Hamlin, McFarland capture March 29 South Boston doubleheader victories. SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (March 29, 2003)-- Dean Motorsports made a clean sweep of the twin 150-lap Late Model races highlighting the March 29 Family Homes of America 300 presented...
Hamlin, McFarland capture March 29 South Boston doubleheader victories.
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (March 29, 2003)-- Dean Motorsports made a clean sweep of the twin 150-lap Late Model races highlighting the March 29 Family Homes of America 300 presented by Sheetz at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway.
In the first Late Model showdown, Denny Hamlin, driver of the Dean Motorsports No. 99 entry, captured the RaceRap.com pole and cruised to victory. South Boston's 2001 Champion Brandon Butler challenged Hamlin for the top spot, but finished just over a half-second behind the winner. Cut tires appeared to be the problem of the day, as Eric Sartin, Timothy Peters and Scott Worley all suffered lacerated rubber. Wayne Grubb, Mark McFarland and Wade Day unofficially rounded out the top five in a race that was slowed four times for caution.
Hamlin collected the RaceRap.com pole for the second 150-lap duel. He quickly saw the top position slip away, as teammate McFarland grabbed the lead. Hamlin regained the lead, only to relinquish it to Grubb early in the race. Grubb showed strength until the race has plagued by a series of late-race cautions for incidents including Nick Woodward, Ernest Winslow and Peyton Sellers. After the race's second yellow flag, McFarland contested Grubb for the lead and took sole possession by lap 123. McFarland led Grubb to the checkered flag by 1.221 sec., followed by Hamlin, Butler and Day.
In Sheetz Limited Sportsman action, Billy Myers claimed the Pepsi pole, but faded just after the green flag fell. The field did not complete one lap before the yellow flag flew for a crash involving Chris Denny. The 2002 Limited Sportsman champion Bill Moshenek benefited from Myers' misfortune by inheriting the lead. Moshenek went on to win, becoming the only winner of the evening that had previously won at South Boston. In unofficial results, Chad Mason finished second and Jonathan Cash was third.
The second Sheetz Limited Sportsman seemed to belong to Pepsi polesitter Cash, as he set sail for victory from the start. Mason had been filling Cash's rearview throughout the race, and finally capitalized on lap 47, stealing the lead and consequently the win. Cash finished second, with Moshenek third and Tommy Peregoy fourth.
In a show of dominance, Tommy Woolridge led the Pure Stock 30-lap shootout from start to finish, only being slowed by the race's two cautions. Billy Goble finished second, with Lee Anderson, Donald Glass and Scott Phillips completing the top five.
In the inaugural "Faster Pastor" competition, Brian Edwards of Blessed Hope Baptist Church in Danville, Va., proved to be the fastest pastor, while Aaron Jacques, Austen Jacques, Tanner Lindley and Dillian Martin all were winners in the "Racing for Kids Challenge."
With four out of the five winners of the night capturing their first wins at South Boston, it will be interesting to see who visits Victory Lane at South Boston's next race, scheduled for April 5. The evening will feature twin 110s for the NASCAR Late Models, 50 laps for the Sheetz Limited Sportsman and 30 laps for the Pure Stocks. The Racing for Kids Challenge continues for children age four to seven. Adults pay $10, youth age 10 to 15 pay $5, and children nine and under are free. Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m., with qualifying at 5:30 p.m. Racing begins at 7 p.m.
In 2003, Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway celebrates 46 years of racing excitement. To learn more about Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway or to order tickets, call the Speedway toll-free at 1-877-440-1540, or log on to www.southbostonspeedway.com. Tickets are also available via www.tickets.com.