Tennessee race dominated by out-of-staters
Jul 18, 2012 at 8:51 PM
Motocross riders from neighboring states were the big winners Sunday at the Kawasaki Tennessee State Championships at Blountville’s Muddy Creek Raceway.
Michael Docherty of Jamestown, N.C., won the 250 Pro Division with finishes of first and second in his two motos. Dylan Cox of Whitesville, Ky., was the winner of the 450 Pro division.
Kyle Bitterman of Belton, S.C., was the runner-up in both classes, winning each of the second motos. Docherty finished third in the 450 Pros. Adam Britt of Johnson City also competed in the 450 Pro race, and finished 13th.
Among the other local riders, Lindsay Britt of Johnson City was second to Maryville’s Brittney Endsley in the women’s division, a race which Chelsea Taylor of Elizabethton finished sixth.
Brandon Belcher was fourth in the Vet Expert (25-up) class and Alex Dorton of Jonesborough was fifth in 450B.
Other youth riders — Hunter Hobbs and Tyler Orfield of Johnson City, and Jacob Austin and Kyle Gomalka of Jonesborugh posted top-five finishes in their respective races.
The Pizza Plus Hot Summer Nights Supercross Series gets back underway on July 28 at the Appalachian Fairgrounds. The Supercross Series will run for three weeks straight on July 28, Aug. 7 and Aug. 11.
Kingsport Speedway returns to action with a weekly racing program this Friday night after taking last week off for the start of FunFest.
Defending track champion Nate Monteith of Blountville holds a 25-point lead over Zeke Shell of Johnson City in the battle for the Late Model Stock championship.
Monteith leads all drivers with seven wins this season, while Shell has a pair of victories.
Paul Nogradi of Clinton is third in the standings, 16 points behind Shell. Hayden Woods, a 16-year-old student at Providence Academy, is currently ninth in the Late Model points.
Tyler Goodwin, a 16-year-old who attends Daniel Boone High School, holds a commanding 60-point lead in the Legends division. In addition to winning 14 of 16 races at Kingsport, he recently finished 11th in the Big Money 100 national event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Other points leaders are: Roger Neece of Clintwood, Va., in Hobby Stock, John Ketron of Kingsport in Pure 4, and Jimmy Hillard of Knoxville in Rookie Pure 4.
Volunteer Speedway has a weekly racing program scheduled this Saturday night with the Pro Late Models as the featured division.
Support classes will be Modified Hobby, Open Wheel Modified and Mini Stock.
Dale Ball of Johnson City appears to be in great shape to win a third consecutive Pro Late Model title. He leads the track standings by 88 points over Ricky Moore of Mosheim.
Jonesborough drivers Tim Byrd and Jerry Broyles rank third and fourth in the points, while Johnson City’s Tim Maupin rounds out the top five.
Two Bristol Dragway regulars won $10,000 checks during last weekend’s World Footbrake Challenge at Thunder Valley.
Tim Griffith, of Cedar Bluff, Va., bested Chris Plott of Winston-Salem, N.C. in the final round of his race.
Steve Foley, of Barbourville, Ky., also beat Plott in his final. Griffith posted a 6.726 elapsed time on a 6.70 dial-in at 108.20 mph, while Foley cruised to a 91.39 mph run after Plott red-lighted.
Bristol Dragway features eight days of Junior Dragster competition starting with the July 21-22 Huddleston Performance Junior Nationals. Then Bristol Dragway hosts the NHRA Junior Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals from July 23-28.
Beechnut Raceway has a weekly racing program this Saturday night before its biggest race of the season, the 10th annual American Dream Challenge on July 27-28. With the main event, a 50-lap and $5,000-to-win race, it is considered the biggest karting event in the state of Tennessee.
Other feature races are 20 laps with 25 different classes to be contested.