Burr Motorsports would like to thank the following for a successful 2007 season that included eleven feature wins:
Rusty Griffaw and the RGR team
Full Throttle Race Parts and Equipment
Ofria Race Engines
Tommy’s Auto Machine and Parts
Valley Head Service
Renegade Racing Fuel
Quick Fuel Technology
KSE Racing Products
Bilstein Shocks, and
Aluminum Racing Products.
For a summary of the 2007 season, please see Career.
10/06/07, Rossburg, OH - Rusty was unable to make the feature at Eldora on Saturday. He will head to Calvert City on Thursday.
10/05/07, Rossburg, OH - Rusty out-qualified 32 late models at Eldora Speedway on the first night of the UMP Fall Nationals. Unfortunately, there were 46 other late models that out-qualified Rusty's #16. The heats, consi's, and the feature event will be run on Saturday. Rusty did run in the Race of Champions as the UMP Champion from Tennessee. He finished 9th out of 15 cars in the event won by Wes Steidinger over Dennis Erb, Randy Korte, and Josh Richards.
9/29/07, Clarksville, TN - Rusty qualified 4th behind Clayton Miller, Steven Ashby, and Gil Smith at Clarksville Speedway on Saturday. In the dash the car was working great as Rusty moved by Smith on lap one and Miller on lap two and went after Ashby for the lead when a u-joint broke tearing out the front yoke, the driveshaft, and the pull bar. Rusty and the crew made repairs and had the car ready to start sixth in the feature. However, a four cylinder car went over the turn two fence and the water tank setting outside turn two. The driver was life flighted to Vanderbilt Hospital. Track officials elected to cancel the remainder of the program and payout based on the feature starting lineup. Officially, Rusty was credited with a sixth place finish.
9/28/07, Granite City, IL - Rusty finished 6th in his heat at Tri-City Speedway Friday night. This had him starting 18th in the 25 car feature. Rusty was able to race his way up to an 8th place finish.
9/22/07, Clarksville, TN - Rusty was behind the wheel of the Burr Motorsports #33 at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night. There he qualified 3rd among 18 late models. The top six qualifiers were Steven Ashby (13.027), Jaryd Holshouser (13.192), Rusty (13.205), Eddie Pace (13.253), Clayton Miller (13.269), and Duane Hodges (13.637). In the dash Holshouser was able to jump to the lead from his outside starting spot with Ashby in second. Rusty was able to get ahead of Pace for third and was able to put the #33 Ford up beside Ashby on the inside in turns one and two for the first three laps but could not make the pass. At the finish it was Holshouser, Ashby, Rusty, Pace, Hodges, and Miller.
The feature race took three starts to get going. On two of the three Rusty was able to get ahead of Pace for third. Luckily, one of those was the one that counted. Holshouser took the lead and Ashby was running second and holding up Rusty and Pace for the first several laps. However, Ashby's tires appeared to come in and he picked up speed. The top four ran about the same speed the rest of the race with nobody being able to do any passing. At the finish it was Holshouser, Ashby, Rusty, Pace, and Miller.
9/21/07, Paducah, KY - Rusty took the #16G to Paducah International Raceway on Friday. There he started 5th in his heat and finished 4th. Rusty then started the feature in 8th and moved up to a strong 3rd place finish behind Kevin Cole and Randy Sellars.
9/15/07, Clarksville, TN - Rusty once again had problems in qualifying resulting in a disappointing 12th place time in the #33. This resulted in Rusty starting 3rd in the second heat behind Eddie Pace and Brian Singleton. Things looked good on lap one of the heat as Rusty got by Singleton and was moving by Pace on the low side when Pace got sideways and got into the #33. This brought out a caution and a complete restart. This time Rusty got by Singleton, but not Pace. The car was fast, but erratic and Rusty finished 2nd.
In the feature Rusty started 10th. By lap two Rusty was up to 4th with the car really running strong. A caution came out on lap two and sent Rusty back to 5th. On the restart Rusty was running the top in turn two when Troy Gay slid up in front of him and he had to get hard on the brakes to avoid crashing Gay. This resulted in Rusty spinning and bringing out a caution. Rusty had to restart in the rear of the 20 car field. It was apparent at that point that what appeared to be a promising finish was over. Rusty was able to make his way back up to 9th by race end. Tony Albright took the win over Brent Kreke and Eddie Pace.
9/14/07, Granite City, IL - After rain washed out the racing last week, Rusty was back in the #16G at Tri-City Speedway Friday night. There Rusty finished 3rd in the third heat. That result had him starting 6th in the feature. Rusty was able to advance to a 5th place finish. There were 27 late models on hand.
9/2/07, Bolivar, MO - Rusty took the new #16G Rocket chassis to Monett Speedway for the MARS/MLRA 40 lap $3,000 to win event on Sunday. There were 35 late models on hand. Rusty had a solid 3rd place finish in his heat race to advance to the main event. Rusty finished behind Alan Vaughn, Al Purkey, and ahead of Will Vaught, Larry Jones, Leslie Essary, and Ken Essary. Rusty started 12th in the feature and maintained that position until a tire went down. Rusty was credited with a 21st place finish.
9/1/07, Clarksville, TN - The #33 team had difficulties in qualifying again, but did manage to make the quick six. Rusty qualified 5th with a lap in the 13.2 range. The top qualifier was Jaryd Holshouser with a 12.9. Rusty finished 4th in the quick six behind Steven Ashby, Tony Albright, and Holshouser. In the feature Rusty took over the third spot on lap one. He ran there much of the race until faltering in turn two. This allowed Clayton Miller to get a run on the inside and eventually make the pass in turn four. Meanwhile Albright was continually pressuring Ashby for the lead, but Ashby drove his own race and held on for his first feature win. Albright, who was definitely the fastest car on the track, finished second, Miller third, and Rusty fourth.
8/31/07, Granite City, IL - Rusty was in the #16G at Tri-City Speedway for the Northern Allstars $2,000 to win event on Friday. He qualified 14th out of 33 late models. In his heat he finished 6th behind Randy Korte, Bryan Collins, Tim Manville, Mark Voight, and Brian Diveley. Rusty then finished the consi in 4th to take the final transfer spot. Rusty started the feature at the back of the 21 car field and finished 11th. Randy Korte took the win over Rodney Melvin and Bryan Collins. There were 33 late models on hand.
8/25/07, Clarksville, TN - It was a rough night at Clarksville Speedway. The track was very rough in turn one. In qualifying the #33 hit the holes and pushed towards the wall on both laps. As a result Rusty was 13th out of 16 late models. Rusty started his heat race in fourth and finished second behind Jaryd Holshouser. Rusty started the feature in ninth on a track that was one groove with little passing. Rusty made it up to seventh and looked to be making a pass for sixth near the end of the feature when he was hit in the left rear tire. The tire was cut and went flat on the last lap dropping Rusty back to eighth. The win went to Eddie Pace over Steven Ashby.
8/24/07, Paducah, KY - Rusty competed in his #16G in the MARS/UMP race at Paducah International Raceway on Friday. Rusty finished 6th in his heat race behind Randy Korte, Bill Frye, Kevin Cole, Michael Steele, and Rodney Melvin. He then finished 2nd in his consi to Jeff Sloan. In the feature Rusty was in a group of cars that had mechanical difficulties and did not finish. His official finish was 21st in the 24 car field. Bill Frye took the win. There were 32 late models entered in the event.
8/23/07, Poplar Bluff, MO - Rusty entered the RGR #16G in the MARS/UMP race at Poplar Bluff Speedway on Thursday. There was a power failure at the track and the event had to be canceled. Many thanks to the track owner who paid all entrants $500 for coming.
8/22/07, Granite City, IL - Rusty entered the MARS/UMP show at Tri-City Speedway. The RGR crew never got the #16G in sink with the track conditions and Rusty did not make the race.
Rusty picks up win number 11 at Clarksville Speedway in the Burr Motorsports, Full Throttle Race Parts, Tommy's Auto Machine, Frank Ofria powered C. J. Rayburn dirt late model!
8/18/07, Clarksville, TN - Rusty was back in the Burr Motorsports Ford for the first time in three weeks. He obviously hadn't forgotten how to wheel the Ofria Race Engines powered Rayburn around the high banked quarter mile of Clarksville Speedway. Rusty turned in the fast time in qualifying and won his 11th feature of the year. In qualifying Rusty was the only one to drop below the 13 second mark with a lap of 12.934. Others in the top six were Steven Ashby (13.063), Tony Albright (13.070), Jaryd Holshouser (13.293), Brian Singleton (13.365), and Eddie Pace (13.445).
In the quick six dash Rusty started on the inside of Ashby and took the lead and led the first lap. A caution came out when Holshouser came to a stop on lap two. It appeared that they would line back up single file with Rusty in the lead. However, for some unknown reason, they had a complete restart. On the restart Rusty again took the lead. This time the #33 got a little tight in turn two and Ashby dropped underneath Rusty and took the lead. Rusty pressured Ashby the rest of the way but could not make a pass. Pit side, a broken J-bar mount was discovered which might explain the handling problems Rusty was encountering. Following Ashby and Rusty were Albright, Holshouser, Pace, and Singleton.
In the feature Ashby elected to start on the bottom. At the start Rusty was able to take a sizeable lead going down the back stretch. A caution came out and there was a complete restart. The second time brought the same results. Rusty was able to run unchallenged for the lead until lapping traffic. This allowed Ashby and Albright to close, but Rusty remained in command. At the finish it was Rusty over Ashby, who barely held off Albright for the second spot. Fourth went to Pace, with fifth to Clayton Miller in the #57 late model. Sixth was the #7x of Gil Smith.
8/17/07, Granite City, IL - Rusty took the RGR #16 to victory lane in his heat race at Tri-City Speedway Friday night. In the dash he finished 3rd. In the feature, the car was not up to the dry conditions and faded back to an 8th place finish.
8/11/07, Clarksville, TN - Circumstances prevented Phil from having the Burr Motorsports Ford at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night. Instead Rusty piloted the renumbered RGR machine. Rusty put a new body on the RGR machine and abandoned the 93X in favor of his original #16. Rusty qualified the #16 in 8th spot. This put him on the pole of the second heat race which he won over Clayton Miller. However, by not qualifying in the top six the best Rusty could start in the feature was 8th. Rusty was able to get ahead of Perry Delaney and move up to seventh, but that was all he could advance. Rusty was able to challange the #117 of Dewayne Hodges a few times, but could not get by. The feature was won by Eddie Pace over Steven Ashby, Gil Smith, Jaryd Holshouser, Brian Singleton, Hodges, and Rusty. There were 18 late models on hand.
8/10/07, Granite City, IL - Rusty finished 10th in the feature at Tri-City Speedway in his RGR machine. He was fourth in his heat.
8/4/07, Clarksville, TN - Rusty qualified the #33 in fourth place among 20 late models at Clarksville Speedway. The top six times were Tony Albright (12.943), Jaryd Holshouser (13.086), Eddie Pace (13.248), Rusty (13.275), Steven Ashby (13.282), and Gil Smith (13.307). Rusty started the dash in fourth and moved to third on the start. He battled Albright for second, but could not advance. At the finish it was Holshouser, Albright, Rusty, Pace, Ashby, and Smith. In the feature Holshouser took the lead at the drop of the green flag with Rusty pulling along side Albright, but a caution came out causing a complete restart. This time Rusty didn't get as good a move on Albright and had to make several moves under him until finally passing him for second with eleven laps to go. Rusty then started working on Holshouser for the lead. The two of them would put a little distance between themselves and Albright and Pace who were battling for third. Rusty was able to pull slightly ahead of Holshouser going down the back stretch on a couple of occasions, but couldn't get a good enough bite on the bottom of turn four to make it stick. At the finish it was Holshouser picking up his first feature win followed by Rusty, Pace, Albright, and Carnell Parker.
8/3/07, Granite City, IL - Bad luck strikes the RGR team again at Tri-City Speedway. Rusty had motor problems in his 93X machine while running the heat race. He finished the heat on six cylinders and placed fifth. He was unable to start the feature.
8/2/07, POINTS UPDATE - As of July 31 Rusty is 14th in the nation in UMP points, 4th in the South region in UMP points, 1st in the State of Tennessee UMP points, and 1st in track points at Clarksville Speedway.
7/31/07, Paducah, KY - Rusty was one of 24 late models at PIR on Tuesday for NASCAR night. Rusty finished 6th in his heat and 11th in the feature. Among the heavyweights on hand were Terry English (the feature winner), Tony Stewart, Josh Richards, Randy Korte, Brian Shirley, Kevin Cole and Rodney Melvin.
7/28/07, Pevely, MO - Rusty took the RGR to I-55 Raceway on Saturday. There he finished 2nd in his heat, 6th in the dash, and 7th in the feature.
7/27/07, Granite City, IL - Rusty had a good run, but no luck, at Tri-City Speedway Friday night. Rusty started third in his heat and took the win over Mark Faust. In the dash Faust and Rusty swapped positions with Faust taking the win over Rusty. In the feature Faust, Rusty, and Bryan Collins had taken a straight away lead over the field in the first ten laps when an axle tube broke and sent Rusty spinning in turn three. The result was a DNF.
7/25/07, Pevely, MO - Rusty took the RGR 93X to I-55 Speedway for NASCAR night on Wednesday. There were 19 late models on hand. Rusty finished 3rd in his heat and 10th in the feature.
Rusty sets fast time, wins the dash and wins his tenth feature of the year at Clarksville in the Burr Motorsports Ford!
7/21/07, Clarksville, TN - Rusty once again put the Burr Motorsports Ford in victory lane at Clarksville Speedway. Rusty took the win over Steven Ashby, Eddie Pace, Perry Delaney, and Gil Smith. There were 19 late models on hand. Rusty also set fast time and won the dash. This was the 10th win of the year for Rusty in the #33 Ford.
Rusty and the Burr Motorsports team pick up win number nine at Clarksville Speedway!
7/18/07, Clarksville, TN - Rusty again qualified the #33 Ford 5th on NASCAR night at Clarksville Speedway. The top six were Kenny Schrader, Tony Albright, Steven Ashby, Tony Morris, Rusty, and Charles Zimmerman. In the dash Rusty got by everybody but Steven Ashby to finish 2nd ahead of Albright, Morris, Zimmerman, and Schrader. In the feature Rusty took the win with Albright, Ashby, Morris, Eddie Pace, and Carnell Parker rounding out the top six.
7/14/07, Clarksville, TN - Rusty qualified the Burr Motorsports Ford 5th out of 22 late models at Clarksville Speedway. In the quick six Rusty advanced from his 5th place starting position to finish 2nd. Rusty took the lead in the feature and lead much of the race until he was paced by Eddie Pace who finished ahead of Rusty. Pace however, was not legal per UMP rules and Rusty was credited with the win and the points, but was denied the $1,000 first place money.
7/13/07, Granite City, IL - Rusty finished 8th in the feature at Tri-City Speedway in the RGR #93X. He was 6th in his heat.
7/10/07, Quincy, IL - There were 30 late models at the Summer Nationals event at Quincy Raceway. Rusty qualified the RGR #93X fourth in his group, finished fifth in his heat behind Shannon Babb, Don O'Neal, Kevin Weaver, and Wes Steidinger. In the $6,000 to win feature Rusty finished 14th.
7/7/07, Clarksville, TN - There were 19 late models at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night. Rusty qualified third with a time of 14.388. Chuck Proctor set fast time with a lap of 14.182 followed by Gil Smith with a 14.234. Others in the top six were Tony Albright (14.445), Mike Chandler (14.519), and Rand Richardson (14.593).
In the dash Rusty started inside second row. On lap one Rusty got to the inside of pole sitter Proctor in turn two and took the lead on the back stretch. Rusty continued on the bottom and kept the lead over Proctor and Albright until there were two laps to go. Proctor motored up beside Rusty in turn four and made the pass on the outside to reclaim the lead and take the win in the dash. The finish was Proctor, Rusty, Albright, Chandler, Richardson, and Smith. As Rusty pulled to the scales after the race the transmission broke. The crew installed a replacement in time for the feature.
In the feature Proctor elected to start on the outside. Rusty got a good start and was leading going down the front stretch. Just before turn one there was contact between the right rear of Rusty's #33 and the #27 of Proctor. Rusty was able to save the car from going into the wall, but fell back to second. Behind the leaders there was a big pileup bringing out a caution and setting up a complete restart. This time the #33 faltered on the start and Proctor took the lead. On lap two the car slid up the track in turn three and made significant contact with the retaining wall. Rusty was able to continue but had to restart in the rear. Passing was difficult and several guys were racing for position at the back. This held Rusty up and it took several laps to pass anyone. Rusty eventually made it up to 12th. Albright took the win over Proctor, Chandler, Smith, and Richardson.
7/6/07, Paducah, KY - Rusty finished 2nd in his heat and 5th in the feature at Paducah International Raceway in the RGR #93X.
6/30/07, Clarksville, TN - A huge field of 47 late models were present at Clarksville Speedway for the $10,000 to win UMP Summer Nationals show. Rusty qualified in group four. This year the Summer Nationals rules have allowed only one qualifying lap. Rusty had a good run through turns one and two, but not so in turns three and four. The result was a sixth place qualifying effort out of his group of eleven strong late models. The lineup for his heat was Jeff Taylor, Dennis Erb, Garrett Durrett, Don O'Neal, Jordan Bland, Rusty, Duane Hodges, Steve Sheppard, Gary Johnson, Perry Delaney, and Kevin Cole. In the heat Rusty was setup to run the top and got caught behind Durrett. This allowed Sheppard to get by. Rusty continued to try to get around Durrett, but to no avail. The finish was Taylor, Erb, O'Neal, Sheppard, Bland, Durrett, Rusty, Johnson, Hodges and Delaney. Cole did not start.
Because of the disappointing finish in the heat Rusty started the consi in 8th place. Because he was assured of a provisional starting spot Rusty didn't push it in the consi and finished in 8th. Rusty started the 40 lap feature in 20th place with the provisional for highest 2006 UMP national points finisher not in the race. Rusty was running strong in the feature and was making his way toward the top ten. By lap 13 he was up to 14th and appeared ready to pass Billy James for 12th when the rear end broke, forcing Rusty to the pits for the night. The top ten were Jeep VanWormer, Wes Steidinger, Jeff Taylor, Jack Sullivan, Dennis Erb, Rodney Melvin, Billy Moyer, Don O'Neal, and Garrett Durrett.
6/29/07, Nebo, KY - There was a great field of cars at Western Kentucky Speedway for the UMP Summer Nationals. Unfortunately, rain arrived just as the final cars were entering the pits and the event was cancelled.
6/28/07, Paducah, KY - Rusty was in the Burr Motorsports machine at Paducah International Raceway for the Summer Nationals event on Thursday. There were 35 late models trying to advance to the 18 starting spots plus three provisionals. Rusty got a bad draw and was last out to qualify. He was in a killer group which included Billy Moyer, Terry English, Wes Steidinger, Eddie Kirchoff, Kevin Weaver, Jordan Bland, and Todd Hall. Rusty's qualifying time was a little off which put him at the back of his heat. Rusty was unable to make any progress in his heat. This put him starting ninth in his consi. Rusty was able to pass three cars, but only the top three advanced to the feature.
6/26/07, Poplar Bluff, MO - Rusty was among 33 late models at Poplar Bluff Speedway for the Summer Nationals. Rusty qualified the 93X 4th in his group and finished 3rd in his heat. This put him in the feature where he finished 19th.
6/24/07, Lincoln, IL - Rusty was headed to Jefferson County Speedway with the 93X on Sunday but was rained out. Instead Rusty headed to Lincoln Speedway. Fifty-eight other late models also showed up for the Summer Nationals event. Rusty finished 6th in his heat and 8th in his consi. He was among 38 late models not making the field.
From fifth to first, Rusty picks up win number seven of the year at Clarksville in the Burr Motorsports Ford!
6/23/07, Clarksville, TN - The night started out a little slow for the Burr Motorsports team as Rusty qualified 5th out of 21 late models at Clarksville Speedway. The top six times were Dylan Thompson (12.499), Jarryd Holshouser (12.578), Chuck Proctor (12.709), Tony Albright (12.788), Rusty (12.861), and Steven Ashby (13.040). There was some improvement in the dash, though it didn't show in the order of finish. Rusty started 5th and finished 5th. He did, however, appear to be faster than Albrith and Proctor in the dash as he fell behind on a couple of occasions when trying to get under Proctor for a pass, but was in both instances able to catch back up. Holshouser won the dash over Thompson, Albright, Proctor, Rusty, and Ashby.
In the feature Rusty started inside third row. At the start of the race Rusty got by Proctor when Proctor, either on his own or forced by another car, wound up in the infield but kept going. Rusty then ran in 4th for several laps while trying to get by Thompson. Finally Rusty completed the pass on the inside exiting turn four. Rusty then set his sights on Albright who was catching up to Holshouser. Albright got under Holshouser going down the back stretch and completed the pass in turn three. When the two got to turn two Holshouser made contact with Albright and they both got sideways. Rusty was able to take evasive action and miss the two by cutting through the infield. Hoshouser was sent to the rear. On the restart Rusty was up to second and was working on Albright for first. They raced for several laps and finally Rusty moved underneath Albright going down the front stretch and completed the pass entering turn one. A caution came out with two laps to go, but Rusty was solid on the restart and went on to win by several car lenghts. This made the seventh feature win in 2007 for Rusty in the Burr Motorsports Ford. Special thanks to Full Throttle Race Parts and Equipment, Tommy's Auto Machine, Ofria Race Engines, Aluminum Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Renegade Racing Fuel, Quick Fuel Technology, KSE Racing Products, Valley Head Service, and C. J. Rayburn Race Cars.
6/22/07, Granite City, IL - (From
www.STLRacing.com) Bryan Collins of Elsberry, MO won the Super Late
Model feature event. The Super Late Model feature event provided one
of the best races of the season on the new 3/8 mile oval. Rusty
Griffaw jumped out to the early lead and led the field till the
first caution fell on lap ten. Once the field was restarted, four
cars of Rusty Griffaw, Mark Voigt, Bryan Collins and Mark Faust
began a battle at the front that kept the fans on their feet. On lap
eighteen, as Rusty Griffaw and Mark Voigt battled for the lead, the
two made contact down the front straightaway. Their two machines
both spun as they reached the end of the straightaway with Voigt's
machine sliding into the outside wall. Both cars pulled away on
their own, but they were both placed at the rear of the field on the
restart. Collins took over the point on the restart and battled with
Mark Faust and Chris Smyser in the closing laps. Collins got into
the wall slightly on several occassions through the turns, but Faust
and Smyser couldn't find a way past and Collins took the win. Mark
Faust was second and Smyser was third. Rick Salter took the fourth
spot and Tim Ratajczyk completed the top five.
6/19/07, Lebanon, MO - The 93X team went to I-44 Speedway for the Summer Nationals. The team came up short and failed to make the feature. See www.rustygriffaw.com.
6/18/07, Mt. Vernon, IL - The Burr Motorsports team again had no luck at the Summer Nationals and failed to make the feature event. Rusty qualified 5th in his group and 15th overall out of 32 late models. Rusty was the last one out to qualify in group two of three. He out qualified such notables as Don O'Neal, Kevin Cole, Rusty Schlenk, and Jeep Van Wormer among others. However, that turned out to be the highlignt of the night as the team's chassis adjustments failed to keep up with the extremely slick conditions. Rusty started 5th in his heat and finished 8th. Rusty also finished 8th in his consi. The feature was won by Randy Korte with a race long battle with Mike Marlar who finished 2nd. The rest of the top five were Billy Faust, Rodney Melvin, and Eddie Kirchoff.
6/17/07, Haubstadt, IN - There were 40 late models at Tri-State Speedway on Sunday for day three of the Summer Nationals tour. The track looked good, but was very soft and resulted in very limited traction down low and a way too tall cushion on the top. Nobody was really able to hook up on the low side all night. And on the top the cushion regularly threw cars towards the wall costing valuable time. The cars were only given one lap for qualifying. On Rusty's lap he was a victim of the cushion and qualified 8th out of 10 cars. This put Rusty in the unenviable position of starting 8th in a group of strong competitors with only the top three advancing to the feature. Rusty made it up to 6th before again jumping the cushion on lap nine and being dropped back to 7th.
In the consi Rusty started the #33 in 8th and finished 8th with only the top three advancing. Rusty still had a chance at a provisional based on last year's UMP national points. However, he missed that by one spot.
Randy Korte won the feature with a late pass of Don O'Neal when O'Neal got caught up in lapped traffic. Kevin Cole got third, Steve Sheppard fourth and Mike Marlar fifth.
6/17/07, Greenbrier, TN - HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
6/16/07, Clarksville, TN - Rusty had the #33 Ford running good, but not quite good enough, at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night as he finished 2nd to Tony Albright in the feature. In qualifying it was the #7x of Gil Smith claiming the pole with a time of 14.008. Albright was second with a lap of 14.050. Rusty had a lap of 14.154. Rounding out the top six were Mike Chandler (14.400), Duane Hodges (14.458), and Chuck Proctor (14.491). As indicated by the qualifying times, the track was already quite dry slick.
Rusty began the dash in third place and twice passed Smith in turn one to take over 2nd on the first lap. In both cases a caution would bring about a restart. The second time Smith was sent to the rear and Rusty moved up along side Albright. However, this was not the night to start on the inside and Albright took the lead with Rusty in 2nd. For the first four laps Rusty was right on Albright's bumper. However, the difference in tire choices showed up in the last four laps as Albright was able to pull away slightly and take the win by about five car lengths. Behind Rusty were Chandler, Proctor, Hodges, and Smith.
In the feature Albright would choose the outside starting position. He used that position to quickly move to the lead with Rusty running close behind. Any lead Albright would have would disappear every time they encountered lapped traffic. It would appear that Rusty was going to be able to pressure Albright for the lead, but a caution would come out to end those chances. The track had taken rubber and it was going to be very difficult to pass in any case. At the finish it was Albright, Rusty, Proctor, Smith, Dylan Thompson, and Hodges. Chandler dropped out while running 5th with 7 laps remaining.
6/15/07, Granite City, IL - Rusty snapped back from his bad luck earlier in the week to complete a good run in the #93X at Tri-City Speedway. There he finished 3rd in his heat, 5th in the dash, and 3rd in the feature. See www.rustygriffaw.com for more information.
6/13/07, Pevely, MO - There were 31 late models at I-55 Raceway for NASCAR night. Rusty was caught up in a wreck in the heat and finished 7th. He finished 2nd in the consi to qualify for the feature. In the feature Rusty again got caught up in a crash and did not finish. More details later at www.rustygriffaw.com.
6/12/07, Quincy, IL - Rusty was in the #93X for NASCAR night at Quincy Raceway. He started last in his heat and advanced to finish 2nd. He was leading the dash when he had a tire go down, resulting in a DNF and sixth place finish. In the feature Rusty was running with the lead cars when another car made contact with the left rear and cut down a tire. There were no curtisy laps to change the tire, so he got another DNF and was offically credited with a 12th place finish. Details later at www.rustygriffaw.com.
6/10/07, Mt. Vernon, IL - Rusty went to Jefferson County Raceway on Sunday. The track was very dry slick and the crew did not have the suspension components necessary to make the needed adjustments. The result was that Rusty was unable to get to the front. He got a bad draw and started last in his heat. He finished 5th in the heat. In the feature Rusty finished 8th in the RGR #93X.
Rusty sets fast time, wins the dash and wins his sixth feature of the year at Clarksville in the Burr Motorsports Ford!
6/9/07, Clarksville, TN - There were 26 late models on hand for some great racing at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night. In addition to the strong field of regular competitors, Kevin Cole, Dylan Thompson, Tim Brown, and Lee Devasier also made the tow to Clarksville. Top qualifiers were Rusty (13.729), #009 Mutt Trotter (13.887), #81c Kevin Cole (13.909), #41J Jarryd Holshouser (13.950), #27 Chuck Proctor (13.990), and #51 Mike Chandler (14.062). Those six lined up straight up for the dash. Rusty immediately took the lead at the start and pulled away. At the finish Rusty had a straightaway lead over Proctor. Following Rusty and Proctor were Holshouser, Cole, and Chandler. Trotter had pulled out before the finish.
Rusty elected to start the feature on the inside of Proctor. That plan worked well as Rusty jumped to the lead from the inside and began pulling away with a good run on the high side. Cole took third on the start and soon made it around Proctor to take over second. On the open track Cole had nothing for Rusty as Rusty was able to slowly stretch the lead. However, lapped traffic slowed Rusty enough for Cole to catch up. But Rusty worked the traffic well and took the #33 Burr Motorsports Ford to victory lane for the sixth time this year. Finishing a half a lap in back of Rusty and Cole was Proctor followed by Holshouser and Chandler.
6/8/07, Granite City, IL - Rusty competed with 25 other late model drivers at Tri-City Speedway Friday night. Rusty started in the back of his heat and took it to the front to get a heat win in the #93X. In the dash Rusty finished fourth. In the feature Rusty ran third for a big part of the race, but lapped traffic cost him a position as he finished fourth behind Billy Faust, Brian Collins, and Craig Smith and in front of Mark Voigt adn Mark Faust. See www.rustygriffaw.com for more details.
6/7/07 - Points update: National UMP points - #6, UMP Southern Region - #5, UMP State of Tennessee - #1, Clarksville Speedway points - #1.
6/5/07, Highland, IL - Rusty took the RGR #93X to Highland Speedway Tuesday night. There were 32 late models attempting to make the 20 car starting field. Rusty started 8th in his heat and finished 2nd. He started tenth in the feature and was caught up in wreck in front of him. There was some apparent front end damage resulting from the contact and Rusty subsequently pulled to the pits. He was scored with a 19th place finish.
6/3/07, Mt. Vernon, IL - Rusty grabbed a 2nd place finish in the RGR #93X at Jefferson Co. Raceway behind winner Mark Voigt. Details at www.rustygriffaw.com.
6/2/07, Clarksville, TN - Rusty made the trip to Clarksville Speedway on Saturday, but rain again arrived before action could get underway and the show was cancelled. Rusty then made a quick trip back to I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri. He had someone meet him at the track with the RGR #93X prepared to tag on the back of a consi in an attempt to make the $6,000 to win Northern Allstars feature. However, because he had not taken qualifying laps or ran a heat race, he was not permitted to race.
6/1/07, Granite City, IL - Rusty got rained out at Tri-City Speedway on Friday.
5/31/07, Clarksville, TN - Rusty was behind the wheel of the Burr Motorsports Ford for a special Thursday night event at Clarksville Speedway. Rusty was having motor problems in qualifying and barely made the quick six dash. The lineup for the dash was Mutt Trotter, Jarryd Holshouser, Mike Chandler, Chuck Proctor, Tony Albright, and Rusty. Rusty made it up to fourth, but the motor problems continued and he fell back to a sixth place finish. Ahead of Rusty was Trotter, Proctor, Albright, Chandler, and Holshouser. That was also the lineup for the first three rows of the feature.
Before the feature it was determined that the motor problems were caused by a faulty coil. With that fixed Rusty started his charge from sixth and chased the leaders on the inside for a few laps. With no room to pass on the bottom Rusty moved to the top and began picking off the leaders. Rusty was able to get by everybody but Albright. It appeared that with a couple of more laps he might have had him too. At the finish it was Albright, Rusty, Chandler, Proctor, Holshouser, and Gil Smith.
5/27/07, Wheel, TN - Rusty and the team took the #33 Ford to Duck River Speedway for the $4,000 to win Southern Regional Racing Series event on Sunday evening. The event had qualifying, consi's, and the feature; no heat races. Rusty was running third in his consi with the top three well head of the rest of the field, when on lap 10 the water pump came apart. Rusty would have been in the feature as they were taking the top four. There were 37 late models on hand.
Rusty and the Burr Motorsports Ford returned to victory lane at Clarksville Speedway!
5/26/07 Clarksville, TN - Rusty capped off a good week of racing with win number five of the 2007 season at Clarksville Speedway. With 20 late models on hand Rusty was a little off in qualifying and recorded the fourth fastest time with a lap of 13.182. Mutt Trotter set fast time with a lap of 12.845. Second fast was Dylan Thompson with a 13.056 followed by Jeff Glisson with a 13.119. Rounding out the top six was Steven Ashby (13.196) and Mike Chandler (13.248).
Rusty started the dash in fourth on the outside of Glisson. On the first lap Rusty got sideways in turn two and along with a couple of the other cars spun into the infield. The cars were lined back up for a complete restart. This time Rusty pulled ahead of Glisson going down the front straightaway and pulled to the inside entering turn one. Entering turn two Rusty had pulled to the inside of Trotter and Thompson and by the time he exited turn two he was in the lead. From that point Rusty pulled away to a comfortable lead and was never pressured. Thompson eventually spun out and Trotter dropped to the back. At the finish it was Rusty, Glisson, Chandler, Ashby, Trotter, and Thompson.
Glisson lost oil pressure and was unable to start the feature. This shuffled the lineup and put Ashby on the outside of Rusty on the front row. Starting behind them were Chandler, Thompson, Trotter, Gil Smith, Chuck Proctor, and Duane Hodges. Rusty sprang to the lead on the start and by the time he got to turn three he had about a six car length lead. Rusty would pull out to a big lead and then a caution would come out. This occurred several times. While Rusty was leading, second place changed hands between Ashby, Thompson, and Chandler. Several cars experienced mechanical failures. Among them were Ashby, Proctor, and Perry Delaney. At the finish the top four were Rusty, Chandler, Smith, and Thompson.
5/25/07 Granite City, IL - Twenty-three late models were at Tri-City Speedway Friday night. Rusty got a second place finish in his heat finishing behind Randy Korte and in front of Tim Ratajczyk and Mark Voigt. Rusty finished 6th in the dash that was also won by Korte. In the feature Rusty finished 5th behind Billy Faust, Korte, Rick Salter, and Michael Kloos. Rounding out the top ten were Billy Laycock, Bryan Collins, Ratajczyk, Voigt, and Dick Taylor. See also www.rustygriffaw.com.
5/23/07, Peoria, IL - Rusty made the trip over to Peoria Speedway on Wednesday for another NASCAR night. This time Rusty finished 2nd in his heat and transferred directly to the feature. Rusty scored a solid 6th place finish. Details later at www.rustygriffaw.com.
5/22/07, Fairbury, IL - Rusty took the RGR #93X to Fairbury Speedway Tuesday for NASCAR night. There were 33 late models on hand. Rusty qualified mid-pack and lost a battle for a transfer spot on the last lap of his heat race. Rusty did make the feature by winning his consi. Rusty then finished the feature in 15th position. Details later at www.rustygriffaw.com.
Rusty powers the Burr Motorsports Ford to win number four on the season at Clarksville Speedway!
5/19/07, Clarksville, TN - Rusty set fast time, won the dash, won the feature and lead every lap at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night! In qualifying Rusty's fast time was 13.336. Second fast was Chuck Proctor with a lap of 13.437. Others in the top six were Steven Ashby, Jarryd Holshouser, Larry Greer, and Gil Smith. In the dash Rusty took the lead at the start with Proctor glued to his rear bumper for the first couple of laps. A couple of times Proctor was even able to stick the nose of his #27 machine underneath Rusty's #33. However, they had a caution and Rusty was able to put several car lengths between himself and Proctor after the restart and cruise to the win. Proctor was second followed by Holshouser, Ashby, Greer, and Smith.
Rusty took the inside pole position for the feature with Proctor on the outside. As was the case in the dash, Rusty took the lead with Proctor right behind him on the start. Again Rusty was able to pull out to a several car length lead over Proctor. They ran that way for much of the feature with Proctor sometimes being able to regain some ground when Rusty would have to work his way around lapped traffic. The car on the move was the #51 of Mike Chandler. He started in the 7th position and ran a very low line around the track and picked off cars one by one until he made his way past Proctor and captured second. At the checkers it was Rusty, Chandler, Proctor, Holshouser, Ashby, Greer, and Chris Shelton.
5/18/07, Granite City, IL - Rusty ran the RGR #93X at Tri-City Speedway on Friday. He finished 4th in his heat and 7th in the feature. There were 26 late models on hand. Details later at www.rustygriffaw.com.
5/12/07, Clarksville, TN - There were 20 late models at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night. Rusty qualified 3rd (13.480) behind Kevin Cole (13.230) and Tony Albright (13.354). Others in the top 10 were Chuck Proctor, Charles Boze, Gil Smith, Mike Chandler, Steven Ashby, Jarryd Holshouser, and Jeff Glisson. The start and finish in the dash was Cole, Albright, Rusty, Proctor, Boze, and Smith.
In the feature Cole started on the inside with Albright on the outside. Rusty and Proctor made up row two. By feature time the track was as dry-slick as it has been all year. Cole took the lead on the start. In turn four on the first lap Albright got under Cole and the two made some contact with both getting a little sideways. Rusty had to checkup to avoid contact. This let Cole get a little distance ahead. Albright and Rusty put some distance between themselves and the rest of the field. It looked at times as though lapped traffic was going to provide an opportunity to race for the lead, but cautions would come out and clear the track. Rusty was able to run with Albright the final ten laps of the feature, but could not attempt a pass. Cole was just a tick faster and Albright was unable to make anymore pass attempts. At the end it was, unofficially, Cole, Albright, Rusty, Smith, Proctor, Holshouser, Ashby, Chandler, and Chris Shelton rounding out the top nine.
5/11/07, Granite City, IL - Rusty competed in the RGR #93X at Tri-City Speedway on Friday night. There were 20 late models on hand. Rusty finished 5th in his heat and 4th in the feature event. Details later at www.rustygriffaw.com.
Rusty picks up his third feature win of 2007 in the Burr Motorsports Ford!
5/5/07, Clarksville, TN - Rain over the last few days made for a fast track at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night. Jarryd Holshouser, Rusty, and visiting Tim Tungate (who won $7,500 at the 2006 Toilet Bowl Classic at Clarksville) all broke the 13 second mark in qualifying. They had times of 12.679, 12.696, and 12.812 respectively. Others making the quick six were Mike Chandler, Gil Smith, and Steven Ashby. At the start of the dash Rusty got a good bite off of turn four on the outside of Holshouser and beat him into turn one. Rusty pulled away off of turn two and won the dash with a comfortable lead over Holshouser, Chandler, Ashby, Smith, and Tungate who had a flat and retired to the pits.
Before the feature the track was beginning to dry out on the top, but still had some moisture on the bottom. Car owner Phil Burr and Rusty had to make a decision whether to go with a more normal feature setup for the top or to make some adjustments and try the bottom. The decision was made to go for the bottom. On the start the plan worked as Rusty jumped to a sizeable lead over Holshouser, Chandler, and Tungate. A caution came out on lap 11 of the twenty lap feature, however, and the lead evaporated. They had another restart after one lap. At this point it was Rusty, Chandler, and Tungate. This time on the restart Rusty hit some ruts in turn one on a couple of laps and each time was thrown up out of the low groove, costing him valuable time. Chandler was able to get a nose alongside Rusty exiting turn four, but couldn't make the pass. There was another restart with six laps to go. At this point it was Rusty, Tungate, Chandler, and Holshouser. Tungate was running the high side with Rusty still hugging the bottom. Rusty and Tungate put on a show for those last six laps. Rusty could pull away exiting turn two, but Tungate would be back on his bumper exiting turn four and through turn one. Rusty did a great job making it through turn one and avoiding the ruts that had upset the car earlier. He also did a great job getting the car through turn four without sliding out of the groove. This resulted in Rusty picking up win number three in the Burr Motorsports Ford! At the finish it was Rusty, Tungate, Chandler, Holshouser, Perry Delaney, and Ashby.
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4/28/07, Clarksville, TN - There were 20 late models at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night. The 81c of Kevin Cole set fast time with a lap of 13.024. Second fast was the #1 of Tony Albright with a 13.248. Rusty qualified third in the #33 with a lap of 13.328. Rounding out the top five in qualifying were Perry Delaney (13.397), and Gil Smith (13.710). Rusty started the dash in the second row behind Cole. Rusty was able to move by Albright on the inside on lap one and take over second. During the dash Cole was quicker through turns one and two and Rusty was quicker through three and four. Rusty finished a close second to Cole as the two were running the same speed, but Rusty was unable to make a run for the lead. Albright finished third followed by Delaney, Smith, and David Miller.
Rusty started the feature on the outside of Cole. Rusty got a good start, but the inside groove was just to good. Cole took the lead off of turn four. Rusty fell in behind him. On lap three Rusty was able to get underneath Cole and pull alongside him down the front stretch. However, he was unable to make the pass and Cole pulled away slightly off of turn two. Rusty was able to catch back up and on lap 13 Rusty was able to get up beside Cole again between turns one and two but could not make the pass. It was a very exciting race between Cole and Rusty with Cole hanging on for the win. Third went to Delaney over Albright.
4/27/07, Granite City, IL - Rusty had a rough night at Tri-City Speedway Friday. He wound up in the wall during his heat and was unable to continue. Rusty and crew got the 93X patched up for the semi feature and advanced to 4th, the final transfer spot for the feature. Rusty was able to pick up start money in the feature, but that was all. He was credited with a 22nd place finish.
4/22/07, Danville, IL - The RGR #93X was at Vermillion County Speedway on Sunday for the Northern Allstars Late Model Series event. There were 42 late models on hand trying to make the 22 car starting field. Rusty finished 4th in his heat. That put him into the feature event. In the feature Rusty started 16th and was running 14th when he was involved in a wreck that eliminated him from the event. He was credited with a 21st place finish.
Rusty makes it two in a row at Clarksville Speedway in the Burr Motorsports Ford!
4/21/07, Clarksville, TN - Rusty set fast time, won the dash, and won the feature at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night. Rusty won at Clarksville on March 24 and after three straight rain outs, won again in the Burr Motorsports #33. Rusty turned a 13.152 in qualifying to edge out Perry Delaney (13.176) for fast time. Others among the 17 late models on hand that made it below 14 seconds were Jarryd Holshouser (13.452), Gil Smith (13.532), and Steven Ashby (13.573).
Rusty won the dash by a half a lap over Delaney, Holshouser, Ashby, Smith, and Duane Hodges. In the feature Rusty again pulled out to a comfortable lead and was never challenged on his way to the feature win. Trailing Rusty were Delaney, Joey Lingauer, Ashby, and Steven Stehle.
4/20/07, Granite City, IL - Rusty had a good run on opening night at the new 3/8 mile configuration of Tri-City Speedway. There he won his heat, won the dash, and finished a close 2nd in the feature. See www.rustygriffaw.com for details.
4/17/07, Evansville, IN - The early season UMP points currently show Rusty as number 2 in the nation behind Rusty Schlenk of Jackson, Michigan. Rusty is tied with Tony Albright for first place in the State of Tennessee UMP points, and is 2nd in UMP points in the state of Illinois and 2nd in UMP points in the Southern Region.
4/15/07, Clarksville, TN - Rain, sleet, snow, and a cold windy day again forced cancellation of the events at Clarksville speedway. As of next Saturday, it will have been a month since the Burr Motorpsorts Ford has been on the track. The team is anxious to get back in competition and plans to do so at Clarksville Speedway on Saturday April 21. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate! Meanwhile, Rusty returned to Belle Clair Speedway in Belleville, IL. There he went from 8th to 2nd in his heat, drew an 8th place start and finished 8th in the dash, and missed teh setup and finished 12th in the feature. Details at www.rustygriffaw.com.
4/14/07, Clarksville, TN - Rained out for Saturday, racing Sunday afternoon.
4/13/07, Farmer City, IL – Rain forced the postponement of the MARS show at Tri- City Speedway until Sunday. So Rusty took the RGR #93X to Farmer City Raceway Friday night. There were 33 late models on hand. Rusty qualified 20th. He started 5th in the fourth heat and finished 6th. This had him starting 8th in the B main. Rusty was able to move up to 4th and take the final transfer position for the A main. In the A feature Rusty started 20th and was the hard charger of the night improving his position by 10 spots and getting a 10th place finish. See www.rustygriffaw.com for additional details. Rusty will be competing in the Burr Motorsports #33 at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night weather permitting.
4/7/07, Highland, IL – Clarksville Speedway was cancelled because of the cold Saturday night. So Rusty headed to Highland, Illinois with his RGR #93X late model. There Rusty had a good run picking up a 6th place finish in the feature. He finished 2nd in the third heat and finished 5th in the dash. For details see www.rustygriffaw.com.
4/6/07, Belleville, IL – Rusty ran the RGR #93X at Belle Claire Speedway Friday night. There he finished 2nd in his heat, 3rd in the dash, and 7th in the feature. There were 19 late models braving the cold to put on a show. For details see www.rustygriffaw.com.
Rusty earns his first win of 2007 in the Burr Motorsports Ford!
3/24/07, Clarksville, TN - Rusty was back in the Burr Motorsports Ford at Clarksville Speedway on Saturday night. Rusty turned in the third fastest time among 17 late model drivers from five states in qualifying. Fast time went to Rusty Schlenk out of Jackson, Michigan with a very fast lap of 12.554. Second went to Mr. Clarksville Speedway, Tony Albright with a lap of 12.879. Rusty’s best lap was a 13.014. Rounding out the top six were Mutt Trotter (13.110), Mike Schulte (13.146), and Steven Ashby (13.163).
The dash lineup was row one: Schlenk and Albright, row two: Rusty and Trotter, and row three: Schulte and Ashby. However, Schulte had motor problems and was unable to start. Albright took the lead in turn two of the first lap with Schlenk second and Rusty third. Rusty tried to get past Schlenk exiting turn four on laps one and two but could not make the pass. On lap four Rusty was able to get up beside Schlenk. They raised side by side through turns one and two and down the back stretch with Rusty moving ahead entering turn three. Schlenk makes contact with Rusty’s rear bumper in turn three, but Rusty keeps control. Schlenk gets sideways but keeps going, although losing a position to Ashby. The finish was Albright, Rusty, Ashby, Schlenk, and Trotter.
In the feature Albright elects to start on the outside with Rusty on the inside. They are followed by Ashby, Schlenk, Trotter, and Gil Smith. On the first lap Rusty pulls Albright at the start and is in the lead going down the front stretch. Entering turn one Albright makes contact with the rear of Rusty’s #33. Rusty spins and a major pileup ensues. The #009 of Trotter winds up setting across the hood of the Burr Motorsports Ford. Track officials use two wreckers to lift the #009 while a third wrecker pulls the #33 out from underneath. Though the front end is wrinkled up, Rusty is able to continue.
On the restart Rusty again takes the lead at the drop of the green flag. However, Albright pulls along the outside in turn one. The two race side by side down the back stretch and into turn three. Rusty again pulls Albright off turn four and retakes the lead. However, cars in the rear spin bringing out another caution. On the second restart Rusty again gets the lead off of turn four. Alright again makes contact with the back of the #33. This time Rusty is able to regain control and continue off turn two. Albright gets a little squirrelly and drops to fourth behind Ashby and Schlenk. Rusty pulls away to a significant advantage. Meanwhile Ashby, Schlenk, and Albright take turns running in second. At lap 13 Rusty encounters some serious lapped traffic. Four cars are running for position in the high and low grooves. Rusty is trying to find a hole to squeeze through while Albright begins to catch up. On lap 15 a car Rusty is lapping shoots up the track at the end of the front stretch barely missing the rear of Rusty’s car. The car is collected by Wendel Bratton in a hard crash bringing out a final caution.
On the restart Albright is on Rusty’s bumper, but Rusty pulls away and stretches his lead over the final laps. At the finish it was Rusty, Albright, Ashby, Ben Kittrell, and Gil Smith.
3/23/07, Paducah, KY - Rusty finished 9th in the feature at Paducah International Raceway on Friday night driving the RGR #16. Details later on www.rustygriffaw.com.
3/17/07, Clarksville, TN – There were 17 late models at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night. The early start to the season brought out drivers from Michigan, Illinois, and Missouri to compete with the regulars from Tennessee and Kentucky. Fast time in qualifying went to Brent Kreke with a lap of 14.040. Rusty qualified sixth with a lap of 14.471.
The lineup for the quick six dash was Brent Kreke, Tony Albright, Brett Wyatt, Ben Kittrell, Gil Smith, and Rusty. Rusty quickly passed Smith at the start and a few laps later made it past Wyatt. But that’s as far as he could advance. The finish was Kreke, Albright, Kittrell, Rusty, Wyatt, and Smith. That would also be the top six in the lineup for the feature. Starting seventh and eighth were Rusty Schlenk and Mike Hammerle. At the start of the feature Kreke would pull away from Albright and Kittrell. They would be followed by Rusty and Wyatt. Kittrell was working hard to get around Albright. Midway through the race Kreke came to a stop on the track with a broken rear end. Albright inherited the lead at the point. After the restart Albright got stronger and pulled away from Kittrell who was running second. Rusty was in third followed by Wyatt. Shortly after the restart Kittrell and Rusty both hit a hole entering turn one and were thrown high on the track. Wyatt took advantage of the situation and dove under Rusty to take over third. Rusty tried several lines as the laps ran down, but could not get back by Wyatt. The finish was Albright, Kittrell, Wyatt, Rusty, Smith, and Schlenk.
3/3/07, Clarksville, TN – Despite the frequent snow flurries, the $10,000 to win Southern Regional Racing Series 2007 opening event continued at Clarksville Speedway on Saturday. Rusty was in the first B main where he started seventh. The top three would advance to the A main. Rusty and the team still hadn’t found their groove and Rusty finished seventh. Rusty did, however, make the A main by virtue of a track provisional. The finish in the first B main was 1 Albright, 38 Bone, 53D Delaney, B17 Michael, 16 Ashby, 16H Hammerle, 33 Rusty Griffaw, M31 Morris, and 32 Grondski.
The top three at the finish in the second B main was 112 Luna, 98 Hickerson, and 7X Smith. The SRRS provisional went to the B17 of Byron Michael.
The Burr Motorsports team made additional changes to the setup after the B main that finally got the #33 Ford competitive. Rusty started the A main from the 23rd position and brought home a strong 10th place finish. This made him the hard charger of the race by advancing his position the most.
The starting lineup was:
53 Ray Cook 01 Tyler Landers
56 David Gentry 34 Mike Marlar
16R Justin Ratliff 32L Lamar Scoggins
13 Scott Cook 01 Ben Kittrell
13K Brent Kreke 18T Tim Tungate
70 Mike Luna 115 Billy Mayo
83c Kevin Cole 99 Todd Hall
182 Randle Sweeney 14 Tyrell Todd
1 Tony Albright 112 Michael Luna
38 Chad Bone 98 Eric Hickerson
53D Perry Delaney 7X Gill Smith
33 Rusty Griffaw B17 Byron Michael
Rusty was able to pass Michael, Smith, Delaney, Hickerson, and Bone on the track. Rusty was especially strong in the middle third of the race where he quickly ran down the group of Hall, Albright, and Todd. He was, however, unable to make a pass on this group. The top ten at the finish were 53 Cook, 34 Marlar, 01 Landers, 16R Ratliff, 115 Mayo, 18T Tungate, 99 Hall, 1 Albright, 14 Todd, and 33 Griffaw.
3/2/07, Clarksville, TN – There were 40 late models at Clarksville Speedway Friday night attempting to make it into Saturday night’s 75 lap, $10,000-to-win, Southern Regional Racing Series event. The weather was a little chilly, but not a factor if you came properly dressed. The field was divided into four groups for qualifying and heat races.
Rusty went out second in the first group for qualifying. Knowing that Rusty was guaranteed a starting spot by virtue of being the 2006 track champ, the team was trying a totally different setup on their first night out in 2007. The #33 Burr Motorsports, Full Throttle Race Parts, Tommy’s Auto Machine Ford was loose and lacking forward bite. This resulted in Rusty being about a second off of quick time for the night. This make him last in the first group.
Some changes were made for the heat race. Rusty started in the rear. Rusty was preparing to make a move under Vince Grondski off of turn four when Grondski suddenly slowed and turned into the infield. This resulted in Rusty driving underneath the rear end of Grondski’s machine. Grondski proceeded to exit the track and Rusty continued on, but was about a half a lap behind.
As the race continued caution free, Rusty held his own or gained slightly on most of the pack, with the exception of Ray Cook who had a large lead on the field when he took the checkers. Rusty finished eighth and the team will be looking to make a few more changes for Saturday night’s events.
16R Justin Ratliff 13.074
53 Ray Cook 13.127
1 Tony Albright 13.166
13k Brent Kreke 13.335
5E Michael England 13.371
81c Kevin Cole 13.461
16H Mike Hammerle 13.774
32 Vince Grondski 13.919
16 Steven Ashby 14.013
33 Rusty Griffaw 14.139
4 Gregg Johnson 13.201
13 Scott Cook 13.408
C21 Rex Berry 13.673
11D Steve Dimmick 13.792
182 Randle Sweeney 13.798
56 David Gentry 13.808
70 Mike Luna 13.881
27D Joe Denby 13.929
7x Gil Smith 13.939
6 Steven Ashby 14.312
B17 Byron Michael 13.143
M31 Tony Morris 13.302
32L Lamar Scoggins 13.358
01 Tyler Landers 13.620
18T Tim Tungate 13.548
99 Todd Hall 13.762
53D Perry Delaney 13.842
009 Mutt Trotter 14.008
24 Wendell Bratton 14.564
112 Michael Luna 13.374
01 Ben Kittrell 13.578
14 Tyrell Todd 13.617
115 Billy Mayo 13.785
34 Mike Marlar 13.948
69 Jeff Carter 14.035
98 Eric Hickerson 14.248
11 Brian Ashby 14.307
27D Joe Denby 14.636
D4 David Miller 15.034
53 Cook (2)
16R Ratliff (1)
13K Kreke (4)
81c Cole (6)
1 Albright (3)
16H Hammerle (7)
16 Ashby (8)
33 Griffaw (10)
32 Grondski (9)
5E England (5)
01 Landers (4)
32L Landers (3)
18 Tungate (5)
99 Hall (7)
38 Bone (6)
53D Delaney (8)
24 Bratton (10)
009 Trotter (9)
B17 Michael (1)
M31 Morris (2)
56 Gentry (6)
13 Cook (2)
70 Luna (7)
182 Sweeney (5)
27D Denby (8)
34 Marlar (5)
01 Kittrell (2)
115 Mayo (4)
14 Todd (3)
112 Luna (1)
98 Hickerson (7)
69 Carter (6)
11 Ashby (8)
2/11/07, Springfield, TN - Rusty and the Burr Motorsports team plan to kickoff the 2007 season at the $10,000 to win Southern Regional Racing Series event at Clarksville Stormpay.com Speedway on Friday and Saturday March 2nd and 3rd.