S/S Bash To Bridges & Turnage
Gary Alan Strain
INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY, Memphis, Tennessee - Super Stock action and
sunshine were the order of the day for Lakeland International fans.
"Lady Luck" again strayed away from Winternationals class
winner Gene Turnage, as Jimmy Bridges took the win via the red-light
In round one, the potent "Nitro 9" SS/F Mustang of
Winternationals class winner and National Record Holder Turnage met
SS/MA National Record Holder Fred Neal. Turnage turned in a perfect
10.83 as Neal's Chevy II wagon went too fast at 11.72, .29 under his
own National Record.
In round two, Turnage downed the SS/N Chevelle of Paul Brothers, 11.13
to 12.33, while Jimmy Bridges' SS/Q Chevy wagon handled Don Arant's
SS/U Fairlane, 13.20 to 13.87.
In the final for round one, the over anxious Turnage red-lighted to
his Nashville foe, Bridges, as Bridges took the easy $500 ride to the
big end. Turnage picked up $100 first round money.
Turnage returned to the pack for second round money, where Neal
red-lighted and Turnage met Rodney Martin's SS/O Chevy. Martin's 12.00
was not good enough to hold off the fast closing 10.97 of "Nitro
9". Turnage picked up an additional $300 for this round.
In Modified action, Billy Mansell had little trouble as he met E.V.
Hillard in the final. The Minga and Mansell G/Gas Camaro ran an 11.31
to defeat the F/Gas 'Vette of Hillard. One thousand dollars has been
posted in Modified for next week.
J.C. Penney's awarded Hillard's Corvette the "Wheelstand"
trophy for its wheelstands all the way through the lights. Paul
Brothers' Racing Head Service Super Stocker recieved the "Smokey
Burn Out award".
Bracket racing continued to prosper, as Steve Pickens' '56 Chevy
defeated Bill Young's Camaro, 12.97 to 13.15. In Bracket II, John
Bishop's GTX lost to Sherman White's Camaro, 13.38 to 14.55. In
Bracket III, Don Cossey's '74 Plymouth defeated Ron Minton's LTD,
15.80 to 16.10.