00 Ruben Mayfield 7. 8 Trent Mullinax
8. 13 Jim Bolin 9. 2 Danny Yoder 10. 34 Freddy Simpson
11. 47 Dave Jurist 12. 5J Jesse Lowe 13. 7 Darrick
York 14. Weston Gantle (DNS) 58 Kenny Cobble
Stocks: 1. 84 Jason Savage 2. 7 Dwayne Jones
Runners: 1. L92 Lucas Pressely 2. C4 Eddie Brown
3. 16R Robert Stone 4. 31 Mike Brown 5. 57 Steven
Conley 6. 69 Joey McIntire 7. 01 Cody Brun 8. 13
Dog Lane 9. J27 JD Rector 10. 151 Micheal Conley
(DNS) 44 Dane Selby (DNS) 3 Matthew Sullivan
1. 8 Ronnie Choate 2. 34 Dustin Benton 3. 66 Todd
Spivey 4. 92D Jonathan Dicken 5. 2 Brian Sevier
6. 15 Tony Lewis 7. 92 Jason Qualls 8. 6 Scotty
Hornets: 1. 17 Carlie Mullinax 2. 4 Cane Pelfrey
courtesy Sherry Selby
Grand Marshall was Crossville Raceway's first owner
J. Paul Smith