Volunteer Series Ponderosa
Debut to Rattliff
JUNTION CITY, Ky.- June 25. The Volunteer Racing Series made its first ever appearance at
Ponderosa Speedway on Friday, and Justin Rattliff of Campbellsville, Ky. rode to victory in the 15th annual
"Pete Abell Memorial" event, becoming the 13th different winner of the race.
Dustin Linville took the early race lead, followed by Greg Johnson, Mike Marlar, Justin
Rattliff, and Todd Coffman before Mark Walters spun on lap two, collecting Dustin Neat and Kenny Cobble.
Four laps later, Mike Strunk spun and collected Ray Jarnigan.
Back underway, Linville maintained the top spot while Marlar and Rattliff dove beneath
Johnson to take second and third, moving Johnson back to fourth as Eddie Carrier, Jr. made his way to
Linville would start working slower traffic on lap 11, but the track cleared again on lap
16 as Walters slowed with a flat tire. After another caution for debris, 11th starting Michael Chilton climbed
to the fifth spot.
Finally Rattliff won the battle for second on lap 19, and Carrier took third from
Marlar two trips later on lap 21. With second in hand, Rattliff began reeling in the leader as the pair got to
traffic on lap 25. The duo were door-to-door for the lead on lap 27 before Rattliff gained the top spot on the
next circuit and sailed to the win in his MGL Auto Sales/On-Time Courier/JRR Auto Sales/Budda Bert Transmission
Sales and Service/Peterson Fluid Systems/Cox Wrecker Service/Grant Lee Farms sponsored #16.
Linville and Carrier, Jr. took second and third, with Marlar and Webb completing the top
Ponderosa Speedway - 15th Annual Pete Abell Memorial - June
1) Justin Rattliff, 2) Dustin Linville, 3) Eddie Carrier, Jr., 4) Mike Marlar, 5)
David Webb, 6) Michael Chilton, 7) Dustin Neat, 8) Greg Johnson, 9) Jeff Watson,
10) Todd Coffman, 11) Tim Tungate, 12) Aaron Ridley, 13) Mike Weeks, 14) Ross
White, 15) Wesley Brummett, 16) Mike Strunk, 17) Ray Jarnigan, 18) Brandon
Hardgrove, 19) D.J. Wells, 20) Mark Walters, 21) Skylar Marlar, 22) Kenny
Top Qualifier (22 entries): Rattliff (14.116 secs.); Heat winners: Marlar,