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Chattanooga, TN (9/30/08) -- Three events are on the slate for David Payne and the Gibson Motorsports as the Lucas Oil Dirt series invades for the annual SHOOT-OUT Weekend at the Swims' Dixie and Rome Speedway's Friday and Saturday nights. The weekend will actually get rolling on Thursday as Ray Cook presents the TARHEEL 50 at Steve Morris' Tri-County RaceTrack in Brasstown, NC. The event is in The COACH's backyard and pays $3,500. to-WIN. The team plans on competing with the Hicks chassis racecar, that they tested with a few weeks ago at the track, during a regular Super Late Model event. Payne and the team rolled into Cleveland Speedway for a regular SLM race, late this past Saturday evening after a rainout postponed the Advance Auto Parts THUNDER series event on day at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN.
Payne started the 30 lap, $1,200. to-WIN feature, 17th and without hot laps, qualifying or heats worked his way thru the field to a solid 6th place finish. Returning to THE GAP the next day, The COACH failed to make the 'A' Main feature through qualifying and tried racing his way into the show. Despite missing the transfer spot, The COACH entered the special SUNOCO SHOOT-OUT where unfortunately the # 8 'Payne 
Tire & Racing, Base Racing Fuel & Oil'' sponsored MasterSbilt / Racetek, Pontiac Gran Prix blew a motor and would finish 10th in the twelve (12) car field. 'We're working on getting out Racetek engine back so we can go to Rome and Dixie' stated Payne. Friday's Rome (GA) International Speedway pays $10,000. to-WIN, while Dixie's Saturday night SHOOT-OUT pays $15,000. to-WIN.



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Chattanooga, TN (9/18/08) --  Already twice this season THE COACH David Payne has put his Gibson Motorsports team in victory lane at the Cleveland (TN) Speedway. Saturday night a quick change of plans had the # 8 'Payne Tire & Racing, Base Racing Fuel & Oil' sponsored MasterSbilt / Racetek, Pontiac Gran Prix back at the 1/3 mile clay banked facility for Super Late Model action. During the 'A' Main Feature Payne, along with former O'Reilly Southern All-Star champion Jamie Perry and neighbor (figuratively) Ray Cook chased Dale McDowell who led all 30 laps of the race. 'We've taken that motor and sent it back to get it checked out' stated Payne via telephone, Thursday. 'If we get it b ack in time, plans are to race Cleveland again.' 
Payne and the team had intentions on running the Top Tracks Challenge series; Crate Late Model show Saturday at Dixie Speedway. When the race was postponed, the team re-loaded and headed to Cleveland. The COACH finished last Saturday at Cleveland, 4th overall. This Saturday night's TRIPLE-THREAT format of three (3) features, will all Payne's fans to see him compete (hopefully) three times. If Payne, or any other driver wins all three 'A' Main features a $1,000. bonus will be paid out by CAR-SMART Auto Sales of Cleveland




Chattanooga, TN (9/9/08) -- In an effort to R&D one of the Gibson Motorsports chassis, THE COACH David Payne and the team took to the Tri-County race track at their home in Murphy, NC, Saturday night. During the 'A' Main Feature the # 8 'Payne Tire & Racing, Base Racing Fuel & Oil' sponsored Hicks / Racetek, Pontiac Gran Prix, was running second to THE X-MAN Shawn Chastain, when the something let loose at the flagstand collecting the lead duo. The smackdown was the second of the night and despite that Payne salvaged a 4th place run at the conclusion of the race.

Fellow MURPHY MAFIA henchmen George Mashburn was the winner/survivor Saturday. Tri-County promoter Steve Morris and racer Ray Cook have announced that the 5th Annual 'TARHEEL 50' will be contested Thursday night, October 2nd, 2008, the night before the Lucas Oil Shootout Weekend at Rome (GA) and Dixie Speedway's. 'I am hoping to get some seat-time before the SHOOT-OUT,' stated Payne from his shop. 'hopefully we'll get to compete in both this Saturday's Crate and Super Late Model show at Dixie.' Payne stated that is the plan for this weekend, Saturday night, September 13th, at the Swims Place.


News as of 09/04/2008



by: Steve Hixson

Chattanooga, TN (9/4/08) -- Invading the Volunteer state, for the Labor Day weekend, David Payne and the Gibson Motorsports team were Thundering thru Tennessee for a pair of Advance THUNDER series races. Saturday night the series raced for a $3,000. to-WIN purse at Kevin Coffey's Mountain Raceway Park and Fairgrounds, before heading to Gary Hall's Tazewell (TN) Speedway for a Sunday night affair, that paid $5,000. to-WIN. The COACH corralled a pair of top 10 finishes, during both nights of competition in the # 8 'Payne Tire & Racing, Base Racing Fuel & Oil' sponsored MasterSbilt / Racetek, Pontiac Gran Prix, even David's dad Ronnie got into the action both nights piloting and identical # 8x to finishes in the 'A' Main features.

Sunday, Payne put the MURPHY MAFIA machine, into the field, qualifying just outside the Sunoco Quick Six and finished second to Knoxville's Billy Ogle Jr. in the six (6) lap dash race. THE COACH raced to a 7th place finish in the 'A' Main Feature, finishing one (1) position ahead of the previous nights result in Maryville. Currently Payne is inside the Top 10 in AAPT series 2008 points, as Brad Byrd's group readies for it's final two events coming up in late September and mid-October. At press-time the Gibson Motorsports team is possibly looking at taking the weekend off, working on preparing new skin (sheet-metal bodies) for the racecars or possibly heading to Cleveland (TN) Speedway's regular 30 lap $1,200. to-WIN race Saturday night, a place THE COACH has won twice already this season. For more information on the raceteam visit their web-site at www.gibsonmotorsports.com.


News as of 08/25/2008


Chattanooga, TN (8/24/08) --  David Payne and the Gibson Motorsports team were at Woodstock, GA's Dixie Speedway Saturday night for the Bill Ingram Memorial, O'Reilly Southern All-Star series race. The MURPHY MAFIA racer based out of (Murphy) North Carolina, qualified just outside of the locked-in Top 10 of Sunoco Race Fuels Qualifying, putting the # 8 "Payne Racing Tire, Base Racing Fuel & Oil" sponsored MasterSbilt / Racetek, Pontiac Gran Prix in the 3rd of three "B" Main Consi. Taking the win in the consi., THE COACH earned the 13th starting position in the "A" Main Feature.
On the start Payne got collected up in a multi-car crash in turn one of the opening laps. During the race Payne wheeled the racecar up to about 7th. "The car worked real good on the bottom, but when we had to restart on the outside line, in the Deleware Double-File Restarts, she wouldn't turn" stated Payne after the race. The heavy front end damage force Payne to end his run prematurely, leaving the SWIMS PLACE with an official 20th place result. Currently Payne is inside the Top 20 in O'SAS 2008 points, not far behind Saturday night's winner Skip Arp.
Looking ahead to Labor Day Weekend, the Gibson Motorsports team is going to ready for a pair of Advance Auto Parts THUNDER series races Saturday and Sunday in Tennessee. Earlier this season Payne raced for the lead with Ivedent Lloyd at the Mountain Raceway Park & Fairgrounds in O'SAS competition, so look for a strong performance from the team on Saturday. Gary Hall's Tazewell (TN) Speedway hosts the AAPT series Sunday night, with a $5,000. to-WIN race. For more information on THE COACH or the raceteam visit their web-site at www.gibsonmotorsports.com




News as of 07/14/2008


The Gibson Motorsports / David Payne Racing team decided to race at Cleveland Speedway on Saturday, July 12th. The track was fast all night with a well prepared surface by Monty Morrow and staff. There were 23 Super Late Models in attendance and David was the fastest qualifier. In David's heat race, he lead from flag to flag which guaranteed the starting position on the pole in the feature. David jumped out to the early lead in the feature followed by Jamie Perry, Derek Ellis and Randy Burrows. After two early race cautions, David picked up a push in the car and relinquished the lead on the 8th lap of racing. He eventually faded to fourth place by the middle of the race. After two additional cautions, David was able to race his way back up to 2nd place behind winner Billy Mayo. The team will be racing with the Southern Nationals Series over the next couple of weeks in addition to the Southern Allstars races at North Georgia and Cleveland Speedway's.

News as of 07/09/2008

Again, mother nature prevailed on the fourth of July weekend. The team traveled to Tazewell for the Lucas Oil Series race and after running hot laps, the rain started. David and his family left for vacation on July 5th and we did not run at Bulls Gap or the make up at Tazewell on July 6th. Our plans are to run next with the Southern Nationals Tour. 

Past News

David Payne and the Gibson Motorsports team raced at Boyd's Speedway in Chattanooga on Friday, June 27th with the Advanced Auto Parts Tennessee Thunder Series. David qualified 13th fastest and raced his way into the feature by winning the first B-Main over Ronnie Johnson who was driving the Warrior house car.

 David started 13th in the feature and was running tenth when the lid to the power steering tank came off. This resulted in the loss of power steering in addition to David being coated in power steering fluid. He pulled in on the 14th lap and was officially listed as finishing 23rd.

The team went to race at Cleveland on Saturday, June 28th, however the race was called due to rain. On Sunday, June 29th, the team traveled to Rome, Georgia to run both Super Late Model and Crate Late Model. Within five minutes of pulling into the track, the races were called due to rain.


  Andy Gibson