Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club

Based in Virginia and the Carolinas!

One of the oldest and most respected vintage racing organizations on the East Coast

Racing Vintage Modified and Vintage Sportsman cars from the 1950's to the 1980's

SGP Black jackets are now avalible! contact Cindy for information and pricing.

Next SGP event Memorial day weekend at Carteret County on Sunday May 29 2017

 

New for 2017! SGP cups. These are $15 and avalible at the track

Next SGP Event is at Carteret County Speedway, Memorial Day weekend Sunday May 28.  Saturday May 27 is practice till 8pm. Big party with a band afterwards!

Sunday is a regular raceday schedule. Track opens at 10 am no engines till after 12 noon! Racing at 7pm.

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Special offer to all SGP RACERS!! Track has new American Racers for us only $50 a tire. He has good scuffs to sell also!

Southern Ground Pounders

South Boston Speedway May 6 Recap

 

May 6, 2017 Started as a cloudy dreary day and eventually the sunshine would peak through late in the day. The SGP made a trip to the historic South Boston Speedway for the first time in 2017. The club would be a companion event (along with the Hornets) for the NASCAR K&N series race, with a very strict time table due to Network TV coverage of the event. The club would only see a ten-minute round of practice for the 16 cars that were here. The Practice session would be hampered by the ability to use only the top lane due to a suggestion from Goodyear. They put out cones and asked us to run above the cones. We tried to comply, but with 16 very fast cars it was tough. Several cones got wrinkled in the process. After a few minutes, most SGP cars pulled off as it was very….. let’s just say exciting would be an understatement. None the less, we were here to support and put on a good event. Lonnie Parker#17 would break an axle in practice!

As always, all 16 SGP cars drew for starting positions. The club would run after the first 100 lap K&N race. The line-up was as follows

1.    Jimmy Dekraft       #12        65 Chevelle

2.    James Turner         #0           68 Nova

3.    Garland Ricketts    #80         37 Ford Flat head

4.    Dwight Sauls           #21        36 Chevy Coach

5.    Rodney Dye            #9           35 Ford Coach

6.    Jay Royal                 #1           41  Packard Coupe

7.    Dennis Bond          #55          55 Ford

8.    Mack Tatum           #4            65 Mustang

9.    Barry Dalton           #05          36 Chevy Coupe

10.                   Kevin Floars   #55         55 ford

11.                   Sparky Staton #0           38 Chevy Coupe

12.                   Chris Mincey       #11       68 Pontiac

13.                   Dusty Wall         #21       70 Chevelle

14.                   Gene Williamson   #16   38 Ford

15.                   Steve Shelp           #81     36 Dodge Coupe

16.                   Lonnie Parker       #17     37 Chevy Coupe     

 

The green flag would drop and see good ‘ol James Turner driving the Orange nova #0 owned by Pam Tatum, jump out to the lead over the #12 of Jimmy Dekraft. The rest of the field was bringing on the heat……. Maybe a little too early, as the whole field was side by side racing for position. On lap 6, Rodney Dye’s yellow #9 modified, while making a move for second place, would lose the handle about halfway down the front stretch. You cannot imagine, with 14 cars in hot pursuit, the carnage that was about to take place. A hard charging Chris Mincey, in his first time out with the club in a brand new 1968 Pontiac, would collect the car of Dye at dang near full throttle. WOW!! What a hit! That would spin dye down the track causing the inside line to slam on the brakes. Dwight Sauls would get rear-ended by Kevin Floars#55, who got clobbered in the right rear by Jay Royal, who Mack Tatum would plow into from behind! This was the inside lane wreck.. The outside lane would see Dusty Wall who was behind Mincey, throw the brakes on and get rear ended a ton by Sparky Staton in his Chevy Coupe. The coupe of Staton would then add insult to injury by clobbering the spinning car of Rodney Dye one more time in the right rear.  The rest of the cars would slam on brakes and slide to a stop on the front stretch. The only two cars out of the 15 on the track to get through would be Turner in the #0 Nova and Jimmy Dekraft in his #12 Chevelle. What a nightmare!  The race was immediately red flagged. The staff and wrecker crews for the track would jump quickly into action checking on all involved drivers. By the grace of the good lord and all the great safety equipment that is constantly under scrutiny by the SGP club, NO ONE WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED! Plenty of bruised legs, shins, elbows, egos, and stretched seat belts in this one! 

After a lengthy cleanup, the cars able to continue were lined back up! The field was drastically reduced. The lineup was as follows for the restart:

1.    Turner

2.    Dekraft

3.    Ricketts

4.    Williamson

5.    Shelp

6.    Bond

7.    Tatum

8.     Dalton

Tatum and Dalton who were both nursing damage and mechanical issues but both labored on! And pretty handily too I might add. The restart saw Turner lead the way with Dekraft in hot pursuit. Dekraft would get by Turner for the lead and the modifieds of Dalton and Tatum were quickly catching the leaders after overtaking the cars of Garland Ricketts,Gene Williamson, and Dennis Bond! Be a shame to not mention here that the 37 Ford Coupe of Ricketts is a Flat head powered car! With a couple laps to go, the lead car of Dekraft would be given the black flag for a fuel leak. It would appear that fuel was sloshing out of the overflow in the trunk. Dekraft yielded to the flag and Turner would regain the lead! Tatum was leading the modified cars and started to experience a power steering leak producing some white smoke. Being cautious, as we needed no more bent equipment, Tatum slowed the pace allowing Dalton to pass. The race ended with the myth, the man, the legend - James Turner #0 capturing a well-deserved victory overall and the Sportsman trophy. James would dedicate his victory to his late wife who would have had a birthday on this date! He normally does donuts for breast cancer survivors and awareness but he had a little mercy on Pam Tatum’s motor on this night! Barry Dalton, #05 would collect the Modified trophy for the second continuous week. The Limited Sportsman win would go to the flathead of #80 Garland Ricketts. The final rundown would be:

1.    Turner #0      S

2.    Dalton#05     M

3.    Tatum #4       M

4.    Rickets #80    LS

5.    Bond #55        LS

6.    Williamson     M

7.    Shelp #81       M

8.    Dekraft #12    S

9.    Staton #0       M

10.                   Dye #9   M

11.                   Sauls #21 M

12.                   Mincy#11 S

13.                   Wall #21   S

14.                   Royal #1    M

15.                   Floars #55  S

16.                   Parker #17  M   

 

Now for some nuts and bolts!! Several members of the SGP were quick to the fence on the front stretch and in the pits checking on our drivers. As with every track we go to, initial checks are done by track staff and safety crews. Just a reminder - all pit crew members and wives are not to go on the track at any time during a caution! ENOUGH SAID! Many drivers were unaware they were being evaluated by our members as sometimes people are not very approachable immediately after an on- track incident. Many are sulking, stomping, cussing and wearing out their cell phones…. Yep cell phones! But rest assured, every single driver was checked up on as soon as possible after the cars were brought to the pits. This attention is afforded to every member and sometimes you are so focused on things that you will never realize this has happened. This takes place every single time we have an on-track incident even with blown motors! For our new members, you are just as important as the old members and as being new, you may not realize all the things going on around you; but after a season of racing you will be very aware of the wives of the SGP and Crew members checking up on our people. Our Club Officers and Board members are generally in race cars too, so they are just as busy as other members affected by incidents. Many of our drivers are by themselves or with one crew member and they usually get the most attention and those with large crews - well, they seem to need less attention from time to time but rest assured, the club as well as the track is very concerned about your well-being and potential needs.

As in every SGP Drivers meeting at the track, patience is encouraged as we do not win races in the first ten laps. We cannot express this enough. No one got the $10,000 purse from Saturday night as it was paid to the wrecker drivers for all their hard work and use of equipment. At least we have a few weeks to do some repairs, refocus, and head to the next event!

The next Club race will be at Carteret County on Sunday, May 28th. There will be a practice day on Saturday and a big party at the track on Saturday night. Great opportunity to help start the summer with a bang on Memorial day weekend!    

On a final note, I feel as the president of this club, it is time to reiterate a very important point to our members and potential members. This is not a reaction from this past weekend’s events but if the shoe fits you must wear it! You guys and girls hear me say this every week in our driver’s meetings. This is MY OPINION- This club is for having fun for the vintage enthusiast. It is not a developmental division, it is not an audition for a late model ride or a stepping stone to the Xfinity or Cup series. If you feel the urge to win races at all cost, this is not for you. The attitude it takes to be a successful member of any Vintage Racing club is very different than that of the Saturday night weekly racer.

Now, let’s refocus and get ready to go racing in the summer of 2017!               

                         

SGP T SHIRTS ARE HERE $20

See CINDY or MACK at the track

The Southern Ground Pounder 18 month calendars are here.$5 each, see any member or for $8 prepaid we will mail you one!

Contact Mack Tatum For More information! 804-338-9065