Bailey Beats Butler By Inches For Win Number 4 In one of the best races of the season, if not in the last few years, Stafford's Jack Bailey in the Century 21 Team Ford out dueled Richmond's Franklin Butler for the win in Saturday nights ...
Bailey Beats Butler By Inches For Win Number 4
In one of the best races of the season, if not in the last few years, Stafford's Jack Bailey in the Century 21 Team Ford out dueled Richmond's Franklin Butler for the win in Saturday nights 100-lap feature for the B/G Products NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Model Stock Cars. Bailey and Butler battled side-by-side for several laps throughout the 100-lap event, trading paint and getting sideways before Bailey was able to outdistance Butler at the stripe by less than a car length. Bailey's tactic of keeping Butler's Chevy on the low side of the famed 3/8-mile oval was the difference as Butler was unable to free his car up and charge off the corners. While Bailey was on the high side, his car was able to maintain his speed, enabling him to get the advantage down the straights, which ultimately was the difference at the stripe. "This was the hardest I have ever worked in a race car," Bailey said in victory lane. "I give Franklin all the credit, he drove me clean the entire race. He got into me a couple of times, but that's just racing," he added as he shook hands with Butler. "He (Bailey) was able to keep me low in the corners, which bogged my car down a bit," Butler replied. "I got into him a couple of times, really didn't mean to, but those things happen on a short track," he added. Third place finisher Dustin Storm was happy with his third place finish. Storm appeared to have one of the fastest cars all night, but the battle up front between Bailey and Butler did not allow him to show it, as he had to follow the side-by-side action. Richard Boswell Jr., who had started back in 10th, made his way to the front towards the end, but he too was stopped in his tracks by the two leaders. His 4th place finish was his third of the season, and 6th top 5 finish in 2005. Nathan Buttke, who was running second until lapped traffic got in the way, rounded out the top five.
Earlier in the evening, Dustin Storm notched his 3rd Lindsey Chevrolet Pole Award with a 15.645 lap (86.290 mph). Bailey became the first two-time winner of the Manassas Dodge Dash For The Cash, as he beat Buttke and Butler to the stripe in the 10-lap sprint.
Chris Donnelly from Stafford Va. continued his dominance of the Redman Fleet Service Grand division, as he picked off his 5th win of the season. Donnelly took over the top spot from Max Smith late in the event to grab the win. Smith held on for second despite losing a cylinder as a result of a spark plug wire falling off. Mark Miller from Amissville Va. passed Les Miranda with just a handful of laps remaining to take third, while Miranda and Michael Hardin rounded out the top five. Rusty Poland, who started from the 14th position and finished 9th, took home the MARF Hard Charger Award courtesy of McGee Crane Rental and Convenience Car Care.
Mike Carte, driving the REMAX Ford, won his second feature in 2005, holding off a hard charging Eddie Hugill in his Hugill Trucking Dodge in the 30-lap Mini Modified feature. The win, along with Scott Roux finishing3rd, now has Carte and Roux tied for the point lead in the division. The always exciting UCAR division made their return to the speedway, and Tony Henderson breezed to the win in the 15-lap event. Henderson, piloting his Manassas Dodge sponsored machine, took over the top spot from early leader Scotty "Too Hotty" Gore, and beat Timmy Tyrell in the Ty-Britt Motorsports Chevy. John Butler came home 5th, while Gore and Billy Ingle rounded out the top five.
Mike Boer picked up win number three in the 20-lap BDE Racing Series Mini Cup feature. So far, Boer has been unstoppable as he is three-for-three this season. Apparent 2nd place finished Robbie Kendall was disqualified as his car was too low, handing second place to Steven Cox. Frankie White, Ryan Peacher, and Bill Gibson rounded out the top five. Al Dailey outdistanced his grandson Davey Callihan in the 15-lap BDE Racing Series Pro Truck feature. Finishing 3rd was Danielle McDermott, followed by Shannon Menefee.
Next Saturday night is a full schedule of exciting racing action. The Late Models are scheduled for 100 laps while the Grand Stocks will compete in a 50-lap event. Also on the schedule is a 30-lap Mini Modified feature, a 25-lap feature for the Winning Edge Performance and Graphics Speedway Sportsman, 30 laps for the INEX Legends, and 15 laps for the Convenience Car Care UCAR's. Practice begins at 2 PM, qualifying starts at 4 PM, with racing action set for 7 PM.
-Old Dominion Speedway