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What a Day for speeding

Published 12:21pm Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Clarksville, TN’s Mark Day had an eventful weekend recording his fourth win this season while racing in the Independence 100 at the Huntsville Speedway.

Day, who is a racer with the Southern Superstars Short Track Series, led the race during the last 40 laps.

“Everybody had a great time and we had all racing divisions running,” Huntsville Speedway owner Dawn Pierce said.

Chris Whorton of Boaz finished in second place. Whorton attempted to catch Day in the end but was unable to.

Lee Hansard started off with what seemed like it would have been a good night with a fast time of 12.968 seconds.

The tide would turn for Hansard by the second lap when Hansard hit the wall. The car would be completely destroyed by fire, but Hansard was able to leave the car uninjured.

Brad Lemley also had a bad night. After pacing near the front, Lemley’s motor started having problems on lap 60. Lemley finished in twelfth place.

Chase Spradlin could not hold on to the lead at the race. He before and after Hansard’s crash, but was unable to hold on to the lead. Spradlin ended in third place.

Phil Renfroe attempted to earn his first victory of the season but couldn’t keep up with Day. He finished in fourth place.

The race brought out the fans during the record breaking evening.

“This was the best race that we’ve had at the track so far,” Pierce said.

“Everybody had a great time and we had all racing divisions running,” Huntsville Speedway owner Dawn Pierce said.

INDEPENDENCE 100 RESULTS: 1.Mark Day; 2.Chris Whorton; 3.Chase Spradlin; 4.Phil Renfroe; 5.Chase Oliver; 6.T W Fisher; 7.Brian Bentley; 8.Hunter Spivey; 9.John Henegar Jr; 10.John Thomas; 11.Marc Burleson; 12.Brad Lemley; 13.Kenny Andrews; 14.Justin Ashburn; 15.Johnnny Moore; 16.Lee Hansard

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