Lonesome Pine Friday practice report

Deiny fastest in open practice. COEBURN, VA - Frank Deiny, Jr. from Mechanicsville, VA, rode into Lonesome Pine Raceway on a hot streak. In September, he was crowned as the NASCAR track champion at South Boston Speedway. Last weekend, he was...

Deiny fastest in open practice.

COEBURN, VA - Frank Deiny, Jr. from Mechanicsville, VA, rode into Lonesome Pine Raceway on a hot streak. In September, he was crowned as the NASCAR track champion at South Boston Speedway. Last weekend, he was the class of the field as he won the Taco Bell 300 for Late Model Stock Cars at Martinsville Speedway.

In Friday's open practice for Sunday's $10,000-to-win Bailey's Autumn Classic 300, Deiny clocked in with the quickest lap of the day. Although all times were unofficial, his16:43 was nearly a tenth of a second quicker than Eric Sartin, from Kermit, WV. Third through fifth quickest were Randy Ratliff of Abingdon, VA, Matt Wolfe of Johnson City, TN, and Eric McClure from Abingdon, VA.

"I was embarrassed when we raced here earlier this year," Deiny said. "We weren't competitive at all. We didn't even have the right gear. But, it seems like everything gets better after a big win like last weekend."

Most of the 29 teams practiced on used tires. The quicker drivers expected fresh tires to help them attack the existing track record of 16:258 seconds.

"We're not too bad on old tires," said Eric McClure, echoing the comments of most drivers. "We're just about where we were at the last race of the regular season. So, we're hoping new tires will make us quicker."

Other notable drivers included LMSC tour driver Danny O'Quinn from Coeburn was seventh quickest. Three-time track champion Tommy Spangler from Bristol, TN, was ninth fastest. And, two-time NASCAR Winston Racing Series regional champion Johnny Rumley from North Carolina was tenth quickest.

Official practice begins on Saturday at 12:30pm. Time trials are set for 6pm, followed by qualifying heat races. The top ten drivers in time trials are locked into the starting grid for Sunday's 200-lap feature. The top four drivers in each of the four 25-lap qualifying races fill starting positions 11-26.

On Sunday, a 25-lap Last Chance race will determine the final six starting positions in the 32-car field. The Last Chance race is scheduled for 12:30 pm. The $10,000 to-win 200-lap feature is set to take the green flag at 2pm.

The fastest car in qualifying will receive a $750 Pole Award presented by Mike Rose and Hobart Sales and Service. The leader of the race at lap 100 will receive a $1,000 Halfway Leader Award, also presented by Mike Rose and Hobart Sales and Service. Pepsi will be presenting a $250 Hard Charger Award and a $250 Hard Luck Award after the Bailey's 300.

For more information call 276-395-5001 or visit www.lonesomepineraceway.com.

-lpr-

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Eric McClure , Danny O'Quinn , Johnny R