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Golden Isles Speedway

Off-and-on showers halt Golden Isles opener

January 28, 2009, 5:36 pm
By Todd Turner
DirtonDirt.com chief writer
Ronny Lee Hollingsworth showed off his fast No. 18. (butlerracingphotos.com)
Ronny Lee Hollingsworth showed off his fast No. 18. (butlerracingphotos.com)

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (Jan. 28) — Scattered, off-and-on showers forced postponement of Golden Isles Speedway's Super Bowl of Racing V opener as rain first delayed hot laps 90 minutes then more light showers hit during time trials. The $5,000-to-win O'Reilly Southern All Star event will resume Thursday evening with the completion of time trials, according to track owner Frankie Lloyd. | Wednesday notebook | Slideshow

The rainout shuffles the four-race schedule as the track is scratching Saturday's scheduled $12,000-to-win event, pushing the other races back one night. Following Thursday's $5,000-to-win makeup event will be a $7,500-to-win race on Friday and a $10,000-to-win race on Saturday, Lloyd said.

Also, Saturday's scheduled 25-lap feature among the top 10 drivers in series points has been scratched, Lloyd said. The three-night points champion will now receive $5,000 without running a race and the remainder of the $12,000 points fund will be doled out among the Super Bowl's top 10 drivers.

Before rain halted Wednesday's action, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth of Northport, Ala., was the fastest in the first four complete groups of qualifying with a 15.214-second lap on the 4/10-mile southeast Georgia oval. The final two groups will complete time trials when Super Late Model action resumes Thursday. The Limited Late Models of the National Late Model Series are also in action with $3,000-to-win events each night.

Correction: Updates story with revised schedule

Pre-race notes

Scattered showers delayed hot laps more than 90 minutes, then another brief shower toward the end of time trials was the beginning of the end as a misty rain continued off-and-on for at least a half hour. Rain is forecast for overnight through mid-day Thursday but no rain is forecast on Friday or Saturday. ... The 58 Super Late Models was near last year's average for seven nights at Golden Isles. The 2008 event drew a high of 65 cars on Feb. 1. ... The event drew perhaps more entries of drivers in Bloomquist Race Cars of any race ever. There were 11 drivers piloting the Bloomquist cars, including first-timers Jordan Bland and Rick Eckert. ... Modified ace Tommy Weder Jr. of Woodward, Okla., entered in a Victory Circle chassis and pitted alongside Victory Circle's premier driver, Billy Moyer. ... A.J. Kirkpatrick, a five-time winner last season on the Western Allstars DIRTcar Late Model Series, is making his first Georgia-Florida Speedweeks appearance. ... The crowd was larger than some weeknights of last year's Super Bowl with perhaps 400 fans in the grandstands. ... The track sold chances for fans to take rides in a two-seater with Jimmy Owens. ... Wednesday's NLMS qualifying will be scrubbed and redone Thursday, according to series director Ray Miller.

Time trials (unofficial)

First group
Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 15.988
Shanon Buckingham (50), Morristown, Tenn., 16.152
Clint Smith (44), Senoia, Ga., 16.312
Dillon Wood (26), New Smyrna Beach, Fla., 16.347
Mark Andersen (85), Blanchard, Mich., 16.378
Jeremy Faircloth (4), Swainsboro, Ga., 16.391
Brent Dixon (1) Elberton, Ga., 16.472
Ethan Hunter (101), Tiger, Ga., 16.588
Tommy Weder (02), Woodward, Okla., 17.008
Mike Nasworthy (0), Gray, Ga., 19.470
Second group
Tyler Ivey (47), Tallahassee, Fla., 15.662
Scott Bloomquist (0), Mooresburg, Tenn., 15.745
Terry Casey (42), New London, Wis., 15.876
Brady Smith (2), Solon Springs, Wis., 15.926
Kelly Boen (07), Henderson, Colo., 15.958
Ben Faircloth (27), Swainsboro, Ga., 15.958
Eric Jacobsen (5), Seacliff Beach, Calif., 16.486
Russ King (56), Bristolville, Ohio, 16.512
Kerry Jones (6), Bristol, Tenn., 17.659
Tyler Reddick (11), Corning, Calif., 19.723
Third group
Ronny Lee Hollingsworth (18), Northport, Ala., 15.214
Casey Roberts (101), Toccoa, Ga., 15.339
Tim Fuller (19), Watertown, N.Y., 15.563
Rick Eckert (24), York, Pa., 15.716
Chub Frank (1*), Bear Lake, Pa., 15.809
Earl Pearson Jr. (44), Jacksonville, Fla., 15.827
Mike Collins (3), Council Bluffs, Iowa, 16.200
Benji Cole (45), Canon, Ga., 17.205
Eric Turner (99), Hermitage, Mo., 17.849
Fourth group
Josh Richards (1), Shinnston, W.Va., 15.547
Matt Miller (7), Whitehouse, Ohio, 15.863
Tommy Kerr (4T), Maryville, Tenn., 16.043
John Blankenship (23), Williamson, W.Va., 16.085
Donnie Moran (99), Dresden, Ohio, 16.119
Anthony Hill (10), Carrollton, Ga., 16.134
Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark., 16.199
Steve Shaver (30), Vienna, W.Va., 16.237
Dave Hess Jr. (44), Waterford, Pa., 16.537
Duke Whiseant, Texarkana, Ark., 17.494
Fifth group
Chris Madden (44), Gray Court, S.C., 15.259
Randle Chupp (22), Troutman, N.C., 15.600
Darren Miller (32D), Milledgeville, Ill., 15.722
Jesse Stovall (00), Galena, Mo., 15.802
Jordan Bland (12), Campbellsville, Ky., 15.806
Ed Basey (4), Evans, Ga., 15.828
Ivedent Lloyd Jr. (21), Ocala, Fla., 16.021
James Ward (w3), Lettsworth, La., 16.282
Mark Davis (01), Savannah, Ga., no time
Jason McBride (77), Carbondale, Ill., no time
Sixth group
A.J. Kirkpatrick (12k), Castroville, Calif., no time
Dan Schlieper (9), Sullivan, Wis., no time
Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., no time
Jayme Zidar (9z), Greenfield, Wis., no time
Steve Francis (19), Ashland, Ky., no time
Jason Fitzgerald (7), Jacksonville, Fla., no time
Craig Shuffield (360), Fayetteville, N.C., no time
Derek Ellis (99), Chatsworth, Ga., no time
Shane Clanton (25), Locust Grove, Ga., no time
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