Peters scores 1st Late Model win of year, takes over top spot in points chase at SoBo SOUTH BOSTON, VA. -- Timothy Peters accomplished two things Saturday night at South Boston Speedway. The Providence, N.C. driver picked up his first ...
Peters scores 1st Late Model win of year, takes over top spot in points chase at SoBo
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. -- Timothy Peters accomplished two things Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.
The Providence, N.C. driver picked up his first NASCAR Dodge Pepsi Late Model Stock Car Division victory of the season and he inherited the track points lead in the process.
Peters started third in the 22-car field, took the lead on lap 76 and then motored to the win in the featured attraction of Danville Community College Student Night presented by Craftsman. The race was scheduled for 150 laps, but was extended to 153 laps in order to have a green-flag finish.
Peters, who had amassed 18 victories in the past two seasons, while winning track crowns at neighboring Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, N.C., had finished as the runner-up three times this season at South Boston Speedway.
Aided by a late-race caution in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series event, Jimmy Mullins of Collinsville, Va. secured second place and was followed by Eddie Johnson of Ashland, Va. in the third spot.
Scott Worley of Long Island, Va. was fourth in the field when the checkered flag fell, while Ronald Hill of Rougemont, N.C. rounded out the top five competitors.
The remainder of the top 10 drivers included Jason Dickerson of Ruckersville, Va. in sixth, Bugs Hairfield of Chesterfield, Va. in seventh, Justin Johnson of Roxboro, N.C. in the eighth slot, Wayne Ramsey of Amherst, Va. in ninth and Peyton Sellers of Danville, Va. in 10th. Sellers was the final driver on the lead lap.
Sellers was running second on lap 146 when Denny Hamlin of Midlothian, Va. made contact from behind as the two cars headed into turn one. Sellers went spinning and collected fourth-place running Woody Howard of Chesapeake, Va. in the process.
Howard had to pit with heavy front end damage after the incident and Hamlin suffered a one-lap penalty for rough driving.
Hamlin, a three-time winner this season, owned the pole position for the start of the race, but slipped to second place on the opening circuit.
Peters, who started third, showed early on that he was strong when he moved by Hamlin for second place on the ninth lap and managed to go side-by-side with Sellers on the 29th circuit and the 50th lap before finally making the low side work on lap 76.
Hamlin entered the night with a four-point lead over Peters, who surged to the front of the points race with the victory. Hamlin posted a 12th-finish for the night.
This time, Bailey took the checkered flag first in Barkhouser Limited Sportsman action
One week ago, Jonathan Bailey was credited with a victory, however, it wasn't the way he wanted it.
Bailey posted the May 1, win after a disqualification was placed on the first-place finisher.
Saturday night, Bailey, who resides in Keysville, Va., sped to the checkered flag first to secure his second straight win in and pad his lead in the Barkhouser Limited Sportsman Division points standings in the process.
Bailey grabbed the pole position for the start of the 50-lap race, but saw Kenny Bowes of Danville, Va. slide by into the lead in the early stages.
Bailey then mounted a comeback and surged by Bowes and into the top spot on the 24th circuit. From there, he held on the rest of the way.
Bowes wound up second in the 22-car field, while Justin Snow of Danville, Va. placed third. New Jersey driver Bobby Geiger tallied a fourth-place run, while Wally Latta of Durham, N.C., a one-time winner this season, rounded out the top five competitors.
Positions six through 10 in the final rundown were claimed by Bill Moshenek of Providence, N.C., Eddie DeClue of Butner, N.C., Brian Cole of Roxboro, N.C., Andrew Perry of Hillsborough, N.C. and Charles Barnes of Chase City, Va.
The race was slowed by four caution periods, two that required the red flag to be displayed for track clean-up.
Nick Igdalsky scores initial Applebee's Pure Stock Division victory in 30-lap shootout
South Boston, Va. driver Nick Igdalsky motored past pole winner Brad Matthews of Stovall, N.C. on the opening circuit of the 30-lap race for the Applebee's Pure Stock Division and was never headed after that.
Igdalsky had to hold off challenges on two restarts following cautions, but was able to keep race runner-up Matthews at bay.
Donald Glass of Halifax, Va. placed third in the 21-car field. Billy Goble of Ringgold, Va. was fourth and division points leader Tommy Wooldridge of Forest, Va. rounded out the top five competitors.
Hampton grabs lead late, wins 50-lap Allison Legacy Series event
Mike Hampton of Fort Mill, S.C. secured the lead with six laps remaining and held on the rest of the way to win the 50-lap shootout for the touring Allison Legacy Series event.
Hampton, who claimed his second victory of the season, was running third on lap 44 when the lead two cars of Mark Howard of Randleman, N.C. and pole winner Trevor Bayne of Knoxville, Tenn. got together in turn four.
Howard, who started outside on the front row and took the lead on the first circuit, led every lap before Bayne made contact from behind and sent Howard spinning. Bayne was also moved to the rear of the lead lap cars after the incident.
Derek Lee of Clinton, N.C. finished second in the 18-car field and was followed by Scott Lail of Lexington, N.C. in the third spot.
Zane Hedrick of Thomasville, N.C. placed fourth and Adam Taylor of Lillington, N.C. rounded out the top five competitors.
Howard, a three-time winner this year, entered the event with a 22-point cushion over Hampton.
Conway leads flag-to-flag in Ford Focus Midget Series race
Kevin Conway of Lynchburg, Va. started outside on the front row, grabbed the lead on the first circuit and held on the remainder of the night to claim a victory in the 30-lap event for the touring Ford Focus Midget Series.
Conway qualified fifth in the 11-car field, but got to start on the front row when the top six qualifiers were inverted.
Danny Bopp of Concord, N.C. started from the pole position and wound up in the second-place spot.
Fellow Concord driver Chase Scott, the points leader for the series, finished third and was followed in the top five by fast qualifier Mike Ward of Charlotte, N.C. in the fourth position and Travis Jones of Mooresville, N.C. in fifth place.
Next racing action at South Boston Speedway slated for Saturday, May 29
South Boston Speedway will take a two-week break before returning to action on Saturday, May 29, for the running of its next NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series event.
The May 29, event is being billed as Armed Forces Night at South Boston Speedway. The first race will begin at 7 p.m.
The featured attraction of the night will be a 150-lap race for the NASCAR Dodge Pepsi Late Model Stock Car Division.
Other events planned include a 50-lap Barkhouser Limited Sportsman Division race and a 50-lap sprint for the touring Rolling Thunder Modified Series, along with 30-lap shootouts for the Applebee's Pure Stock Division and the Grand Stock Division.
Adult admission for the race will be $8 up to 6:30 p.m. and $10 after that. Youth, ages 10-15, will be admitted for $5 and children under the age of 10 will be admitted free with a paid adult.
For more information, visit the speedway's website at www.southbostonspeedway.com of phone the track at (434) 572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540.