Harmon, Hughes, Boggs win at RTR
COAL GROVE — The sixth race of the season at Rocky Top got under way on Friday for “Veterans Appreciation Night.”
A great field of cars gathered in the pits along with several veterans among the race fans. The veterans in attendance were honored with a free pass along with a four wide salute from the Late Models.
In the Late Model A-Main, polesitter Shawn Holliday took the lead at the start. However, Jackie Boggs was on the early move.
Boggs, running in the third position, began his run toward the front as he got by second-place runner Jason Tolliver on lap three and then the following lap battled side by side with Holliday for the lead.
Boggs took the lead on lap five and dominated as he took the checkered flag to win his second race of the season at Rocky Top.
Holliday finished second with Tolliver third, Kevin Wagner fourth, and Harold Redman Jr. fifth. Holliday won the dash race while Redman Jr. and Randy Boggs won Carl Grover Motorsports heat races.
In the Modified A-Main, Greg Thompson took the lead at the start as Jason Perry filed in immediately behind him and started pressuring him for the lead.
After four laps of staying right on Thompson’s bumper, Perry put his No. 20 up high and took the lead on lap five. Behind Perry, Eddie Harmon put his No. 87 up high and got around Thompson for second.
Harmon then put his focus on Perry for the lead as he stayed right on his bumper. On lap nine, going into turn one, Perry slipped up a little and allowed Harmon to get to the inside of him and take the lead.
Nobody had anything for Harmon the rest of the race as he went on to claim his third win of the season at Rocky Top
Thompson won the dash race while Billy Dement and Miles Cook won Carl Grover Motorsports heat races. Tom McClain won the B-Main.
In the Bomber A-Main, Wayne Hughes and Jeremie Bretz battled side by side for the lead at the start. The two stayed side by side for the first five laps until Hughes finally cleared him on the bottom.
Hughes continued with the lead as the car on the move was 2006 track champion Brett Carey. Carey, after starting deep in the field, moved his No. 3 into the second position as the white flag flied.
Carey drove it in hard in turn three with one last shot but came two car lengths short at the line as Wayne Hughes wins his second race in a row at Rocky Top. Bretz and Hughes won Carl Grover Motorsports heat races.
Rocky Top continues on Friday night with a four division show featuring Late Models, Modifieds, Bombers, and Mod Lites.
General Admission is $12 with pit admission $25. The Rocky Top Raceway features grandstand seating along with plenty of places for lawn chairs and places to watch the races from your vehicle.
For more information visit our official website at www.rockytopraceway.net.