Gill continues winning ways at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway. South Boston, VA - Bobby Gill, driver of the ...
Gill continues winning ways at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway.
South Boston, VA - Bobby Gill, driver of the #5 Triple Diamond Aviation Charlotte Auto Wholesale Ford Taurus collected his twelfth win in the 2002 season in convincing style Saturday night at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway, located in South Boston, VA. The Lucas Oil 250 presented by Little Trees provided fans plenty of exciting action, as 35 drivers in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series, took the green flag, and battled three wide on the 4/10s mile track.
Rain forced the cancellation of the Buffalo Nickel Buffalo Burgers pole qualifying. Gill and Jason Sarvis, driver of the #22 Naturally Fresh Foods Black's Tire Service Chevrolet led the field to the green flag, which Sarvis jumped out to lead the first 42 laps of the race. The first of 12 cautions came out on lap nine when Jay Fogleman's #4 Lucas Oil Ford made hard contact with the inside retaining wall. Gill claimed the lead on lap 43 and led until 113. Sarvis battled back to lead lap 114, then Gill claimed the top spot back until 168 when he brought the #5 Ford to the pit crew's attention.
"My car was loose during the first half of the race but we were able to hang in there until we made our pit stop," said Gill. "We came in and made the adjustment and felt pretty good about the rest of the night, until the track tightened up. Jason Sarvis was on our tail all night, but I believe he over-tightened his car."
Local favorite Stacy Puryear, driver #11 BLC Building Center American Legion Squad 8 Chevrolet, claimed the lead on lap 169 and led for the next 20 laps. Gill then claimed the first position on lap 189 and never looked back until the checkered flag flew. Saris finished second, Puryear collected third, while Chad Mullis and Hal Goodson completed the top-five.
Along with the win, Gill also collected the Buffalo Nickel Buffalo Burgers Pole Award, Lucas Oil Halfway Leader Award, and the Southern Pride Leader Award, by leading 187 out of 250 laps. Greg Marlowe and Stacy Puryear collected the W.J. Plemons Investments Hard Charger Award. Clay Rogers finished in the sixth position, while Michael Ritch, who debuted a Dodge, finished seventh. Mart Nesbitt finished eighth, Marlowe collected the Miller Lite Rookie of the Race Award with his ninth place finish. Andrew Medlin, completed the top 10 in the running order.
The next race for the USAR Hooters ProCup Series Southern Division will be at USA International Speedway on Saturday night, August 31, for the running of the Miller Lite 250 presented by Discount Auto Parts