SALUDA, VA -- Danny Smith passed Bill Rose and ran away from Chad Kemenah to win Thursday night's Virginia Motor Speedway Haulmark All Star sprint car 30 lap feature. Smith's second win of the season in the Pence GMC-Olds Doug Williams Trucking...
SALUDA, VA -- Danny Smith passed Bill Rose and ran away from Chad Kemenah to win Thursday night's Virginia Motor Speedway Haulmark All Star sprint car 30 lap feature. Smith's second win of the season in the Pence GMC-Olds Doug Williams Trucking Maxim machine came in the first ever visit by the All Stars to the beautiful half-mile oval.
Rose and Jeremy Campbell brought the field down for the green flag and it was Rose jumping out into the early lead. Rose drove a flawless race up through the halfway point of the 15 mile contest, with Campbell riding in second and Paul May was third in front of Smith, who started third.
Just past the halfway mark, Campbell began applying heavy pressure on the leader and May closed on Campbell as the leaders wove through lapped traffic. On lap 16 May tried a pass on Campbell, and he moved by in the low groove for second as Campbell lost his momentum, allowing Smith to also get by him for third. A pair of circuits later May got real loose off turn four, allowing Smith to blow by into second place behind leader Rose.
Lap 19 saw Rose get loose going into turn one with Smith moving high alongside him. Smith was unable to make the pass, but had enough speed to dive low under Rose in turns three and four and emerge with the lead after the classic sprint car slide job.
May then moved up and brushed wheels with Rose to take second, and Kemenah also got by the Indiana driver. May then got loose off turn two, allowing Kemenah to take over second. Meanwhile, Smith was building a full straightaway lead but that lead evaporated on lap 25 when the red flag flew. Ryan Coniam and May were going for the same spot on the track in turn three and collided. This resulted in flips by Coniam and May. Coniam was finished for the evening, but May was able to continue. Once the green reappeared, Smith pulled away easily to win by a half straightway over series points leader Kemenah's Jim Harble Eagle. Rose was third in his own No. 6, followed by the leading rookie of 2004, Campbell. Greg Wilson, in Bob Hampshire's No. 63, was fifth, ahead of Tim Hunter, up from 12th. Jon Agan recorded his best finish of the year, seventh, in the Dee Zee Truck Accessories No. 4J. Mike Lutz was eighth in the Chiapelli No. 98, flowed by Brock Mayes and Springfield, Illinois driver Eddie Lynch.
The Crown Battery heat fell to Huggins Cams Fast Time qualifier Chad Kemenah and the B&B Products heat went to Mike Lutz. Kemenah also won the Haulmark Dash. Tim Hunter won the Fisher Performance Hard Charger award for passing six cars in the feature.
Huggins Cams Time Trials: 1. Chad Kemenah, Harble 15, 16.087 (NTR); 2. Greg Wilson, Hampshire 63, 16.197; 3. Paul May, May 71m, 16.343; 4. Danny Smith, Smith 4, 16.409; 5. Jeremy Campbell, Campbell 10c, 16.424; 6. Bill Rose, Rose 6, 16.556; 7. Ryan Coniam, Grove 70, 16.640; 8. Barry Ruble, Ruble 63r, 16.772; 9. Jon Agan, Agan 4j, 16.910; 10. Mike Lutz, Chiapelli 98, 16.959; 11. Brock Mayes, Mayes 11b, 16.992; 12. Tim Hunter, Hunter 2h, 17.037; 13. Eddie Lynch, Lynch 29, 17.876; 14. Mary-Anne Williams, Williams 87, 18.481.
Crown Battery Heat (8 laps): 1. Chad Kemenah 2. Jon Agan 3. Jeremy Campbell 4. Brock Mayes 5. Paul May 6. Ryan Coniam 7. Eddie Lynch.
B&B Products Heat (8 laps): 1. Mike Lutz 2. Tim Hunter 3. Bill Rose 4. Greg Wilson 5. Danny Smith 6. Barry Ruble 7. Mary Anne Williams.
Haulmark Dash (4 laps): 1. Kemenah 2. May 3. Smith 4. Wilson.
Haulmark A Main (30 laps): 1. Danny Smith 2. Chad Kemenah 3. Bill Rose 4. Jeremy Campbell 5. Greg Wilson 6. Tim Hunter 7. Jon Agan 8. Mike Lutz 9. Brock Mayes 10. Eddie Lynch 11. Barry Ruble 12. Paul May 13. Mary Anne Williams 14. Ryan Coniam.
Lap Leaders: Bill Rose 1-19; Danny Smith 20-30.