Michael Neely Returns to Victory Lane in an Impeccable Fashion in the STAR Super Truck Series

Alan Callaway Returns to Victory Lane in the Sportsman Division; Jason Plunkett, Jr., Picks Up His Second Win in a Row and Third for the Season; Ronnie Binkley Led Every Lap to Win for the First Time this Season in the Baby Grands

By Sierra Thornton

8/12/17

FAST TIME QUALIFIER

In Qualifying, Daniel Bradford (14.624) in the STAR Super Trucks, Alan Callaway (14.833) in the Sportsman, Jerry Hendrixson, Jr. (16.096) in the Pure Stock, Jeremy Davis (14.974) in the Mini Modified, and Ronnie Binkley (14.572) in the Baby Grands, were the fast time award winners.

STAR SUPER TRUCKS

In the STAR Super Trucks Series, Michael Neely in the number 92 and Jacob Stephens in the number 5 would start on the front row after fast time qualifier, Daniel Bradford, rolled a six on inversion. On the first attempt start of the race, a five-truck pile up on the backstretch resulted in the retiring of Greg Sheppard in the number 14 and Jeremy Pate in the number 31P. On the official start Michael Neely took an early lead, followed by the number 189 of Bryce Carver. Jacob Stephens would fall back to sixth in the first five laps. The first caution would come out on lap 8, when Jody Anderson in the number 62 spun out right in front of the leader. When we went back green Neely continued to lead the field. Bryce Carver made a pass for second on the number 31 of Jon Whitten, who started on the outside front row after taking the cone, followed by Daniel Bradford in the number 67. Bradford began working on Carver for second place. As the two battled, Michael Neely grew his lead out further. As Bradford passed Carver, he set his sights on Neely. A caution would come out on lap 11 for the number 1 of Jeremy Owens. Owens was able to continue, however the number 85 of Joe Davis and the number 43 of Matthew Tucker would see there night come to an end. As we went back green, Neely held onto the lead over Bradford. Coming out of turn four Bradford would make contact with the quarter panel of Michael Neely, resulting in a caution. While both were able to continue, Bryce Carver collected the most damage after he was stuck with nowhere to go, his night would end resulting in a tenth-place finish. Daniel Bradford used the sportsmanship rule, allowing Michael Neely to go back to the lead, while Daniel Bradford had to start at the tail end of the field. Once the field went back green, Michael Neely was setting a blistering pace. In his return to the STAR Super Truck Series, Cameron Berry in the number 75 arrived at the race track minutes before the race and on lap 34 his night would end. As Daniel Bradford made his way to third a caution came out on lap 47 of 50 for the number 32 truck of Andrew Whitaker. The field had to restart single file because there were less than five laps left of the race. Michael Neely captured his second win of the season and led every lap of the 50-lap feature. Jon Whitten finished second, followed by Daniel Bradford, Jacob Stephens, and Jody Anderson.

SPORTSMAN

In the Sportsman Division, fast time qualifier the number 6A of Alan Callaway rolled a three on inversion surrendering the pole position to the number 316 of Jonathan Campbell, alongside the number 60 of Henry Wade. Wade was able to take the lead on the start. The fast time qualifier, Alan Callaway was making his way through the field and set his sights on Wade. As Callaway was noticeably gaining on Wade, the third position car of Campbell would spin collecting the number 1 of Bobby Jo Rippey and the number 16J of David Jenkins. All would have to retire to the pits, Jenkins would make the efforts to later continue racing but would suffer from a broken radiator hose. As we went back green Callaway was able to pass Wade for the lead position. Wade gave it everything he had, but Alan Callaway would be victorious. Henry Wade would finish second followed by Greg Kruse. Steven Shaw in the number 16S would finish fourth after his night ended on lap 14, David Jenkins rounded out the top five.

PURE STOCK

In the Pure Stock Division, fast time qualifier Jerry Hendrixson, Jr. rolled a three giving the front row to the number 93 of Nick Reed and the number 4 of Josh Pitt. On the initial start, Reed was able to hold onto the lead while Pitt was stuck on the outside. Pitt would be able to tuck in behind the number 38 of Jason Plunkett, Jr. Hendrixson, Jr. would make a run on the inside of Reed for the lead and he would be able to complete the pass followed by Plunkett, Jr. As the two battled Plunkett, Jr would get a run on Hendrixson, Jr. and complete the pass for the lead. Hendrixson, Jr. looked like he would finish second but on lap 17 he had mechanical issues and there was a spark underneath his car bringing out the caution. Once the track was cleaned and the race was able to continue, Plunkett, Jr. was able to pick up his third win of the season, followed by Josh Pitt, Nick Reed, Jason Plunkett, Sr., Jerry Hendrixson, Jr. Curtis Thornberry in the number 14 was scored sixth after he retired from the race on lap 3.

SUPER STOCK

In the Super Stock division, during the first attempt start of the race Junior Jordan in the number 7 spun on the back straightaway. On the official start of the race, contact was made between the number 2 of Butch Rogers and the number 1 of Austin Thornton, both were able to keep their cars straight but Thornton lost ground on the field. Guile Hornbuckle in the number 27 remained in the lead after starting in the pole position. A caution would come out two laps into the race when the number 14 of Caleb Thornberry stalled on the track. When we went back green, Hornbuckle was able to keep the lead over the number 19 of Austin Evans. Austin Evans was stuck on the outside lane while Todd Cagle in the number 98 and the number 15 of Bradley Malone proceeded to pass him. On lap 10 Junior Jordan was noticeable having issues and would retire to the pits and would suffer an eighth place finish. Bradley Malone would show his strength as he began making his way to second place after passing Cagle on the inside. Malone set his sights on Hornbuckle who was pulling away from the field. Once Malone caught up with Hornbuckle he made contact with the quarter panel of Hornbuckle the two made contact and the caution would come out for Hornbuckle stopping on the track. Hornbuckle would go to the pits so his crew could assess the damage. It appears the damage wasn’t as detrimental as Hornbuckle thought, he was able to continue. When we went back green Malone held onto the lead position while there was a battle for second took place. Todd Cagle’s efforts for second would prevail as he passed the number 21 of David Dean, Jr. Evans would also make the efforts to pass Dean, Jr., but his effort would come up short as he made contact with the outside wall on the straightaway and would get passed by Thornton. Evans was able to continue racing as he battled with Rogers for the fifth position. Evans efforts for fifth would not come up short as he beat Rogers to the line. Bradley Malone would be announced as the unofficial victor of the race, but in post-tech his win would be ruled encumbered due to an illegal rear end. The official winner would be Todd Cagle followed by, David Dean, Jr., Austin Thornton, Austin Evans, Butch Rogers, and Guile Hornbuckle.

BABY GRANDS

In their return to Huntsville Speedway, the Baby Grands showcased tremendous battles between all positions throughout the race.

The fast time qualifier, Ronnie Binkley in the number 25, was able to remain on the pole position after rolling a one on inversion. He remained in the lead, but the number 08 of Christopher Willis was continuously knocking on his bumper. Besides the two lead cars, there was another battle brewing between the number 24 of Justin Shanes and the number 51 of Tommy McPherson. The battle reached its boiling point and the two made contact resulting in the first caution of the race. When we went back green, Binkley continued to lead the field but his battle with Willis also continued. There were numerous times when the two would make contact but they would keep it would straight. When Binkley came to the white flag, McPherson would spin in turn four giving us the first green-white-checkered of the night. Even with the late restart Ronnie Binkley was able to hold onto the lead giving him his first victory of the season. Christopher Willis, Joseph McCloud in the number 15, Justin Shanes, and Greg Gresham in the number 20 rounded out the top five.

MINI MODIFIED

In the Mini Modified Division, fast time qualifier Jeremy Davis rolled a four on inversion giving the pole position to the number 9 of Tommy Robinett, alongside the number 121 of Charles McKee. Robinett was able to hold onto the lead position and the number 28 of Jerry Fitzgerald captured the second position over McKee. The top four cars of Robinett, Fitgerald, McKee, and the number 85 of Jeremy Davis were all in a close battle. The battle would remain constant until lap 8 when the lead car of Robinett was noticeably having issues and his pace slowed resulting in the first official caution. Robinett’s night came to an end and gave the lead to Fitzgerald. When the race went back green the order would remain the same; Fitzgerald, McKee, Davis, the number 5 of Emerson, and the number 22 of Patrick Christian. While there was a battle for second, Fitzgerald was able to establish distance between himself and the two battling cars. During the battle McKee and Davis made contact causing McKee to spin bringing out the caution on lap 14. Although the spin by the number 121 of McKee brought out the caution, Davis took advantage of the sportsmanship rule and took ownership of the spin, allowing McKee to have his second-place position back. On the restart Davis was able to pass Emerson for the third position. The battle between McKee and Davis would once again heat up. While Jerry Fitzgerald was able to come home with the win, all eyes were on McKee and Davis as the two made contact causing them both to spin, surrendering second place to Doug Emerson. Jeremy Davis was able to cross the line and finish third after Patrick Christian retired from the race on the last lap. Patrick Christian was scored fourth and Charles McKee rounded out the top five.

PRO BUZZ

In the Pro Buzz Division, Matthew Robbins in the number 36 took the lead on the initial start. Floyd Brown in the number 84, would fall back to fourth, behind the number 192 of Shane Jones and the number 99 of Courtney Gibbs, after starting on the outside front row. When Robbins came to the white flag, it seemed he would capture the victory in the uneventful race, but Robbins’ pace slowed and the field was able to pass Robbins. The last lap pass gave the victory to Shane Jones for his third victory of the season. In her second race back since her wreck over a month ago Courtney Gibbs finished second, followed by Floyd Brown, and Matthew Robbins. The number 5 of Brandon Bircheat won in the Buzz Division, followed by Michael Forsythe.

HOT SHOT

In the Hot Shot Division, the number 00 of Jeremy Price was able to capture the lead, after starting alongside the number 15 of Allen Gunter. The number 01 of Josh McElhone, who started in the second row alongside the number 51 of Tommy Rigsby, captured the second position over Gunter. McElhone was undoubtedly making every effort to catch Price, but all efforts would come up short. Jeremy Price captured the checkered flag and completed his victory by doing a Polish Victory Lap. Josh McElhone finished second, followed by Allen Gunter, and Tommy Rigsby.

STAR SUPER TRUCKS

  1. Michael Neely
  2. Jon Whitten
  3. Daniel Bradford
  4. Jacob Stephens
  5. Jody Anderson
  6. Jeremy Owens
  7. Josh McWhorter
  8. Andrew Whitaker
  9. Cameron Berry
  10. Bryce Carver
  11. Matthew Tucker
  12. Joe Davis
  13. Greg Sheppard
  14. Jeremy Pate

SPORTSMAN

  1. Alan Callaway
  2. Henry Wade
  3. Greg Kruse
  4. Steven Shaw
  5. David Jenkins
  6. Jonathan Campbell
  7. Bobby Jo Rippey

PURE STOCKS

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

SUPER STOCK

  1. Todd Cagle
  2. David Dean Jr.
  3. Austin Thornton
  4. Austin Evans
  5. Butch Rogers
  6. Guile Hornbuckle
  7. Junior Jordan
  8. Caleb Thornberry

BABY GRANDS

  1. Ronnie Brinkley
  2. Christopher Willis
  3. Joseph McCloud
  4. Justin Shanes
  5. Greg Gresham
  6. Steven Polley
  7. Tommy McPherson
  8. Randy Roper

MINI MODIFIED

  1. Jerry Fitgerald
  2. Doug Emerson
  3. Jeremy Davis
  4. Patrick Christian
  5. Charles McKee
  6. Tommy Robinett
  7. **Kevin Harrison -DNS

PRO BUZZ

  1. Shane Jones
  2. Courtney Gibbs
  3. Floyd Brown
  4. Matthew Robbins

BUZZ

  1. Brandon Bircheat
  2. Michael Forsythe

HOT SHOT

  1. Jeremy Price
  2. Josh McElhone
  3. Allen Gunter
  4. Tommy Rigsby