(South Boston,VA) Brendan Gaughan ( ...
(South Boston,VA) Brendan Gaughan (#62 Las Vegas, NV) took his third Bud Pole in a row to start the John Boy & Billy Craftsman Truck 250 at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway, but it was Dennis Setzer who continued his short track dominance claiming his third win of the season.
Gaughan worked out front in the early going before caution waved on lap 22, as Paul Menard (#33 Eau Claire, WI) looped his Andy Petree owned machine. Gaughan continued to set the pace until Jon Wood (#50 Stuart, VA) took over the lead from Gaughan on lap 40. Caution flew again on lap 47 when Jerry Hill (#5 Port Tobacco, MD) smoked up turn four.
Dennis Setzer (#46 Newton, NC) overtook Gaughan on lap 55, as the leaders became embroiled in a lap truck tussle. Three wide in every end of the track, Wood worked tightly through traffic before David Starr (#75 Houston, TX) took a spin in turn two on lap 77. Ted Musgrave (#1 Franklin, WI) led teammate Andy Houston (#2 Hickory, NC) to start pit stops, as 17 trucks were running on the lead lap.
Setzer immediately went to work on Wood, but was unable to make a move before tracking down another batch of lap traffic. As Setzer cleared lap traffic on lap 105, he also cleared Wood to take the lead. Caution waved again on lap 109 opening the pit window for the leaders. Andy Houston stayed on track to pick up the lead, while Setzer led the charge from pitroad to restart fourth. Houston stayed out front for the halfway lead, as Setzer began to close in traffic. Setzer captured second from Starr, who also did not pit, on lap 148 and set his sights on Houston.
Setzer bounced through traffic to close within inches of Houston by lap 157. Setzer nudged his way to the lead on lap 158, while Wood charged forward towards second. Wood settled for third behind Houston on lap 170, as point leader Gaughan faded back to eighth. Late model champ Nick Woodward (#84 Preston, MD) surrender his lead lap position on lap 166, as Setzer eclipsed all but 14 trucks by lap 170.
Wood took over second and closed on Setzer, who had built a 2.2 second lead. By lap 195, Wood had closed to within .7 seconds before Travis Kvapil (#16 Janesville, WI) muscled his way into the runner-up slot on lap 198. Kvapil looked to gain valuable championship points on Gaughan, who slipped back to ninth.
Setzer continued to lead with 25 to go, as Kvapil ran a second behind. Bobby Hamilton (#4 Nashville, TN) charged into the Top 10 with 230 laps in the books, as Robert Pressley (#59 Asheville, NC) went a lap down to the leader in his Harris Trucking Dodge. With only 10 trucks on the lead lap, Setzer felt pressure from Kvapil on lap 235. Kvapil kept the heat on with 10 to go, inching closer to Setzer's bumper.
Setzer sliced through traffic with Kvapil in tow, as Starr made contact with Gaughan in turn four. Gaughan looped his machine in the same spot as a year ago, sending smoke pouring off the tires. With only four laps remaining, pitroad opened to set the stage for a green, white, checkered finish.
In overtime, Kvapil lined up in Setzer's mirror for a lap 251 restart. Wood and Musgrave also lurked for the lead, as Setzer pulled away on the start. Musgrave locked horns with Wood, as Setzer scampered for the win. Starr and Houston spun after the checkered flag waved. Kvapil finished second, closing in on Gaughan's series point lead with only a 20 point separation going to Texas next week.
Racing takes center stage as a powerhouse of racing gets the green on October 18th. On tap for the evening will be ARCA/ReMax series, the USAC Indy Midgets and Sheetz Limited Sportsman. Also appearing will be the Scale Racing League and Quarter Midgets. Tickets are available by calling the speedway at 1-877-440-1540 or logging on to www.tickets.com.