Cowan returns to track for
Bobby Cowan has been waiting to return to 411 Motor Speedway for a couple of years, and the former winner came back Saturday night and put on a dominating show for the fans in the Late Model division.
Cowan set fast time for the evening and won his heat race, but due to the inversion, had to start the feature in the fourth position. Cowan made up a position quickly, but had took a few laps to catch race leader, John Byers. Byers tried to keep the flying #23 behind him, but lost all of the ground he gained when Josh Twomey spun in turn one. Twomey got back underway, and Cowan closed on the back of Byers. On the restart, Cowan got by Byers and led the remainder of the race. Larry Sullivan was substituting for Chris Corum, who was on vacation, and also got around Byers to take the second spot away. Byers finished in third and Mark Zemke took the fourth spot.
The Modified Mini division saw a race for second and third as Bud Long took off and won the race by almost a half of a lap. Long, driving the Toyota, stretched his lead every lap, but ended up giving the win back when his car was found illegal in post race inspection. That gave the win to Terry Poore, who had worked his way to second, fighting hard for every spot after starting in the back of the pack. Poore worked his way around Cindy Poore with six laps to go and proudly took the trophy home. It was Poore’s second start in the #2 Mustang. Jim Galloway drove a great race and took second with Randy McCoy and Cindy Poore putting on the late race show. The two battled back and forth for the third spot with McCoy coming out on top out of the final turn., Tommy Metler rounded out the top five.
The Classic Car division saw a new winner, as Jackie Reed drove a great race, keeping multiple race winner, Frogg Ingle behind him. Reed used the low line on the track to hold Ingle back. Trish Thomas drove her first race in the Classics to a third place finish with Charlie Dunlap pulling out early with car trouble.
The Luxury Sedans were sporting new safety items on the cars and put on a great show as Terry Welborn returned after a three week fishing trip. Welborn had the FBI car rolling and battled it out with Phillip Derosia for the lead. Welborn gave Derosia a bump in the back and got out front. He went on to speed away and took his sixth win of the year.
Modifies Streets had a new car visit from Kentucky and take home the trophy, as Russell Smith had his Camaro hooked up for the track. This was Smith’s first trip south for the year and he won in dominating fashion over Robert Martin. Phillip Derosia led early, but fought a pushing race car and came home third in the Dodge. Bobby Martin took fourth.
The Front Wheel Drive Mini Chargers saw Jake Ginter take another win over Rusty Ballenger and John Reed.