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Tim Busha. (Thomas Hendrickson photo)
Touche' For Busha in Winchester Special

Sam Holbrooks

WINCHESTER, Tenn. - Oct. 2. For the first time since former racer Jimmy Nowlin took over the mantle of one of Tennessee's longest running race tracks, Winchester Speedway held an enhanced purse special that drew some of middle Tennessee's and Northern Alabama's top Late Model drivers, and it was Talladega Short Track regular Tim Busha who drove his Kilpatrick Chevrolet - Stealth Carburetors #15 to the $3,000 win.

Busha never met a serious challenge fror the duration of the 40-lap main event, though he was quickly into lapped traffic on the tight third-mile bullring. Young Florence, Alabama driver Josh Putnam saw Busha's rear spoiler up close only during each of five cautions that flew during the race. Anthony Burroughs slipped into third early on, but left the track to avoid an entanglement between several slower cars, including former Mini-Modified graduate Clyde Petty. Borroughs was allowed to restart third, but quickly made a hard left into the infield after discovering problems with his #121.

Putnam got his final shot at the leader with a caution flew when local champion Jerry Ashley piled up together with visiting drivers Corey Posey and Daniel Miller, and David Siebers flew off-track to avoid the melee'. Siebers and Ashley pitted, and Busha took the final green flag to the biggest win of his season since his Crate Late Model triumph during February's "Ice Bowl" at TST. Behind Busha and Putnam were Crossville, Tenn. strongman Randy Weaver, local favorite Shannon Davis, and Alabama driver Brandon King. Central Alabama veteran James Cline made a good run from mid-pack to sixth on the difficult track.

Heat wins went to Cline, former Super Street champion Jeff Frame, and popular Fayetteville driver Tommy Gifford. Busha was the fast quaifier.

Oct. 2 - Winchester Speedway - $3,000 to win
1) Tim Busha, 2) Josh Putnam, 3) Randy Weaver, 4) Shannon Davis, 5) Brandon King, 6) James Cline, 7) Mark Mears, 8) Josh Johnson, 9) Eric Hickerson, 10) Randy Gifford, 11) David Gentry, 12) Jay Brinkley, 13) Daniel Miller, 14) Corey Posey, 15) Tommy Gifford, 16) Jerry Ashley, 17) David Seibers, 18) Corey Holmes, 19) Robert Stutts, 20) Clyde Petty, 21) Anthony Burroughs, 22) Jeff Frame, 23) Danny Peoples, 24) Dane Dacus.

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