Georgetown, Tenn.'s Skip
Arp (#31) survived an attrition plagued "Mayhem Shorty 40" to win the SRRS-santioned event Friday at
Boyd's Speedway, while #53 Ray Cook settled for second. (Thomas
Arp Long on Patience in Lengthy "Mayhem
Shorty 40" at Boyd's Speedway
By Janet Sandrell and Track Reports
RINGGOLD, Ga. - May 7. Skip Arp and his new spec motor spent much of their time at caution
speed during the Southern Regional Racing Series-sanctioned and aptly named "Mayhem Shorty 40" at Boyd's Speedway
Friday, but at the end of the caution-racked 40 circuits around the north Georgia Speedway, the Georgetown, Tenn.
veteran had held his on for the $3,000 win. At that point, the track had reached its curfew and was forced to
dispense with additional local feature events.
Under the race's format, Arp was locked into the starting grid with the second fastest time, knocked off the
pole position by Mike Weeks' 13.963-second lap. Arp and Weeks were two of nine drivers who earned their starting
spots in qualifying among three groups, with the rest of the 33 entries settling the score in a series of
Mayhem was an appropriate name for the caution riddled feature race. The 24 car field would not get the second
lap completed before the first caution came out. As soon as Weeks and Arp brought the field up to speed, an
immediate caution flew when several cars stacked up, sending Skylar Marlar, Freddy Smith, Jeff Smith, Rick Hixson,
and Mike Tinker into each other.
Most of the field survived that malee', but even Weeks was not immune from the "mayhem", as the race's fastest
car in qualifying lost his drive shaft and Mark Vineyard would almost roll over. The ensuing crash heavily damaged
several more cars, but that wasn’t the last caution of the night.
Finally, Arp would get the race back under way with Ray Cook hot on his heels, but another caution came out when
cars tangled again - this time taking out Josh Putnam when he checked up to try and avoid the tangle in front of
him. The car behind him tried to go underneath, but caught Putnam’s car in the left front.
With only a quarter of the race on the books, more than a third of the field had headed pitside as Arp led, Ray
Cook, Anthony Burroughs, and Ronnie Johnson. Johnson had conducted a driving school as he came toward the front,
passing high and low after a right rear flat put him to the rear. By lap 32, Johnson had moved to sixth place when
he went between two cars into turns one and two a little too hard, in what would have been the smoothest move of
the night if he had pulled it off.
With the restart, B-Main winner Tommy Kerr shot past Jacob Grizzle and
Jake Knowles to tuck in behind Arp and Cook, and the top five finish was set for the remainder, though fifth
running Knowles would have his hands full with defending series champion Jay Brinkley and the returning Johnson.
Brinkley held on for sixth, while Johnson gave way to Jamie Perry in the later laps.