South Boston race notes 2003-04-12

Roach wins South Boston Sheetz Limited Sportsman headliner. Waltrip takes Coors Light All Star race. South Boston, Va. (April 12, 2003)-- NASCAR Winston Cup star Michael Waltrip visited Victory Lane to kick off the Coors Light NASCAR All ...

Roach wins South Boston Sheetz Limited Sportsman headliner.
Waltrip takes Coors Light All Star race.

South Boston, Va. (April 12, 2003)-- NASCAR Winston Cup star Michael Waltrip visited Victory Lane to kick off the Coors Light NASCAR All Star presented by WYYD at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway April 12. Waltrip battled Jamie McMurray and Kenny Wallace for the win, while Coors Light driver, Sterling Marlin experienced mechanical problems and watched the finish from the pits. Waltrip and company entertained the mass of fans before the event with an autograph and fan appreciation session. "It's great to race at this track," said Waltrip. "Especially over in turn four, that was fun. Thanks to all the fans for coming out and giving us this opportunity."

Adam Barker #10 captured the Pepsi Pole Award, garnering his top starting spot in the Sheetz Limited Sportsman 120. Jonathan Cash #07 rolled for the lead on lap one from his outside pole start, as Wayne Roach challenged for second. Barker began to fade, dropping out of the top 10 in the first 10 laps. Billy Myers #05 moved into third, while Eddie Capps #14 and Jonathan Bailey #89 made up the top five. Myers dove under Roach on lap 11, making his attempt to track down Cash. Darryl Carver #5 brought out the first yellow period with a blown engine on lap 16. Cash took advantage of the restart and pulled a clear lead over Myers. Lapped traffic slowed the leader on lap 35 and allowed Myers and Roach to close within inches of Cash. As Cash worked for clear racetrack, he put distance between himself and Myers. Jeffrey Elmore #30 looped his machine in turn two allowing Myers to catch Cash again.

Myers began to charge with the restart, and Cash felt the heat on lap 55. Eddie Capps #14 retired from the fifth spot with a mechanical problem on lap 57. Bill Moshenek #27, who entered the night atop the point standings, also had on track problems that forced him to pit at halfway. Cash led a three-car breakaway, as the field stretched out in the middle laps. Elmore continued to have more problems, as he apparently lost his driveshaft on lap 79. As drivers bunched on the restart, Roach worked on Myers for second. Cash scooted away with the lead, as Roach shadowed the leader. Polesitter Adam Barker made contact with the frontstretch wall with 20 laps to go. Wayne Roach pursued Cash as the green waved.

Driving feverishly inside and out to get a shot at the lead, Cash slipped out of turn two and Roach swiftly took the advantage. Myers followed Roach to second, but Cash attempted to regain the runner-up spot. With less than five to go, Roach built a sizeable lead, as Cash claimed second over Myers. Cash began to close on the lead with two laps remaining. Roach held a one car-length lead as the white flag waved. Cash nudged Roach entering turn three, but Roach held his line and won the race. Myers finished third. In claiming the win, Roach also notched the top position in series points.

Johnny Gregory #53 lined up on the point for the East Coast Flathead Association 20-lap event, but caution soon waved on lap two for a stopped car on the track. Caution waved again for a two-car incident on lap eight. Gregory continued to lead for the entire race, easily rolling to victory over Bobby Williams #72 and Johnny Johnson #85 in the four-barrel division. Kenneth Tuttle #16 took the two-barrel victory.

Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway will again deliver hot racing excitement April 19 with Domino's Pizza Night for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series. The Late Models will compete for 150 laps, with the Sheetz Limited Sportsman charging in twin 50s. The Pure Stocks go for 30 laps in a night that will feature double points for all divisions. Adults 16 and over pay $10; youth are $5, and children nine and under are free. Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m., with racing starting at 7:30 p.m.

In 2003, Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway celebrates 46 years of racing excitement and affordable family entertainment. To learn more about Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway or to order tickets, call the Speedway toll-free at 1-877-440-1540, or log on to www.southbostonspeedway.com. Tickets are also available via www.tickets.com.

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Series NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Kenny Wallace , Sterling Marlin , Jamie McMurray , Jonathan Bailey
Teams Williams