Rountree Wins Thriller at ECMS

ROBERSONVILLE (7/15/07)—He tangled with another car, dropped to the back of the pack then batted a stuck throttle, but Ken Rountree still passed everyone including leader Brian Whitehurst to take his third limited late model win of the season Saturday at East Carolina Motor Speedway.

Rountree briefly took the lead earlier in the race before a caution flag
put him back to second place for the restart. On lap 10, he and Phillip
Gibson of Bear Grass touched and brought out another caution. While those
two cars were sent to the back of the pack, Whitehurst moved to the front
when leader Louis White ran wide exiting turn four on lap 15.

Whitehurst, of Robersonville, built a solid lead in his VanWaganen Racing
Dodge while Rountree picked off cars in his Chevrolet. The Gates driver
caught Whitehurst, raced him side-by-side, then pulled ahead by lap 47 of

"He took the bottom away from me," said Rountree, who added by the time he
caught Whitehurst he was having to lift his accelerator with his toe. "I
had to work to get by him."

Whitehurst agreed he changed his line to hold the point as long as he
could. "My car was better up high, but I knew (moving low) was the only
way I could hold him off," Whitehurst said. "He's just a little bit better
than we are right now, but we're getting better."

The runner-up finish was Whitehurst's best of the season.

Finishing third was Gibson of Bear Grass, driving a Ford.

In other races Saturday, Carmen Wilson of Belvoir passed Tarboro’s
Courtney Hardin on the second lap and led the rest of the way to win her
sixth race of the season in the 20-lap pure stock 4-cylinder contest. Eric
Keck of Scotland Neck passed Clayton Farmer of Ahoskie on the 17th and
what turned out to be final lap to win the DOE Motorsports UCAR race.
Scheduled for 20 laps, the race was called after numerous wrecks. Coy
Whitehurst of Greenville won his second 25-lap super stock 4-cylinder
contest, passing Bryan Bonner of Washington on lap 10. Windsor's Mark
Leggett took the lead early and raced away to claim the 30-lap modified
street race. Paul Avery of Kinston held off a late charge by Bethel's
Benjie Oakley to win the 25-lap stock look-alike contest.

Saturday was also Pitt County Merchants Night at the track.

ECMS will be back in action Saturday, July 21. That night, six divisions,
headlined by the limited late model stock drivers, will be in action. A
women's "powder puff" race is scheduled for July 28.

Pits open at 3 p.m., practice begins at 4 p.m., qualifying begins at 6
p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m. Grandstands open at 5 p.m. Pit
admission is $20. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children
7 to 12 and free for children 6 and under.

For more information, call (252) 795-3968 or visit

Here are complete results from Saturday’s racing:

Limited late model stock, 60 laps
1. Ken Rountree, Gates, Chevrolet
2. Brian Whitehurst, Robersonville, Dodge
3. Phillip Gibson, Bear Grass, Ford
4. Shelton McNair Jr., Plymouth, Chevrolet
5. Dustin Turnage, Bayboro, Chevrolet
6. Scott Lawrence, Elizabeth City, Chevrolet
7. Louis White, Plymouth, Ford
8. Taylor Howard, Hugo, Ford
9. Lee Farmer, Ahoskie, Ford
10. Burney Marchant, Roanoke Rapids, Chevrolet
11. Wesley Johnson, Tarboro, Chevrolet
12. Ryan Harrell, Rocky Mount, Chevrolet
13. Rusty Daniels, Alliance, Chevrolet
Fast qualifier: Rountree, 15.734 seconds, 85.801 mph

Stock look-alike, 25 laps
1. Paul Avery, Kinston, Chevrolet
2. Benjie Oakley, Bethel, Chevrolet
3. Mike Manning, Greenville, Chevrolet
4. Eric Murphy, Williamston, Chevrolet
5. Joey Davidson, Greenville, Chevrolet
6. Bill Price, Windsor, Chevrolet
Fast qualifier: Murphy, 16.657 seconds, 81.047 mph

Modified street, 30 laps
1. Mark Leggett, Windsor, Chevrolet
2. Patrick Hoggard, Windsor, Oldsmobile
3. Casey Gibson, Bear Grass, Ford
4. Joseph Gurganus, Bear Grass, Buick
5. Stevie Speller, Williamston, Chevrolet
6. Chuck Copeland, Williamston, Oldsmobile
Fast qualifier: Leggett, 16.930 seconds, 79.740 mph

Super stock 4-cylinder, 25 laps
1. Coy Whitehurst, Greenville, Ford
2. Bryan Bonner, Washington, Ford
3. Brian VanWinkle, Elizabeth City, Ford
4. Chuck Godley, Washington, Ford
5. Jason Hardin, Tarboro, Toyota
6. Andy Ipock, Bethel, Ford
7. Travis Provost, Swansboro, Toyota
8. Brandon Clements, Hubert, Toyota
Fast qualifier: Whitehurst, 17.367 seconds, 77.734 mph

DOE Motorsports UCAR, 17 laps
1. Eric Keck, Scotland Neck, Ford
2. Clayton Farmer, Ahoskie, Pontiac
3. David Foreman, Snow Hill, Chevrolet
4. Teresa West, Bethel, Chevrolet
5. Houston Pittman, Greenville, Pontiac
6. Albert Lamont, Greenville, Ford
7. Jimmy Braswell, Hobgood, Chevrolet
8. C.E. Wilson, Belvoir, Plymouth
9. Duffy Cutterback, Greenville, Chevrolet
10. Kevin Manning, Greenville, Chevrolet
11. Ann Brooks, Nashville, Chevrolet
12. Chris Russell, Washington, Chevrolet
13. Stephen Wadford, Greenville, Ford
14. Dennis West, Bethel, Pontiac
15. Ricky Harris, Greenville, Chevrolet
16. Mark Herron, Parmele, Dodge
17. Ronnie Devera, Tarboro, Chevrolet
18. Tommy Edmondson, Greenville, Chevrolet
Fast qualifier: Wadford, 19.425 seconds, 69.402 mph

Pure stock 4-cylinder, 20 laps
1. Carmen Wilson, Belvoir, Nissan
2. Joshua VanWinkle, Morehead City, Ford
3. Tyler Lamont, Greenville, Nissan
4. Courtney Hardin, Tarboro, Nissan
5. C.E. Wilson, Belvoir, Plymouth
6. Brad Jones, Williamston, Chevrolet