SPRING CITY, TN – Lamar Hughes of Soddy Daisy, TN drove the Hughes Farms Camaro to a $1,000 victory in the wee hours of Sunday morning in the Paul Murphy Memorial Race Presented by Hawk Performance at Mountain View Raceway. Mother Nature tried to wash out the race with a heavy drenching from a thunderstorm, but racing resumed after a four-hour delay.
The rains came after Hot Laps had been complete, so the track was sealed off and the water on the track drained down the high banks and into the infield drains. In the meantime, other tracks within a 100-mile radius got rained out by the line of heavy storms, and competitors from those tracks hurried to Mountain View Raceway to swell the pit are with additional race cars.
By the time the new cars and an additional Divisions were added to the racing program, there were 143 cars in eight Division on hand at Mountain View Raceway with drivers representing five different states.
A patient crowd had to leave the Grandstand and seek shelter in their cars in the parking lot during the rain delay due to heavy cloud to ground lighting in the area. They returned to their seats after the storms cleared the area and stuck around for the racing program that got back underway at 12:30 a.m. and was completed at 4:40 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Hughes had to hold off a late-race challenge from Casey Cash of Spring City, TN to take the win. Cash finished second in the Duncan Family Automotive Camaro, and Blake Jenkins of Sweetwater, TN took the third spot driving the Jenkins Racing Monte Carlo. Matthew Loyd of Spring City, TN was fourth in the Loyd Racing Special and Jonathan Caldwell of Tuscumbia, AL in the Caldwell Racing Special rounded out the top five.
Hughes started on the pole of the 20-lap Feature Race after setting Fast Time in Qualifications with a lap around the ¼-mile clay oval in 13.244 seconds. Hughes led 18 of the 20 laps, but his closest competition in the first circuits of the event came from his brother Eric Hughes of Soddy Daisy, TN.
Eric Hughes started on the outside of the front row and led the first laps of the race followed by brother Lamar Hughes, Cash, Jenkins and Loyd. Cody Satterfield of Knoxville, TN in the Satterfield Racing Monte Carlo brought out the first of three caution flags in the race, when he caused Scott Smith of Soddy Daisy, TN to spin in turn two on lap two.
During the caution period, Eric Hughes went to pit area, was out of the race, and handed the lead over to his brother Lamar Hughes. Smith was given his spot back for the restart, and he drove his Crouse Automotive Monte Carlo home to a sixth-place finish.
A caution flag for debris on lap ten bunched the field up at the halfway point in the race, and the third caution flag came out on lap 14 when Bobby Davenport of Crossville, TN spun the Davenport Racing Monte Carlo in turn one.
In the six-lap dash to the finish, Cash put the pressure on Lamar Hughes and stayed camped out on his back bumper. Hughes kept Cash behind him and had a .396 second margin of victory under the checkered flag. The top three finishers received a Hawk Performance Product Certificate and several fans received Hawk Performance T-Shirts and Keychains.
In other action, Cody Courtney of Knoxville, TN drove the Courtney Racing Special to victory in the 25-lap Late Model feature with Barry Goodman of Spring City, TN in the Charlie’s Used Auto Parts CVR and Kyle Courtney of Knoxville, TN in the Courtney Racing Special finishing second and third respectively,
Travis Sietsema of Crossville, TN won the 20-lap Sportsman Main Event in the Sietsema Racing Special followed by Jesse Lowe of Crossville, TN driving the Hogan Racing Mastersbilt and Jeremy Shannon of Wartburg, TN in the Shannon Racing Special.
The Open-Wheel Modified Division was originally given the night off to compete in a Cumberland Plateau Series event at another track, but they got rained out. Many of the Modified teams called Mountain View Raceway during the rain delay asking if they could run, and they were added to the program.
The drivers drew for a starting spot in a non-points ten lap Main Event, and it was won by Wayne James of Newport, TN driving the Steve’s Heat and Air Lightning. Joe Freels of Coalfield, TN was second in the Coalhill Fabrication Mullynski, and Adam Ogle of Cosby, TN finished third in the Ogle’s Neighborhood Services and Towing Brucebilt.
Brady Lee of Knoxville, TN drove the Lee’s Mountain Retreat Camaro to victory in the 15-lap B-Hobby Feature Race followed by Pete Wright of Wartburg, TN in the Wright Racing Special in second and third went to Jim Gilbert of Rossville, GA in the Rat Rod Chevelle.
A total of 44 Front-Wheel-Drive cars necessitated three Feature Races for the Bang Bangers. The 15-lap A Feature Race was won by Nathan Adams of Crossville, TN in the Adams Racing Special and the 12-lap B Feature Race was won by Craig Hoffman of Dayton, TN driving the B.J.’s Tire and Automotive Pontiac. All of the late arrivals during the rain delay ran a ten-lap C Feature Race that was won by Josh Davis of Maryville, TN in the Superior Plumbing Honda.
Chevy Adams of Crossville, TN in the Adams Racing Chevrolet won the ten-lap Junior Front-Wheel-Drive Main Event for kids 15 years of age and younger. The 15-lap Developmental Sportsman Feature Race was won by Chance Hughes of Murphy, NC driving the Hughes Racing Special.
On Saturday night, August 13, the SM4MA 4-Cylinders will be the highlight event with a $1,500-to-win, $100-to-start (based on 15 or more cars) Feature Race. The SM4MA Entry Fee is $100. The Late Model, Sportsman, Open-Wheel Modified, Thunder, Front-Wheel-Drive and Junior Front-Wheel-Drive Divisions will also be in action.
On Saturday night, the Pit Gate opens at 3 p.m. and the Grandstand and Tier Parking Gates open at 4 p.m. The Mandatory Pre-Race Registration and Technical Inspection will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Drivers Meeting is set for 6:15 p.m. and Hot Laps are scheduled for 6:45 p.m.
Pit Passes are $30 for Adults, $15 for Children 6-11, and Children 5 and under are admitted Free. The General Admission and Tier Parking ticket prices are $10 for race fans 12 and older, Children 6-11 are $5. and Children 5 and under are admitted Free. All Children must be accompanied by an Adult.
Mountain View Raceway where you can get “Your Thrill By The Hill” is located at 20626 Rhea County Highway (U.S. Highway 27), Spring City, TN 37381. For more information, call 423-405-8490 or visit the track website at www.mountainviewraceway.com. You can also like the Mountain View Raceway Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mountainviewraceway.
OFFICIAL RESULTS AT MOUNTAIN VIEW RACEWAY ON AUGUST 6, 2022:
THUNDER (Non-Points) – 20 Laps: 1. Lamar Hughes, Soddy Daisy, TN; 2. Casey Cash, Spring City, TN; 3. Blake Jenkins, Sweetwater, TN; 4. Matthew Loyd. Spring City, TN; 5. Jonathan Caldwell, Tuscumbia, AL; 6. Scott Smith, Soddy Daisy, TN; 7. Robert Russell, Philadelphia, TN; 8. Cody Satterfield, Knoxville, TN; 9. T.J. Smith, Albany, KY; 10. Bobby Davenport, Crossville, TN; 11. Landon Nix, Mount Juliet, TN; 12. Chase Hoffman, Dayton, TN; 13. Eric Hughes, Soddy Daisy, TN; 14. James Boofer, Evensville, TN DNS; 15. Jonathan Hampton, Athens, TN DNS; 16. Bobby Smith, Dayton, TN DNS; 17. Jayden Woods, Spring City, TN DNS; 18. Malachi Yarger, Spring City, TN DNS.
LATE MODEL – 25 Laps: 1. Cody Courtney, Knoxville, TN; 2. Barry Goodman, Spring City, TN; 3. Kyle Courtney, Knoxville, TN; 4. Colton Profitt, Crossville, TN; 5. Hayden Cardwell, Knoxville, TN; 6. Brandon Miller, Tazewell, TN; 7. Jesse Lowe, Crossville, TN; 8. Cory Bettis, Delano, TN; 9. Jeremy Thurman, Rockwood, TN; 10. Mike Bishop, Decatur, TN; 11. Adam Bishop, Riceville, TN; 12. Austin Breedlove, Crossville, TN; 13. Seth Jolley, Spring City, TN; 14. Jason George, Prestonsburg, KY; 15. Kelby Norwood, Etowah, TN; 16. Skylar Delaney, Sparta, TN; 17. Donnie Van Winkle, Soddy Daisy, TN DNS; 18. Jeff Jackson, Ooltewah, TN DNS; 19. Tommy Miller, Soddy Daisy, TN DNS.
SPORTSMAN – 20 Laps: 1. Travis Sietsema, Crossville, TN; 2. Jesse Lowe, Crossville, TN; 3. Jeremy Shannon, Wartburg, TN; 4. Brandon Stanfield, Soddy Daisy, TN; 5. Tyler Nichols, Ringgold, GA; 6. Timothy Bounds, Knoxville, TN; 7. Tyler Dennis, Dayton, TN; 8. Dylan Cole, Trenton, GA; 9. David Beeler, Sevierville, TN; 10. Adam Bishop, Riceville, TN; 11. Joey Walker, Ringgold, GA; 12. David Peak, Evensville, TN; 13. Bradley Goodman, Spring City, TN; 14. Bruce Davenport, Crossville, TN; 15. Josh Rogers, Dayton, TN; 16. Tyler Dixson, Chattanooga, TN; 17. Robert Creasman, Dayton, TN; 18. Hayden Cardwell, Knoxville, TN DNS; 19. Christian James, Soddy Daisy, TN DNS; 20. Adam Mitchell, Knoxville, TN DNS.
OPEN-WHEEL MODIFIED (Non-Points) – 15 Laps: 1. Wayne James, Newport, TN; 2. Joe Freels, Coalfield, TN; 3. Adam Ogle, Cosby, TN; 4. Kyle Shadden, Dayton, TN; 5. Kirk Turner, Crossville, TN; 6. Walter Walsh, Claxton, TN; 7. David Lester, Rockwood, TN; 8. Shannon Elrod, Baxter, TN; 9. Colby Yarger, Spring City, TN; 10. Scott Iles, Evensville, TN.