SOUTH BOSTON, VA (July 12, 2003)....Phillip Morris outran the bounty hunters and a fast approaching thunderstorm to win the 150-lap NASCAR Coors Light Late Model Stock Car Division race that highlighted Charles Anderson Lawn Care Night Presented...
SOUTH BOSTON, VA (July 12, 2003)....Phillip Morris outran the bounty hunters and a fast approaching thunderstorm to win the 150-lap NASCAR Coors Light Late Model Stock Car Division race that highlighted Charles Anderson Lawn Care Night Presented By 3M and Hot Tamales here Saturday night at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway.
Former South Boston track champions Nick Woodward of High Point, NC and Frank Deiny Jr. of Mechanicsville, VA were among 15 drivers who came to South Boston looking to snap Morris' three-race win streak and claim a $1,000 bounty track officials had put on Morris' head.
But Morris and a thunderstorm left them all emptyhanded.
Morris started on the pole and led every lap enroute to claiming his fourth straight win and the $3,000 first prize in the race that was stopped by rain after 93 laps.
"I thought it was pretty neat we had a couple of drivers show up to try to claim the bounty," said Morris.
"I think it worked. It was a good thing, a neat thing. I think it was a smart thing to do because it's going to bring more people in."
Woodward finished second with last year's Southampton Motor Speedway track champion, Woody Howard of Chesapeake, VA, Deiny, and Dean Ward of Winston-Salem, NC rounding out the top five finishers.
Jason Dickerson, Jimmy Mullins, Ryan Rhodes, Wayne Ramsey and James Ramsey rounded out the top ten finishers.
The top six drivers finished on the lead lap.
Woodward was the only driver that could put any pressure on Morris. After taking second place away from Howard on the eighth lap, Woodward gradually closed the gap on Morris.
The former South Boston track champion pulled to within a car length of Morris by the 58th circuit and was glued to Morris' rear bumper when the first of the race's two caution periods came on lap 80.
Woodward had only four green-flag laps to make a move on Morris before the second caution period came on lap 87 when James Ramsey and Warren Thoma crashed on the backstretch.
Rain began falling while track crews were cleaning up debris from the crash. Track officials called a halt to the race when the rain turned into a hard downpour with 93 laps in the books.
Woodward said the rain cut short his bid to beat Morris and claim what could have been a $4,000 payday.
"I'm not going to say we had enough to go and drive around him, but I think we could have made it interesting," said Woodward.
"I think we could have kept some pressure on him. I was up there trying to keep a nose on him and make him make a mistake, But, when you're following somebody like Philip Morris, they're not going to make many mistakes."
Morris, on the other hand, was glad to see the rain.
"I think God won this race," Morris said.
"He pretty much put his foot down and said "It's Over."
Jonathan Cash of Oxford, NC didn't cross the finish line first but he came away with the win in the 50-lap race for the NASCAR Sheetz Limited Sportsman division.
Chad Mason of Richmond, VA started 15th in the 17-car field, wrestled the lead away from Cash with 13 laps to go and appeared to have won the race.
However, Mason's car didn't pass the post-race inspection and Mason was disqualified. That gave the win to Cash who picked up his third victory in 10 starts.
Wayne Roach, Jr. of Gretna, VA, Tommy Peregoy of Red Oak, VA, Jonathan Bailey of Keysville, VA and Billy Myers of Hurt, VA rounded out the top five finishers in the official tally.
Tommy Wooldridge of Forest, VA started on the pole and led all the way in winning the 30-lap race for the GRAND Home Furnishings Pure Stock Division. The win was his fifth in seven starts.
Scott Phillips of Virgilina, VA, Scott Slagle of Buffalo Junction, VA, Donald Glass of Halifax, VA and Lee Anderson of Lynchburg, VA rounded out the top five finishers.
NASCAR racing action will return to Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway Saturday night, July 19 with Puckett Dodge Night Presented By Arctic Cat.
The event, the second double points event of the season, will be headlined by a 150-lap race for the NASCAR Coors Light Late Model Stock Cars. A $1,500 bounty will be up for grabs for any driver who can snap Philip Morris' four-race win streak.
A 50-lap race for the NASCAR Sheetz Limited Sportsman Division and a 30-lap race for the GRAND Home Furnishings Pure Stock Division will round out the night's action.
Gates will open at 5 p.m., qualifying starts at 5:30 p.m., the Racing For Kids Challenge for youngsters ages 4-7 will start at 6 p.m. and the first race will start at 7 p.m.
Admission will be $10 for adults and $5 for youths ages 10-15. Kids ages nine and under will be admitted free.
For 46 years, Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway has been the fans' choice for affordable family entertainment. Another exciting racing season at "America's Hometown Track" begins March 15. For the Speedway's complete 2003 schedule and more information on Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway, log on to www.southbostonspeedway.com.