Buttke Takes Unofficial Win At ODS------------ For those who were in attendance at the Old Dominion Speedway Saturday, they saw Nathan Buttke dominate the Craftsman 100-lap feature for the B/G Products NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Model...
Buttke Takes Unofficial Win At ODS------------
For those who were in attendance at the Old Dominion Speedway Saturday, they saw Nathan Buttke dominate the Craftsman 100-lap feature for the B/G Products NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Model Stock Cars. The Randleman NC driver powered his way to the win in the Manassas Dodge Dash For The Cash, then led flag to flag in the 100-lap main event. No one could touch him throughout the feature. Not even Lindsey Chevrolet pole winner Dustin Storm, who circled the track in 15.635 seconds. But after the checkered flag fell and the victory lane celebration was complete, all bets were called off. Third place finisher Jack Bailey issued a protest on the top two cars involving the distributors. So once again the official order of finish is on hold. Track officials are still waiting on the results from Mike Southard's MSD box taken two weeks ago. So the finishing order and points for two events are now on hold. Unofficially, rounding out the top five were Franklin Butler and John Gunter.
Michael Hardin took a page from his dad Jimmy, and used the bump-and --run tactic to claim his second win in 2005 in the Redman Fleet Service 50-lap feature. Point leader Chris Donnelly, who had started from the sixth spot, survived an early race caution and flat tire to come from the back and finish second. Rounding out the top five were early leader Robert Bruce, followed by Rusty Murphy and Les Miranda.
Bobby Able returned to the Old Dominion Speedway and claimed his second win in four tries, outdistancing point leader Mike Carte for the win in the 30-lap Mini Modified feature. Able and Carte finished ahead of Michael Troiano, Scott Roux, and Zack Quesenberry. With Carte's second place run, he now leads Roux in the point standings by just four points.
In one of the strangest races in recent memory, Mike Watson blocked his way to the win in the 25-lap Winning Edge Performance & Graphics Speedway Sportsman feature. This race started with eight cars, and in one turn eliminated five of them. Three cars were able to clear the incident and continued. Watson was the leader, followed by Vince Langan, and John Mozingo. But the strange events were not over yet. Mozingo dropped out with 8 laps to go, leaving only two of the original starters. Five laps from the finish, Langan tagged Watson, which brought out the caution when Watson spun in turn four. Watson was put back at the point and the green waved again. Langan tried high, tried low, and even attempted to drive through the Chevy of Watson, but was unable to make the clean pass. At the stripe, Watson won by less than a car length. Tempers flared a bit in victory lane, with heated words exchanged. But order was restored, and everyone went home.
The INEX Legends cars made a return to ODS, and Willie Randow led flag-to-flag for his first ever Legends car win at the famed speedway. Randow held off brothers Duncan and Patrick Molesworth for the win. Kyle Hendershott held on for fourth, while Max Smith rounded out the top five. Mike Moeweski picked up the MARF Hard Charger award courtesy of McGee Crane Rental and Convenience Car Care.
Timmy Tyrell took home his first win of the season in the Convenience Car Care UCAR division. Tyrell finished just ahead of early leader Clayton Blankenship for the in. Scotty "Too Hotty" Gore finished third, while Tony Henderson and Michele Cuddy rounded out the top five in the non-points event.
Next Saturday night, the Late Models compete in a 200-lap event, along with a 50-lap feature for the Grand Stocks. Also on the schedule is a 30-lap Mini Modified feature, a 15-lap points race for the UCARS, a 25-lap BDE Racing Series Mini Cup feature and a 15-lap BDE Racing Series Pro Truck feature. Practice begins at 2PM, qualifying starts at 4PM, with racing action set for 7PM.
-Old Dominion Speedway