McClaren the Man in ASCS Southern Tour Opener GASTONIA, North Carolina (April 21, 2006) -- Freehold, New Jersey's Scott McClaren took full advantage of his trek to North Carolina by coming away with victory honors in the ...
McClaren the Man in ASCS Southern Tour Opener
GASTONIA, North Carolina (April 21, 2006) -- Freehold, New Jersey's Scott McClaren took full advantage of his trek to North Carolina by coming away with victory honors in the season opening event for the Heintz Performance American Sprint Car Series Southern Tour feature event at Carolina Speedway.
McClaren took the lead from the outset and fought off a bid from Johnny Bridges to capture his first career ASCS feature win in the nightcap, which was shortened by rain from the scheduled 25-lap distance to ten rounds.
With McClaren setting a quick pace early on, the race's first caution flew after three rounds when Lance Moss came to a halt in turn three.JFour laps later, the yellow lights flickered again when Jeff Young tangled with the turn four wall and collected Doug Gold. Gold flipped but emerged unscathed.
Bridges turned up the heat on McClaren on the ensuing restart and momentarily battled into the lead on the eleventh round, only to see the move negated for a turn two tangle involving Mary Anne Williams, Kris Brooks and Tim Perry.
Reverting back to the last completed lap, McClaren held the point and was declared the winner as showers hit the speedway. Bridges settled for second, with Jimmy Burns, Maryland's Brooke Bowman and Coby Adams rounding out the top five.
Bronzie Lawson snared sixth, with 17-year-old rookie shoe Dale Arnold, Bill Moore, Butch Pendergrass and Doug Day completing the top ten.
Heat race victories were claimed by Gold, McClaren and Bridges.
Heintz Performance ASCS Southern Tour Results:
First Heat: 1. 8-Doug Gold, 2. 29-Jeff Young, 3. 1b-Jimmy Burns, 4. 44-Josh Harris, 5. 2b-Brooke Bowman, 6. 11-Butch Pendergrass.
Second Heat: 1. 21-Scott McClaren, 2. 22-Dale Arnold, 3. 78-Mary Anne Williams, 4. 3-Bronzie Lawson, 5. 5-Dave Thorman, 6. 36-Tim Perry.
Third Heat: 1. 07-Johnny Bridges, 2. 28-Coby Adams, 3. 7-Lance Moss, 4. 2d-Doug Day, 5. 1c-Bruce Cline, 6. 27-Kris Brooks, 7. 06-Bill Moore.
A Feature (25 Laps -- Shortened to 10 Laps due to Rain): 1. 21-Scott McClaren, 2. 07-Johnny Bridges, 3. 1b-Jimmy Burns, 4. 2b-Brooke Bowman, 5. 28-Coby Adams, 6. 3-Bronzie Lawson, 7. 22-Dale Arnold, 8. 06-Bill Moore, 9. 11-Butch Pendergrass, 10. 2d-Doug Day, 11. 1c-Bruce Cline, 12. 5-Dave Thorman, 13. 36-Tim Perry, 14. 27-Kris Brooks, 15. 78-Mary Anne Williams, 16. 29-Jeff Young, 17. 8-Doug Gold, 18. 44-Josh Harris, 19. 7-Lance Moss.
Heintz Performance ASCS Southern Tour Points (Top Ten): 1. Scott McClaren 150, 2. Johnny Bridges 146, 3. Jimmy Burns 144, 4. Brooke Bowman 142, 5. Coby Adams 140, 6. Bronzie Lawson 138, 7. Dale Arnold 136, 8. Bill Moore 134, 9. Butch Pendergrass 132, 10. Doug Day 130.