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Golden Isles Speedway: 2005 Super Bowl of Racing


Darrell Lanigan, Stacy Roberts, Scott Bloomquist and Ronnie Johnson Score Late Model Wins

New Track Record Established at Fastest Short Track in America

(Brunswick, GA February 6, 2005) The official start to the 2005 stock car racing season saw the green flag wave on star-studded fields of cars at Golden Isles Speedway during the "Super Bowl of Racing 2005". With mother nature not cooperating during the first two days of the scheduled events, a patient gathering of racers and a huge following of race fans were thrilled on Friday night when the cars roared to life with action packed excitement. Night one got underway with a new track record being set on the lightning fast five-eighths surface of Golden Isles Speedway when Georgetown, Tennessee ace Skip Arp roared around the track in an elapsed time of 15.723 seconds shattering the previous track record by nearly five miles per hour. Scott Bloomquist's prior record of 16.246 seconds had stood for over eleven years until Arp's lap rocked the capacity crowd with his average speed topping the charts at 143.102 mph.

Little did the crowd realize that within twenty-four hours the unbelievable speed record would be shattered yet again when Darrell Lanigan took his Gotta Race Racewear sponsored dirt late model around Golden Isles Speedway in 15.699 seconds setting a brand new track record with a speed of 143.321 mph, average. The crowd roared its approval of Lanigan's lap and then reeled with enthusiasm at the news that law enforcement officials had clocked Lanigan on their radar guns at 174 mph at the end of the back stretch of Golden Isles Speedway and placing an exclamation mark on the speedway's claim as the fastest short track in America.

Friday, February 4th Winners  Darrell Lanigan, Stacy Roberts, Randy Clark, D.J. Braddock & Bubba Clark

With the pit area overflowing with full fields of Super Late Models, GM Performance Parts Crate Racin' USA Late Models, Hobby Stocks, Open Wheel Modifieds and Super Street cars the action began with heat and feature racing taking the green flag. When the first night had concluded it was the driver known as 'The Big Show', Darrell Lanigan of Union, Kentucky who had claimed the $10,000 winner's share for the super late model division. Lanigan held off a late race challenge from Skip Arp, who finished second, to take the feature win with the balance of the top-five finishing order completed by Earl Pearson Jr. in third, Scott Bloomquist in fourth and Iowa's Brian Birkhofer in fifth. Lanigan's performance along with former national crew chief of the year Ronnie Stuckey led to a strong win to start the season. Arp's second place run came up just short, but proved exciting for the fans. The run by Bloomquist toward the front had the packed house jumping as the Mooresburg, Tennessee ace worked the topside of the racetrack in a handful of daring moves when his right side tires dipped off the track's edge and into the surrounding sandy surface. Bloomquist pulled the reins in on his Ford Mustang each time it attempted to veer out of control at top speed and kept the pressure on the top three drivers.

OFFICIAL FINISHING ORDER for UMP Super Late Models: Feb 4th 1. DARRELL LANIGAN (Union, KY) 2. Skip Arp (Georgetown, TN) 3. Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL) 4. Scott Bloomquist (Mooresburg, TN) 5. Brian Birkhofer (Muscatine, IA) 6. John Vandenburg (Astanoolah, IA) 7. Dennis Franklin (Gaffney, SC) 8. Dennis Erb (Carpentersville, IL) 9. Dan Schlieper (Peewaukee, WI) 10. Jack Pennington (Winston, GA) 11. Shannon Babb (Decatur, IL) 12. Freddy Smith (Kings Mountain, NC) 13.Reid Millard (Jefferson City, MO) 14. Mike Head (Ellenwood, GA) 15. Johnny Collins (Jacksonville, FL) 16. Bo Allen (Jacksonville, FL) 17. Nicky Smoaks 18. Kenny Pettyjohn (Georgetown, DE) 19. Michael Lloyd (Jacksonville, FL) 20. Patrick Sheltra (Titusville, FL) 21. Billy Moyer (Batesville, AR) 22. Billy Decker (Unadilla, NY) 23. Tim Fuller (Edwards, NY) 24. Ray Cook (Brasstown, NC) 25. Greg Johnson (Bedford, IN) 26. Chris Madden (Laurens, SC) SuperiorRacing Products Fast Qualifier: Skip Arp, 15.723 seconds (143.102 mph avg.). VP Racing Fuels Hardcharger Award: Scott Bloomquist.

In the debut appearance of the GM Performance Parts Crate Racin' USA Late Model division thirty-two drivers squared off in time trial qualifications, a pair of wild B-main consolation events and feature. Sylvester, Georgia young gun Stacy Roberts set the fast time in qualifying and would eventually go wire-to-wire to the checkered flag in the main event. Heated action for position was the order of the night for the balance of the field and on the final lap following Roberts across the stripe in the top-five would be Jeff Smith, Steve Whitener, Chuck Chitty and Dewayne Aldridge.


1. STACY ROBERTS (Sylvester, GA) 2. Jeff Smith (Lafayette, GA) 3. Steve Whitener (Middleburg, FL) 4. Chuck Chitty (Oceanway, FL) 5. Dewayne Aldridge (Lithia Springs, GA) 6. Jeff Fields (Aragon, GA) 7. Todd Morrow (Old Fort, TN) 8. Rhett Carter (Blackshear, GA) 9. Hot Rod Lamance (Six Mile, SC) 10. Jeff Helton (Gainesville, GA) 11. Leland Prewitt (Savannah, GA) 12. Bobby Morris (Savannah, GA) 13. Scott Childress (Greenville, SC) 14. John Pursley (Clover, SC) 15. Jake Knowles (Tyrone, GA) 16. Gene Tatum (Yulee, FL) 17. Jeff Purvis (Clarksville, TN) 18. Ricky Williams (Fayetteville, GA) 19. Keith Edge (Eastman, GA) 20. Jimmy Kay (Taylorsville, GA) 21. Ronnie Johnson (Chattanooga, TN) 22. Marty Reid (Clover, SC) 23. Doodle Pipkin (Yulee, FL) 24. Buster Delay (Jacksonville, FL). Mike Vaughn's Auto Exchange Fast Qualifier: Stacy Roberts.

Veteran champion drivers Ronnie Johnson, Ricky Williams and Jeff Purvis saw their nights end prematurely when Johnson and Williams were involved in a first lap crash in turn one not of their making and Purvis retired early with suspension problems. The Hobby Stock division provided plenty of fireworks with Randy Clark taking the checkered flag. Ricky Nowell, Barney Corbitt, Carl Willard and Donald Priester finished second through fifth; respectively as each of the top five finishers wage a grueling battle for the win. Sixth through tenth in the finishing order were Wendell Clark, Marty Roberson, Wally Wallace, Jordan Lockhart and Veronica Clark. Open Wheel Modified action saw Callahan, Florida veteran D. J. Braddock best Donnie Hall and Kevin Bayless for the checkers while Gene Tatum took fourth and Tom Moore wound up fifth at the finish. The balance of the top-ten were Tate Tatum, Mark Whitener, Johnny Mullner, Ricky Allen and John Ward. The nightcap of night one would see Bubba Clark take the win in the Super Street division with Luke Hayes coming home in the second position and Roger Davis claiming third. Chris Keller took the fourth spot and Lee Keller grabbed fifth with the balance of the top-ten going to James Wofford, Morrie West, Chris Harnage, Paul Jones and John Strickland, respectively.

Saturday, February 5th Winners  Scott Bloomquist, Ronnie Johnson, D. J. Braddock, Marty Roberson & Jimmy Peele Sr.

After the new track record by Darrell Lanigan shook the crowd into a frenzied state in time trial qualifying, several nasty heat race battles set the stage for the action to come for the balance of the evening. With the cars gridded for the 50-lap weekend finale for the super late model drivers upstart Michael Lloyd of Jacksonville, Florida sat on the pole position alongside Scott Bloomquist for the start of the event. When the green flag waved Bloomquist set sail and drove his Ford Mustang known as "Moneymaker" deep into turn one and swept by Lloyd in a wild, wide open pass on the high side of the racetrack. Darrell Lanigan and Dan Schlieper followed the high side run of Bloomquist to immediately move into the second and third positions and the field roared around Golden Isles Speedway. The front trio would break away from the field for the balance of the event with Bloomquist taking his Miller Brothers Coal / All Star Performance Ford Mustang to the winner's circle claiming the $10,000 prize. A pair of Jacksonville, Florida hot guns came home in fourth and fifth as Earl Pearson Jr. and Johnny Collins rounded out the top five.

OFFICIAL FINISHING ORDER for UMP Super Late Models: Feb 5th 1. SCOTT BLOOMQUIST (Mooresburg, TN) 2. Darrell Lanigan (Union, KY) 3. Dan Schlieper (Peewaukee, WI) 4. Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL) 5. Johnny Collins (Jacksonville, FL) 6. Mike Head (Ellenwood, GA) 7. Dennis Erb (Carpentersville, IL) 8. Ray Cook (Brasstown, NC) 9. Kenny Pettyjohn (Georgetown, DE) 10. Billy Decker (Unadilla, NY) 11. Tim Fuller (Edwards, NY) 12. Mac Lipthratt (Brunswick, GA) 13. Jackie Boggs (Grayson, KY) 14. Jack Pennington (Winston, GA) 15. Freddie Carpenter 16. Mike Carter (Blackshear, GA) 17. Freddy Smith (Kings Mountain, NC) 18. Gerald Mintz (Greenville, SC) 19. Dennis Franklin (Gaffney, SC) 20. Skip Arp (Georgetown, TN) 21. Patrick Sheltra (Titusville, FL) 22. Michael Lloyd (Jacksonville, FL) 23. Sonny Conley (New Martinsville, WV) 24. Reid Millard (Jefferson City, MO). Superior Racing Products Fast Qualifier: Darrell Lanigan,*15.699 seconds (143.321 mph avg *New Track Record. VP Racing Fuels Hardcharger Award: Earl Pearson Jr.

Night two for the GM Performance Parts Crate Racin' USA Late Model saw another night of exciting side by side racing excitement and some added bonus awards for the competitors of the new economical late model class. Former two time Dirt Track World Champion Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN carried his familiar black number five Hawkeye Trucking, Stealth Carburetor sponsored Chevrolet to a wire-to-wire win after overcoming a night one crash during the "Super Bowl of Racing 2005" action. Johnson, known as the "Chattanooga Flash" jumped out in front of the field and kept the accelerator of his Monte Carlo flat against the firewall with wide open laps throughout the entire event except for a half-dozen yellow flag periods which interrupted the green flag action.

To the delight of the standing room only crowd at Golden Isles Speedway, Johnson held off late race charges by Friday night winner Stacy Roberts and talented young Todd Morrow of Tennessee. Roberts and Morrow would pick up the second and third finishing positions with Roberts' strong two-night performance earning his the Temples Construction Top Gun Award of $1,000.00 for posting the best average finish for both nights in the GM Performance Parts Crate Racin' USA Late Model division. Jeff Smith would claim the fourth spot and after a spirited run to the front Jeff Fields would finish in fifth. The balance of the top-ten for the GM Performance Parts Crate Racin' USA Late Models included Steve Whitener, Dewayne Aldridge, Hot Rod Lamance, John Pursley and Rancy Taylor.

As part of the GM Performance Parts Crate Racin' USA Late Model debut appearance in 2005 each of the top-ten drivers with the best average finish from the two nights of racing action appeared with their racecars on the front straightaway for a special presentation. With a young fan from the crowd drawing a pill from among ten numbers Jacksonville, Florida veteran Steve Whitener got the luck of the draw and was awarded with a brand new GM Performance Parts Crate Engine valued at $4,995.00. The GM Performance Parts Crate Racin' USA Late Model series and its drivers now prepare for the 2005 Championship Season with the next slated event scheduled to take place at Cleveland Speedway in Cleveland, Tennessee. For additional series information teams may contact Mike Vaughn at (770) 560-1240 for complete details, rules and scheduling information pending the debut of the official web site of the GM Performance Parts Crate Racin' USA Late Model Championship Division.


1. RONNIE JOHNSON (Chattanooga, TN) 2. Stacy Roberts (Sylvester, GA) 3. Todd Morrow (Old Fort, TN) 4. Jeff Smith (Lafayette, GA) 5. Jeff Fields (Aragon, GA) 6. Steve Whitener (Middleburg, FL) 7. Dewayne Aldridge (Lithia Springs, GA) 8. Hot Rod Lamance (Six Mile, SC) 9. John Pursley (Clover, SC) 10. Randy Taylor (Wytheville, VA) 11. Jake Knowles (Tyrone, GA) 12. Gene Tatum (Yulee, FL) 13. Jim Manka (Rincon, GA) 14. Leland Prewitt (Savannah, GA) 15. Dennis Morris (Savannah, GA) 16. Jay Sessoms (Franklin, NC) 17. Chuck Chitty (Oceanway, FL) 18. Parker Herring (Raleigh, NC) 19. Jeff Helton (Gainesville, GA) 20. Jeff Purvis (Clarksville, TN) 21. Jimmy Kay (Taylorsville, GA) 22. Ricky Williams (Fayetteville, GA) 23. Mike Collins (Council Bluffs, IA) 24. Bobby Morris (Savannah, GA). Mike Vaughn's Auto Exchange Fast Qualifier: Ronnie Johnson. Temples Construction Top Gun $1,000.00 Bonus Award: Stacy Roberts. Hardy Chevrolet GM Performance Parts Crate Engine Winner: Steve Whitener.

D. J. Braddock became the only repeat winner in any of the divisions during the "Super Bowl of Racing 2005" at Golden Isles Speedway by winning the Open Wheel Modified feature on Saturday night. Braddock outran Brian Smith to the finish line for the win as Gene Tatum followed in third. Tom Moore finished in fourth with Kevin Bayless taking the fifth spot. The top-ten in the Open Wheel Modified class saw Ricky Allen, Miles Mobley, Tate Tatum, Rick Singleton and Kenny Bayless take the sixth through tenth positions, respectively.

In the Limited Sportsman battle on Saturday night it was Jimmy Peele Sr. taking the win. Keith Herndon captured the second spot as Jeff Hunter came home in third with Lee Keller finishing fourth and Bubba Clark in fifth. Sixth through in the Limited Sportsman class were Bum Nelson, Donnie Durrance, Luke Hayes, Derrick Burch and Travis Grant.

The Saturday night feature event for the Hobby Stock class saw the finishing order from Friday night completely inverted for the start. When the checkered flag wave on the final event of the evening it was Marty Roberson claiming the win from the twenty-four car starting field with Wally Wallace taking the runner-up position. Carl Willard would come home in third as Barney Corbitt was fourth and Ronald Broughton in fifth. The top-ten was rounded out by Bobby Holly, Jordan Lockhart, Tim Owens, Donald Priester and Tim Conner.

Fans and Racers Approve of Golden Isles Speedway's Improvements and Super Bowl of Racing Format

The capacity crowds gathered in the Brunswick and Coastal Georgia region for the "Super Bowl of Racing" were greeted with noticeable changes and facility improvements to the historic racetrack. In addition to record-breaking speeds at the 'Fastest Short Track in America' traveling race fans enjoyed new electrical and water hookups for RV's and Motorhomes. Additional grandstands, improvement concessions and restroom facilities headed the list of items which fans and racers gave unanimous 'thumbs up' approval at Golden Isles Speedway. One of the most impressive upgrades to the facility are the new pit area improvements and a towering scoreboard and scoring pylon located in the turn one and two areas of the infield.

"This is very impressive," points out long-time stock car fan Lee Kindred of Charleston, South Carolina. "We have been coming here to Brunswick for over thirty years for big events and the crowds are just unbelievable, I just hope that this event continues to grow each year and I'm sure it will, with more and more racecars each year."

Even with the rain putting a damper on Wednesday's open practice and media day activities there were over one hundred Motor Coaches and RV's parked at Golden Isles Speedway two days prior to the racing action getting underway. The weather didn't wash out the special welcome festivities at the new and improved Golden Isles Speedway as track owners and hosts Frankie and Jackie Lloyd fed the huge crowd of racers and fans with a special Low Country Boil and official opening of the track for the season. With an overflowing pit area full of racecars, packed grandstands and a huge crowd of fans filling the infield of Golden Isles Speedway, the Lloyd family plans to expand on the annual season opening events for each season.

Following the weekend's racing action Lloyd vowed to make continued improvements to the track and the racing surface itself while also noting that next year's version of the season opener would provide four full nights of racing competition with higher paying purses throughout the fields of competitors in each division, plus additional facility upgrades to accommodate the huge crowds which were present for this season's "Super Bowl of Racing 2005". Information for Golden Isles Speedway is available at the track's official web site on the Internet at www.goldenislesspeedway.com and by calling the track's office at (912) 778-3767
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