Randle Sweeney Rolls to Kevin Farmer Memorial NARA Modified Series Win at Barren County Speedway
Glasgow, KY-July 25- Randle Sweeney of Clifty, KY inherited the lead late in the race to take the Kevin Farmer Memorial for the NARA Battle of the Bluegrass Modified Series at Barren County Speedway on Sunday night. Other division winners were Richard Biggs of Burksville, KY in Pro Street, Jimmy Lyon of Glasgow, KY in Pure Street, Jeremy Griggs of Cave City, KY in Chevettes, and Danny Hunt of Bee Spring, KY in Frontrunners.
The 40 Lap Kevin Farmer Memorial would have Don Adams take the initial lead, with Terry Edwards, Robbie Gullion, Ricky Arms, and Jordan Matthews in tow. Arms would go to third on lap 5, while Sweeney would work to fifth on lap 7. The first caution of the race waved on lap 11 as veteran Butch Shay would spin in turn one. The restart would see Sweeney and Arms start to mix it up for fourth and they would both roll past Gullion to battle for the third spot on lap 15. Caution would wave on lap 18 as Richard Harlow slowed in turn three with a flat right rear tire. The restart would see Harlow spin in turn one and as the field attempted to get slowed down to avoid the spin, Sweeney and Arms got together with Arms spinning around and was contacted by Kelly Warren. Both Arms and Warren would see their night finished with suspension damage to both entries. This restart would also be null and voided when Chris Reihle spun on the frontchute and also involved Justin Ratliff, as Ratliff would bring out the final caution on lap 19 for a turn one spin. Adams pulled away on the restart, with Sweeney going to second past Edwards on lap 25, while Dion Benningfield rode third, with Russell Childress and Gullion battling for the fourth spot. Disaster would strike for Adams as the leader pulled up lame with mechanical problems on lap 35 on the backchute, ending his night. The final laps would see Sweeney hang on to take the win in his Wilhite Speed and Performance, Bilstein Shocks, UB Machine #182 Lightning Chassis, Brannon Performance powered entry. Benningfield, Edwards, Childress, and Gullion would complete the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Matthews, Brandon Green, Jimmy Payne, Robbie Sanders, and Jason Riney. Thirty one entries would see Kelly Warren grab the Racing Optics fast time award, with Crown Spray Power Heat wins went to Matthews, Adams, Gullion, and Edwards. The O’Reilly Auto Parts B mains went to Riney and Chris Reihle. Series provisionals went to Green and Jerry Rutherford, while Robbie Sanders and Justin Ratliff were track provisionals.
The Pro Street feature would see Richard Biggs lead all 15 laps in taking the feature win in his unsponsored #11 entry. Terry Porter would take second place, with Lee Branscum, Ron Meador, and Daryl Butler completing the top five. Gary Robertson, Donald Coontz, and David Huff would round out the field. Biggs and Huff were heat race winners.
Jimmy Lyon would pick up another Pure Street feature win in his Pedigo’s Drive Inn, Hudspeth Lettering, Lyons Towing, Southern KY Cylinder Heads, Hillbilly Racing Technology, Auto Glass Express, Sherfey’s Shell, D and G Racing, Houchens Racing #21. Jacob Harvey, Wesley Lyon, Jeffrey Parke, and Terry Kelsay would complete the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Mitchell Vernon, Nathan Butler, Roger Young, Robbie Houchens, and Eugene Houchens. Heat wins went to Robbie Houchens and Josh Allen.
Jeremy Griggs won his third straight Chevette feature in his 31-E Antique Mall, 31-E Bait and Tackle, Taylor Auto Sales, Primo Home Entertainment #1 entry. Brandon Bardin would be a close second, with Donald Winchester, Shawn Bardin, and Jeremy Creek rounding out the top five. Completing the top ten were Ronnie Cross, Danny Winchester, John Huff, Don Pollard, and Steve Burns. Heat wins went to Griggs and Bradley Matthews.
Danny Hunt would take the Frontrunner feature event by leading all 12 laps in his Broadway Auto, Wesley’s Auto Sales #L1 mount. The rest of the field would be Kenny Lindsey, Ricky Ashby, Ray Payton, Richard Davis, Ronnie Rogers, Richard Henson, and Mike Todd. Todd was also the heat race winner.
Jack Boggs – 1992 Kentucky Klassic, Barren County Speedway
Summary-Barren County Speedway-Glasgow, KY-July 25, 2004
NARA Battle of the Bluegrass Modifieds (31 entries)
Racing Optics Fast Qualifier- Kelly Warren 14.52
Crown Spray Power 1st Heat- Jordan Matthews, Ricky Arms, Kelly Warren, Robbie Sanders
Crown Spray Power 2nd Heat- Don Adams, Randle Sweeney, Butch Shay, Jason Riney
Crown Spray Power 3rd Heat- Robbie Gullion, Dion Benningfield, Richard Harlow, Jerry Rutherford
Crown Spray Power 4th Heat- Terry Edwards, Jimmy Payne, Josh Lucas, Chris Reihle
O’Reilly Auto Parts 1st B Main- Jason Riney, Russell Childress, Anthony Reams, Brandon Green, Robbie Sanders
O’Reilly Auto Parts 2nd B Main- Reihle, Freddy Garmon, Leonard Pierce, Rutherford, Kelly Riggs
Series Provisionals- Brandon Green, Rutherford
Track Provisionals- Robbie Sanders, Justin Ratliff
Lucas Oil A Main Kevin Farmer Memorial- Sweeney, Benningfield, Edwards, Childress, Gullion, Matthews, Green, Payne, Sanders, Riney, Pierce, Garmon, Shay, Reams, Reihle, Adams, Harlow, Arms, Warren, Ratliff, Rutherford, Lucas
Pro Street (11 entries)
1st Heat- Richard Biggs, Lee Branscum, Gary Robertson, Daryl Butler
2nd Heat- David Huff, Ron Meador, Jeff Centers, Otis Porter
Feature- Biggs, Terry Porter, Branscum, Meador, Butler, Robertson, Donald Coontz, Huff
Pure Street (14 entries)
1st Heat- Robert Houchens, Jimmy Lyon, Jacob Harvey, Roger Young
2nd Heat- Josh Allen, Eugene Houchens, Wesley Lyon, Scott Hunn
Feature- Jimmy Lyon, Harvey, Wesley Lyon, Jeffrey Parke, Terry Kelsay, Mitchell Vernon, Nathan Butler, Young, Robbie Houchens, Eugene Houchens, Jonathan Bledsoe, Allen
Chevettes (16 entries)
1st Heat- Jeremy Griggs, Donald Winchester, Shawn Bardin, Steve Burns
2nd Heat- Bradley Matthews, Shawn Bardin, Don Pollard, Chris Jennings
Feature- Griggs, Brandon Bardin, Donald Winchester, Shawn Bardin, Jeremy Creek, Ronnie Cross, Danny Winchester, John Huff, Pollard, Burns, Shane Winchester, Timmy Steenbergen, Jennings, Matthews
Frontrunners (10 entries)
Heat- Mike Todd, Danny Hunt, Ricky Ashby, Kenny Lindsey
Feature- Hunt, Lindsey, Ricky Ashby, Ray Payton, Richard Davis, Ronnie Rogers, Richard Henson, Mike Todd