South Boston race notes 2004-07-25

Howard posts impressive Late Model win, Peters pads lead in points race SOUTH BOSTON, VA. -- Until the final two laps of the race, few eyes were watching Woody Howard at the front of the field. The Chesapeake, Va. driver started from the pole...

Howard posts impressive Late Model win, Peters pads lead in points race

SOUTH BOSTON, VA. -- Until the final two laps of the race, few eyes were watching Woody Howard at the front of the field.

The Chesapeake, Va. driver started from the pole for the 150-lap Pepsi Late Model Stock Car Division race and turned in a dominating performance. Until the very end of the event, Hamlin was setting a blistering pace and all the action was taking place at various other spots on the track.

Then, on lap 145, the caution flag waved for the sixth time of the event, setting up a two-lap shootout to the finish line between Howard and eventual runner-up Timothy Peters of Providence, N.C. The race wound up being extended to 153 laps to accommodate a green-flag finish.

Despite seeing Peters creep alongside the rear fender of his ride, Howard was able to hold on to the lead position to secure the victory in the featured attraction of the 3M presents Charles Anderson Lawn Care race program.

Double points were on the line for the night and Peters used his second-place run, combined with a 23rd-place finish from Denny Hamlin of Midlothian, Va., to surge out to a commanding cushion in the season-long chase for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series crown.

Hamlin had turned in the second-fastest qualifying time for the race, but was sent to the rear of the field prior to the start of the event for a pre-race tire rule infraction.

Despite starting from the back of the back, Hamlin battled up to the sixth position on the track before getting involved in a lap-67 mishap with the lapped car of Terry Carroll of Williamsburg, Va. That accident sent Hamlin, the second-place competitor in the division's points race, into the outside retaining wall, ending his night.

Jamey Caudill of Four Oaks, N.C. started on the outside of the front row after Hamlin's penalty was imposed and wound up grabbing a third-place finish in the 25-car field, while Jason Dickerson of Ruckersville, Va. placed fourth.

Eddie Johnson of Ashland, Va. secured a fifth-place finish, while Rodney Cook of Reidsville, N.C. was sixth. The seventh-place spot was taken by Ronald Hill of Rougemont, N.C., while Ernest Winslow of Scotland Neck, N.C. was eighth.

David Triplett, Jr. of Durham, N.C. finished in ninth place and was the final driver on the lead lap, while Scott Worley of Long Island, Va. rounded out the top 10 competitors in the race.

Cash gets another Limited win from outside pole

Different night, same result.

For the second straight race, Jonathan Cash of Oxford, N.C. started on the outside of the front row, cruised into the lead on the opening circuit and proceeded to lead all 50 laps of the Barkhouser Limited Sportsman Division event.

Justin Snow of Danville, Va. was the pole position winner, once again, and managed a second-place finish in the 18-car field. Snow grabbed the pole position for the race with a qualifying lap of 16.285 seconds.

Current division points leader Jonathan Bailey of Keysville, Va. collected a third-place finish in the double-points event.

Adam Barker of Hurt, Va. placed fourth, while Tommy Peregoy of Red Oak, Va. notched a fifth-place finish.

The top 10 finishers in the event were rounded out by Wally Latta of Durham, N.C. in sixth, Eddie DeClue of Butner, N.C. in seventh, Brian Cole of Roxboro, N.C. in eighth, Jason Dickerson of Oxford, N.C. in ninth and Andrew Perry of Hillsborough, N.C. in 10th.

Latta, DeClue and Cole were all on the lead lap at the end of the night, while Dickerson and Perry finished one lap back.

Womble makes it 2-for-2 in Pure Stock action

Steve Womble of Mebane, N.C. roared from a third-place starting position to gain a victory in the 30-lap race for the Applebee's Pure Stock Division.

The win was Womble's second in as many tries at the four-tenths mile asphalt oval in South Boston.

Chuck Watkins of Stem, N.C. started on the outside of the front row and led the first 19 laps before settling for a runner-up finish. Shawn Laws of Goldsboro followed him in the 19-car field in third place.

Reid Hodnett of Mebane, N.C. placed fourth, while Brad Matthews of Stovall, N.C. rounded out the top five finishers.

Pole winner Nick Igdalsky of South Boston, Va. wound up in eighth place after spinning late in the race, while battling for second place.

Tommy Wooldridge of Forest, Va. placed seventh in the race and maintained his lead in the division's points chase.

Williams posts Grand Stock win, inherits points lead

Terri Williams of Franklin, Va. took the lead on the 17th circuit of the 30-lap Grand Stock Division race and led the rest of the way to the checkered flag.

With double points up for grab in the division, Williams, who entered the night two points behind runner-up Troy Dowdy of Lynchburg, Va., moved atop the standings by two points.

Junior Hancock of Danville, Va. finished in the third spot Saturday behind Dowdy, while Jack Milam of Danville, Va. took the fourth-place position.

Freddie Goff rounded out the top five drivers in the 12-car field.

Four of the 12 competitors were taken out of the race in a multi-car pileup on the initial circuit of the race.

That enabled Hancock, who qualified sixth, to move to the pole spot for the restart.

Oliver holds off late charge to secure Modified win

Craig Oliver of Linwood, N.C. started on the outside of the front row, took the lead on the 20th circuit and wound up winning the 50-lap race for the touring Rolling Thunder Modified Division.

The victory didn't come easy, however. Oliver had to hold off a furious late-race charge from eventual runner-up Chad Gordon of Emporia, Va. to claim the win.

Gordon rode side-by-side with Oliver over the final six laps after the race restarted following the fifth caution of the night.

Thomas Stinson of Chester, Va. finished third in the 19-car field and was followed by Billy Morris of Richmond, Va. in fourth place and pole winner Mark Slye of Toano, Va. in the fifth slot.

Slye had grabbed the top qualifying position with a qualifying run of 16.571 seconds.


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Drivers Denny Hamlin , Timothy Peters , Jonathan Bailey , Tommy Wooldridge , Terri Williams , Nick Igdalsky
Teams Williams