Feature Article, Stock Cars, Washington — December 6, 2004 at 4:47 pm

Kevin Carver (issue 62)

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By Craig Murphy

Kevin Carver certainly found South Sound Speedway to his liking in 2004.

Carver won the Late Model Challenge Series race at the track near Tenino Aug. 14, and finished second in the LMCS visit to the track in May. Carver won the Street Stock Shootout Sept. 26, and finished fourth in the Miller 200 on July 24.

Winning the Street Stock Shootout came as the result of a common problem among leaders: flat tires. JJ Hamilton, the 2003 track champion in Street Stocks, took the lead early from defending race champion Bobby Micielli, and looked to have the car to beat.

That changed shortly before halfway when a yellow came out. Drivers were sent through the center of the track, and numerous top contenders picked up debris and cut tires.

Hamilton and 2004 track Street Stock champion Dan Woodward, who had moved up to a challenging third before the caution, lost laps while replacing tires.

Micielli took over the lead, and had a large advantage on the few cars still left on the lead lap. However, he had a leaking right front tire and saw the sizable lead erode.

With Micielli trying to nurse his limping car to the finish of the 100-lap race, he could do nothing to hold off Carver. Carver took the lead on lap 75 and led the rest of the way to take the $1,000 top prize.

Hamilton and Woodward both made up laps in the second half of the race, but ran out of time. Finishing behind Carver were Micielli, Woodward, Hamilton and Charles Meadors.

The 4 Cylinder Classic was also held Sept. 26. Brandon How led the 100-lap race from the start while Bob Coffey took second shortly before the halfway point.

Following the halfway break, Coffey began challenging How for the lead. A pass on lap 88 didn’t stick since a caution came out on the same lap. Coffey finally made the winning move on lap 95, bringing Dale Roberts with him. How, who acknowledged afterwards his tires went away, ended up third.

 

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