Butler Takes Twin Victories At ODS With the points scrambled after last week's penalties, the B/G Products NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Model Stock Cars track title chase was tightened up, with five drivers separated by just 24 points. On...
Butler Takes Twin Victories At ODS
With the points scrambled after last week's penalties, the B/G Products NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Model Stock Cars track title chase was tightened up, with five drivers separated by just 24 points. On the schedule, twin 75-lap features for the Late Models, which could scramble the chase up even more. When the night was finished, Franklin Butler from Richmond Va. stood tall in victory lane in both ends of the twin events, marking his first and second win ever at the famed 3/8 mile oval. In the first event, Butler took over the top spot from Manassas Dodge "Dash For The Cash" Winner John Gunter, and held off second-generation driver Richard Boswell Jr. for the win. Boswell, who took over the points lead after the DQ of Jack Bailey from last week's event, was happy with second, but still would really like to have that first points race victory. "The car is getting better and better each week. I have to thank the crew, they have really worked hard all year," he said in the interview. In the second event, the top six were inverted, putting James Penny on the pole with Mike Southard on the outside of row one. Southard darted out in front on the start, and led the first several laps before being passed by both Butler and Boswell Jr. late in the going. Butler held on once again as Boswell made a late race charge at the end, but again fell a couple of car lengths short at the end. With the wins, Butler picks up 4 points on Boswell, and now trails the youngster by just 10 points.
Chris Donnelly kept his stranglehold on the Redman Fleet Service Grand Stock division, taking home win number seven on the season, easily taking the checkers in the 50-lap event. Earlier in the event, he and early leader Greg Compton ran side-by-side for several laps before Donnelly took over the lead for good. Donnelly then stretched his lead as Compton had his hands full with Max Smith. Smith would eventually fall to fourth as Les Miranda made a late race pass and took third when the checkers flew.
Mike Carte took home win number four in 2005, narrowly beating Scott Roux for the win in the 30-lap Mini Modified event. Carte took the lead from the outset and had a commanding lead, but Roux was able to track him down towards the end, coming up short by less than a car length at the end. Duncan Molesworth took the lead with less than two laps remaining over Ryan Ellis to take home the win in the 30-lap INEX Legends event. Ellis led 28 of the 30 laps, but Molesworth made the daring pass, and took home his first win in 2005 at ODS. Ellis held on for second, while Kyle Hendershott, Nick Carlson, and Max Smith rounded out the top 5.
In the first of the "Victory Lane Graphix Mini Series" for the UCAR division, it was Scotty "Too Hotty" Gore taking his first ever feature win in the 15-lap event. Gore started on the outside of row one, took the top spot from the outset, and never looked back, leading all 15 laps. Finishing second was John Butler, followed by Steve Perks, Michele Cuddy, and Tim Murray. The "Mini Series", which is only open to inexperienced UCAR drivers who have never competed in any other division, returns to ODS on July 23rd. Next Saturday night, the Late Models will compete in a 100-lap event, with the Grand Stocks scheduled for a 50-lap feature. Also on the schedule is a 30-lap Mini Modified feature, a 15-lap Convenience Car Care points race, along with the BDE Racing Series Mini Cups and Pro Trucks. Practice begins at 2PM, Lindsey Chevrolet Quick Qualifying begins at 4PM, with racing action set to take the green at 6:30PM with the BDE Racing Series.
-Old Dominion Speedway