Race Article

April 2 Race

Huntsville Speedway Roars to Life After Two Year Hiatus

By Kevin Neal

Two years had passed since the sounds of racing engines filled the air at the legendary quarter

mile high-banked asphalt track at the foot of Green Mountain. On Saturday night, that changed

as a new era began in local racing with new owners Robbie and Karen Edger at the helm. In the

past weeks, Edger had asked for support from the local racing community via social media,

radio, and television interviews and the racing community responded in resounding fashion for

the inaugural event of the 2016 racing season.

Drivers in the SuperTruck, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Modified, Hot Buzz, Pro Buzz, and Buzz

classes christened the track for a spectacular return to action for the track that first hosted

racing in the Rocket City back in 1959.

Qualifying sessions were held for the SuperTruck, Sportsman, Super Stock, and Mini Modified

divisions with Chris Brown in Mini Modified, Junior Jordan in Super Stock, Byron Westbrooks in

Sportsman, and Daniel Bradford in SuperTrucks taking the fast time awards.

The SuperTruck division put on an outstanding show in their 50 lap feature. Caution flew at lap

16 as pole sitter Cameron Berry was holding his own against second place Michael Neely when

the field was bunched behind the slower trucks of Parker Henegar and Will Dudley who were

fighting to stay on the lead lap. Neely made contact with Berry who spun exiting turn 4. Both

Berry and Neely were sent to the rear of the field, per division rules. Fast qualifier Daniel

Bradford was the beneficiary of Berry and Neely’s bad luck inheriting the lead via caution, but

the luck was fleeting as he lost his drive shaft at lap 30 and was forced to retire from the event.

Michael Neely was battling side by side with Bobby Guthery for the race lead with ten laps

remaining when the two made contact down the backstraightaway sending the 41 truck of

Guthery careening into the outside wall.  Cameron Berry was the good luck recipient of that

caution as it propelled him back to his starting position where he was able to hold on to capture

the victory.

Scott Hollis managed to hang on and capture the victory in the Sportsman feature over fast

qualifier Byron Westbrooks, Greg Kruse, and Jonathan Campbell.

Chris Brown held off a thrilling last lap challenge from Adam Gunter to capture the win in the 20

lap Mini Modified feature.

David Adams captured the win in the Amateur Buzz division while Shane Jones took the honors

in the Buzz division 15 lap feature.

Third generation racer David Dean, Jr. bested division veteran Junior Jordan for the win in a

raucous 30 lap Super Stock feature that featured judicious use of the fenders and front

nosepieces.

Matthew Tucker captured the victory in the 20 lap Hot Shot division nightcap over Josh Barnett,

Josh Mack, T.J. Baker, and Jacob Barnett.

Huntsville Speedway will return to action next Saturday night with races featuring the Open

Wheel Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Super Stock, Mini Modifieds, Pro Buzz, Buzz, and Hot

Shot divisions. The Pit gates will open at 3PM, front gates at 5PM, with qualifying beginning at

6PM and the first green flag of the evening flying at 7PM.

Mini Modified Division:

1. Chris Brown

2. Adam Gunter

3. Tommy Robinett

4. Butch Minor

5. Jerry Mills

6. Doug Emerson

Sportsman Division:

1. Scott Hollis

2. Byron Westbrooks

3. Greg Kruse

4. Jonathan Campbell

Supertruck Division:

1. Cameron Berry

2. Brandon Thornton

3. Michael Neely

4. Will Dudley

5. Jody Anderson

6. Bobby Guthery

7. Daniel Bradford

8. Parker Henegar

9. John Thomas

10. Matthew Tucker (Did Not Start)

Buzz Division:

1. David Adams

2. Shane Jones

3. Donna Thornton

4. Courtney Gibbs

5. Corey Morrow

Super Stock Division:

1. David Dean, Jr.

2. Junior Jordan

3. Todd Cagle

4. Johnny Goodman

5. Caleb Thornberry

6. Bradley Malone

7. Butch Rogers

Hot Shot Division:

1. Matthew Tucker

2. Josh Barnett

3. Josh Mack

4.  T.J. Baker

5. Jacob Barnett