Henderson returns to Victory Lane

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 29, 2003

Jody Henderson visited Victory Lane 10 times in 2002, but increased competition

and mechanical problems have kept the Opp driver out of the winner's circle for most of the 2003 season. Henderson has only two wins in 2003, the last coming on May 3. Saturday night, everything seemed like the old days as Henderson led all 25 laps to take the win in the Super Stock Feature. Greg Rabern got by David Ashley on the second lap and followed Henderson for the remainder of the race. Scotty Anderson, who came into the race on a two race win streak, came from the eighth starting spot to finish third. Heath Mills, making his first start in a couple of months placed fourth. Ashley slid back to fifth in the final order.

In the Modified Feature, Zach Hammett took advantage of a situation to come away with the win. Hammond took the early lead and led until Kevin Peel took over on lap 18. Peel appeared headed for the win, but he slowed when another car spun on the last lap. Under South Alabama Speedway rules, once the white flag has been displayed, the caution will not be shown and drivers race back to the checkered flag. When Peel slowed, Hammett jumped at the opportunity and regained the lead. Peel tried desperately to run Hammett back down, but Hammett held him off for the win. Jamie Ater was third, followed by Ken Gibson and Randy Poole.

In the Street Stock Feature, Stacy Bedsole took the lead on the first lap and led flag to flag to take his fourth win of the season. Scott Morse quickly moved into second, but couldn't mount a challenge to Bedsole's lead. Derek Deese came from the sixth starting spot to claim third. Lee Norsworthy finished fourth with Todd Valdez fifth.

Will Mack came from the 12th starting spot to take his fifth win of the year. Mack moved into fourth on lap five and got a break when Greg Morse and Jason Singletary, running second and third, got together bringing out the caution. Both were sent to the rear, moving Mack into second. It took Mack two laps before he moved past Kim Bishop for the lead. Mack had to survive a restart with four laps to go to capture the win. Bishop was second with John Singletary third and Jason Gess fourth. Jason Singletary came back to finish fifth.

Next week South Alabama Speedway will host Super Late Model drivers from around the southeast for a 100-lap event. The local Vintage and Roadrunner classes will also be in action. For more information, contact the track at (334) 565-3539, or visit the track's web site at www.southalabamaspeedway.com.