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Volunteer Speedway - Bulls Gap

Sept. 4 (Final): With the Super Late Models not in action over the Labor Day holiday weekend , Jeff Maupin of Greeneville had already secured his second Super Late Model track championship. Maupin recorded seven top-five finishes along with three feature wins en route to the title, having also won the championship in 2008.

Dale Ball of Johnson City, on the strength of nine top-five finishes and one feature win this season, captured his second Pro Late Model track championship, having also won the title in 2008. Ball also has the 1999 Super Late Model championship to his credit, making him and his late father, Walter Ball, the only father-son duo to win Late Model track titles at the Gap.

On a cool Saturday night in East Tennessee and the track in perfect condition, Jerry Broyles lowered the standard with a quick tour around the high banks at 13.192-seconds (109.454 mph) to establish a new track record during Pro Late Model qualifying.

 

Broyles powered into the lead over John Harrell at the drop of the green and never looked back in the 35-lap main event. In the early going behind the lead duo, battles were waging among Todd Brooks, Ricky Moore, Michael Smith, Weston Gantte, Dale Ball and Jackie Hughes for position.

 

Brooks settled into third place on the second circuit with Moore riding on his rear bumper, but on lap 3 Smith got around Moore to move into fourth in the running order. Smith got to working Brooks over trying to take third, and on lap 7 racing off fourth turn he pulled the trigger and secured the position. Brooks, who entered the night only 16 points behind Ball in the battle for the divisional championship, saw his hopes of winning the title end when he retired on lap 8 with an overheating engine.

 

With Broyles in command out front, behind him Harrell had a rearview mirror full of a hard-charging Smith in a battle for the runner-up position. Smith got under Harrell racing off the fourth turn on lap 11 and at the flagstand moved into second place, setting his sights ahead on race leader Broyles.

 

Wanting to be cautious in overtaking a couple of slower cars, Broyles momentarily allowed Smith to close to within two car lengths. But once around the lapped cars he once again began to distance himself from his closest challengers Smith and Harrell.

 

After having won the Pro Late Model championship last year, Broyles ended this campaign by romping to a convincing flag-to-flag victory worth $1,000. Finishing behind Broyles were Smith, Harrell, Ball and Gantte. 

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Jeff Maupin - Mark Douglas - Volunteer Speedway

Jeff Maupin races inside of #52 Mark Douglas before racing to the Aug. 7th Late Model win at Volunteer Speedway. (Randall Perry) 

Aug. 7 LM Finish: 1) Mark Douglas #52D; 2) Jeff Maupin #0; 3) John Tweed #5; 4) Keith Helton #5h; 5) Todd Brooks

July 23: See Southern Nationals special event coverage.

July 10 LM Finish: 1) Jeff Maupin #0; 2) John Tweed #1T; 3) Robby Moses #7; 4) Mark Douglas #52D; 5) Mike Smith #4

July 3 LM Finish: 1) Mark Douglas #52D; 2) Jeff Maupin #0; 3) Mike Smith #4; 4) Kerry Jones #6; 5) John Tweed #1t

June 18-19: See Lucas Oil Series "Scorcher" special event coverage.

June 5 Finish: 1.Jeff Maupin, 2. Kerry Jones, 3.Mark Vineyard, 4. Tommy Kerr 5. Rodney Kiker

May 22: Rained Out 

May 8 Super Late Model Finish: 1) Mark Vineyard; 2) Rodney Kiker; 3) Jeff Maupin; 4) Travis Greer; 5) John Tweed

  

May 1: Rained Out

April 24: Rained Out 

April 17:

 1. Kerry Jones

2. Shanon Buckingham

3. Mark Vineyard

4. Mark Douglas

5. Jeff Maupin

 

April 10:

1) Jeff Maupin

2) Shanon Buckingham

3) Mark Vineyard

4) Chad Ogle

5) Bryan Hendrix

 

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