LPR winner Grissom awaiting results from engine inspection

Dave Ongie • Sep 7, 2011 at 4:10 AM

COEBURN — As of right now, Kyle Grissom is the winner of the UARA-Stars event held at Lonesome Pine Raceway last weekend. Whether Grissom remains the winner hinges on an exhaustive inspection of the engine that powered his No. 31 machine into Victory Lane in Coeburn last Saturday night. A decision isn’t expected until later this week. “There were some concerns with the cylinder head on the No. 31 and we felt there was a need for more exhaustive research and the use of some tools that we do not have available for use at the racetrack,” said Kerry Bodenhamer, the president of the UARA-Stars Series. “Our racers run with us because they feel they always get a fair shake whether they finish first or last. This is another one of those cases where we want to be absolutely certain, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that the call we make is the right one. “With the implications for the championship, it is very important that we get it right, ” Bodenhamer added. Grissom, who is in the hunt for the points title, was able to hold off runnerup Andy Mercer. Kaleb Pressley, Brennan Poole and David Roberts rounded out the top five. Kingsport’s John King II ran into some tough luck when a crash ended his strong run. The CARS Pro Cup Series will run a special 200-lap feature at Lonesome Pine Raceway this Sunday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Qualifying is slated to start about 1 p.m. with green-flag racing to follow. For more information on this event, visit www.thepineraceway.com . Volunteer Speedway BULLS GAP — Volunteer Speedway will roar back to life this Saturday night with $5,000 earmarked for the winner of the Super Late Model feature. The Tennessee vs. Carolina Brawl figures to draw a quality field by pitting drivers from both sides of the border in a battle to win the 60-lap race. The Pro Crate Late Models and the Hobby Stock divisions also will be in action. For more information on the events this weekend at The Gap, go online at w w w. v o l u n t e e r s p e e d w a y. c o m . Bristol Dragway BRISTOL, Tenn. — When most people in these parts think of Mopar, they think of NHRA Pro Stock star Allen Johnson. The Greeneville native wasn’t on hand for Mopar Thunder at Bristol Dragway this past weekend, but a couple of guys named Allen walked out of Thunder Valley with some hardware. Allen Walker drove his 1965 Plymouth Satellite to a win in the Super Pro class on Sunday while Allen Farmer piloted his 1969 Dodge Dart to victory. The Fas Mart Street Fights return to Bristol Dragway this Thursday night. In addition to street-legal racing action, one lucky fan will walk away with a laptop courtesy of King College. For more on the activities at Bristol Dragway, visit www.bristoldragway.com .

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