A race report by Tom Bowman

Tail of the Dragon - Deal's Gap driving playground of the East Coast!

First round to determine order in the Round Robin

Qualifying - 30 sec run

1- Jeff Crabtree 9.06 laps

2- Vern Dew 8.43

3- Ronnie Jamerson 8.20

4- Tom Bowman 7.56

5- Tim Keevin 7.54

6- Mark Smith 7.48

7- Dan Mueller 6.55

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1- Tom Bowman 14

2- Dan Mueller 14

3- Jeff Crabtree 12

4- Mark Smith 9

5- Tim Keevin 9

6- Ronnie Jamerson 8

7- Vern Dew 4

Next race determines the mains placement.

Round Robin - 2.5 minutes

1- Jeff Crabtree 158.35laps

2- Ronnie Jamerson 156.42

3- Tom Bowman 154.40

4- Mark Smith 145.49

5- Tim Keevin 142.41

6- Dan Mueller 125.30

7- Vern Dew 66.00

Today's race at Dan Mueller's Stonegate Motor Speedway, brought out some Dragon Tales of our driving and riding adventures at "Tail of the Dragon." On Dan's recent trip through all the great driving roads around the Smokies, he acquired a lot of "Tail of the Dragon" souvenirs, which lent a theme to the days racing. Modifieds are the fastest class we race, and it may turn out to be the last time we run them...if we can get bigger crowds with Super Stocks. MASCAR members logon to the BBS and make your wishes known! Vern Dew came up from NC to do battle, with a ThunderCat and a G3 in his quiver of cars. Trouble with both cars, finally led to the running of the G3 in the Mains...in the B Main, he finished three laps behind Tim "I can't race magnet cars" Keevin, driving one of Jeff Crabtree's rocket ships. Dan Mueller was back another 6 laps after 20 minutes of running, despite having more speed down the straight than anyone. The A Main, was going to be a slugfest, as Jeff was top seed by two laps over Ronnie Jamerson, four laps over Tom Bowman and thirteen laps over Mark Smith in the 2.5 minute round robin. The first 5 minute heat, saw Ronnie run 85 on Yellow, with Tom at 81 on Red, Mark and Jeff with 80. Segment two saw Tom take the lead with Dragon slaying 88 on white, Mark ran 84 on Yellow, Jeff 83 on Red, Ronnie having problems on the difficult, tight Blue lane, with 69. Segment three saw Jeff pull out an 87 on White, with Tom matching him on Yellow, Ronnie on the Red gutter with 81, and Mark dying on Blue with 74. The Final segment saw Tom with a six lap lead over Jeff, but going into the Blue gutter. Jeff ran 83 to finish on Yellow, Ronnie 80 on White, Mark 73 on Red and Tom hanging on desperately with 79...to take it to the Dragon with a total of 335 laps...2 over Jeff, 20 over Ronnie and 24 over Mark.

Modified Overall Results - 5 minute Mains

1- Tom Bowman 335.34

2- Jeff Crabtree 333.07

3- Ronnie Jamerson 315.02

4- Mark Smith 311.55

5- Tim Keevin 302.43

6- Vern Dew 299.23

7- Dan Mueller 293.17

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