Daniel Bradford Takes the Victory for the First Time This Season in the STAR Super Truck Series

Jeremy Williams Was Victorious in both Mini Stock Division and Sportsman; Jason Plunkett, Jr. Captured His Second Win in the Pure Stock Division

By Sierra Thornton

7/29/17

FAST TIME QUALIFIERS

In qualifying, Daniel Bradford (14.553) in STAR Super Trucks, Alan Callaway (14.860) in Sportsman, and Jerry Hendrixson, Jr.(16.069) in Pure Stock were able to capture the fast time awards.

SUPER TRUCKS

In the STAR Super Trucks Division, the number 92 of Michael Neely and the number 189 of Bryce Carver would start on the front row after the inversion by Bradford. Neely would escape to an early lead, but the battle for the lead would remain constant.

On the initial start Carver would fall back to fourth after being stuck on the outside lane and passed by the number 5 of Jacob Stephens and the number 67 of Daniel Bradford. While Stephens was knocking on the bumper of Neely, he had a battle brewing with Bradford for second. The lead cars of Neely, Stephens, and Bradford would continue until a caution fell on lap 16. Carver’s night would end early after suffering from a broken rear end. During the caution, the number 62 of Jody Anderson and the number 14 of Greg Sheppard chose to pit for adjustments. When we went back green, Bradford was able to pass Stephens for second place and would set his sights on Neely. On lap 25, Bradford was able to get his nose under Neely and capture the lead position. A caution would fall on lap 27, after Anderson and Sheppard made contact sending them both into the turn three wall. Both would return to the race, but Anderson would retire from the race on lap 29. Coming to the green flag, Stephens and Neely chose to stay on the inside lane, giving the outside lane to the number 9 of Chris Wagner. Although Wagner attempted to go for the lead, he would succumb to fourth place behind Neely. A caution for debris would fall on lap 34. Once the race was able to go back green, a battle between Neely and Stephens was heating up. On lap 40 Neely, followed by Wagner, was able to get around Stephens and begin chasing down Bradford. Neely’s efforts would come up short and Daniel Bradford would capture his first STAR Super Truck victory of the season. Michael Neely, Chris Wagner, Jacob Stephens, and the number 32 of Andrew Whitaker would round out the top five.

SPORTSMAN

In the Sportsman Division, the fast time qualifier, Alan Callaway, rolled a four on inversion, giving the pole position to the number 316 of Jonathan Campbell, alongside the number 25 of Jeremy Williams. On the initial start the number 60 of Henry Wade was able to get around Campbell for second, followed by the number 6 of Alan Callaway. As Campbell began falling back in the field, more problems arose and on lap 6 he would retire from the race due to mechanical issues. As the race continued, the lead cars of Williams, Wade, and Callaway were brewing a tumultuous battle. Although the lead cars would remain in constant battle, Williams was able to get little distance from the Wade and Callaway as the two would battle for second. Callaway would eventually take the second position and prepare to find a way around Williams. As the laps were winding down, lap traffic began playing a crucial part in the race. The leaders would catch the number 16 of Steven Shaw and the number 21 of David Dean, Jr. coming to the checkered flag. While in the process of passing the lap traffic contact was made between Callaway and Wade causing Callaway to spin in turn four. Williams was able to capture his first victory in the Sportsman Division at Huntsville Speedway. Henry Wade finished second, followed by Alan Callaway, Stephen Shaw, and David Dean, Jr. in the Jim Graham tribute car.

PURE STOCK

In the Pure Stock Division, fast time qualifier, the number 33 of Jerry Hendrixson, Jr., was able to remain on the pole after rolling a one on inversion. On the initial start of the race, Hendrixson, Jr., who looked like he could have a good race by starting on the pole, blew an engine. His night would end prematurely. Once the track was cleaned and the race was able to go back green, the number 38 of Jason Plunkett, Jr., would take the lead. The number 4 of Josh Pitt was banging on the bumper of Plunkett, Jr., letting him know he wasn’t going anywhere. While the two lead cars battled, a battle for third was heating up between the number 14 of Curtis Thornberry and the number 93 of Nick Reed. The battle for third resulted in a caution after the two collected. Thornberry was able to continue, Reed’s night ended on lap 26. When we went back green, Plunkett, Jr., was able to keep the lead and would capture his second victory of the season. Josh Pitt finished second, followed by the number 43 of Plunkett, Sr., Curtis Thornberry, and Nick Reed.

SUPER STOCK

In the Super Stock Division, on the initial start contact was made between the number 21 of David Dean, Jr., and the number 14 of Caleb Thornberry, ending Thornberry’s night before lap one. Once the track was clear and the race was able to continue, David Dean, Jr., was able get by the number 2 of Butch Rogers and the number 27 of Guile Hornbuckle. David Dean, Jr. was able to hold onto the lead position, followed by the number 15 of Bradley Malone, until a caution fell for the contact between Butch Rogers and Guile Hornbuckle that sent the two into the outside wall. Guile Hornbuckle was able to continue but Butch Rogers would retire to the pits. The race would go back green with David Dean, Jr. holding onto the lead, but he would continue to battle with Malone. As the laps were winding down Dean, Jr. was pulling away from Malone, and he would go on to capture the victory. Bradley Malone, Junior Jordan in the number 29, Todd Cagle in the number 98, and Guile Hornbuckle rounded out the top five.

MINI STOCK

In the Mini Stock Division, at the start of the race the number 05 of Jeremy Williams was able to take the lead. The number 85 of Jeremy Davis was making his way through traffic, after started in the rear, and took over second. The number 5 of Doug Emerson was noticeably having mechanical issues and brought out the first caution for being stalled on the race track. Once going back green, Williams was able keep the lead with Davis following close by. During their battle for the lead, the number 121 of Charles McKee spun, but he was able to continue. Williams was able to keep the lead when they went back green. After a long battle with Williams, Davis’s pace slowed and he entered the pits due to mechanical issues. On the same lap, the number 29 of Lance Campbell blew a motor, bringing out the caution for oil on the track. The track was cleaned and the race went back green with Williams holding on for the win. Patrick Christian in the number 22, Doug Emerson, Charles McKee, and Jeremy Davis rounded out the top five.

PRO BUZZ

In the Pro Buzz Division, after two failed attempts of the drop of the green flag, the race was able to get underway with the number 84 of Floyd Brown taking an early lead over the number 192 of Shane Jones. The number 36 of Mathew Robbins retired to the pits and came in third. Brown and Jones would make contact after racing side by side. Floyd Brown would capture the win with Shane Jones finishing second. Kaylea Cox captured another win in the Buzz Division.

HOT SHOT

In the Hot Shot Division, On the initial start of the race Jamie Bradford in the number 46 and Jeremy Price in the number 00 made contact that ended the race for Bradford. On the next attempt for the start, Jeremy Price and the number 02 of Ben Jennings made contact and the 02 was sent into the outside wall. Once the track was clear the race was able to get back underway, Jeremy Price and the number 01 of Josh McElhone were making their way through the field. They were able to get around the number 15 of Allen Gunter. Price and McElhone had an intense battle but when the checkered flag waved Jeremy Price would be victorious, followed by Josh McElhone, Allen Gunter, and Tommy Rigsby in the number 51.

STAR SUPER TRUCKS

  1. Daniel Bradford
  2. Michael Neely
  3. Chris Wagner
  4. Jacob Stephens
  5. Andrew Whitaker
  6. Greg Sheppard
  7. Jody Anderson
  8. Bryce Carver

SPORTSMAN

  1. Jeremy Williams
  2. Henry Wade
  3. Alan Callaway
  4. Steven Shaw
  5. David Dean Jr.
  6. Jonathan Campbell

PURE STOCK

  1. Jason Plunkett Jr.
  2. Josh Pitt
  3. Jason Plunkett Sr.
  4. Curtis Thornberry
  5. Nick Reed
  6. Jerry Hendrixson Jr.

SUPER STOCK

  1. David Dean Jr.
  2. Bradley Malone
  3. Junior Jordan
  4. Todd Cagle
  5. Guile Hornbuckle
  6. Butch Rogers
  7. Caleb Thornberry

MINI STOCK

  1. Jeremy Williams
  2. Patrick Christian
  3. Doug Emerson
  4. Charles McKee
  5. Jeremy Davis
  6. Lance Campbell
  7. *Tommy Robinett -DNS

PRO BUZZ

  1. Floyd Brown
  2. Shane Jones
  3. Mathew Robbins

BUZZ

  1. Kaylea Cox

HOT SHOT

  1. Jeremy Price
  2. Josh McElhone
  3. Allen Gunter
  4. Tommy Rigsby
  5. Ben Jennings
  6. Jamie Bradford