COEBURN-Brian Blevins is not having the luck that he once had and Saturday night proved it during the Limited Sportsman race of the Kinzer Drilling 260. After leading for 39 of the scheduled 50 laps, Blevins and Kirby Gobble spun entering turns 1...
COEBURN-Brian Blevins is not having the luck that he once had and Saturday night proved it during the Limited Sportsman race of the Kinzer Drilling 260. After leading for 39 of the scheduled 50 laps, Blevins and Kirby Gobble spun entering turns 1 and 2. Roger Neece was able to take advantage of the situation and jumped into the lead, where he later went on to grab the win.
Other feature winners in the Lonesome Pine International Raceway NASCAR Weekly Dodge Series support divisions were Kirby Gobble in Grand Stocks, Hershell Robinette in Modified 4s, Scotty McMurray in Pure 4s, David Ragan in Thunder Roadsters, and an unknown driver in the Legends.
It looked as though Paul Shull, or his grandson, Brian Blevins would win the Limited Sportsman race. The two both qualified on the front row, Shull winning the pole. Shull quickly jumped out into the lead when the green flag flew and led the first five laps while running side-by-side with Blevins. As they exited turn 2 on lap 5 Shull fell off the pace and was forced to bring his car behind the wall. His problem was a result of the rear-end of the car failing.
After avoiding the many cautions Roger Neece was able to take home his first win of the season. Finishing second through fifth were Adam Dean, Larry McKnight, Jr., Steve Wright, and Chris Tunnell.
The Grand Stock division raced for 35-laps. Tony Dockery won the pole and led the first six laps, but hard charging Kirby Gobble grabbed the lead on lap seven and remained there for the rest of the night. Gobble drove the car of Jason Dockery who was unable to race this past weekend due to appendicitis.
Finishing up the top five of the caution free race were, Tony Dockery, Roger Neece, Alton Satterfield, and Chris Tunnell.
Hershell Robinette took home the trophy for the Modified 4 division.
Robinette qualified third, but he was able to take advantage of Kirby Gobble falling off the pace. He was also able to jump to the lead when Ralph Wilson and Freddie Taylor, Jr. were forced to start in the back. Wilson and Taylor were racing hard for second position. The two brought out the only caution flag of the race when they tangled on lap 16. Robinette was running third at the time, which enabled him to take over the lead.
Finishing second through fifth were Derrick Hawkins, Troy O'Quinn, Jr., Ralph Wilson, and Freddie Taylor, Jr.
The Pure Stock 4s were aggressively ready to race, proving this with a caution on the first lap. Surviving the many cautions, one in which it involved the cars of Danny Duncan, Randy Davis, and Jake Broadwater spinning on the front stretch, Scotty McMurray was able to go away with the win. Second through fifth spots went to Larry McKnight, Stephen Newsom, Dewayne Mullins, and Darrell Hayes.
The Thunder Roadsters made their debut at LPIR this weekend. They race at tracks that are 3/8, ½, and 5/8 mile tracks. They race at tracks such as Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC and will be visiting Bristol Motor Speedway in July. The Roadsters raced for 20 quick and clean laps resulting in a win for David Ragan.
Finishing behind Ragan were Cotton Spry, Tommy Wrape, Robert Jarvis, and Kyle Beattle.
The Legends class was back at the track, with the legendary Wood Brothers in attendance. Leonard Wood, who makes up half of Wood Brothers Racing in NASCAR's Winston Cup Series, was at LPIR to watch his son Keven Wood race in the Legends division. It looked as though Wood was going to win the race when he took over the lead on lap 3, but after several cautions, the unknown driver of the 12 car challenged Wood for the lead on lap 14 and was able to jump out into the top spot on lap 15. The unknown driver went on to win the race with Wood finishing second.
Third through fifth positions went to C.D. Candler, Ron Humble, and Steve Blackburn.