With gas prices still soaring throughout the East Tennessee region and no sign of them coming down within the near future along with high school and college football cranking up Tazewell Speedway track owner John Thompson made the extremely hard decision to cancel the final event on Tazewell Speedway's 2005 schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 6th.
With the 2005 racing season in the books as one of the most successful years in the track's 40 year history, Tazewell Speedway officials would like to thank each and every single driver and fan that attended who "The Taz" in 2005.
Bryan Hendrix of Knoxville finished out 2005 with three feature wins and 10 top five finishes earning 589 points therefore being crowned the 2005 Tazewell Speedway Super Late Model Track Champion.
Brett Miller of Asheville, N.C. ended his 2005 season with two feature wins and 10 top five finishes earning 561 points nailing down the runner-up position. The former Limited Late Model division standout Brian Smith of Barbourville, Ky., moved up to the Super Late Model division this year and proved that he will definitely be a contender for the track championship within the coming years as Smith ended 2005 with five top three finishes and 12 top-10 finishes wrapping up third position earning 514 points. Lake City's Jason Trammell held down the fourth position with 482 points as Michael Rutherford rounded out the top five with 457 points.
Knoxville's Keith Chapman earned his 2005 Limited Late Model Track Championship with style as Chapman was a definite contender for the Limited Late Model feature wins every time he came through the gate; he ended his 2005 season with one feature win, eight top three finishes and 12 top five finishes, earning 761 points. Randle Self of Russellville had a very impressive 2005 season as Self added two feature wins to his resume along with 11 top-10 finishes earning 699 points. Freddie Brock of Bledsoe, Ky., nailed down the third position with one top five finish and nine top-10 finishes gathering up 668 points. A new face at "The Taz" also proved to be a familiar one, Steve Carr only had 11 feature starts to his name at Tazewell Speedway, but within those 11 starts Carr recorded three feature wins and 11 top five finishes earning 585 points, finishing fourth in the 2005 Limited Late Model point standings. Tazewell's James England wrapped up 2005 with 12 feature starts, four-top five finishes and 10 top-10â finishes earning 566 points.
Sneedville's Tony Horton got what he had been working on for quiet sometime as Horton is officially the 2005 Tazewell Speedway Modified Street Champion. Horton had 16 feature starts to his name in 2005, with one feature win, three top three finishes and 16 top-10 finishes earning 782 points. Johnny Lane of Dandridge, a new face in the Modified Street division in 2005 proved to be a contender for the win week after week with four top three finishes, seven top five finishes and 12 top 10 finishes; Lane earned 749 points to hold down the second place position in the 2005 final Modified Street point standings. A rookie in the Modified Street division, Jason Sizemore of Sneedville recorded three top five finishes and nine top 10 finishes earning 702 points finishing fourth. With only 13 feature starts, Tony Trent recorded five feature victories and eight top 10 finishes earning 693 points.
With six feature victories to his name, Mike Bright of Knoxville, did nothing but dominate the Pure Street division. Only finishing out of the top five three times this year, Bright earned himself 852 points easily wrapping up the Pure Street Championship. Dwight Creech of Harlan, Ky., had a very impressive year, with five top three finishes and 12 top 10 finishes. Creech earned 752 points nailing down the runner up position. Johnny Lay of Maynardville captured two victories this year, five top three finishes and 13 top 10 finishes collecting 732 points to nail down third. Gary Harville wrapped up fourth place with 727 points. Neil Lee had a very impressive showing for his first year racing in the Pure Street division. Lee recorded two top three finishes, five top five finishes and eight top 10 finishes earning himself 679 points along with the Pure Street "Rookie of The Year" title.
Knoxville's Bo Johnson was a "force to be reckoned with" in the 2005 Four-Cylinder division. Johnson earned six feature wins and 10 top three finishes earning 753 points to be crowned the 2005 Four-Cylinder Champion. In his rookie year, Jimmy Kerr, also of Knoxville, recorded six feature victories and 10 top five finishes in his 13 starts earning 753 Points to nail down second. Justin Duncan of Tazewell had 13 feature starts to his name for 2005, within those 13 starts, Duncan had two top three finishes, and 11 top five finishes earning 654 points to finish third. Allen Holloway finished fourth with 415 points as Mikey Sells, Jr. rounded out the top five with 398 points.
With only five feature starts to his name as a rookie, Anthony Burchett of Harrogate posted one top five finish and four top 10 finishes. On June 11, Anthony was critically injured at Tazewell Speedway and had to be air-lifted via the University of Tennessee Medical Center Life Star and was listed in critical condition for several days. With a broken neck, a broken arm and several other injuries Burchett was not expected to make a full recovery. On Sunday night, Sept. 5th, Anthony was at Tazewell Speedway for the first time since his injury and is now expected to make a complete full recovery and is already mentioning wanting to race again. That is a dedicated racer and a true sportsman. Anthony was awarded the 2005 Tazewell Speedway "Sportsman of The Year."
Tazewell Speedway would like to congratulate all track champions.
Stay tuned to www.TazewellSpeedway.net as plans for an awards ceremony along with other awards and contingencies will be announced within the coming days as they are finalized.