As their respective
fans held their collective breaths, #53 Ray Cook and #71 Chris Wall sandwich Tim Lance's lapped #48 as they battle
for the lead late in the 75-lap "Bama Bash" at Green Valley Speedway. (Thomas Hendrickson)
Cook Books Second Straight "Bama Bash" Victory at Green
By: Sam Holbrooks
GADSDEN, Ala. - Feb. 28. Ray Cook drove into into Northeast Alabama as the odds-on favorite to capture Sunday's
annual "Bama Bash" Classic at Green Valley Speedway, having won the 2009 installment of the event. The North
Carolina veteran didn't disappoint his fans as he set fast time among 54 entries for the Southern Regional Racing
Series event, won his heat race, and then held off a hard charging Chris Wall to clinch his first win of the young
Wall, of Holden, La., started on the third row in the large 28-car field, but quickly worked his way toward
the front, finding himself on Cook's bumper as the race neared the halfway mark. From then on, Wall was relentless
in his attack from the low side, pulling through several turns, but each time, Cook's
Holden, La.'s Chris Wall checks tire pressure prior to tackling the annual "Bama Bash" at Green Valley
Speedway. (Thomas Hendrickson)
high side momentum carried the day.
Finally, with a stretch of green flag racing, Cook worked traffic well, while Wall struggled a bit to
effectively clear the lapped cars. Wall was able to regain his lost ground in the closing laps, but Cook held a
comfortable lead as the checkered flag waved overhead on lap 75.
Starting back at mid-pack, Randy Weaver took advantage of some strong moves and a high attrition rate to run
third at the finish, finally taking that spot as Stacy Holmes joined the ranks of the DNF's on lap 52. Weaver
Clint Smith battles #57 Bub McCool for fifth place in the Bama Bash before McCool prevailed. Smith
settled for sixth. (Thomas Hendrickson)
just ahead of fellow Tennessee veteran Ronnie Johnson. Vicksburg, Mississippi's Bub McCool continued his early
season of respectable showings with a top five.
Joining Cook among the heat winners, were Holmes, Tim Busha, Eric Hickerson, and Dennis Hale. Last Chance
race winners were Jay Brinkley, series founder Tony Morris, and William Thomas.
The large field of race cars accomodated a large number of provisional starters - seven in all - with that
prize going to Jonathan Davenport, Clint Smith, Anthony Burroughs, Chris Ferguson, Josh Putnam, Anthony Hill, and
In other Late Model action, Kenny Compton, Jr. clinched the Crate Late main event, while Brandon Williams
won the Limited feature.
Randy Weaver advanced from midfield to a third place finish ahead of #5 Ronnie Johnson in the "Bama
Bash". (Thomas Hendrickson)