RESULTS FOR JULY 7, 2001
It was the end of the long 4th of July week as the racing action resumed at the Greenbelt Speedway this past Sunday night. The temperature was hot, muggy and warm, the racing was very close and the tempers were high as week number eight roared to life.
This past Sunday night not only had the return of the "Vintage Cars" making another stop at the big half-mile but also "Sit-n-Sleep" furniture personality, Doug Hensley was on hand to welcome the race fans and take in the Sunday night event.
As on race fan said that the car count was so low, the fans were not disappointed in the out come of the racing action. With the threat of rain forcing the officials to stay busy and keep the action moving along the drivers drove flawless in the qualifying events only brining out the yellow flag once in seven races. The racing action at times were three wide coming to the finish line in all three Greenbelt classes.
In the first feature of the night, the Hobby Stocks ran green to checkered. Greg Hansen was having his best run of the season as he led all but the final quarter lap of the event. Coming off the final corner point leader Brian Stein made the pass of the year and go on to win his sixth feature in eight weeks in the Hobby Stock class. Right behind Hansen was Allen Dixon and Curt Hook.
The Stock Cars was the second feature of the evening and the action on the track was second to none as a three car battle between Bill Hildreth, Ed Anderson and Vince Loewen delighted the crowd in the stands. At the start of the fifteen-lap event Hildreth jumped to an early lead with Anderson right on his back bumper. As the two raced side by side through out the first eight laps, both drivers in the close racing conditions made contact. As the two drivers excited turn two on lap nine, the two drivers locked bumpers and slowed down, now Loewen seeing this went to the top side and took the lead. When Anderson and Hildreth fell to fourth, but were still in sight of the lead. With Loewen now the leader the field bunched itself up going down the backstretch on lap ten with five lap to go. Going into turn three Hildreth appeared to jump the cousin and hit the back end of Anderson's car, causing Anderson to spin out bring out the yellow flag slowing the event. Anderson went into the pit and was done. Hildreth would be lined up right behind Loewen on the restart. As the two battled Hildreth was able to make a pass coming off of turn, for the lead and the win. As a result of unsportsmanlike like conduct Anderson was ejected from the speedway. Behind Loewen were Jeremy Grady and Jim Mitchell.
The final feature of the night was the Modifieds and Cory Dripps won his second feature in as many weeks with Rick Gustin and Mark Elliott finishing in the second and third positions.
Next Sunday night the racing action will continue with the "Kosanke Hardware" Night at the Speedway with hot laps starting at 6:00 and the first green flag of the evening being waved at 6:30.
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