Side-by-side racing was the order of the day when the Big-Block DIRT Modifieds took to The
The second race of the '04 season for the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRT Series was a little south of the series' usual haunts. Competi- tors traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, and The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway to compete in the $10,000-to-win Ferris 100 presented by DynoMax.
Support races for the Big-Block feature race included the Small-Block Modifieds and the full-bodied Pro Stockers. On Friday evening, Modified racing legend Brett Hearn took home the Small-Block prize. The Pro Stock class held its feature before the 100-lap Modified race, and it was won by Jamie McGannon. McGannon started on the outside pole, took the lead on the first lap, and never gave it up over the course of the 20-lap race.
Brian Malcolm (119) is given chase by Paul Kinney (1) and Kevin Bolland (777) through Turn
After winning on Friday night, Hearn was definitely one of the favorites to claim the checkers on Saturday, but the crowd favorite was never able to get untracked. He never led and was only able to work his way to Fifth. Instead, in the biggest surprise of the event, Ricky Elliott won from the eighth starting position. Although Elliott has been driving in the series for nearly 15 years, he had never won a race and wasn't considered much of a factor before the start of the race.
After claiming the $10,000 winner's purse, Elliott admitted he didn't think he had much of a chance even as he led late in the race: "This is a brand-new team, and we've only been out four times this year. The motor was flawless, but we lost a cylinder with two to go, and I'm like, Oh, my god. It's going to get away from us."
|THE TOP 10 |
|Finish ||Start ||Driver |
| 1 || 8 ||Ricky Elliott |
| 2 || 1 ||Steve Paine |
| 3 || 6 ||Matt Sheppard |
| 4 ||18 ||Kenny Tremont |
| 5 ||17 ||Brett Hearn |
| 6 ||15 ||Vic Coffey |
| 7 || 7 ||Billy Decker |
| 8 || 9 ||Gary Tomkins |
| 9 || 3 ||Tim McCreadie |
|10 ||16 ||Jerry Higbie |
The Pro Stock cars may look a little odd to southerners not used to seeing Late Model Stock bodies on dirt cars.
Brian Swartzlander (83) came down hard on Dale Planck (19) but completed the pass from the outside.
Despite dropping a cylinder with two laps to go, Ricky Elliott was able to hold on to claim his first career Big-Block Modified win.
Although oddly named, The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway is a modern facility that provides plenty of level asphalt in the pit area for teams to work without the fear of getting run over.
This driver went from "fast" to "roadblock" when the left-rear wheel came loose from the hub and went flying.
Matt Sheppard cranks it over on three wheels as he hustles his car through the turns.