Old Dominion summary 2005-04-16

Jack Bailey Apparent Winner For Second Time At ODS Jack Bailey from Stafford, VA., driving the Century 21 Team Ford came across the stripe first once again at the Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas, but post-race inspections have put a hold on...

Jack Bailey Apparent Winner For Second Time At ODS

Jack Bailey from Stafford, VA., driving the Century 21 Team Ford came across the stripe first once again at the Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas, but post-race inspections have put a hold on the entire finishing order of the 100-lap event. The part in question, the carburetor off of his BG Products / NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Model, will be inspected further this week to determine it's legitimacy. In addition to this issue, the car of Nathan Buttke, who finished in the runner-up spot, has been officially disqualified after post-race inspection, and relegated to last place in the official rundown.

The wild night began with qualifying, as Buttke, in his back-up car after crashing his primary machine in practice, blistered the 3/8-mile facility in near-record time with a 15.345 lap in his Buttke's Dairy Pontiac. This was just slightly slower than the current track record set by Mark McFarland a year ago with 15.222 lap. Second quickest was Bailey, who turned in a lap of 15.472, followed by Franklin Butler (15.550), Richard Boswell Jr. (15.611), Matt Jester (15.676), and John Gunter (15.688) This rundown set the field for the Manassas Dodge Dash For The Cash. Gunter would start from the pole and lead the 10-lap dash to the line, followed by Buttke and Boswell Jr.

The green waved over the 18-car field on the chilly evening, with Buttke leading the charge. But once again, as it was last week, Bailey was able to reel in Buttke, and take over the top spot near the halfway point. Bailey would then breeze home to the win in what would appear to be his second win in 2 tries. Buttke, who finished second, would later be DQ'd and sent to the rear of the rundown. This put Gunter up to the second finishing spot, followed by Boswell Jr., Bruce Stachitas, and Butler. Depending on the outcome of the inspection, Bailey could either stretch his point lead in the division with two wins, or Gunter will be declared the winner for his first-ever feature win.

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The Redman Fleet Service Grand Stocks were also featured in a 100-lap event, and Chris Donnelly in his Donnelly Concrete Chevy pounded the field once again to take home his second win in the young 2005 season. Donnelly dominated the event after taking over the top spot from early leader Ron Jardine in his Ashburn Collision Ford. Several of the top contenders were taken out in a grinding crash in turn three, eliminating Les Miranda, Jardine, and Michael Hardin. Hardin was the only driver to be able to continue, as he limped home to an eighth place finish. Following Donnelly across the stripe was Mark Miller, T.J.Henderson, his best career finish, Scott Quesenberry, and Robert Bruce.

Ken Datesman dominated the special 50-lap Mini-Modified feature, taking home the checkers for his second win in 2005, while Jamie DeMattio, the 2004 Winning Edge Performance and Graphics Speedway Sportsman champion, returned to his winning ways by taking the win in the wild 25-lap feature.

Next Saturday night, the INEX Legends cars return to the Old Dominion Speedway for a 30-lap event. Also on the schedule are the always exciting UCAR's, as they will get to compete for the first time in 2005 in a 15-lap event. The schedule also includes a 75-lap feature for the Late Models, 50 laps for the Grand Stocks, and 30 laps for the Mini Modifieds. Practice begins at 2 PM, qualifying starts at 4 PM, with racing set to take the green at 7 PM.

UPDATE: 2005-04-18

As earlier reported in the Grand Stock division, T.J.Henderson was posted as being the third place finishing driver in the 100-lap feature. However, his car came in under the minimum weight requirement in tech, therefore he has been relegated to the last place position.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Mark Miller , Matt Jester , Nathan Buttke , Jack Bailey