Boggs wins third race at RTR

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 29, 2005

COAL GROVE - Engines roared at Rocky Top on June 24 as 17 late models, 23 modifieds and around 13 bombers came to race in front of a large crowd of fans in the stands.

The track was in great shape and made for some competitive racing. One car, the No. 98 modified of Shon Flanary, came to RTR all the way from Tennessee.

On the start of the late model A-main, Kenny Christy and Jackie Boggs went side-by-side for the lead in turns one and two. On the backstretch, a few cars got loose as Josh McGuire went sideways and Christy spun into the third turn. Carl Jobe was also involved. Christy went out, a tough break for the three-time winner this season, as Jobe continued and McGuire was charged with the caution.

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On the next restart, Boggs continued with the lead as McGuire, trying to work his way back up through the field, began spinning while racing hard with Jobe. McGuire pulled off with damage.

In the first few laps, more caution flags waved as Todd Smith and Kevin Wagner had problems and were pushed off the track. On a lap three restart, Boggs led as the second-place car of Josh Bocook was right on his tail. On lap five, Bocook looked to go under Boggs coming out of turn two and down the backstretch but was unable to make the pass.

In the next few laps, Boggs started to pull away as a good battle for third ensued between Randy Boggs and Greggie Oliver. The two battled side-by-side until Randy passed on lap nine.

While those two battled, the sixth-place race between Corey McKenzie and Rick Christian heated up as they went side-by-side. Meanwhile, Jackie Boggs continued to pull away until the last thing he wanted to see, a caution flag, came out as Paul Wise spun on lap 12.

During the caution period, a tough break occured to fourth-place runner Greggie Oliver as he pulled off. On the restart, Jackie Boggs continued to lead as Randy Boggs and Bocook battled for second.

Randy cleared Bocook on lap 14 and set his sites on the leader. He just wouldn't have enough as Jackie Boggs, who took a $20,000 dollar win in a World of Outlaws Late Model race last week, took his third career win at Rocky Top over Randy Boggs, who moved up from the eighth starting position.

Bocook finished third while Terry Hicks, who remained consistently in the top five all night long, finished fourth. Rick Christian rounded out the top five in fifth. Christy won the dash race while Bocook and Oliver won heat races.

The initial start of the Modified A-Main was marred by a five-car crash in turns one and two on lap one. Most of the cars continued as last week's winner Tim Moore pulled off with problems. After another no start, the race went underway as Eddie Harmon and David McWilliams went side-by-side for the lead.

McWilliams took the point to complete lap one. Just like the Late Model A-Main, the next few laps saw the caution flag wave frequently. Finally, on a lap three restart, things were going good as McWilliams continued to lead. Todd Robinson ent side-by-side for second with Harmon as he took the spot to complete lap four. Robinson then set his sites on McWilliams as he ran nose-to-tail with him.

With the battle for the lead close, Harmon settled into the third position while Greg Payne settled into fourth. Meanwhile, Jason Perry, Tony Sites, Greg Thompson and Mickey Sansom battlede hard for the fifth through eighth positions.

The battle remained side-by-side and sometimes three wide as now Bo Cox and the No. tt7 of Teegarden joinedthe battle. With the battles within the top 10 still raging fiercely, Robinson and McWilliams battled side-by-side for the lead on lap 13. McWilliams held onto the lead as Robinson remained right on his tail.

With four laps to go, Robinson went under McWilliams into turn one and took the lead coming out of two. McWilliams pulled right on the tail of Robinson as he looked high and low trying to get around. On the white flag lap, McWilliams who was still trying hard to get alongside Robinson, came just a little bit short at the checkers as Robinson took his second win of the season at Rocky Top over McWilliams.

Harmon finished third with Payne in fourth. The battle for fifth was side-by-side at the line between Mickey Sansom and Greg Thompson with Sansom getting fifth. Harmon won the dash race while Bo Cox and Sansom took the heat race wins.

Conard Newman took the lead at the start of the Bomber A-Main. Newman led the first four laps as Brett Carey went side-by-side with him. Those two remained side-by-side for the lead as one lap Newman would lead while the next it was Carey.

On lap eight they were still be side-by-side. The battle remained side-by-side until the caution flew on lap 10. On the restart, Newman led as Carey remained right behind him. Newman went on to take the win as Carey couldn't get the run to get alongside Newman in the final five laps. Carey finished second with James Johnson third, David Dunn fourth and Wade Miller fifth.

Newman and Carey were also heat race winners.