Weaver (Connie Putnam
Weaver Claims "Tennessee
Memorial" SAS Win at Cleveland
CLEVELAND, Tenn. - May 21. Randy Weaver, of Crossville, Tennessee, won the $5,000
Southern All Stars victory at Cleveland Speedway Saturday and dedicated his new "Tennessee Memorial" win
to friend and former Crossville Raceway owner, the late Calvin Cheek.
"This team is really, working great. Which is a testament to Calvin, who always pushed me to get it
to the front more," Weaver told his interviewers after the race.
As third fastest qualifier Weaver tucked his #116 car into third at the start,
pole winner Chris Madden launched into the lead, beating out outside
Tommy Kerr drove from near the rear of the field to sixth place at
polesitter, Chris Ferguson. The caution flew immediately, however, when Todd
Morrow, Brandon Kinzer, and William Thomas got together.
After a quick second caution, Madden pulled ahead of Ferguson, as Weaver
immediately went to work on the second position. Weaver raced door to door with Madden for several
laps before he made the pass as Madden encountered a slower car ahead, and Weaver pounced. Caution slowed the
field again and Jamie Perry found himself disqualified after contact with Brian Hickman under
With a new late-race restart, Ferguson got the jump on Madden for second, but the leader handled traffic
flawlessly for the remainder to claim the win over Ferguson, Madden, Derek Ellis, who drove from his 15th place
start, and Shane Clanton. Tommy Kerr raced from deep in the field to complete his task in sixth.
Earlier in the evening, Keith Frazier was sent to the hospital to be checked for neck injuries after a wreck
during one of two consolation races, and Jonathan Davenport retird for the night after hitting the wall on his
second qualifying lap.