South Boston report 2004-05-02

Bad luck for Hamlin, Sellers proves to be good fortune for Ramsey in Late Model action Sunday at SoBo SOUTH BOSTON, VA. -- One man's bad luck proved to be good fortune for another Sunday afternoon at South Boston Speedway. Wayne Ramsey...

Bad luck for Hamlin, Sellers proves to be good fortune for Ramsey in Late Model action Sunday at SoBo

SOUTH BOSTON, VA. -- One man's bad luck proved to be good fortune for another Sunday afternoon at South Boston Speedway.

Wayne Ramsey of Amherst, Va. inherited the lead on the 117th circuit of the 150-lap NASCAR Dodge Pepsi Late Model Stock Car race and held off a determined effort from Dean Ward of Winston-Salem, N.C. down the stretch to record his first career Late Model victory at South Boston Speedway.

Ramsey proved to be in the right place at the right time when he grabbed the lead on lap 117.

Denny Hamlin of Midlothian, Va., the division's points leader by just four points now, held the top spot on the track when his motor gave away in the front stretch and he smacked the outside retaining wall in turn one.

Peyton Sellers of Danville, Va. was running second at the time, but got caught up in fluid dropped on the track by Hamlin's engine. That sent Sellers ramming into the side of Hamlin's ride in turn one, ending his bid for a victory as well.

Hamlin finished the day with a 13th-place showing, while Sellers placed 14th in the field.

Eddie Johnson of Ashland, Va. finished third in the 16-car field and was followed by Jason Dickerson of Ruckersville, Va. in the fourth position.

Nathan Buttke of Randleman, N.C. placed fifth on the track, while Scott Worley of Long Island, Va. finished sixth and was followed by seventh-place Ronald Hill of Rougemont, N.C., the final driver on the lead lap at the end.

Rounding out the top 10 drivers in the event were Justin Johnson of Roxboro, N.C. in eighth place, Rodney Cook of Reidsville, N.C. in the ninth position and Bruce Driver of Emporia, Va. in 10th. Johnson, Cook and Driver were all one lap down at the end.

The race featured plenty of action earlier when Hamlin and Sellers traded the lead back-and-forth on laps 33 and 34 in a classic side-by-side match up for the top position.

Hamlin ended the side-by-side run when he positioned his car back in front of Sellers on the 35th circuit.

Even earlier in the race, Timothy Peters of Providence, N.C. had to pit when his right front tire went down when the race went back green on lap 20 following a rain delay. Peters lost five laps due to the incident, but wound up 11th and actually trimmed Hamlin's points lead in the division from eight points entering the day down to four.

Cash finishes first on the track, but Jonathan Bailey credited with Barkhouser Limited Sportsman win

Jonathan Cash did it again Sunday afternoon in the 50-lap Barkhouser Limited Sportsman Division event.

The Oxford, N.C. driver took the checkered flag first, but following a post-race inspection, it was Jonathan Bailey of Keysville, Va. that grabbed the victory.

Cash, the defending division champion and winner of three of the first four events this year, led all 50 laps of the race.

Bailey moved into the second place spot on the track when outside pole sitter Tommy Peregoy of Red Oak, Va. encountered mechanical problems midway through the race and ended up in eighth place.

Justin Snow of Danville, Va. moved up to second place following the disqualification, while Bruce Anderson of South Boston, Va. finished third in the 14-car field.

Charles Barnes of Chase City, Va. was credited with a fourth-place run, while Roxboro, N.C. driver Brian Cole rounded out the top five competitors in the final rundown.

Rain washes away final three events of the day

The second rain delay of the afternoon, along with an imposing storm closing in on the horizon and a 6 p.m. racing curfew forced South Boston officials to call off the remaining events Sunday afternoon at 5:30 p.m.

During the second rain delay of the afternoon, track officials were in the process of trying to dry the track when the remaining action was called off. A storm, packing heavy rain and wind then struck the speedway at 5:50 p.m.

The races that were called off included a 50-lap event for the Rolling Thunder Modifieds and 30-lap events for the Applebee's Pure Stock Division and Grand Stock Division.

RACING ACTIONS RETURNS TO SOBO ON SATURDAY, MAY 8

South Boston Speedway will roar back into action on Saturday, May 8, with a 7 p.m. starting time for the running of the Danville Community College Student Night presented by Craftsman program.

The featured attraction of the night will be a 150-lap race for the NASCAR Dodge Pepsi Late Model Stock Car Division.

Other events planned include a 50-lap Barkhouser Limited Sportsman Division race and 50-lap events for the Ford Focus Midgets and Allison Legacy Series, along with a 30-lap Applebee's Pure Stock Division event.

Adult admission for the race will be $8 up to 6:30 p.m. and $10 after that. Youth, ages 10-15, 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 speedway's website at www.southbostonspeedway.com of phone the track at (434) 572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540.

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Series NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Nathan Buttke , Denny Hamlin , Timothy Peters , Jonathan Bailey , Peyton Sellers , Charles Barnes