Lonesome Pine race notes 2003-06-17

Kidd led all 100 laps while posting his second victory of the season at the .375-mile NASCAR Weekly Racing Series oval. Finishing second through fifth behind Kidd were Matt Wolfe, Chad Harris, Steve Blackburn and Eric McClure. "We learned from...

Kidd led all 100 laps while posting his second victory of the season at the .375-mile NASCAR Weekly Racing Series oval.

Finishing second through fifth behind Kidd were Matt Wolfe, Chad Harris, Steve Blackburn and Eric McClure.

"We learned from our mistakes a couple of weeks ago, and I think tonight proved it," said Kidd while celebrating in victory lane.

Kidd started from the pole and quickly jumped to the lead. He began setting a blistering pace until Jeff Berry triggered the race's first caution flag by spinning as he exited the second turn of the eighth lap.

Kidd protected his lead after the restart as lady luck seemed to smile on the leader for most of the night while turning a cold shoulder toward Stacy Vicars after the driver from St. Paul had qualified second quickest. Vicars ran second until lap 13 when his car started to fall off the pace, eventually forcing him to pit.

Kidd was pulling away from Wolfe, when the cars of Ronnie McCarty and Doug Mate got together coming off the fourth turn and provided the second caution of the night. When the race restarted on lap 28, Kidd quickly jumped to the lead he protected for the remainder of the race.

After finishing first before being disqualified from his last race at LPIR for using non-approved engine components, Harris came back determined to win.

It looked as though Harris was going to be a top contender for the win after he qualified fourth and moved to third position by lap 14, but Kidd's car was too strong to catch as Wolfe and Harris chased the leader for the remaining laps.

"We just had too much gear for the race," said Harris. "Not enough to qualify, but too much for the race."

On lap 28 Blackburn began making his way into the top five and quickly began applying pressure on fourth-running Kres VanDyke.

Steve Treadway's spin down the backstretch triggered the final caution flag of the night on lap 91. Following the restart, Blackburn and McClure were able to get by VanDyke on lap 95 before finishing fourth and fifth.

McClure had the longest day of any of the racers at LPIR by pulling double duty. He made the first ARCA race start of his career earlier in the afternoon at Michigan International Speedway and flew back to Southwest Virginia for the Late Model Stock feature at LPIR that night.

"Here, I think, might have been the best run I've ever had," said McClure after coming from back in the pack for a top-five finish. "The car was pretty good - a little bit loose - but we had a real good run."

McClure qualified fifth for his first superspeedway start and finished eighth in the ARCA race. He ran in the top five until his car lost its power steering late in the race won by Winston Cup rookie Casey Mears.

"We had a really good qualifying effort. I think we surprised a lot of people," McClure said of the ARCA race. "In the race, we raced fourth and fifth for most of the race, but I think on lap 51 our power steering mount broke and had to run the remainder of the race without power steering and that wore me out"

Racing will resume Saturday at LPIR when the UARA-Stars Tour visits Lonesome Pine International Raceway for the Advance Auto Parts/Hobart 150. Racing begins each Saturday at 7 p.m.

Blevins won the first of twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman features, but engine woes in the second race dropped him out of the race and knocked him from the track points lead as Paul Shull moved into the track points lead with the victory.

Other winners on LPIR's support division racing card were Rob Austin in Grand Stock, Scotty McMurray in Pure 4, Ralph Wilson in Modified 4, Greg Turner in Legend and Tim Gibson in Enduro classes.

Under NASCAR's ShorTrack program, the points leaders of the top support division at each of the sanctioning body's weekly-operated facilities such as LPIR compete for regional and national honors.

Blevins held the track, regional and national points lead heading into Saturday night and did nothing to hurt place in the standings by winning the opening 25-lap race, but he was knocked from regional and national contention for the time being when Shull, the former leader's grandfather and car owner, moved past him to take the lead in the track standings. Blevins jumped into the lead in the opening Limited Sportsman race and set a quick pace. He began lapping cars on lap 13. Shannon Giles brought out the only caution of the first race, but Blevins survived the restart to lead all 25 laps.

Finishing second through fifth were Shull, Brad Housewright, Roger Neece and Joey Owens.

The second Limited Sportsman race was not as clean as the first as five caution flags slowed the pace with the first appearing on the opening lap. The first yellow flag came after Blevins checked up coming off the fourth turn in order to keep from spinning Shull. This caused a chain reaction leading to spins by Josh Shortt and R.J. Stanley.

Another caution flag for Jack Wagner's spin in the fourth turn of the sixth lap provided Shull with the opportunity he needed to claim the lead after the restart. Shull's progress was slowed by another caution on lap 12 when Will McKnight and Giles tangled on the frontstretch.

Shull restarted with hopes of no more cautions, but there was another on lap 18 when Giles spun again on the backstretch.

Two laps later, Blevins was off the pace and into the pits as a result of motor problems.

Shull weathered another caution and restart to take the checkered flag. Finishing second through fifth were Housewright, Neece, Travis Watson, and Chris Tunnell.

Austin led all 35 laps to win the Grand Stock feature. His pace was slowed by three caution flags.

Finishing second through fifth were Alan Woodruff, Roger Neece, Tony Dockery and Alton Satterfield.

The Modified 4 feature provided much excitement with a caution-filled 30 laps of action before Wilson drove beneath the checkered flag for the win.

Kirby Gobble grabbed the pole, but he did not hold the top stop for long. Wilson jumped into the lead on the first lap and remained there by surviving the cautions throughout the race.

Roger Holtsclaw III spun once exiting turn two, and got together with Brown exiting turn two on different occasions. Jody Bostic's car was smoking after blowing an engine on the frontstretch, forcing him to make a quick exit from his car. The two remaining cautions were caused by debris on the track.

Rounding out the top five in the second through fifth spots were Hershell Robinette, Freddie Taylor Jr., Don Emmert and David Brown. Gobble eventually finished 14th after engine woes forced him to the pits.

The Pure Stock 4 division was slated for 25 laps, but rain ended the race after only 14 laps. McMurray took control of the lead from the pole paced all 14 laps.

The Pure Stock 4 race featured a running battle between James Mills and Jake Broadwater. The two swapped paint as Broadwater made the pass under Mills.

Mills made contact with Broadwater as they exited the fourth turn, sending Broadwater's car into the wall. This brought out a caution period and eventually the red flag for the rain.

Bobby Gobble's car was stalled in the second turn during the caution. He stood second at the time and was credited with the spot because the race could not be restarted. Rounding out third through fifth were Broadwater, Coby Rasnick and Larry McKnight.

Turner took the Legends race by finishing ahead of Adam Sarber and Ron Humble.

Gibson won the Enduro race featuring 50 laps of racing in the rain. Curtis Gailey grabbed the pole but lost the lead to Gibson on the first lap. Finishing second through fifth were Nolan Morris, Steve Addison, Gailey and Jeff Conn.


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Series NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Rob Austin , Casey Mears , David Brown , Tim Gibson , Eric McClure , Steve Blackburn