MS (April 3) -- The 12th annual "James King Memorial" race
was contested this past weekend at Mississippi's Columbus Speedway with
Dale McDowell coming from the fourth starting position to capture the
$12,000 win on Hoosier tires. McDowell, who hails from Chickamauga, GA, now becomes the
11th different winner of the event with Freddy Smith being the only two-time
winner of the annual race. Smith also competed in the memorial race
Saturday on Hoosier tires.
Despite being outnumbered in the pits, Team Hoosier
still managed to claim the top two spots in qualifying with Billy
Moyer and Ray Cook. Moyer's time was a scant 14.42 seconds around the
3/10-mile track. The top spot was also worth and extra $500 to Moyer
for circling the Columbus track fastest among the 42 entrants.
All told, Hoosier shod drivers claimed three out of
the top four and five of the top eight qualifying positions. Dale
McDowell qualified fourth, while Randle Chupp and Wendell Wallace were
seventh and eighth, respectively, on Hoosiers. Each of the top
Hoosier-shod qualifiers rode on Hoosier's *D55* tire on all four
When the 65-lap race was over, Dale McDowell had
emerged the winner using three Hoosier *D55* tires and one standard D55 tire. McDowell
took the lead from fellow Hoosier-shod driver Billy Moyer on the 29th
circuit and went on to lead the remainder of the event to claim the
$12,000 top prize.
Other top ten finishers using four Hoosiers were
Billy Moyer in fourth, Scott Bloomquist in fifth and Wendell Wallace
in eighth. Congratulations to all the competitors--particularly those
who trusted the Hoosier brand to carrying them to the finish line.
To learn more about the event, visit http://www.midsouthracing.com/columbusindex.htm. To
learn more about Hoosier's potent arsenal of late model dirt tires
e-mail Hoosier Dirt Late Model Product Manager Shanon Rush at email@example.com.