South Boston race results 2003-08-17

(South Boston, VA) With Championships being built on a weekly race basis, Phillip Morris squared his quest by laying hold of the RACERAP.com pole for the Coor's Light Late Models on Family Homes of America Night presented by 2nd Annual Little...

(South Boston, VA) With Championships being built on a weekly race basis, Phillip Morris squared his quest by laying hold of the RACERAP.com pole for the Coor's Light Late Models on Family Homes of America Night presented by 2nd Annual Little Trees Road to Charlotte for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series at "America's Hometown Track". With a 23 car, all-star field, Morris went to work on his championship bid in the 150-lap feature. Dean Ward (#2 Winston-Salem, VA) claimed the early lead. Racing stopped after Ryan Rhodes #83 slapped into the turn four wall. Ricky Taylor (#77) spun after the green waved, bottling up the front stretch. No other cars sustained damage and the race went back to green with Ward in the lead. Ray Young (#71) made contact with Jonathan Logan (#47) on the front stretch bringing out the caution on lap 58. Ward led at halfway, with Nick Woodward (#21) taking over second from Morris. Lap traffic gathered up Nick Woodward and Brandon Butler (#29) in a spin on lap 91. Jimmy Mullins (#75) elected to pit, surrendering track position and shaking things up for the frontrunners. Morris attempted to reel in Ward, while Woody Howard (#30) followed closely by lap 110. Butler worked back into the Top 10 by lap 120; however, the leaders were far from reach. Ward pulled the field for the final 25 laps to claim the win, followed by Phillip Morris (#01), James Ramsey (#12), Woody Howard (#30), Wayne Ramsey (#51), Jason Dickerson (#19), Brandon Butler (#29), Eddie Johnson (#92), Mike Buffkin (#84), and Scott Worley (#88).

Jonathan Cash (#07 Oxford, NC) pulled the Pepsi Pole Award in Sheetz Limited Sportsman qualifying and padded his series point lead with a win over Chad Mason (#18). Cash bypassed the spinning ride of Bruce Anderson (#9 South Boston, VA) on lap 33 for the event's first caution. Pulling to a good lead on the restart, Cash distanced himself from Mason until a caution on lap 47. Mason charged on the restart with three laps to go, but Cash held the win in his grasp, followed by Chad Mason (#18), Tommy Peregoy (#2), Billy Myers (#05), and Bill Moshenek (#27).

After being rained out their last trip to South Boston, The Wilborn Brother's Automotive Rolling Thunder Modifieds rumbled to life for 50 laps. Alan Marshall (#17) took the early lead, but Jason Palmore (#37) went for the lead on lap 10 bringing out the first caution. Palmore made contact with Mark Slye (#57) as he slipped on the backstretch. Slye lost a tire, Palmore lost his chance at the lead, while Owen Miller (#11) made his move into the Top 5. Thomas Stinson (#4) took the lead on lap 21, as Palmore fought his way back to 6th through the 24 car field. On lap 28, Stinson slipped in turn 3, causing Eddie Johnson (#05) to go airborne over the nose of Stinson's ride, bringing out another caution. Alan Marshall took over the lead after the caution, but fell prey to his own slip on lap 37. Buddy Emory (#44) tagged Marshall and was black flagged, giving Johnson the lead with 10 laps remaining. Johnson held off a charging Palmore for the victory. Jeff Haggaman (#03) finished third, followed by Alan Marshall.

Tommy Wooldridge (#20) pulled out to an early lead over Billy Goble (#14) in the first Pure Stock 30 lap event. Goble worked in Wooldridge's tracks before making a late charge for the lead. As lap traffic factored in, Goble closed to within inches, as Wooldridge slid sideways out of turn two. Goble made contact, spinning Wooldridge and took the lead in the race and the track points. Goble claimed the prize, followed by Donald Glass (#18), Scott Phillips (#1), Scott Slagle (#66), and Lee Anderson (#01).

Wooldridge's woes continued in the second 30-lap event. While charging through the field, after starting last, Wooldridge made contact with a slower car sending him into the turn three wall. Swaying and swerving on the restart, brought the caution back out and the field was reset. Goble charged from the front, as Glass looped his ride and Scott Slagle moved into second. After several cautions for mishaps, Scott Slagle and Scott Phillips tangled for position, then slammed against the inside retaining wall sending both cars airborne. Slagle's ride lay on its side, while Phillips rested along the wall. Both drivers walked away after the incredible incident without injury. After a red flag for clean-up, Goble went on to victory over Lee Anderson , Tommy Wooldridge, Donald Glass, and Jason Parker .

FRIDAY NIGHT SPECIAL:

Friday, August 22nd, will see NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series action for the Coor's Light Late Models and the Sheetz Limited Sportsman. The Coor's Light Late Models will be running twin 110 lap events with a special Big Daddy "Double-Whammy" victory bonus of $5,000 if a driver can sweep both events. The Sheetz Limited Sportsman will also see action with a 100-lap contest. This will be a test of their endurance, as they will be running twice the laps from their usual 50-lap contest.

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 Nick Woodward , Tommy Wooldridge , Ricky Taylor