Bailey Bounces Back For Win Number 6... Jack Bailey from Stafford Va. returned to his winning ways Saturday night, putting the Century 21 Team Ford back in victory lane in the Manassas Dodge 100 at the Old Dominion Speedway. The win was ...
Bailey Bounces Back For Win Number 6...
Jack Bailey from Stafford Va. returned to his winning ways Saturday night, putting the Century 21 Team Ford back in victory lane in the Manassas Dodge 100 at the Old Dominion Speedway. The win was particularly sweet after the technical issue the team endured in the past couple of weeks. But Bailey came back strong on the hot, sticky, humid night, and proved he still had the dominant car.
The evening started with Lindsey Chevrolet Quick Qualifying, and Nathan Buttke picked up his 5th pole in 2005, circling the 3/8 mile speedway in 15.774 seconds (85.584 mph). Last week's double feature winner Franklin Butler was second quickest with a 15.816 lap, followed by Dustin Storm (15.837) and Richard Boswell (15.904). Those drivers, along with Mike Southard and John Gunter would compete in the Manassas Dodge Dash For The Cash, a 10-lap sprint to determine the top six spots for the 100-lap event. John Gunter would lead all ten laps, taking the checkers in the Dash for the third time this season.
Gunter would lead the field to the green, with Boswell close behind. Storm and Southard battled side-by-side for several laps before sorting out to a single file freight train. Boswell took over the top spot and seemed to have things in control, but a caution field bunched up the field behind him. Bailey, who had started seventh, worked his way up and was second at this point. It did not take long for Bailey to take the lead away from the current point leader, and stretch his advantage on every lap. Bailey would take the checkers some five car lengths ahead of Boswell, who is still looking for that first points win at the famed 3/8 mile oval. Rounding out the top five were Butler, Bruce Stachitas, and 2004 Grand Stock champion Willard Lawrence.
Chris Donnelly took the checkers for the 8th time in 2005, winning the Redman Fleet Service Grand Stock 50-lap event. Donnelly, who had started from the 6th spot, took over the top spot from Amanda McDermott, the 17-year old young lady from Broad Run, Va., late in the going to secure the win. McDermott, who had started on the outside of row one and was running second, led her first laps in a Grand Stock after early leader Jimmy Hardin suffered a cut tire.
Michael Hardin, coming up from his fifth starting spot, took the second position from McDermott late in the going and finished solid second. McDermott held on for third, while polesitter Mark Miller and Scott Quesenberry rounded out the top five. Eddie Hugill took home his first-ever feature win in the 30-lap Mini Modified feature. Hugill led flag-to-flag, and dominated the event for the 4-cylinder machines. Scott Roux finished second, while point leader Mike Carte, Michael Troiano, and Keith Riley rounded out the top five.
The BDE Racing Series Mini Cups returned to the high banks, and 14-year old Robbie Kendall came from the last starting spot to claim his second win in 2005. Early leaders Ron Robbins and Mike Boer were involved in a furious battle for the top spot, running side-by-side for several laps. This allowed Kendall to cut through the pack and catch them. In a bold move, Kendall dove to the inside, making it three wide going down the backstraight. This move proved successful, and Kendall held on for the win. Boer held on for second, while Robbins, point leader Steven Cox, and Gene Jones rounded out the top five.
In other racing action, the Southern Vintage Modifieds made their first trip to the Old Dominion Speedway, and Randy Smith dominated the event. Leading all 30 laps. The Convenience Car Care UCAR's were also on the packed schedule, and Billy Ingle took home the checkers for his first win in 2005. Thus far this season, there have been five different winners in the division in six races. Finishing second was Timmy Tyrell, followed by Tony Henderson, Rich Marouse, and Eric George. Tony Henderson, who started from the 12th spot and finished third, picked up the MARF Hard Charger Award, courtesy of McGee Crane Rental and Convenience Car Care.
Next Saturday night, the Late models will compete in a 100-lap event, along with a 100-lap event for the Grand Stocks, 30 laps for the Mini Modifieds, 30 laps for the Legends, a special feature for the Modifieds, and the second event in the Victory Lane Graphix 'Mini Series' for the UCAR's. Practice begins at 2PM, qualifying starts at 4PM, with racing action set to take the green at 7PM.
-Old Dominion Speedway