NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge Southampton Motor Speedway Race Summary - OktoberFAST 250 presented by Bailey's Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002 CAPRON, Va. (Oct. 13) - Jamey Caudill of Four Oaks, N.C., led the final 46 laps to win Sunday's...
NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge
Southampton Motor Speedway
Race Summary - OktoberFAST 250 presented by Bailey's
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002
CAPRON, Va. (Oct. 13) - Jamey Caudill of Four Oaks, N.C., led the final 46 laps to win Sunday's OktoberFAST 250 NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race, the featured event of the Third Annual OktoberFAST 450 Weekend presented by Bailey's at Southampton Motor Speedway.
Timothy Peters of Providence, N.C., started on the pole, at 95.087 mph, and grabbed the lead on the opening circuit. Brandon Butler of Petersburg, Va., who shared the front row with Peters, settled into second place and held the spot until 142 when Caudill edged ahead.
Once in the runner-up spot, Caudill, NASCAR's 2002 Southeastern Coastal Region champ, quickly closed in on Peters. He launched a bid for the lead on lap 152, diving under Peters on the backstretch. A lapped car forced him to fall back in line, though.
The event was halted at lap 200 for a 15-minute break during which crews could change two tires, add fuel and make other adjustments for the closing segment.
As the cars returned to the track, Peters held the top spot, followed by Caudill, Denny Hamlin of Chesterfield, Va., Butler and Frank Deiny Jr. of Mechanicsville, Va. In all, 26 of the 36 starters were running with 16 drivers still on the lead lap.
Back under green, Caudill tailed Peters until lap 208 when he drove to the leader's inside in Turn 4, completing the pass on the next circuit. At the same time, Butler snatched third from Hamlin, bringing Deiny along with him.
Deiny took the third spot from Butler on lap 213. Two laps later, he bypassed Peters' weakening machine to move into second. Butler followed Deiny past Peters, who finally headed toward the pits on lap 217.
With his pursuers swapping positions behind him, Caudill bolted to a five-car-length advantage. That margin vanished, however, as the yellow flag waved for a two-car incident on lap 220.
The green flag reappeared on lap 225, only five laps away from a planned caution at lap 230. During the short sprint, Caudill maintained a narrow edge over Deiny. Meanwhile, Mark McFarland of Winchester, Va., slipped by Hamlin for fourth place.
On lap 230, the yellow flag was displayed and the lead-lap cars were placed at the head of the field. Under the rules for the event, the race would end at the completion of 20 more green-flag laps. Caudill, Deiny, Butler, McFarland and Hamlin made up the top five.
Back under green, Caudill motored to a four-length lead. Deeper in the field, McFarland went after Butler for third, nosing ahead on lap 233. He cleared Butler on lap 235 and immediately drove under Deiny in a bid for second, pulling ahead of Deiny's machine on lap 236. Following McFarland's lead, Butler also scooted by Deiny to take third.
The last of the race's 17 caution flags waved on lap 238. The caution period lasted four laps and the race distance was extended to 254 circuits to accommodate the event rules.
On the final restart, Caudill eased away from McFarland and drove on to the win. His margin of victory was 0.595-second - about three car-lengths. For his winning efforts, Caudill collected $15,000 from posted awards of over $65,000.
McFarland was the runner-up, followed by Butler, Deiny and Hamlin. Doug Godsey of Richmond, Va., Phil Warren of Norfolk, Va., 2002 SMS champ Woody Howard of Chesapeake, Va., Mike Darne of Warrenton, Va., and 2001 OktoberFAST 250 winner Nick Woodward of High Point, N.C., completed the top 10.
Greg Edwards of Poquoson, Va., Franklin Butler of Richmond and Mike Buffkin of Yorktown, Va., were 11th, 12th and 13th, respectively, the final drivers to complete the entire distance.
After leading the first 208 circuits, Peters was 25th in the final rundown.
Winners of 35-lap qualifying heat races on Saturday were Godsey, Terry Allison of South Mills, N.C., Edwards and Howard. Korey Ruble of Dothan, Ala., made the field for the 250 by winning Sunday's 30-lap "Last Chance" qualifier.