Buttke, Gunter Winners in Twin 50 Lap Late Model Features Controversy once again was the talk of the infield Saturday night, but when it came to the feature winners, there was indeed no question this week as to who the winners were in the B/G ...
Buttke, Gunter Winners in Twin 50 Lap Late Model Features
Controversy once again was the talk of the infield Saturday night, but when it came to the feature winners, there was indeed no question this week as to who the winners were in the B/G Products NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car twin 50-lap features come Sunday morning. Nathan Buttke from Randleman NC took over the lead when the leaders tangled on lap 39, taking home his 4th feature win in 2005. The second feature saw John Gunter take his first ever points paying feature win as he survived the pounding from the other competitors to take the checkers in the 50-lap event.
Lindsay Chevrolet Quick Qualifying was led by the Foster's Grille / Woodson Lawn Service Pontiac of Buttke, as he layed down a 15.782 lap around the 3/8 mile oval. Mike Colabucci was second quickest in his Southern Automotive.com Dodge with a 15.912 lap. Franklin Butler's Chevy was third quickest with a 15.938 lap, while 5-time track champ Danny Fair (15.979), point leader Richard Boswell Jr. (16.015), and Tom Hall (16.031) rounded out the top six. This set the field for the 10-lap Manassas Dodge "Dash For The Cash", which would set the starting line-up for the top six drivers heading into the first 50-lap main event. Boswell would take the checkers in the "Dash", which would put him on the pole for the first of the twin 50's.
Boswell led the charge into turn one, with the veteran Fair right on his bumper. Fair tagged the second generation driver several times throughout the first quarter of the event, then backed off a bit, perhaps to make a late race charge. By lap 30, Fair was back on Boswell's bumper, looking for the lead. On lap 39 exiting turn one, Fair made contact with Boswell, sending both cars into a spin. Fair was done for the first event with damage on the right front of his Dodge, but Boswell was able to continue.
Buttke then took command, and held off Franklin Butler for the win. This finish, combined with Boswell's sixth place run, put Butler on top of the points chase by just four points heading into the second 50 lapper.
The top three cars by virtue of the draw were inverted, which put Gunter on the pole for the second event. Butler would start second, followed by Buttke, Colabucci, Mike Southard, and Boswell. When the green waved, an incident involving Boswell sent him hard into the turn two fence, resulting in a complete restart. Boswell, who's car was damaged enough that it could not start, would climb into the Colabucci machine and start from the rear of the field. The green waved again, and Gunter took the field into turn one. Gunter had just enough horsepower on the straights, but Buttke and a host of other could catch him in the corners. First Buttke made contact with Gunter, sending him into a long slide, which Gunter recovered from and still maintained the lead. Then Fair made contact as well, but Gunter held his ground. A late race caution period featuring a blatant move on the part of Mike Edwards getting into Franklin Butler, resulting in both his car and the car of Tom Hall to be done for the night due to damage, bunched the field up for a final sprint. Fair made a few attempts to take the win, but Gunter held on for his long awaited victory. Fair would follow Gunter across the stripe for second, followed by Buttke, Butler, Boswell, and Jimmy Hardin. The Capitol Cadillac Hard Charger Award went to John Gunter in the first event, and Richard Boswell in the second event.
The Redman Fleet Service Grand Stocks were featured in a 100-lap event, and Michael Hardin took home his third win in 2005. Hardin dodged a mid race collision between early leader Greg Compton and Chris Donnelly to take home the checkers. Compton, who had led for most of the event, was tagged by Donnelly as the two exited turn four. Compton slammed hard into the front straight fence, damaging his ride. Donnelly was sent to the rear of the field, but was able to fight back and finish a respectable third. The top finishers in the event were Hardin, Les Miranda, who had returned in a new car after last week's hard crash in turn three, Donnelly, Amanda McDermott, and Eric George. Thomas VanDyke picked up the MARF Hard Charger Award courtesy of McGee Crane Rental and Convenience Car Care, starting from the 14th position and finishing 9th.
Scott Roux picked up his third win in 2005, and inched a bit closer to the points chase leader, taking home the win in the 30-lap Mini Modified feature. Starting from the fourth spot. Roux took the lead early from Jeff Haase, and held off point leader Mike Carte for the win. Carte now leads the division by just eight points. Haase held on for the third spot, followed by Michael Troiano, and Eddie Hugill.
John Butler became the third multi-feature winner in the Convenience Car Care UCAR division, taking his second win of the season. Butler held off Timmy Tyrell and Billy Ingle for the win. Randy Smith led flag to flag to take home his second Southern Vintage Modified feature.
Next Saturday night features the Late Models competing in a 100-lap event, with the Grand Stocks competing in a 50-lap feature. Also on the schedule is a 30-lap Mini Modified feature, along with a 30-lap event for the INEX Legends. Also on the schedule is a 20-lap event for the BDE Racing Series Mini Cups and round three of the Victory Lane Graphix Mini Series for the UCAR's. Practice begins at 2PM, qualifying starts at 4PM, with the green flag waving at 6:30 for the Mini Cups.
-Old Dominion Speedway