Shook finds victory lane at Tri County Racetrack
After weather forced the planned Spring Championships to be postponed at Tri County Racetrack in Brasstown, track promoter Ray Cook decided to add a regular event to the schedule to make up for the off-week. The warm temperatures and slight breeze were the welcome mat for the near sell-out crowd at the clay oval.
The Street Stock division was first on the track and sat the tone for the night. Jacob Lynch started on the pole but faded back to third in the opening laps. Meanwhile, Lynn Burchfield worked his way from the rear to take the lead and looked to be on his way to his second win of the season before mechanical issues ended his night. A second caution flew when the division’s most recent winner, Drew Bowers, spun in turn three. On the ensuing restart, Lynch fought his way back to the front to regain the lead. In a replay of the start of the race, Lynch again fell back into the pack with Marlin Gunter assuming the top spot and Brawley Stillwell moved into second. While the lead was swapping hands, Bowers was mounting a charge of his own. When the checkered flag waved, Gunter got his second Tri County win with Stillwell finishing a career best second and Bowers winning the hard charger award with a third place finish.
Charles Devine Jr. and Greg Suddereth led the Modified Hobby/Sportsman division to the green in their feature event. Devine was unable to hold on to the lead as his car drifted high and allowed Suddereth and Kenny Taylor to use a cross-over move to pass the No.14. The pace slowed when the caution flag waved after a scary crash involving Lynn Griggs and Jeffery Wood. The two made contact which resulted in Griggs going head-on into the backstretch wall at full speed. After a few tense moments, rescue crews helped Griggs from his car and he walked away. He later said “That was a hard hit and I’m already sore but I will be OK. I can’t say the same for the car though.” When the race continued, Taylor grabbed the lead and never looked back. The win made two in a row for Taylor’s No.5. Suddereth held on to finish second with Devine Jr. crossing the line in third.