PADUCAH – Area drivers are not getting many opportunities to race this year at Paducah International Raceway, especially in the Super Late Model Division. Tim Brown made the most of his chance Thursday.
The veteran, who lives near the Palma community, won the feature race in PIR’s NASCAR Night special, the first program of racing at the 3/8-mile dirt oval since June 28.
Brown is the reigning track champion at PIR.
“I had a good night,” said Brown, who won his heat race to earn a starting position on the outside of the front row. “The car was good all night. I got out front and stayed there.”
Brown’s lead was threatened only once, by a caution flag that waved on lap 11. But when the green flag waved again, Brown pulled away.
Brown had a strong run in his last outing at the track, on June 28 in the Chris Smith Memorial Summer Nationals race. He was as high as second and stayed near the head of the field until a tire blistered and slowed him to an eighth-place finish.
“We changed a few things [on his car’s chassis setup] before the Summer Nationals race and kept it that way” for Thursday night’s run, Brown said.
Tyler Reddick, a Calfornia native who races out of DuQuoin, Ill., was second. Benton’s Terry English was third to give Marshall County drivers two of the top five finishers.
Jason Riggs was fourth and Dillan White fifth.
Other winners on the night’s program included Trent Young in Modified, Credence Mott in Pro (Crate) Late Model, Ryan Humphrey in Street Stock and Michael Watson in Outlaw Warriors.
Justin Story of Benton was second in the Modified main. Calvert City driver Troy English took second place in the Crate Late Model feature and Jeffrey Bailey, also of Calvert City, was fourth.
Sprint Cup Series drivers on hand to sign autographs included PIR part-owners Tony Stewart and Ken Schrader, plus two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip of Owensboro.
Stewart and Schrader also raced their Modified stock cars, with Schrader finishing fourth and Stewart seventh in the feature.
SUPER LATE MODEL: 1. Tim Brown, Palma; 2. Tyler Reddick, DuQuoin, Ill.; 3. Terry English, Benton; 4. Jason Riggs, Harrisburg, Ill.; 5. Dillan White, Crofton, Ky.; 6. Tanner English, Benton; 7. Randy Sellars, Mayfield; 8. Jarryd Holshouser, Boaz; 9. Jason McBride, Carbondale, Ill.; 10. Dwayne Keifer, Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; 11. Steve Burnett, Franklin, Ind.; 12. Chris Shelton, Paducah
Heat race winners: White, Brown
MODIFIED: 1. Trent Young, Hopkinsville; 2. Justin Story, Benton; 3. Josh Harris, Utica, Ky.; 4. Ken Schrader, Concord, N.C.; 5. Will Krup, Mount Carmel, Ill.; 6. Michael Turner, Paris, Tenn.; 7. Tony Stewart, Columbus, Ind.; 8. Lucas Lee, Paris, Tenn.; 9. Jeff Elliott, Mayfield; 10. Todd Miller, Mayfield; 11. Steve Ladd, Murray; 12. Jessie Baize (hometown not listed); 13. Junior Baize, Central City, Ky.; 14. Ron Wall, Mount Vernon, Ill.; 15. Billy Hawes, Beaver Dam; 16. Clayton Miller, Elkton, Ky.; 17. Derek Kellerman, Pinckneyville, Ill.; 18. Randle Sweeney, Clifty, Ky.; 19. Junior Knight (hometown not listed)
Heat race winners: C.Miller, Krup, Young
CRATE LATE MODEL: 1. Credence Mott, Vienna, Ill.; 2. Troy English, Calvert City; 3. Kevin Cole, Benton, Ill.; 4. Jeffrey Bailey, Calvert City; 5. Joe Mike, Mayfield; 6. Danny Jolly, Christopher, Ill.; 7. Emily Crowell, Paducah; 8. John Tindal, Mayfield; 9. Aaron Heck, Mount Vernon, Ill.; 10. Kevin Poole, Paducah; 11. Cameron Brown, Calvert City; 12. Jeff Walston, Paducah; 13. Nick Lyons, Centralia, Ill.; 14. Jeff Patterson, Paducah
Heat race winners: Cole, English
STREET STOCK: 1. Ryan Humphrey, Murray, Ky.; 2. Mike Hodges, Slayden, Tenn.; 3. Mike Watson, West Paducah; 4. Michael Hendrickson, Symsonia; 5. Paul Humphrey, Murray; 6. David Mathew, Anna, Ill.; 7. Clay Story, Benton; 8. Tony Cruse, Paducah; 9. Brent Burnett, Lowes; 10. Mike Lentz, Herrin, Ill.; 11. Stephen Newton, Benton
Heat race winners: Cruse, R. Humphrey
OUTLAW WARRIOR: 1. Michael Watson, West Paducah; 2. Blake Martin, Kevil; 3. Daniel Edwards, Paducah; 4. A.J. Keeling, Paducah; 5. Kyle Clark, Calvert City; 6. Eli English, Palma; 7. Justin Burgess, Paducah; 8. Trey Powell (hometown not listed); 9. Josh Hartman, Kevil
Heat race winners: Martin, Hartman