The largest weekly crowd of the season packed the grandstands Saturday at Volunteer Speedway for Ramey Ford Night at the Races.
Vic The Thrill Hill of Morristown, a four-time (1997, 98, 2000 and 05) track champion, set fast-time of 12.950-seconds to earn the pole position for the $2,000-to-win Gateway Ford Super Late Model feature. Jumping into the lead at the drop of the green, Hill never looked back en route to a very impressive flag-to-flag victory, his first this year.
After one lap was completed Hill led Mike Smith, Kerry Jones, Shane Roberts and Rodney Kiker. Working the bottom between turns three and four, Jones passed Smith for second-place on the fifth lap. In the early going Hill was setting a blistering pace out front, pulling out to right at a full-straightaway advantage over the tight-running trio of Jones, Smith and Roberts halfway into the 35-lap race distance.
With the leaders working lapped traffic, Hill picked his holes and kept applying the heat on his fellow competitors. Smith used slower cars to his advantage and made a move to overtake Jones for the runner-up spot on lap 20, and only one circuit later the event’s first caution waved when the fifth-running Jeff Maupin looped his mount in the fourth turn. Maupin, who was riding a three-race winning streak had to start the feature from the sixth position due to a track rule which states any driver, in any division who wins three races in a row, can start no better than sixth.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.