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Broyles pockets second straight win at Bulls Gap

August 5th, 2013 6:27 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Broyles pockets second straight win at Bulls Gap

Jerry Broyles grabbed the lead at the start of this past Saturday night’s Crate Late Model feature at Volunteer Speedway and led the rest of the way for his second straight win at the Bulls Gap dirt track.
Runner-up Jensen Ford kept sticking the nose of his car under Broyles’ No. 72 Chevrolet racing off the corners, but Broyles never slipped up to allow Ford to get around him.
“The car was on a rail. It was super fast all night from the time we unloaded the car,” Broyles said of his No. 72 Chevrolet Impala. “We were good in practice, got the car better for qualifying and made a couple of changes before the race. It was the fastest car I’ve had in a while.”
Broyles was one of three drivers from Jonesborough to finish in the top five.
Second-place went to Ford, a Piney Flats resident. Jonesborough drivers Bobby Mays and Tim Byrd were third and fifth, respectively, with Mike Smith of Rogersville the fourth-place finisher.
It wasn’t as good a night for a pair of Johnson City drivers.
The brakes failed on Tim Maupin’s car on lap 6 and he slammed into the rear of teammate Dale Ball’s car, sending it spinning. It caused a 10-car pileup, and left Ball and Maupin with finishes of 14th and 15th place in the 20-driver field.
The Pro Late Model race was a preliminary to the Herman Collins/Red Ledford Memorial for the Super Late Models.
Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville passed five-time track champion Vic Hill of Morristown on lap 34 of the 50-lap feature to take the victory.
Steve Boles of Clinton finished third, as Chad Ogle of Sevierville and Steve Casebolt of Richmond, Ind., rounded out the top five.
In other races, Jesse Helton of Rogersville led flag-to-flag to win the Modified Hobby division feature and Randy Dykes of Newport scored his second straight win in the Mini Stock class.
The next event scheduled for Volunteer Speedway is the $5,000-to-win “King of the Gap” Steel Head Late Model Championship on Friday, Aug. 16.
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Mike Brown added to his X Games medal total with a silver-medal ride in Sunday’s Endurocross Race at X Games Los Angeles.
The Johnson City native won the gold medal at the same race last year and added another gold at Barcelona in May.
However, Brown’s KTM racing teammate, Taddy Blazusiak, took the gold on Sunday.
Blazusiak opened up a lead after getting out front on a holeshot, while Brown had to work his way through traffic. Brown closed
on Blazusiak near the end of the race, but ended four seconds behind.
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On the local motocross scene, Jacob Austin of Jonesborough racked up this past Saturday in the Hot Summer Night Series at the Appalachian Fairgrounds.
Austin won three separate divisions — 250C, 125cc 2-stroke and 85-150cc. Will Andrews of Hampton was victorious in two classes — 65cc 7-9 year-olds and 65cc unlimited.
Other local winners included: Chandler Carver of Jonesborough (51cc Multi-Speed), Chance Markland of Elizabethton (65cc Beginner), Chris Furches of Jonesborough (ATV Youth) and Jordan Cosey of Johnson City (450D Extra).
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Allen Johnson lost in the quarterfinals of Sunday’s NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, and for the second straight week the Greeneville driver fell victim to a teammate.
Vincent Nobile beat Johnson by just .006 of a second in their matchup. Nobile went on to record his second straight win with a victory over Jeg Coughlin in the final round.
The Greeneville-based J&J Racing Team has won three straight races and five of the last six on the NHRA tour. For the season, they have nine wins. Johnson leads the pack with four wins, followed by Nobile with three wins and Coughlin with two.
With their sweep of the “Western Swing” complete, the J&J team takes this week off before heading to Brainerd, Minn., for the Lucas Oil Nationals on Aug. 15-18.
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Kingsport Speedway enjoyed an overflow crowd this past Saturday night with the Knights of Destruction Thrill Show.
A crowd of over 6,000 watched school buses race, trucks pulling campers race and demolition derbies.
After that successful outing, the track gets back to NASCAR Weekly All-American Series racing this Friday night.
With only two nights of the weekly series left, Chad Finchum of Knoxville holds an eight-point lead over Johnson City driver Zeke Shell in the Late Model Stock standings.
Tyler Goodwin, a 17-year-old who attends Daniel Boone High School, ranks seventh, and Joey Trent of Gray is 10th in the Late Model points.

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