latemodelamerica.com - Aug. 6 - Volunteer Speedway
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Mark Douglas VL at Volunteer Speedway

Mark Douglas after showing the visitors how to run his home track in the "Back to School 40" at Volunteer Speedway. (Michael Moats)

 

STARS/Volunteer Racing Series: Douglas Runs the Table for First VRS Win

 

Robert Walden

 

BULLS GAP, Tenn. — Aug. 6. With the always popular "Fan Appreciation Night" at Volunteer Speedway, the Short Track Auto Racing Series / Volunteer Racing Series made their first-ever visit to the high-banked track for running of the $3,000-to-win “"Back To School Bash 40" on Saturday,” and when the checkered flag waved, two-time Late Model track Mark Douglas of Knoxville was celebrating in victory lane after leading from start-to-finish.

 

Vic Hill and Mark Douglas at Volunteer Speedway

Vic Hill (#1) was able to unseat Eric Jacobsen from second in STARS/VRS action, but he couldn't put the ponies together to stop #52 Mark Douglas, and had to settle for second. (Michael Moats)

 

After setting fast time in qualifying, Douglas jumped into the lead from pole position at waving of the green flag over Eric Jacobsen and Vic Hill. The event'’s first caution appeared only two laps in when Kerry Jones slowed to a stop on the bottom of track between turns one and two.

 

Douglas was all alone out front for the Delaware double-file restart, with Jacobsen and Hill side-by-side behind him. Immediately back under green, Hill moved into second place, while Jacobsen began to feel some pressure from fourth-running Chad Ogle.

 

Chad Ogle and Ross White at Volunteer Speedway

Chad Ogle holds off #0 Ross White while running fourth at Volunteer Speedway. (Michael Moats)

 

With the race running clean-and-green and the front-runners setting a blistering pace, at the halfway point Douglas held a three car length advantage over Hill, with Jacobsen and Ogle about eight car lengths back.

 

Hill began turning up the heat on Douglas looking to move out front, sticking the nose of his car underneath Douglas racing off the corners on several occasions. But Douglas would continually power back ahead of Hill racing down the straightaway, never allowing the door to open for Hill to capitalize.

 

Jeff Maupin jumped the cushion to make slight contact with the wall on lap 36 to bring out the caution flag, thus setting up a four-lap dash to the checkers. Hill looked to mount one last serious charge to overtake Douglas for the point,

 

Kerry Jones at Volunteer Speedway

Trouble for Kerry Jones early in the main event at Bulls Gap. (Michael Moats)

 

but Douglas would not be denied the $3,000 victory as he held Hill off for the win. Finishing third through fifth, respectively, were Jacobsen, Ogle and Ross White.

  

From the pole position, Dale Ball of Johnson City grabbed the lead at start of the Fastrak Racing Series-sanctioned Pro Late Model event and never looked back en route to capturing his division-leading fifth feature win on the season.

 

While Ball was setting sail out front, behind him Todd Brooks, Mike Smith, Vic Chandler, Forrest Trent, Weston Gantte, Jerry Broyles and Ricky Moore were battling for position. After getting the car out of shape on his qualifying run and being relegated to an eighth-place starting spot, Broyles let it be known quickly he was riding a strong mount as he began to work his way forward.

 

Broyles got around Smith for third on lap 19, and just two circuits later passed Brooks to move into the runner-up position. But there was no catching Ball, who wheeled to an impressive victory. Ball and Broyles were chased to the checkers by Brooks, Smith and Gantte.

 

Eric Jacobsen and Mark Douglas at Volunteer Speedway

Mark Douglas gets a congrats from third finishing Eric Jacobsen after his $3,000 win at Volunteer Speedway. (Michael Moats)

 

 

STARS/VRS "Back to School 40"
1) Mark Douglas, 2) Vic Hill, 3) Eric Jacobsen, 4) Chad Ogle, 5) Ross White, 6) Brett Miller, 7) John Tweed, 8) Hunter Best, 9) Jeff Maupin, 10) Bryan Hendrix, 11) Doug Smith, 12) J. Allan, 13) Kerry Jones

Michael Moats photo

 

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