Valdosta Daily Times

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March 28, 2006

A cool night for hot racing at SGMP

CECIL — Despite the cool temperatures, the excitement was hot on the asphalt as South Georgia Motorsports Park continued with the second of its 2006 local stock car racing program Saturday night with the “Soundz Good Audio and Tint Night at the Races.”

Randy Merwin of Valdosta, who is not a stranger to the spot light at SGMP, was in the company of some first-time visitors to the winner’s circle as well as many either improving or repeating last week’s finish.

Lee Newsome, who has won many dirt track races in South Georgia and North Florida, found himself in the winner’s circle with his first SGMP Late Model win. Newsome, of Valdosta, had started a number of SGMP races from the pole position but had been unable to capture the top spot. That would not be the case this time as Newsome started from the pole and led all few laps in the early stages of the 35 lap event then soon recovered with a strong sprint to the checkered flag improving last week’s second place finish.

Thomasville’s Mark Jones was hoping for a repeat of last weekend’s win. Coming from one row back, Jones finished in second place. Patrick Giles of Valdosta, in his third Late Model entry, repeated his third place finish of last week. Thomasville’s TC Broadway completed his second SGMP visit with a repeat fourth place finish. Jeff Walden, hailing from Doerun, rounded out the field with a fifth place finish.

Davey Gaskins of Valdosta in his first SGMP Pure Stock bid and in a new car made an exuberant visit to the winner’s circle after laying down some exciting laps followed by some tough competitors. Gaskins started the 25 lap event from the pole and never looked back. Also from Valdosta, David Kennedy led a few laps before relinquishing the position for a strong second place finish.

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