Buttke Continues To Roll At ODS Nathan Buttke has begun a late season charge towards the top of the B/G Products NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Models Stock Car division. Saturday night he continued to be a force to be reckoned with, picking...
Buttke Continues To Roll At ODS
Nathan Buttke has begun a late season charge towards the top of the B/G Products NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Models Stock Car division. Saturday night he continued to be a force to be reckoned with, picking up yet another win in the elite division, dominating the event in the Miss Utility 100. The win, which was Buttke's 5th of the season, has pulled him to within 44 points of Franklin Butler who currently leads the division. Buttke's record over the past 9 events shows 3 wins, and 7 top 5's. He is still a distant third behind Butler (842 points) and Richard Boswell Jr. (830 points), but with 4 races remaining, he still has a legitimate shot.
After winning the Manassas Dodge "Dash For The Cash", and picking up his 8th Lindsay Chevrolet Pole Award, he then proceeded to dominate the 100-lap event, leading flag to flag from the pole position. Jack Bailey, returning after his Craftsman Truck adventure at IRP, was also a strong contender, coming up from his 6th starting spot to the 2nd position. But even the 6-time feature winner was no match for Buttke. Only one caution period slowed the event, as Buttke took home the checkers going away.
Following Buttke and Bailey were point leader Franklin Butler, Bruce Stachitas, and Mike Southard. Southard, who had started from the 10th position, was named the Capital Cadillac Hard Charger of the event, improving his position by 5 spots. Troubles continued for the second place driver in the points chase, as Richard Boswell Jr. was involved in a late race incident with John Gunter. Boswell was relegated to the rear of the field, but brought his Chevy back to finish a respectable 6th.
What can one say about the season Chris Donnelly is having. After 17 races thus far, he has 11 wins in the Redman Fleet Service Grand Stock division, to go along with his 16 top 5's. Saturday night he wound up in victory lane once again to extend his point lead over Michael Hardin by a whopping 88 points. Hardin was able to hold on for second, while Jimmy Hardin, Robert Bruce, and Thomas VanDyke rounded out the top 5. The 5th place run was a career best for VanDyke in his first full season in the Grand Stocks.
Scott Roux picked up his 4th win, pulling to within 6 points of Mike Carte for the Mini Modified divisional points chase. Roux took over the lead from early leader Jeff Haase, and held off Carte for the win. Finishing third was Haase, followed by Kieth Riley, and Michael Troiano.
Ron Robbins led from start to finish in the BDE Racing Series Mini Cup 20-lap feature, edging point leader Steven Cox for his 2nd win in a row. The win moves Robbins to within 2 points of the point lead with 2 races remaining on the schedule. Mike Boer, who has 4 wins to his credit, finished third and is just 18 points out of the point lead. Bill Gibson finished 4th, followed by Joseph Bissom.
The third leg of the Victory Lane Graphix Mini Series for the UCAR's was won by John Butler. Butler took the lead early, and was hard pressed by runner-up Michele Cuddy, but was able to hang on for his 3rd win of the season. Following Butler and Cuddy across the stripe was Lenny Baird, followed by David Blankenship.
The INEX Legends made a return trip to the high banks of ODS, and after post-race inspection, Kyle Hendershott was declared the winner of the 30-lap event. The checkers were actually waved for Max Smith, however, his car was found to be too low in post-race inspections. This gave Hendershott his third win of the season, and sole possession of the point lead. Kevin Yeatts came home a strong second spot, followed by Duncan Molesworth, Ryan Ellis, and Willie Randow.
Next Saturday night the Old Dominion Speedway oval track is closed for the Prince William County Fair. Racing action returns to the high banks on Saturday night, August 27th with a 100-lap event for the Late models, 50 laps for the Grand Stocks, 30 laps for the Mini Modifieds, 25 laps for the Winning Edge Performance and Graphics Speedway Sportsman, 15 laps for the Convenience Car Care UCAR's, and 20 laps for the BDE Racing Series Mini Cups. Practices gets underway at 2PM, qualifying starts at 4PM, and the BDE Racing Series gets the green at 6:30 PM.
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