South Boston, Va. (April 5, 2003)-- RaceRap.com Pole winner, Mark McFarland ...
South Boston, Va. (April 5, 2003)-- RaceRap.com Pole winner, Mark McFarland #17 put the hammer down from the start of the first 110 lap feature for the Late Model Stock Cars in Smirnoff Ice Triple Black Night at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway. Outside pole sitter, Deac McCaskill #08 faded early as Phillip Morris #01 and last week's winner Denny Hamlin #99 sped by him. Hard racing in the middle of the pack saw sparks fly when Jason Dickerson #19 and Jimmy Mullins #75 made contact; however, both drivers gathered it up and continued. McFarland opened a sizeable lead by lap 25, as the field began to spread out. Phillip Morris began to march toward McFarland by lap 35 and took charge on Lap 41. McFarland kept inching away at Morris' bumper and pulled underneath him by lap 55. As the crossed flags marked halfway, McFarland went door to door for the lead against Morris. Lap after lap, McFarland held to the inside, but could gain no advantage. Lap traffic worked in Morris' favor, as McFarland had to lift to avoid an incident. McFarland quickly gathered it back and applied more pressure by lap 65. Morris held the lead by a nose on lap 67, but McFarland stayed glued to the inside. McFarland inched the lead at the line on lap 70, but Morris battled back on Lap 71. McFarland led lap 74, as Denny Hamlin and Wade Day #92 caught the leaders for a tight squeeze through lapped cars. Lined nose to tail from first to fourth, McFarland held the lead on lap 80. Caution let the leaders catch their breath, as Brandon Hendrick (grandson of the late legend Ray Hendrick) spun his Flying #11 coming out of turn two. McFarland pointed his ride to the green, while Day tried to take third from Hamlin. With 25 to go, McFarland held a five-car advantage over Morris, with Day still working to get around Hamlin. Day slid under Hamlin on lap 103, but could not make it stick. As the laps counted down, McFarland drove out front, followed by Morris, Hamlin, Day, and Dean Ward #2. McFarland claimed a hard fought victory.
McFarland aligned atop the field for the second 110-lap Late Model feature, with Dean Motorsports teammate Denny Hamlin not cutting him any slack. The double dose of black at the front finally saw Hamlin to the lead on lap four. Dean Ward wanted second from McFarland on lap 10; however, several cars blocked the frontstretch as caution waved. Wade Day, Wayne Ramsey #51, Jon Denning #46 and Terry King #55 were involved. With 30 laps down, Hamlin led with McFarland and Ward close behind. Morris and Woody Howard #30 raced in the top 5 as the laps continued to roll. At halfway, Hamlin saw the crossed flags first, with Howard and Morris making contact for fourth spot. Howard got in touch with Morris again on lap 66, but could not make the pass. After several laps of panel-to-panel pacing, lapped traffic helped Morris keep the spot. Morris was not so lucky on lap 75, as Brandon Hendrick spun directly in front of Morris and Howard. Morris plowed Hendrick, while Howard was able to apply the brakes. With cleanup completed by lap 80, Hamlin crept up to take the restart, keeping his teammate at bay. McFarland looked for the lead on lap 84, but was repelled by Hamlin. Ten laps remained as McFarland tried to make the Late Model sweep, but Hamlin would not be denied. McFarland finished second, but it was a double-whammy for Dean Motorsports on Triple Black Night. Ward finished third, followed by Howard and Jason Dickerson #19.
Jonathan Cash #07 took the Pepsi Pole for the Sheetz Limited Sportsman, but had to line up for the start twice. After several cars made contact on the first lap, a full restart was ordered, and the cars were set to go again. With a clean getaway, outside polesitter Billy Myers #05 stole the top position on the start. Rookie contender Bruce Anderson #9 made some quick moves to better his position, and Jonathan Bailey rolled into the top 5 by lap 10. Eddie Capps #14 brought out the first yellow for a spin in turn four. Myers led the restart followed by Cash and 2002 Division Champion Bill Moshenek #27. Three-wide on the restart, Tommy Peregoy #2 made contact with Jonathan Bailey #89 down the backstretch bringing a halt to the charge. With 10 to go, the front four bunched up just before runner-up Jonathan Cash's machine erupted in a plume of smoke. As a cloud restricted the view, oil on the asphalt caused Charles Barnes #99, Bailey and Moshenek to spin. Myers pulled Wayne Roach #71 on the restart and cruised to victory.
Billy Goble #18 led the Pure Stocks to the stripe for action. Last week's winner Tommy Wooldridge #20 sat to his outside as the green waved. In a drag race for the first few laps, Goble was able to slide into the lead by lap 5. Donald Glass #14 lost a wheel to bring out the first caution. Goble led the restart, with Wooldridge in tow. Lee Anderson #01 held close in third, as caution waved again for a single-car incident. Goble felt pressure from Wooldridge but scooted away by halfway.
With 10 to go, Goble held off Wooldridge and Anderson for the lead. Wooldridge looked inside and outside, but Goble slammed the door to get the victory. Wooldridge, Anderson, Scott Phillips #1 and Glass rounded out the top 5.
Winston Cup stars headline the April 12 NASCAR All Star Night, featuring a 30-lap Winston Cup shootout, a 120-lap Sheetz Limited Sportsman race and 20 laps for the East Coast Flatheads. The 2003 Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip, Coors Light driver Sterling Marlin, Kenny Wallace and Jamie McMurray will sign autographs and compete in the Winston Cup shootout
In 2003, Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway celebrates 46 years of racing excitement and affordable family entertainment. 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.