11/04/06, Clarksville, TN - The $3,000 to win Southern Regional Racing Series event at Clarksville Speedway drew an impressive field of 40 Late Models Saturday afternoon.  Rusty, driving his RGR #16, qualified 3rd fastest in his group and 4th fastest overall.  The top four times were 13.607 by Jay Brinkley, 13.656 by Michael Luna, 13.665 by David Gentry, and 13.677 by Rusty.  This put him directly into the feature and he did not have to compete in the heat races.  Rusty started the feature in 7th.  By lap 18 he was up to 5th.  The top five were able to put a little distance on the rest of the field on restarts, but cautions and lapped traffic kept them close.  At the end of the 50 lap event it was David Gentry winning a race long battle with Tony Albright to take the $3,000 check.  Following Albright were Byron Michael, Eddie Pace, Rusty in 5th, Michael England, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Randle Sweeney, and Kevin Cole.

10/28/06, Calvert City, KY - There were 78 Late Models at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway for the $10,000 to win Commonwealth Cup event.  Rusty competed in his RGR #16.  He finished 7th in his heat race and 4th in the consi but was unable to advance to the feature event.  Next up Rusty will compete in the Burr Motorsports #33 at Clarksville Speedway on Saturday November 4.  The race will be a $3,000 to win Southern Regional Racing Series event.

10/26/06, Evansville, IN - UMP officials today released the final UMP points for 2006.  In addition to being the Clarksville Stormpay.com Speedway Track Champion for 2006, Rusty is also the UMP State of Tennessee Champion.  Rusty also officially finished 4th in the UMP Southern Region, 22nd in UMP National Points, and 2nd in the UMP Rookie of the Year race.

 

10/21/06, Calvert City, KY - Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway also canceled.

10/20/06, Paducah, KY - Wet track conditions and cold weather forced the cancellation of final night of racing at Paducah International Raceway on Friday.  Rusty will head to Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway Saturday night.

 

10/14/06, Calvert City, KY - Rusty was among 41 Late Models at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway Saturday night.  There Rusty finished 3rd in his heat.  In the feature Rusty was running 8th when he was caught up in a wreck that happened in front of him.  The RGR #16 sustained significant damage and Rusty was unable to continue.  He was credited with a 15th place finish.  See www.rustygriffaw.com for details.

10/13/06, Paducah, KY - Rusty and 28 other Late Models were at Paducah International Raceway Friday night.  Rusty finished 5th in his heat and 2nd in the dash for cash.  Rusty had a flat tire and finished 9th in the consi.  In the feature Rusty started 25th and finished 9th.  More details at www.rustygriffaw.com.

10/9/06 Status Update 

Clarksville Speedway – Track Champion

UMP State of Tennessee – 1st (unofficial)

UMP Southern Region – 4th (unofficial)

UMP National Points – 22nd (unofficial)

UMP Rookie of the Year – 2nd

 

10/6/06, Calvert City, KY - Rusty finished 3rd in his heat and 3rd in the feature in the RGR #16 at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway Friday night.  Details later at www.rustygriffaw.com.

 

10/4/06, News from UMP headquarters indicates Rusty appears to have won an extremely close battle with Tony Albright for the State of Tennessee UMP Late Model points championship.  Points at this time are unofficial pending a final audit.

9/30/06, Clarksville, TN - There was good news and bad news for Rusty and the Burr Motorsports team at Clarksville Speedway on the final night of points racing.  The good news was that Rusty and the team won the 2006 Track Championship.  The bad news was that according to unofficial calculations Rusty lost the State of Tennessee UMP Late Model Championship to Tony Albright by one point.

The track was very fast all night.  In qualifying, five cars broke the 13 second mark.  Albright set fast time with a lap of 12.595 seconds around the quarter mile oval.  Rusty turned the fourth fastest lap with a time of 12.796.  Others in the top six were Chuck Proctor (12.640), Randle Sweeney (12.660), Rod Reed (12.921), and Jarryd Holshouser (13.017).  In the quick six dash Proctor was able to take the lead from his outside front row starting position with Albright running second.  Rusty was able to get by Sweeney to take third.  The top three finished that way followed by Holshouser and Reed.  Sweeney did not finish.

In the feature Proctor elected to start on the outside with Albright on the inside.  Row two was Rusty and Holshouser.  Row three was Reed and Sweeney.  At the start Proctor took the lead followed by Albright and Rusty.  As they completed lap one, Albright went by Proctor on the inside and so did Rusty.  Rusty then moved alongside Albright to take a shot at the lead.  Unfortunately a caution came out before they could complete lap two.  On the restart Albright got to keep the lead but Rusty was moved back behind Proctor.  The reason was that when a caution comes out they revert back to the last completed lap.  Albright got by Proctor prior to the start finish line and Rusty didn't make the pass until after the line.  On the restart it was Albright, Proctor, Rusty, Holshouser, and Sweeney.  Sweeney moved to the top of the track and went by Holshouser.  He then started trying to get by Rusty on the top.  Unable to get by on the top Sweeney moved to the bottom.  Entering turn three contact was made between Rusty and Sweeney knocking Rusty up the track and causing him to get crossed up.  This allowed Sweeney and Holshouser to get by.  A caution was thrown.  Ordinarily, they would have gone back to the last completed lap and put Rusty back in third.  However, track officials said that the flagman should not have thrown the caution and that Rusty would have to restart in fifth place.  After the restart Rusty quickly got back by Holshouser and closed on Sweeney.  Rusty was up on the wheel trying to get back by Sweeney.  Some ruts exiting turn two caused Rusty to lose time on a couple of occasions, but Rusty was each time able to close back on Sweeney's bumper.  However, he was not able to regain the position.  At the end it was Albright, Proctor, Sweeney, Rusty, and Holshouser.  It appears Rusty came up one position short in the last race for the UMP State Championship.  It was however, a good night and a good year with Rusty winning the Clarksville Speedway Track Championship in his rookie year.

9/29/06, Kankakee, IL - Rusty made the long haul to Kankakee Motor Speedway for the $5,000 to win special on Friday.  Rusty was running in the top five in his heat until a tire went down dropping him to a seventh place finish.  After the heats the rains came and caused the rest of the show to be postponed.

9/29/06, Weather once again changed Rusty's plans for the weekend.  Mt. Vernon was cancelled on Thursday night and a flooded track at Paducah caused them to cancel also.  Rusty now plans to compete in the RGR #16 at the $5,000 to win show at Kankakee, Illinois of Friday night and then to race for the track and UMP State Championships at Clarksville on Saturday night in the Burr Motorsports Ford.

 

9/23/06, New Florence, MO - With the rainout at Clarksville, Rusty took the RGR #16 to Montgomery County Speedway for the first time this year.  There Rusty finished 2nd in his heat, 4th in the dash, and 4th in the feature behind Ed Dixon, Brian Dively, and Brad Looney.  See www.rustygriffaw.com

9/23/06, Clarksville, TN - Rain forecast for Saturday night resulted in no racing at Clarksville Speedway.  Rusty will return to Clarksville next Saturday for the final night of points racing to compete for the UMP State of Tennessee Championship.  Rusty currently leads Tony Albright by nine points.  Rusty will win the track championship if he starts the feature on Saturday.  Currently Rusty is #1 in UMP points in Tennessee, #5 in UMP points in the Southern region, #20 in national UMP points, and #2 in UMP Rookie of the Year points.

9/16/06, Clarksville, TN - Rusty came back from a crash in the dash to finish 3rd in the feature at Clarksville on Saturday.  The evening started well with Rusty qualifying 3rd among the 21 Late Models on hand.  The top five times were Tony Albright (13.135), Chuck Proctor (13.253), Rusty (13.301), Jarryd Holshouser (13.416), and Perry Delaney (13.789).  In the dash Proctor, Albright, and Rusty were battling for lead when Albright go into Proctor in turn three and spun them both.  Rusty had to spin to keep from hitting them.  Holshouser slammed hard into the left front of the #33 Ford causing significant damage.  Rusty had to limp to the pits.

Rusty and the crew had to make major repairs to get the car ready for the feature.  They were successful and Rusty started the feature in 5th.  At the start Rusty quickly made his way past John Flowers and Jarryd Holshouser to take over third.  From that point Rusty made numerous attempts to get underneath Albright.  He could pull along side Albright but could not make the pass.  Each time Albright would close the door.  All the while the two were also making runs on Proctor who was in the lead.  On the last lap Albright made a pass on Proctor for the win.  Following Albright, Proctor, and Rusty were Holshouser, Mike Chandler, and Wendell Bratton.

9/15/06, Paducah, KY - There were 46 Late Models on hand for the $6,000 to win World 50 event.  Rusty finished 7th in his heat and 7th in his consi, but made the main event by virtue of a track provisional based on his PIR points.  Rusty finished 21st.  See www.rustygriffaw.com.

 

9/10/06, Granite City, IL - There were 22 Late Models at Tri-City Speedway for the season championship race.  Rusty finished 3rd in his heat and then drove the RGR #16 to a 5th place finish in the feature.  Details later at www.rustygriffaw.com.

9/9/06, Clarksville, TN - Rusty got another third place finish in the feature at Clarksville Speedway on Saturday.  The lineup at the start was Terry English on the front row electing to start on the outside of Jarryd Holshoulser with Rusty inside of Tony Albright on row two.  On row three it was Dylan Thompson and Perry Delaney.  Albright was able to jump into third at the start of the feature and soon passed Holshouser on the outside to take second.  English was running up front.  Rusty was running in fourth with Delaney in fifth. A caution came out when English made contact with a lapped car.    English believed the lapped car lost it on his own and caused the contact.   Track officials ruled English at fault and sent him to the rear.  English elected to take it to the pits instead.  This moved Albright into the lead ahead of Holshouser, Rusty and Delaney.  Back under way, Delaney got to the inside of Rusty in turn three and made contact which cost them both significant time to the leaders.  Rusty caught back up to Holshouser with five laps to go.  He tried the low side and the high side but could not get around.  Delaney was right with him but could not advance either.  At the finish it was Albright, Holshouser, Rusty, Delaney, and Steven Ashby.

The top five in qualifying were English (12.750), Holshouser (13.188), Albright (13.236), Rusty (13.414), and Delaney (13.423)

9/8/06, Paducah, KY - Rusty had a bad draw and started in the rear of his heat at PIR on Friday.  He finished 5th in the heat, but did not make the dash.  In the feature Rusty finished 9th in his RGR #16.  See www.rustygriffaw.com for details.

 

9/3/06, Granite City, IL - Rusty entered the RGR #16 in the unique "Gear Changer 50" at Tri-City Speedway on Sunday.  Rusty finished 2nd in his heat and 4th in the dash.  The feature event consisted of 10 laps on the 1/2 mile track and 25 on the 1/4 mile track.  Rusty finished the first segment in 2nd place.  At the break teams were required to change gears and add 5 gallons of fuel.  The cars were lined up for the second segment in the order that they completed the pit stops.  This dropped Rusty back in the field for the restart.  Rusty completed the event in 8th place.  See www.rustygriffaw.com for additional details.

RUSTY EARNS FOURTH WIN OF THE SEASON IN THE BURR MOTORSPORTS FORD

9/2/06, Clarksville, TN - There were 17 Late Models on hand on a cool and overcast evening at Clarksville Speedway.  A very light rain delayed the completion of hot laps for a short time, but the track was in great shape.  Jarryd Holshouser set fast time with a lap of 12.702.  Tony Albright was second with a 12.724.  Rusty qualified third with a lap of 12.881.  Those were the only times below the 13 second mark.  In the quick six dash Albright jumped to the lead over Holshouser on the first lap.  Rusty fell in behind Holshouser in third.  They finished in that order followed by Perry Delaney, Mike Chandler, and Ronnie Hammons.

Albright elected to start on the outside of Holshouser on the front row in the feature.  From that spot he would take the lead.  Rusty fell in behind the #41J of Holshouser at the start.  After several laps of follow the leader, Chandler began to show his nose to the inside of Rusty's #33.  Rusty took note of that and moved to the bottom.  At that point the Burr Motorsports Ford took off like a rocket.  He immediately pulled away from Chandler and began closing on Albright and Holshouser.  At this point Holshouser was also making a move on the inside of Albright's #1.  Holshouser went by to take the lead and Rusty followed to take second.  Rusty then mounted a charge on Holshouser.  Going down the back stretch Rusty pulled along side Holshouser.  The two closed quickly on the soon to be lapped car of Jeff Christmas.  Rusty went below Christmas into the lead while Holshouser made contact with Christmas and the two collided exiting turn four.  Officials ruled Christmas was at fault and put Holshouser back into the lead.  On the restart Rusty resumed his charge to the front and again moved underneath the 41J to take the lead.  Once in the lead Rusty quickly pulled away from the field.  There was a caution with three laps to go and Rusty still won by a straight away.

9/1/06, Paducah, Ky - Rusty had a great run at the Northern All-Star event at PIR on Friday.  There were 28 Late Models on hand.  Rusty won his heat and finished third in the $2,000 to win feature event.  See www.rustygriffaw.com for details.

 

8/26/06, Clarksville, TN - Rusty got another third place finish in the Late Model feature at Clarksville.  He had qualified fourth and finished fourth in the quick six dash.

8/25/06, Belleville, IL - Rusty finished 14th at Belle-Clair in his RGR #16.  See www.rustygriffaw.com.

8/24/06, Paducah, KY - It was NASCAR night III at PIR on Thursday.  There were 24 Late Models on hand for the event.  Rusty won his heat but had problems in the dash finishing 7th.  In the feature Rusty took his #16 up to 10th but was not able to advance further.  See www.rustygriffaw.com.

8/20/06, Granite City, IL - Rusty wrapped up the weekend with another strong finish.  He picked up a third place finish in the RGR #16 at Tri-City Speedway on Sunday.  Details at www.rustygriffaw.com.

8/19/06, Clarksville, TN - There were 22 Late Models on hand at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night.  The top six qualifiers were Tony Albright (13.635), Randle Sweeney (13.649), Chuck Proctor (13.802), Jarryd Holshouser (13.882), Rusty (13.936), and Mike Chandler (14.004).  In the quick six dash Rusty started on the inside of row three.  He was able to get ahead of Chandler and Holshouser early on.  He then set his sights on Proctor, but was unable to advance to third.  Albright took the win over Sweeney.

In the feature Rusty started on the outside of Proctor in row two behind Albright and Sweeney.  Rusty was unable to get by Proctor on the start, but soon made the pass on the inside on the back stretch.  Rusty then began pressing Albright for second.  Rusty was faster than Albright in turns one and two, but would have to check up to avoid hitting Albright.  As the race went on Albright got better and Rusty was not able to mount a serious challenge.  At the finish it was Sweeney, Albright, and Rusty separated by only a few car lengths.  Trailing them were Steven Ashby and Perry Delaney.

8/18/06, Paducah, KY - Rusty had a strong run at Paducah International Raceway Friday night.  He started 8th in his heat and finished 2nd to Terry English.  Rusty then proceeded to win the dash.  In the feature Rusty lead at the start, but needed a little something, perhaps fresh rubber, and finished 5th.  More details later at www.rustygriffaw.com.

 

8/13/06, Granite City, IL - Rusty attended the MARS event at Tri-City Speedway along with 37 other Late Models on Sunday.  Rusty finished 8th in his heat and 8th in the consi and did not make the feature.  See www.rustygriffaw.com.

8/12/06, Clarksville, TN - Rusty qualified 4th among 23 Late Models at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night.  Rusty started 4th in the quick six dash behind Randle Sweeney, Terry English, and Jarryd Holshouser.  Rusty moved into 3rd at the start and a couple of laps in went under Sweeney in turn four to move into 2nd.  A couple of laps later Sweeney went back by Rusty on the outside to regain 2nd.  Rusty was unable to mount another challenge for 2nd and came across the finish line in 3rd.  However, the engine let go on the last lap and Rusty was done for the night.

There had been a good bit of rain at Clarksville and the track was in better shape for qualifying as evidenced by the better overall lap times.  The top six in qualifying were Sweeney (12.831), English (12.961), Holshouser (13.001), Rusty (13.272), Perry Delaney (13.406), and John Flowers (time not given).

8/11/06, Belleville, IL - Rain again, for the fourth time in five weeks, forced the cancellation of racing at Paducah International Raceway.  The RGR team was in route to Paducah when the races were called off.  They then rerouted to Belle-Claire Speedway for the scheduled 100 lapper.  There Rusty finished 5th in his heat and 6th in the feature.  See www.rustygriffaw.com for details.

 

8/5/06, Clarksville, TN - Poor track conditions coupled with a bad pill draw were contributing factors in Rusty qualifying a disappointing 7th among 21 Late Models at Clarksville Speedway.  Having just missed the quick six dash, Rusty started on the pole of the 1st heat race.  Starting on the outside was 9th place qualifying Tony Albright.  The race would be won by being the first one into turn one.  Rusty was up to the challenge and was able to take the lead in turn one.  Albright provided a lot of pressure in the early laps, but Rusty kept the lead and went on to take the win.

The feature lineup was #182 Randle Sweeney, #53 Perry Delaney, #41J Jarryd Holshouser, #27 Chuck Proctor, #40 David Miller, #15 Richard Frost, Rusty's #33, #35 Matt Liner, # 1 Albright, and rounding out the top ten #10B Jeff Blackburn.  Rusty had an awesome start and moved from 7th to 5th on lap one and passed Proctor for 4th on lap two.  However, a caution came out on lap two and Rusty had to drop back to 5th.  On the restart it took until lap six to get back around Proctor for 4th.  Rusty then closed in on Holshouser to make a run for 3rd.  However, by this time the track was pretty much one groove and Rusty was unable to advance further.  He finished 4th behind Delaney, Sweeney, and Holshouser.

The lack of track prep has been very evident this year with qualifying speeds that used to regularly be in 12 second range now being in the 14 and 15 second range.  Top qualifiers on the night were Sweeney (14.874), Delaney (14.911), Proctor (14.919), Holshouser (15.054), Miller (15.131), Frost (15.151), Rusty (15.181), Blackburn (15.206), and Albright (15.265).

8/4/06, Paducah, KY - There was a strong field of 27 Late Models at Pacucah International Raceway Friday night.  Rusty finished 11th in the feature in his RGR #16.  Details later at www.rustygriffaw.com.

8/2/06, Pevely, MO - Rusty finished 3rd in his heat, 9th in the dash, and 12th in the feature at I-55 Speedway on NASCAR night on Wednesday.  There were 27 Late Models on hand.  See www.rustygriffaw.com for details.

 

7/29/06, Clarksville, TN - Rusty qualified 4th (14.327) at Clarksville Speedway on Saturday.  He trailed Randle Sweeney (13.986), Jarryd Holshouser (14.142), and Richard Frost (14.180).  Rounding out the top six of the 19 Late Models on hand were Perry Delaney (14.353) and Tony Albright (14.403).  That would also be the order of finish in the dash except that Albright took 5th from Delaney.

In the feature Rusty took 3rd on the first lap, but the torque arm broke on lap two and Rusty's night was over.  The leaders at the finish were Sweeney, Holshouser, Albright, and Frost.

7/28/06, Belleville, IL - Rain caused the RGR team to alter their plans from Paducah International Raceway to Belle-Clair Speedway on Friday night.  There were 21 Late Models on hand.  Rusty finished 7th in his heat, 2nd in the consi, and got a DNF in the feature.  See www.rustygriffaw.com for details.

7/26/06, Clarksville, TN - Rusty was one of 16 Late Models at Clarksville Speedway Wednesday for NASCAR night with Kenny Wallace and Ken Schrader.  Rusty and Terry English were two of the last three UMP Late Models to go out for qualifying.  Neither made the quick six dash.  Also missing the quick six was Ken Schrader.  Rusty was 7th quick with a time of 13.901.  The top six were Randle Sweeney (13.508), Jarryd Holshouser (13.602), Tony Albright (13.711), Duke Wright (13.767), Wendell Bratton (13.843), and Perry Delaney (13.861).

Rusty started on the pole of heat number one inside of Richard Frost and in front of Schrader.  Rusty took the lead at the start and led half the race before Schrader got by for the lead.  Rusty finished in 2nd.  The top ten feature lineup was Albright, Sweeney, Wright, Delaney, Holshouser, Bratton, Schrader, English, Rusty, and Brandon Chappell.  The same as last Saturday, Rusty had to start the feature in 9th.  On the opening lap Rusty passed Bratton for 8th.  The only caution of the race occurred on lap two.  When the race restarted Rusty made a pass on English for 7th.  However, English didn't give up that easy and retook the spot from Rusty when Rusty got caught behind the #66 of Wright.  Rusty again pulled along side English and the two ran side by side swapping the 7th place spot back and forth for several laps.  On lap seven or eight, Rusty's tires came in and he passed English, Wright, and Delaney all on the outside on the same lap.  This put Rusty in 5th, but far behind Schrader who was running 4th.  Rusty began closing the gap on Schrader, but it was too late as no more cautions came out and Rusty ran out of laps.  At the finish the top six were Albright, Sweeney, Holshouser, Schrader, Rusty, and English.

7/24/06, Highland, IL - Rusty was among 37 late models on hand at Highland Speedway for the $7,500 to win event.  Rusty had mechanical failure in hot laps and was unable to compete.  Details at www.rustygriffaw.com .  Next up is Clarksville Speedway on Wednesday.

7/22/06, Clarksville, TN - Clarksville Speedway once again hosted a strong field of 26 Late Models on Saturday night.  The track was wet in places, dry in places, and rough all over in qualifying.  Rusty was unable to get a good qualifying lap and he and the Burr Motorsports team were unable to recover from that during the feature.  Because of Rusty's 9th place qualifying time, he failed to make the dash and instead started on the pole of the 3rd heat.  Rusty easily won the heat over Dylan Thompson.  However, Rusty was still relegated to a 9th place starting position in the feature.  Rusty quickly got by Mike Chandler and Duke Wright on the inside during the first five laps.  It then took a few laps to catch up with Chuck Proctor.  Rusty battled with Proctor for several laps before moving to the outside and making the pass for 6th place.  Rusty then began closing on 5th place running Jarryd Holshouser.  However, lapped traffic was a problem.  At one point Rusty was forced into and over the tractor tire at the edge of the track between turns one and two.  Rusty was able to continue gaining on Holshouser, but it was too late.  The 20 lap feature went caution free and made it impossible for Rusty to crack the top five.  Top six were Kevin Cole, Randle Sweeney, Tony Albright, Terry English, Holshouser, and Rusty.

7/21/06, Belleville, IL - Rusty took the recently acquired RGR #16 Rayburn Late Model to Belle-Clair Speedway Friday night.  There he finished 3rd in his heat, 5th in the dash, and 6th in the feature.  For details see www.rustygriffaw.com.

 

7/15/06, Clarksville, TN - There was a large field of 26 UMP Late Models at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night.  Rusty and the crew battled a number of problems all during the evening, but still finished a respectable 3rd in the feature.  The problems began with a brake malfunction that hindered Rusty in qualifying  and resulted in a 5th place qualifying run.  Rusty had a lap of 13.976.  The top four were Tony Albright (13.113), Chuck Proctor (13.479), Randle Sweeney (13.570), and Perry Delaney (13.871).  Also, early in the evening, the collector broke off the right header and had to have some makeshift repairs.  In the dash Rusty started on the inside of row three and was able to make his way past Delaney to finish 4th.  At the start of the feature, Rusty moved ahead of Proctor to take 3rd.  However, there was a crash in turn four at the back of the pack requiring a complete restart.  During the caution Proctor pulled to the infield with a thrown oil pump belt.  On the restart Rusty again took over 3rd, this time ahead of Delaney.  Albright moved out front with Sweeney in 2nd.  Rusty was unable to really challenge Sweeney because he was having to concentrate on holding the steering wheel on, as the bolts holding the wheel had come lose.  Rusty had to drive the entire race while pushing on the wheel to keep the splines engaged and at the same time battle a pack of lapped traffic racing side by side.  All things considered, a 3rd place finish wasn't too bad.

Rusty Sweeps Clarksville - Sets Fast Time, Wins Dash, Wins Feature!

7/8/06, Clarksville, TN - The Rusty Griffaw Racing/Burr Motorsports Team was all smiles Saturday night!  Rusty started the evening by setting fast time among the 20 Late Models at Clarksville Speedway.  The top six were Rusty (13.834), Randle Sweeney (13.943), Tony Albright (14.071), Brian Singleton (14.407), Mike Chandler (14.431), and Jarryd Holshouser (14.435).

In the quick six dash, Rusty started on the pole and assumed the lead from the start.  Rusty was hooked up on the inside groove and pulled out to a comfortable lead.  A caution came out with three laps to go.  Rusty again pulled ahead and won by half a straightaway.  Following Rusty at the finish were Albright, Holshouser, Singleton, and Sweeney.  Rusty elected to start the feature event from the outside front row.  Albright was on the inside.  Rusty took the lead at the start.  Albright was able to apply some pressure early and on some restarts, but Rusty was really strong, especially off of turn two and was able to pull away slightly.  Rusty held the lead from start to finish and picked up win number 3 at Clarksville.  Trailing the Full Throttle Race Parts, Tommy's Auto Machine, Burr Motorsports Ford at the finish were Albright, Holshouser, Perry Delaney, and Singleton.

7/7/06, Belleville, IL - Rusty took the RGR #16 Late Model to Bell-Clair Speedway on Friday.  There he finished second in his heat, 6th in the dash, and 12th in the feature.  More details late at www.rustygriffaw.com.

7/3/06, Nebo, KY - On Monday the Burr Motorpsorts team made the haul from Granite City, IL down to Western Kentucky Speedway for a Summer Nationals $6,000 to win event.  Rusty qualified 6th in his group which had him starting 6th in the third heat.  The top five in each heat would advance to the feature with the rest getting a chance at advancing by finishing in the top three in the consi.  On the first lap Rusty went to the high side in turn one.  The #33 machine jumped the cushion and hit the wall.  The car did not appear to be damaged and Rusty was able to continue, but had to restart in the rear.  Rusty began to make his way back toward the front when the J-bar broke on the rear suspension.  Rusty was towed back to the pits.  The team began making repairs, but before they could be completed, the consi was on the track.  That ended the night for Rusty and the crew.

7/2/06, Granite City, IL - The Burr Motorsports team made the trip up to Tri-City Speedway on Sunday for the $2,000 to win special.  There were 21 late models on hand for the event.  Rusty began the heat in the second row.  Exiting turn four with one lap to go Rusty was moving under Ed Dixon to take over second when Craig Smith drove into Rusty's left rear tire and spun Rusty out.  Rusty's left rear was flat, eliminating him from the race.  This put Rusty in the back of the field for the start of the feature event.  Rusty was able to make it up to 13th from his 20th place starting spot. 

7/1/06, Clarksville, TN - The track was in bad shape for qualifying at Clarksville Speedway Saturday as evidenced by the fast time of 14.165 set by Jarryd Holshouser.  Rusty was 4th best with a time of 14.610.  The quick six dash lineup was Holshouse, Tony Albright, Randle Sweeney, Rusty, Randy Welch, and David Miller.  Rusty took third from Sweeney on the start, but was not able to mount a significant challenge for Holshouser who ran second to Albright.  Finishing behind Rusty were Miller, Sweeney, and Welch.

Albright elected to start the feature from the outside front row, with Holshouser on the inside.  Rusty started inside second row.  Albright jumped to the lead on the start.  Rusty fell in behind Holshouser with Miller following in fourth and Sweeney in fifth.  Rusty continually battled Holshouser for the second spot.  Time and again Rusty would pull along side the 41J, but could not make the pass.  Rusty finally appeared to be making the pass work when a caution came out and Rusty had to fall back to third.  By this time Sweeney was in fourth and joined the battle for second.  At times it was three wide racing.  However, in the end Rusty had to settle for third behind Albright and Holshouser.  Rounding out the top five were Sweeney and Perry Delaney.

6/30/06, Poplar Bluff, MO - Rusty came up short in his attempt to make the field for the $10,000 to win Summer Nationals race at Poplar Bluff Speedway.  See www.rustygriffaw.com for details.

6/29/06, Rusty is currently number one in the national UMP Rookie of the Year race.  In the overall UMP points race Rusty currently sets in 6th place.  He is in 7th in the South Region and 1st in the State of Tennessee UMP points race.  Rusty is also leading the points in the Super Late Model division at Clarksville Speedway.

6/27/06, Brownstown, IL - Rusty attended the Summer Nationals event at Fayette County Speedway Tuesday night.  He finished 6th in his heat.  The top three advanced to the $6,000 to win feature event.  Rusty had another chance at making the feature through a consi race.  Rusty was running in the final transfer spot when another car knocked him into another car on the outside and cut down Rusty's right front tire and ended his night.  See www.rustygriffaw.com.

6/25/06, Granite City, IL - Rusty placed 4th in his heat and 8th in the feature at Tri-City Speedway Sunday night.  See www.rustygriffaw.com for details.

6/24/06, Clarksville, TN - There were 33 late models at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night for the $10,000 to win UMP Summer Nationals race.  Rusty qualified fourth in the first qualifying group.  This had Rusty starting the first heat on the outside of the second row.  The top three finishers would be locked into the feature event.  The front row was Wendell Wallace and Dennis Erb, Jr.  Inside second row was Michael Steele.  They were followed by Patrick Sheltra, the #7, Wendell Bratton, and Joey Languier.  Rusty got by Steele on the first lap for third.  As the race went on Wallace and Erb put some distance between themselves and Rusty.  Rusty, similarly, Rusty put some distance between himself and Steele.  That's the way they finished with Sheltra, Bratton, #7, and Languier following. 

As a result of the third place finish in the first heat, Rusty started the feature in ninth.  This put him behind Perry Delaney on the inside row.  Rusty ran behind Delaney for many laps with them both trying to run the inside groove.  Eventually Rusty moved up the track and the tires came in.  At that point he moved by Delaney.  However, by this time he had been passed by several cars.  He was able to close some on Frank Heckenast, Jr. and Brian Shirley but it was too late.  Rusty finished 12th.  Not a bad finish for a Summer Nationals race.

The finish was Shannon Babb, Erb, Jeep Van Wormer, Randy Korte, Steve Sheppard, Terry English, Randle Sweeney, Rodney Melvin, Kevin Weaver, Shirley, Heckenast, Rusty, Tony Albright, Delaney, Jordan Bland, Gary Frost, Wyatt, Sheltra, Potter, Wallace, Steele.

6/23/06, Paducah, KY - Rusty finished 5th in his heat and 7th in the feature in his RGR #16 at Paducah International Raceway Friday night.  See www.rustygriffaw.com.

6/20/06, Highland, IL - Rusty was one of 39 late models trying to make the show for the $3,000 to win event at Highland Speedway on Tuesday night.  Rusty finished third in his heat, but they only took the top two to the feature.  Rusty had another shot at making the stingy 20 car starting field in the feature in the consi.  However, Rusty finished third, one position short of making the show.  Additional details later at www.rustygriffaw.com.

 

6/17/06, Clarksville, TN - Everybody showed up at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night, but so did the rain.  There was no racing action as the races were canceled prior to hot laps.

6/16/06, As of 6/12/06, Rusty in 8th in the nation in national UMP points, 5th in the Southern Region, and 1st in the State of Tennessee UMP points.  Rusty is 2nd in the national UMP Rookie of the Year points race and first in points at Clarksville Speedway.

6/16/06, Nebo, KY - Rusty took his #16 late model to Western Kentucky Speedway for the $10,000 to win World of Outlaws show on Friday.  Rusty started and finished 7th in his heat.  In the feature Rusty started 18th and moved up to 14th before left rear suspension components broke causing Rusty to pull in.  He was credited with an 18th place finish.  Details later at www.rustygriffaw.com.

6/14/06, Pevely, MO - Rusty had some tough luck Wednesday at I-55 Raceway.  There were 38 late models on hand for the $2,000 to win NASCAR night program.  Rusty dropped out of his heat with a flat.  He then started at the back of the consi and brought the RGR #16 up to 2nd.  This put him in the feature, but mechanical problems forced him out.  Details later at www.rustygriffaw.com.

6/13/06, Quincy, IL - There were 28 late models at Quincy Speedway on Tuesday for the $2,000 to win NASCAR night show.  Rusty started the night in the RGR #16 by finishing second in his heat.  He then proceeded to win the dash.  The top four were inverted, this had him starting fourth in the feature.  Rusty had a good run and finished fourth.  More details available later on www.rustygriffaw.com.

6/10/06, Clarksville, TN - There was a solid field of 16 late models at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night for the mid-season championship race.  And for the second week in a row the Late Model feature was over by 10 p.m.  Way to go Clarksville Stormpay.com Speedway track officials! 

The track was slow as evidenced by the top qualifying time of 14.268 set by Randle Sweeney.  Following Sweeney were Jarryd Holshouser (14.527), Tony Albright (14.623), Rusty (14.649), Brian Singleton (14.725),  Perry Delaney (14.761), and Chuck Proctor (14.951).  The top six started straight up in the dash.  This had Rusty starting on the outside of Albright in row two.  Entering turn two on the first lap, Albright slid high and Rusty went by on the inside to take the third spot.  Rusty continued to keep the Burr Motorsports #33 on the bottom of the track.  Holshouser was running in the middle of the track.  Rusty made the pass on the inside and took over second.  At the finish it was Sweeney, Rusty, Holshouser, Albright, Delaney, and Singleton.

In the feature, Sweeney chose the outside front row starting position with Rusty on the inside.  At the drop of the green flag, Rusty fell in behind Sweeney and was running a close second when a caution came out after the completion of two laps.  On the restart Rusty was a little too high coming off turn two, that or the tires took a few laps to heat up.  This allowed Holshouser to get along side Rusty on the inside.  He and Rusty battled for second for three laps before Rusty began to be able to pull Hoslshouser off turn two.  By this time Sweeney had a comfortable lead.  Also, Rusty soon caught up with lapped traffic.  As Rusty closed on the 01 car coming of turn four, the 01 went high and Rusty moved underneath him.  The 01 was getting the lay-over flag and apparently decided to move to the bottom of the track rather than hold his line.  At this point the 01 squeezed Rusty into the infield going down the front straight.  Rusty was able to hang on and get back on the track, but he had lost even more ground to Sweeney.  Rusty continued to battle lapped cars and got caught behind two cars battling for position, with one running high and one low.  The two cars came practically to a stop in turn two causing Rusty to have to take some major evasive action to get by.  By this time Albright had made up a lot of lost ground and was able to pull even with Rusty on the inside going down the back straight.  The two went side by side into turn three.  Another lapped car was running the low groove and Rusty went by on the outside causing Albright to drop back to third.  Rusty was able to pull away from Albright for a strong second place finish, but due to the problems with lapped traffic, Sweeney finished way out in front.  Albright took third with Holshouser fourth.

6/9/06, Paducah, KY - Rusty finished 4th in his heat and 10th in the feature in his RGR #16 at PIR on Friday.  See www.rustygriffaw.com for details.

6/6/06, Poplar Bluff, MO - Rusty finished 3rd in his heat and 8th in the feature on NASCAR night at Poplar Bluff Speedway.  See www.rustygriffaw.com for details.

6/4/06, Ganite City, IL - Rusty finished 7th in his heat and 13th in the feature at Tri-City Speedway.  See www.rustygriffaw.com for details.

6/3/06, Clarksville, TN - Rusty qualified the Burr Motorsports Ford 2nd to Chuck Proctor at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night.  Third through sixth were Tony Albright, Randle Sweeney, Jarryd Holshouser, and Mike Chandler.  The low groove was the place to be in the quick six dash, however, Rusty started on the front row outside of Proctor.  On the first lap Proctor crowded Rusty to the high side.  Before Rusty could get to the inside, a freight train went by on the inside.  Rusty found himself running fifth and was unable to gain back any positions.  The dash finish was Proctor, Albright, Sweeney, Holshouser, Rusty, and Chandler.

In the feature Rusty started 5th and got by Holshouser and took over 4th place.  Lapped traffic held Rusty up enough to prevent him from having a chance of gaining 3rd or possibly 2nd.  Albright moved to the front and went unchallenged for the win.  Following Albright were Proctor, Sweeney, Rusty, Holshouser, and Chandler.

6/2/06, Belleville, IL - At Belle-Clair Speedway Friday, Rusty was 6th in his heat, 3rd in the semi-feature, and 14th in the feature.  See www.rustygriffaw.com.

 

5/27/06, Clarksville, TN - At Clarksville Speedway Saturday night, Rusty set fast time with a lap of 13.071.  Others making the quick six were Tony Albright (13.309), Randle Sweeney (13.332), Richard Frost (13.588), Matt Potter (13.690), and Duke Wright (13.697).  That was the starting order for the dash.  Rusty took the lead at the start of the dash, but Albright went under him in turn two and took the lead down the back stretch.  However, Rusty came back under Albright off turn four and had a nose out front at the flag stand. But once again Albright went under Rusty in turn two.  This time Sweeney went with him.  Sweeney soon went by Albright for the lead.  Rusty could put pressure on Albright but couldn't move by him for second.  At the finish it was Sweeney, Albright and Rusty running close.  Then a ways back were Frost, Potter, and Wright.

In the feature, Sweeney took the lead from the outside pole with Albright in second and Rusty in third.  The Burr Motorsports Ford lacked a little forward bite off turn two and was unable to hang close to the two leaders.  Sweeney led until he got a little sideways between turns one and two and Albright went by for the lead with a couple of laps to go.  Albright took the win with Sweeney second and Rusty all alone in third.  A straightaway back was Gary Johnson in fourth and Jarryd Holshouser in fifth.

5/26/06, Paducah, KY - Rusty took the RGR #16 to Paducah International Raceway Friday night.  Rusty finished 2nd in his heat, 6th, in the dash, and 9th in the feature.  Details on www.rustygriffaw.com.

 

5/24/06, from www.RaceVibe.com, by Richard Cunningham

Picking up where former driver Randle Sweeney left off, Open Wheel Modified standout Rusty Griffaw has taken the Burr Motorsports #33 to its familiar spot in victory lane at Clarksville (TN) Speedway this season as he won again Saturday night in UMP Late Model competition.

The Missouri driver makes the drive to Clarksville every week to wheel the familiar Ford and has proven himself a reliable replacement for Sweeney, who joined the M&H Towing Team for the '06 season.

 

5/21/06, Granite City, IL - Rusty won his heat, finished 4th in the dash, but had a DNF in the feature at Tri-City Speedway.  See www.rustygriffaw.com for details.

Rusty Makes It Two In A Row At Clarksville In The Burr Motorsports Ford!

5/20/06, Clarksville, TN – Because of rain delays prior to qualifying, the program at Clarksville Speedway was shortened to features only.  Qualifying was held, but the times were not available over the PA system.  The first six in the twelve car feature lineup were #66 Duke Wright, #15 Richard Frost, #33 Rusty, #40 David Miller, #41J Jarryd Holshouser, and #182 Randle Sweeney.

At the start of the race it was Wright, Frost, and Rusty in the top three.  As they completed lap one, Rusty moved by Frost for second.  Rusty then followed Wright for two laps before moving underneath in turn two and taking the lead.  However, a caution came out and Rusty had to move back to second.  On the restart Rusty again moved underneath Wright and took the lead.  Holshouser also went by Wright and moved in behind Rusty.  A couple of laps later Holshouser got underneath Rusty and took the lead.  Rusty immediately moved back underneath Holshouser and the two battled door handle to door handle for a lap and a half and then Rusty retook the lead.  Holshouser wouldn’t give up though and kept the pressure on.  At the end Holshouser dropped back five car lengths and had to battle Frost to hold onto second.  The top four at the finish were Rusty, Holhouser, Frost, and Wright.

5/19/06, Belleville, IL - Rusty had a fourth place finish in his heat and a ninth place finish in the feature at Belle-Claire Speedway Friday night.  See www.rustygriffaw.com for details.

5/17/06, Paducah, KY - Rusty and the Burr Motorsports team took the #33 Ford to Paducah International Raceway Wednesday for NASCAR night.  The team faced adversity all night but at least they were among the 22 Late Models from the 31 car field to make the feature event.  The night started out with a broken left rear brake line in hot laps.  The crew was able to make repairs in time to start the heat race.  Rusty was in the middle of the 10 car field when a wreck occurred ahead of Rusty.  At that point someone caught Rusty in the left rear and bent the wheel and cut the tire.  This resulted in Rusty being a DNF and getting credit for a last place finish.  Rusty had one more chance to make the feature event through the consi.  There Rusty had to start in last place.  Rusty was making a pass into the final transfer spot when Rodney Melvin pinched him into the wall.  Rusty finished fifth.  Because Billy Moyer blew a motor in the dash, Rusty made it into the feature as the first alternate.  After a first lap restart, the feature went green the entire way.  Rusty started 22nd and finished 15th.

 

Rusty Scores His First Feature Win In The Burr Motorsports Ford!

5/13/06, Clarksville, TN – On a cold night at Clarksville Speedway, Rusty was hot!  Rusty set fast time, won the quick six dash, and won the feature.  Rusty was the second driver from Festus, Missouri to pick up a feature win at Clarksville on Saturday night.  Prior to the Late Model feature, Scott Weber, also from Festus, won the special $2,000 to win Open Wheel feature.

 Rusty’s fast lap in qualifying was a 13.853.  Rounding out the top six were Randle Sweeney (13.872), Tony Albright (13.881), Jarrod Houlshouser (13.892), Richard Frost (13.912), and Lee Devaiser (13.936).  That’s the way they started in the dash.  On the start, Sweeney spun exiting turn four and made contact with Albright.  Sweeney pulled in with power steering problems.  Albright was able to continue.  On the restart Rusty took the lead and went unchallenged for the win.  Following Rusty were Albright, Houlshouser, and Devaiser.

 In the feature Rusty started on the front row inside of Albright.  Rusty moved out front at the drop of the green flag and led the entire way to earn his first feature win in the Burr Motorsports, Full Throttle Race Parts and Equipment, Tommy’s Auto Machine, and Renegade Race Fuels #33 Ford.  Albright stayed close behind the entire way and Rusty had to negotiate lapped traffic, but Rusty was flawless in his race to the checkered flag.

5/12/06, Paducah, KY – Rusty finished second in his heat race at Paducah on Friday.  However, he got caught up in a multi-car accident at the start of the feature and was unable to continue.

 

5/7/06, Granite City, IL - Rusty finished 8th the makeup feature at Tri-City Speedway Sunday night.  In the night's regular events, Rusty won his heat race, finished second in the dash, and brought the RGR #16 home in 6th place in the feature.  There were 28 Late Models on hand.  See www.rustygriffaw.com for details.

5/6/06, Clarksville, TN - Rusty turned the fastest lap in hot laps Saturday night at Clarksville Speedway.  However, the rains came before qualifying and washed out the program.

5/5/06, Godfrey, IL - Rusty won his heat and finished second in the dash at Godfrey Speedway Friday night.  In the feature Rusty finished 7th.  See www.rustygriffaw.com.

5/4/06, Rusty is currently second in the national UMP Rookie of the Year points race.  The top four are Craig Smith (527 points), Rusty (506 points), Brian Dively (467), and Tim Manville (334).  Rusty is also 16th in the nation in overall points, 9th in the Southern Region, and 2nd in the State of Tennessee.  Rusty is also 2nd in the Late Model points race at Clarksville Speedway.

5/4/06, Paducah, KY - Rain forced cancellation of the racing program at PIR Thursday night.

 

4/29/06, Clarksville, TN - Rain forced cancellation of the racing program at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night.

4/28/06, Paducah, KY - Rusty finished 8th in the RGR #16 in both the regular feature and the make up feature for the rained out April 7th show.  See www.rustygriffaw.com for details.

 

4/23/06, Granite City, IL - Rusty went to Tri-City Speedway on Sunday with the RGR #16 Late Model.  However, the feature was rained out and will be made up on 5/7/06.

4/22/06, Clarksville, TN – Rusty turned the third fastest lap in qualifying at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night with a time of 14.611.  That was 2 full seconds slower than his qualifying time last week when the track was really hooked up.  This week the track was black and slick before qualifying even began.  Jared Holshouser set fast time with a lap of 14.577.  Second fast was Tony Albright with a time of 14.591.  Rounding out the top six were Steven Ashby (14.940), David Gentry (14.964), and Bryan Singleton (15.101).

 They started the dash straight up with Rusty in the third position.  Albright jumped to the lead at the start with Holshouser second, Rusty third, and Gentry making a quick move to fourth.  They were running in this order until the last lap when Rusty got a little too high between turns three and four and the back end came around and smacked the wall.  Rusty was able to keep going, but lost third to Gentry. 

The top six in the feature lineup were Albright, Holshouser, Gentry, Rusty, Ashby, and Singleton.  At the start Albright moved ahead of Holshouser, with Gentry third and Rusty fourth.  Gentry made it around Holshouser and Rusty began closing in on the third spot.  After a caution on lap 10 Rusty passed Holshouser coming off turn two, but another caution came out and Rusty had to go back to fourth.  On the subsequent restart, Rusty again moved underneath the 41J exiting two.  However Holshouser pulled back underneath Rusty coming off turn four.  Rusty again pulled ahead off two and pulled away.  Albright and Gentry had pulled to a multi car length lead by this time.  Rusty appeared to be running as fast as the leaders and maybe closing slightly at the end of the race.  The finish was Albright, Gentry, Rusty, Holshouser, and Ashby.

4/21/06, Godfrey, IL - Because of rain in Paducah, KY Rusty headed to Godfrey Speedway in Godfrey, IL.  There Rusty finished 6th in his heat and 10th in the feature.  Details available on www.rustygriffaw.com.

4/20/06 – Rusty is currently leading the national UMP Rookie of the Year points race!  The top five are Rusty (313 points), Craig Smith, (311), Brian Dively (308), Tim Manville (176), and Matt Liner (167).  Rusty is also 18th in the nation in overall points, and 15th in the Southern Region.

 

4/15/06, Clarksville, TN – The track was very fast at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night.  Rusty turned the third fastest lap of the evening in the Burr Motorsports Ford with a time of 12.603 seconds.  Fast time went to Tony Albright with a lap of 12.367 followed by Randle Sweeney with a time of 12.392.  Rounding out the top six in the field of 17 Late Models were Steven Ashby, Lee Devasier, and Gary Johnson, all with times below 13 seconds.

 In the quick six dash Rusty had problems with the right front brake sticking and fell back to a fifth place finish behind Sweeney, Albright, Ashby, and Devasier.

 The first three rows of the feature lined up in the finishing order of the dash.  This had Rusty starting fifth.  On the start Johnson was able to move into fifth from his outside third row starting position.  Rusty quickly passed him back to regain fifth, but a caution came out moving him back to sixth.  Devasier spun and was sent to the rear.  This moved Rusty up to fifth.  On the restart Rusty again moved around Johnson to gain fourth.  Rusty then tracked down Ashby and moved to the inside where he battled side-by-side with Ashby for third for several laps.  Rusty then pulled ahead of Ashby and moved to a six to eight car length advantage.  On a subsequent restart, Rusty made a charge underneath Sweeney looking to take second.  Sweeney quickly recovered and he and Albright increased their lead to several car lengths.  Rusty finished uncontested in third.  Albright took the win.

4/14/06, Paducah, KY – Rusty took the RGR #16 to Paducah International Raceway Friday night where they had a field of 28 Late Models.  Rusty’s heat finish was not good enough to advance to the dash.  He was forced to start in the back half of the field in the feature and finished 14th.

 

4/9/06, Granite City, IL - Rusty was still having problems with the new RGR #16 Late Model at the Northern Allstar even at Tri-City Speedway on Sunday.  He was unable to participate in time trials.  Thus he started in the back of the first heat and was unable to move up.  This had him starting at the back of the nine car consi.  Rusty was able to pick up five spots in the consi, but came up one position short of making the feature.

4/8/06, Highland, IL - Rusty had planned to go the I-55 Raceway in Pevely, MO on Saturday.  The races there however, were rained out.  Instead Rusty took the RGR #16 to Highland Speedway.  There Rusty qualified 7th out of 24 Late Models.  He began the first heat on the inside of row two and finished 4th.  This gave Rusty a 10th place starting spot in the feature.  The RGR crew missed the setup for the feature and finished 16th.  Plans are to take the #16 to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, IL on Sunday.

4/7/06, Paducah, KY - Rusty took his own Rusty Griffaw Racing (RGR) #16 to the track for the first time at Paducah International Raceway Friday night.  Rusty drew the outside second row starting spot in the second heat.  A broken yoke on the rear end prevented Rusty from finishing the heat and side lined him for the night.  However, rains came before the feature could be run.

 

4/1/06, Clarksville, TN – There were 16 late models at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night.  Rusty was off the mark slightly in qualifying and turned lap of 13.940 which was 7th, just missing the quick six dash.  The top six were Tony Albright (13.261), Randle Sweeney (13.383), Mutt Potter (13.479), Jeff Glisson (13.823), Richard Frost (13.927), and Terry English (13.928).

 Sweeney won the dash over Albright, Glisson, English, Potter, and Frost.  Rusty started on the pole of the first heat and pulled to a straight away lead before a caution came out.  Back under green, Rusty took his second heat win in as many nights.

 In the feature, Rusty started 7th and quickly made his way by Frost and then Potter.  He then looked like he had something for Glisson early on.  However, as the laps counted down Glisson pulled away slightly.  At the finish it was Sweeney, English, Albright, Glisson, and Rusty.

 Burr Motorsports will not be running next week.  However, Rusty will be competing in his own late model, probably at Paducah, KY and Pevely, MO.

3/31/06, Paducah, KY – Rusty opened the first night of the 2006 UMP points season at Paducah International Raceway on Friday.  There were 19 Super Late Models on hand for the night’s racing action.  PIR is not qualifying cars this year.  Instead, they draw for starting positions in the heats and then use a passing points system to set the lineups for the dash and feature events.

 Rusty got a good draw and began the first heat on the front row outside of Rodney Melvin.  The second row was Justin Ratliff and Terry English.  Following them were John Tindal, Tony Albright, the #14, the #J88, Kevin Cole, and Randle Sweeney.  Rusty and Melvin ran side by side in the early stages of the eight-lap event before Rusty moved ahead.  Once in the lead, Rusty eased out to a two or three car length lead over Melvin who continued to run ahead of English.  A caution came out with about three laps to go.  On the restart Melvin stuck close to the #33 Burr Motorsports Ford and twice made a dive into turn three on the low side and pulled along side Rusty.  Rusty, however, continued to run flawlessly and took the win.  English was able to make a late pass on Melvin to take second.

 Phil Walker dominated the second heat to earn the pole position in the nine-car dash that would determine the lineup for the feature.  Rusty started on the outside of Walker.  The rest of the dash lineup was Michael Steele, English, the #3c Landers, Dylan Thompson, Melvin, Ratliff, and Matt Liner.  Rusty fell in behind Walker in the dash and was soon passed by a hard charging English.  Rusty then had a race long battle with Steele for third.  Rusty won that battle to earn the third starting spot in the feature behind Walker and English.

 In the feature it was soon apparent that the team had missed the setup somewhat as Rusty slowly faded back.  Rusty tried both the high groove and the bottom, but neither was working good enough to get him back to the front.  Rusty was able to bring the #33 machine to the finish in sixth place behind English, Steele, Melvin, Liner, and Ratliff.  Up next is Clarksville on Saturday night.

 

3/25/06, Clarksville, TN – There was some stout competition for the $1,000 to win show at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night.  Among the 16 Late Models pulling into the track were former UMP National Champion Terry English, perennial front runner David Earl Gentry, 2005 Oakshade Ohio Track Champion Rusty Schlenk, and frequent visitor Tony “The Tiger” Morris.

 Rusty put the Burr Motorsports Ford into the quick six dash with a fourth place qualifying time of 13.511.  Others in the dash were English (13.422), Lee Devaiser (13.472), Tony Albright (13.474), Steven Ashby (13.614), and Morris (13.662).

 Rusty started the dash on the outside of the second row.  He was running fourth behind Devaiser and stuck on the outside when Morris went underneath in turn two.  At this point Rusty got lose and nearly spun.  This allowed Ashby to get by and the field pulled away as Rusty got the car back under power.  Rusty caught back up to Ashby on the last lap but finished sixth.  English took the dash over Albright, Devaiser, Morris, Ashby, and Rusty.

 The feature lineup was English, Albright, Devaiser, Morris, Ashby, Rusty, Schlenk, and Gentry.  Schlenk and Gentry were very fast at the start and quickly moved to the front behind English.  This dropped Rusty back to eighth.  As the feature went on Rusty began his own move towards the front.  First he picked off Ashby.  Next he motored by Devaiser.  With a couple of laps to go Rusty moved to the inside of Morris and worked his way to fifth.  He appeared to have a good chance to battle Albright for fourth, but the laps ran out. 

 Rusty and the team felt good about the way the car was running with some strong competition at the end of the feature and are looking forward to making some more progress next week at Clarksville.

 

3/18/06 – Clarksville, TN – Rusty and the Burr Motorsports team began the 2006 season at the $7,500 to win special at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night.  There were 38 late models vying for the 20 starting spots in the night’s main event.  Rusty was among the fastest cars in hot laps.  However, the track dried out a good bit before qualifying.  The track used group qualifying for this event.  Rusty qualified in the second of four groups.  His qualifying time was 15.093, which was fifth fastest in his group of ten late models.  Qualifying ahead of Rusty in his group were Billy Drake (14.783), defending UMP National Champion Rodney Melvin (14.866), Phil Walker (14.939), and Terry English (15.042).   

This same group competed in the second heat race where Rusty started fifth with the top four inverted ahead of him.  Michael England started in sixth.  Walker took the lead at the start of the heat, but would soon put his car in the wall.  English took over the lead followed by Drake, Melvin, England, and Rusty.  Melvin struck the cone on the restart and was sent to the back.  This had Rusty in the transfer position for the feature.  However, Melvin was charging back to the front and leaned on Rusty coming off turn four and got Rusty sideways and dropped him to fifth where he would finish behind English, Drake, England, and Melvin. 

This resulted in Rusty starting on the pole of the second last chance race inside of Dennis Erb.  Rusty got a good jump on the start to take the lead over Erb.  However, a car at the back of the pack spun out on the start.  The caused a complete restart.  This time Erb got the jump and took the lead.  Rusty fell in behind him and the two moved away from the rest of the field.  Rusty tried different lines to try to get around Erb, but would lose ground.  He would then catch back up to Erb, but with the track being one groove by that time he couldn’t get around.  Only one car transferred from each consi.   Therefore Rusty was done for the night.  Provisionals went to Tony Albright (promoter’s choice) and Randle Sweeney (fastest qualifying time not already in the feature). 

The feature was rubbered up one groove racing with very little passing.  The winner was Tim Tungate with the biggest win of his career.  He was followed by English, Dan Schlieper, Kevin Cole, Billy Drake, Shannon Babb, Lee Devasier, David Gentry, and Jay Brinkley in ninth. 

The team felt good about how the car was working and is looking forward to returning to Clarksville next week.

 

2/23/06, Springfield, TN - Current plans are for Rusty and the Burr Motorsports team to make their debut at the $7,500 to win Super Late Model opener at Clarksville Speedway on Saturday March 18.

 

12/30/05, Springfield, TN - Burr Motorsports is pleased to announce that Rusty Griffaw will be driving the #33 Dirt Late Model in 2006.  Rusty is a veteran Open Wheel Modified driver from Festus, Missouri.  He has had over 50 feature wins in the last three seasons.  Rusty and the team are looking forward to a successful year.