(South Boston,VA) Winston Cup veteran, Ken Schrader ( ...
(South Boston,VA) Winston Cup veteran, Ken Schrader (#99) started where he left off from his last ARCA Re/Max visit to "America's Hometown Track". Claiming the Old Milwaukee Pole for the Bank of America ARCA 200 presented by Fox 21/27, Schrader was the only driver to top 90 mph. Hermie Sadler (#02) started in third with the Bailey's Chevrolet and immediately went to work when the green flag waved. Schrader scooted to the lead, but Sadler tracked Schrader's trail through three cautions in the first 50 laps. Lap 60 saw another caution, but Sadler took advantage for a charge on the restart.
Schrader went low, Sadler went high, but was unable to power around Schrader. Rookie, Alex Whitman (#56) wormed his way into the Top 5 in only his second ARCA start. Lap 84 saw Series Champ, Frank Kimmel (#46) slide sideways in four with two other machines bringing out another caution. Pit stops cycled through on lap 86 with Hermie Sadler beating Schrader off pitroad. Jason Jarrett (#67) remained on track to pick up the lead and keep valuable track position. Brent Sherman (#44) lost the handle on the restart, resetting the field on lap 97. Several cars got crossed up on lap 99, bringing out yet another caution at midway. Lap 119 saw caution for debris as Jarrett had company near the front in the form of Hermie Sadler and Ken Schrader lying in wait in second and third.
Sadler claimed the lead on lap 125, but caution flew for debris on the frontstretch only two laps later. Schrader lined up behind Sadler, as Jarrett resisted pitroad again in third. Schrader worked under Sadler in turn four for the lead on lap 134, to reclaim his frontrunning position. Lap 138 slowed the charge again for a lap car, backstretch spin. Schrader pulled Sadler on the restart and built a healthy lead by lap 150. Sadler began to close in traffic by lap 155, but caution waved on lap160 for Billy Venturini's spin in turn three, resetting the field and Sadler's charge. After a lengthy clean up, only 25 laps remained with Schrader in control. Lap cars again entangled a lead lap ride on lap 181, this time Terry Jones (#30) snared Whitman, who was running a strong seventh on the lead lap.
With 10 laps remaining the field was again under caution, after several cars dodged and darted for position. Sadler shuffled back to fourth, as Kimmel moved to second followed by Jarrett. Schrader restarted with only 8 laps remaining and a win hanging in the balance. A late lap caution in front of the leaders caused a green, white, checkered restart after the posted distance clicked on the board. Schrader felt the pressure of a charging Frank Kimmel and Hermie Sadler sailed under Jarrett to advance in the final lap, but Schrader held on for the win, followed by Kimmel, Sadler, and Jarrett.
Jay Drake raced into the top slot via heat races to begin the 50 lap main event for the USAC Indy Midgets. After only 15 laps the event was red flagged due to a hard collision between Tracy Hines (#11) and Jessica Iannuzzi #52. Billy Wease (#112) took the lead and fought off the challenges of Bobby East (#19) for much of the event. Championship point leader, J.J. Yeley (#9) struggled in third, as Wease and East put on a show upfront. Caution waved again on lap 34, when East looped his machine setting the stage for a late lap shootout. A.J. Fike (#69) worked his way into second and worked inside and outside for the lead against Wease. The two made contact several times before Fike and Wease took smoke breaks in turns three and four in the lap 44 caution. Aaron Fike (#32) took advantage of the incident and claimed the lead over Yeley. On the restart several cars impacted the turn one wall for another halt to the action. Aaron Fike bolted to the lead as Jay Drake raced back into contention in third, while Yeley fought to keep second. Fike took the victory, followed by Yeley and Drake.
Newcomer, Andrew Perry (#33) took the Pepsi Pole for the Sheetz Limited 150 with a lap of 16.224 (sec). A full 28 car field rolled into one, as Chad Mason (#18) wasted little time claiming the lead on lap two. Jonathan Cash (#07) worked from sixth to third in the first 5 laps, while 2003 Rookie of the Year, Bruce Anderson slipped to sixth. Lap traffic became a factor early, as Mason set the pace by lap 10. With traffic in the way, Cash looked under Mason in four as several cars made contact bringing out the first caution. 10 cars sustained damage in the lap 12 incident.
Former Track Champions, Billy Myers (#05) and Bill Moshenek (#27) sustained damage that eliminated competition. Mason blasted out in front of Cash on the restart, while Anderson made a move for fourth under Adam Barker (#10). Cash used lap traffic to claim the lead on lap 35, Mason checked up, but remained in second. Cash sliced through traffic with ease for the first 50 laps, as the Top 5 stayed closely matched.
Cash began to distance himself by lap 60, stretching his lead to a half straightaway by lap 65. Debris on the track slowed Cash's getaway giving challengers a chance to steal the lead. Mason kept Cash in sight on the restart, but was unable to get close by halfway. At lap 100, Cash led Mason, Perry, Troy Jones (#02), and Anderson. Chuck Lawson (#42), who spun in qualifying and was involved in the lap 12 incident, charged for a spot in the Top 5 behind Anderson. Jones slipped to sixth, as Cash felt Mason's presence on lap 110.
Mason charged under Cash for the lead on lap 115, swapping the lead at each end of the speedway. Mason cleared Cash on lap 118, with only seven cars remaining on the lead lap. Lawson made his move around Anderson for fourth on lap 125, then set his sights on Perry for third. Mason gave himself some room at the top, by lapping all but five cars by lap 135. Mason checked out to a five-car advantage, while lapping the fifth place machine of Anderson with 10 to go. Mason cruised over the final laps to post the richest Limited Sportsman victory over Cash, Perry, Lawson, and Anderson.
David Miller of Warrenton, VA took the win in the Scale Racing League Pro Mod Trucks Division. Kevin Moore of Winchester, VA took the Scale Racing League Mini Cup event.
Racing gets back to green with the Bailey's 300 Hometown Challenge, late model invitational, November 14-15. Open practice is scheduled for November 8. For tickets and more information, call the speedway at 1-877-440-1540 or log on to www.southbostonspeedway.com