South Boston race notes 2004-05-29

Hamlin grabs 4th win at South Boston Speedway SOUTH BOSTON, VA--For Denny Hamlin, Saturday night's 150-lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car race at South Boston Speedway was a leisurely Saturday night drive. Hamlin, driving a...

Hamlin grabs 4th win at South Boston Speedway

SOUTH BOSTON, VA--For Denny Hamlin, Saturday night's 150-lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car race at South Boston Speedway was a leisurely Saturday night drive. Hamlin, driving a Dodge, pulled away from Timothy Peters after the final restart with nine laps to go and won the 150-lap race for the Pepsi Late Model Stock Car division that headlined the Budweiser Presents Armed Forces Night event. His margin of victory was .787 second.

"The car was great," said Hamlin who picked up his fourth win of the season here. "You couldn't ask for more. This was one of those races where I felt like I wanted to drive hard every lap." Hamlin started third in the 19-car field, wrestled the lead from pole winner Richard Landreth of Pine Hall, N.C. on the 16th circuit and was never seriously challenged afterward.

By the halfway mark, Hamlin held a quarter of a lap lead over Landreth who was battling to hold off Peters in a tight race for second place. Peters grabbed second place for good on lap 118 but trailed by over a quarter of a lap when the race's second caution flag was thrown on lap 125. Hamlin had just started to rebuild his lead over Peters when another caution flag, the third and final caution of the race, was thrown on lap 135 for a mishap. The final restart came on lap 142 and Hamlin again proved to have the strongest car as he pulled away to take the win.

"I hated to see that last caution," Hamlin said. "Luckily, it didn't cost us a win."

Peters said he was glad to see the last caution period that allowed him to get one final opportunity to catch Hamlin.

"I was glad to see that last caution but I think we needed to go back green-flag racing before lap 140," Peters said.

"Nothing was on the track. It would have given me more of a chance to get him (Hamlin)."

Woody Howard of Chesapeake, Va. finished third, Eddie Johnson of Ashland finished fourth and Landreth rounded out the top five. Dean Ward of Winston-Salem, N.C. finished sixth and was the final driver to finish on the lead lap. Wayne Ramsey of Amherst, Va., Rodney Cook of Reidsville, N.C., Peyton Sellers of Danville, Va. and Jason Dickerson of Ruckersville, N.C. completed the top ten.

Hamlin averaged 73.850 mph in the race that was slowed by three cautions.

CASH WINS LIMITED SPORTSMAN RACE

Jonathan Cash of Oxford, N.C. took the lead from Wayne Roach Jr. of Gretna on the 16th lap and led the rest of the way to win the 50-lap Barkhouser Limited Sportsman division race. Cash pulled away from Justin Snow of Danville, Va. on the final restart with seven laps to go and edged Snow by 1.373 second at the stripe. Jonathan Bailey of Keysville, Va. finished third, taking the spot away from Josh Oakley of Rougemont, N.C. with two laps to go. Bill Moshenek of Providence, N.C. rounded out the top five finishers. Adam Barker of Hurt, Va., Bruce Anderson of South Boston, Va., Wally Latta of Durham, N.C., Brian Cole of Roxboro, N.C. and Tommy Peregoy of Red Oak, Va. completed the top 10.

IN OTHER ACTION

Donald Glass of Halifax, Va. grabbed the lead from Reid Hodnett on the second lap and went on to win the 30-lap Applebee's Pure Stock division race. Billy Goble of Danville, Va. driving a team car to Glass' entry, finished second with Nick Igdalsky of South Boston, Va., Scott Phillips of Virgilina, Va. and Hodnett rounding out the top five finishers.

Glass became the fifth different winner in the division this season.

Troy Dowdy of Lynchburg, Va. won the 30-lap Grand Stock division race that was reduced from 30 laps to 20 laps after a multitude of crashes left only three cars racing on the track with six laps to go.

Wayne Wilson of Lynchburg, Va. finished second and Taylor Moore of Wake Forest, N.C. finished third. Terri Williams of Franklin, Va. finished fourth and Josh Buckman of Halifax. Va. rounded out the top five finishers. The win was Dowdy's second of the season here.

Mark Slye took the lead from Thomas Stinson on the eighth lap and led the rest of the way to win the 50-lap race for the regional touring Rolling Thunder Modified Series. The win was the third for Slye in five starts this season.

Billy Morris finished third with Craig Oliver and Kevin Eby rounded out the top five finishers. Oliver had won the only other Modified race run at the track this season.

Racing action returns to South Boston Speedway next Saturday with Pepsi Late Models set to run 150-laps, Barkhouser Limited will turn for 50-laps. The touring Virginia National Guard Ford Focus Midgets, Grand Stocks and the Applebee's Pure Stock divisions will each race for 30 laps.

Pit gates will open on Saturday at 1 p.m., while grandstand gates will be opened at 5 p.m. Practice for all divisions will be held from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. and qualifying time trials will get underway at 5 p.m.

Adult admission will be $8 up to 6:30 p.m. and $10 after that point. Youth, ages 10 through 15, will be admitted for $5 and children under the age of 10 will be admitted free with a paid adult.

For more information, visit the track's website at www.southbostonspeedway.com or contact the speedway office at (434) 572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Denny Hamlin , Timothy Peters , Jonathan Bailey , Terri Williams , Peyton Sellers , Nick Igdalsky
Teams Williams