County Line Raceway in Elm City saw plenty of action Saturday night , June 11, 2005 on the 3/8 mile clay oval. The Pure Stock 4 cylinder took the track first in one of their two events for the night. Even though it was a small field of cars they made it exciting. Starting on the front row was pole winner Carlton Toney and outside was George Ballance. Ballance jumped out front and lead the first three laps before Brian Medlin worked his way into the lead Medlin continued to circle the track out front for the win. Following Medlin was George Ballance out of Bunn for second place. Toney finished third followed by Chad Thorne of Wilson and Blake House from Louisburg.
The second event of the night was a field of twelve Super Stock 4 cylinders ready for action. Starting on the front row was two of the young guns Dustin Mitchell of Princeton on the inside pole and Brandon Wells of Kenly on the outside. Wells took the top spot at the drop of the green flag and lead the entire 15 lap feature for his first win of the 05 racing season. Elm City’s Michael Webb and last weeks winner settled for second place after battling with Wells. Mitchell finished third, Tony Cole of Princeton was fourth followed by Selma’s Ronnie Johnson for 5 place.
In the 20 lap Super Stock V-S Class was Jerry Baker of Elm City driving for his brother Glenn, who continued to put the #21 on the front row as well as take home the prize money and trophy. Baker lead the last 9 laps for his win. Pole winner Chris Ray of Zebulon lead the first 11 laps before spinning in turns 3 and 4 and collecting five other cars in the pileup. Ray after pitting returned to finish in 6th place. JJ Pendergrass of Nashville after avoiding the caution continued to battle but had to settle for the runner up spot. Pendergrass has collected two wins already this season. Red Oaks Joey Macklin who was also in the big one for the night pitted for repairs but returned and finished in 3 place. Mark Baker dodged the wreck and took home 4 place money. Mark McKenzie of Elm City also spinning to avoid the caution on lap 14 (the big one) pitted for repairs and returned for a 5th place finish.
Ken Corbitt of Sharpsburg in the 25 Lap Thunder & Lightning Division picked up his first win of the season. The front two cars of Britches Liles (last weeks winner) and JP Cascell were all trying for the number one spot, lap after lap but not until the fourth turn of the final lap when Liles, Cascell and Corbitt made it three wide did Corbitt beat it to the start finish line and took the checkered flag. Cascell of Zebulon came across in a close 2 place. Liles after having lead the first 24 laps finished in 5th place. Third place went to Alan Worrell of Elm City who was close on the bumpers of the leaders. Billy Poythress of Rocky Mount beat Liles to the finish line for the 4 place spot.
In the 20 lap Modified 4 Cylinder event Tom Ballance of Zebulon lead flag to flag in his victory for the evening making it back to back wins. Michael Webb from Elm City finishing second did not let ii be an easy win for Balance as he rode his bumper for the duration of the race. Bailey’s Bill Winstead picked up 3rd place. Jim Massengill of Wilson was more determined than ever to run in this event. In his Heat Race he experienced engine problems, but that was not going to stop him, he just loaded that car up, took it home and returned with another one. Even after all of his efforts he had engine problems again only to finish in 4th place for the night.
Brian Medlin from Henderson makes it two straight wins for the night as he won both of the Special Event Twin Races for the Pure Stock 4 Cylinder. Carlton Toney gained a spot in the second event finishing in 2nd place. Toney is out of Wendell. Chad Thorne from Wilson also moved up a position while finishing third. George Ballance of Bunn started on the pole in the second feature but slipped to fourth place in the end. Blake House from Louisburg just could not seem to get his Mustang into gear and had to settle for 5th place for the second time tonight.
It was an exciting race for the spectators as they watched and cheered the Pure Stock V8 drivers to victory. After three different leaders swapped the lead back and forth lap after lap it was the car driven by racer Michael Lamm from Battleboro who picked up the win. Lamm battled with Wesley Cogdell of Nashville as they exchanged the lead back and forth for the first half of the event. By the end of the race Cogdell after having spun out while leading in turn two on the eleventh lap and bringing out the second caution had to go to the rear and finished fourth. Gary Whitley of Stantonsburg lead only one lap in the lead changing but did take home 2nd place honors. Third place went to Jerry Williams of Snow Hill as he tried to get into position to lead but could not find room around the leaders. David Myers of Bailey settled for a 5th place finish.
See you at County Line Raceway next week for more Saturday Night Thunder with features in Late Model. Pure Stock 4, Super Stock 4, Modified 4, Pure Stock V-8 and Thunder & Lightning,