South Boston race report 2003-05-04

Corprew, Arnett and Boers survive May 4 Crash Bash I at South Boston SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (May 4, 2003)-- Race weekend in Virginia ended May 4 with the Crash Bash I at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway. Like their counterparts at the Richmond ...

Corprew, Arnett and Boers survive May 4 Crash Bash I at South Boston

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (May 4, 2003)-- Race weekend in Virginia ended May 4 with the Crash Bash I at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway. Like their counterparts at the Richmond International Raceway this weekend, the events at South Boston were filled with thrills and spills.

Living up to its name, the Virginia Mini Cup race truly looked like a miniature NASCAR Winston Cup race, as some cars were replicas of those that competed in the May 3 Pontiac Excitement 400. Wayne Corprew captured the pole, but quickly found retaining the lead was not an easy task. Jerry Perdue, in a replica of Jerry Nadeau's U.S. Army car, went door-to-door with Coprew for several laps, with both drivers swapping the lead. Wil Smith joined the battle, and the top trio drove away from the rest of the field. Smith went three-wide with Perdue and a lapped vehicle just before the halfway mark and overtook the second position. The race was slowed with three laps remaining because John Smith tagged the inside wall on the backstretch. As Corprew sailed away on the restart, Perdue regained possession of second, which is how they finished the race. Wil Smith took third place, with Willie Wines Sr., and Brian Conklin rounding out the top five.

There is an adage in racing that it's not where you start, it's where you finish. Richard Hayden and Dr. Sheryl Carls started the Enduro on the front row, but certainly did not finish that way. One by one, cars dropped from the field and the lead lap, until the event looked more like a game of survival than a race. Gary Ledbetter proved he had a strong car early and held the lead for the majority of the race. He remained uncontested until the last few laps of the race, when Wayne McHone posted a serious challenge. Despite a tough side-by-side battle, Ledbetter prevailed over McHone. However, the cars of Ledbetter, McHone and several other competitors were disqualified in post-race inspection, giving the victory to Jeff Arnett.

The No. 222 of Rick Boers outlasted the competitors in the demolition derby field, as Boers became the first South Boston demolition derby winner in nearly two decades.

The NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series returns to action May 10 at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway with Puckett Dodge Night presented by Arctic Cat. The NASCAR Late Models will compete in twin 110s, the Sheetz Limited Sportsman cars will race for 50 laps, and the Pure Stocks will have 30 laps. Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m., and the green flag waves at 7 p.m. The Racing for Kids Challenge returns for children age four to seven at 6 p.m. Adults pay $10, youth 10 to 15 pay $5, and children nine and under are free.

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 Jerry Nadeau , Richard Hay