Orange County Speedway News
Orange County Speedway 2nd Annual Sherry Love Johnson Memorial Race
Apr 12, 2015 - updated Apr 12th, 2015 11:37am
Web posted by Rob Staley
Roughmont, NC. --
Story By Rob Staley
Pictures By Thomas Lee
Stacy Puryear started from the pole and led all 75 laps in the late model stock portion of Saturday night's Sherry Love Johnson Memorial race at Orange County Speedway.
The event is named in honor of the late track worker who passed away from cancer a little over a year ago.
Puryear was never seriously challenged as he easily was the class of the ten car field which included five former track champions. Puryear took the crown in 2008. "We"ll be back with this car next week" he stated in victory lane. Puryear is expected to be one of the favorites as the CARS touring series rolls into town. The likable South Boston native will compete in the 150 lap late model stock half of the doubleheader. Super late models will compete in the other half at the three-eighths mile asphalt oval. No regular track divisions will compete next weekend.
Chuck Lawson survived a sizzling duel with newcomer Layne Riggs to win the 35 lap limited sportsman tussle. Riggs lost a probable runnerup finish when he spun in the second turn while trying to pass Lawson for the lead in the late stages. Riggs began his debut race in the division from the pole position and served notice that he will be a strong contender for the 2015 division championship.
In the night's other races... Defending street stock champ Jerry Wilkerson outbattled Jared Gillis to win a 25 lap street stock race, James Peery took his very first victory in the track's pure stock class, Jeffrey Martin copped the 20 lapper for super mini trucks, Jantzen Stirewalt outclassed the field in the 35 lap Allison Legacy feature and Keith Oliver was the victor in a 20 lap return for the Mod fours.
Late model... Stacy Puryear, Craig Moore, Mike Looney, Chuck Lawson, Thomas Scott, Josh Oakley, Chris Denny, Terry Dease, Layne Riggs, Justin Newlin
Limited sportsman... Chuck Lawson, Dennis Sargent Jr., Daniel Schadt, Chris Elliott, Tracey Chambers, Bill Barber, Jake Gray, Layne Riggs, Garrett Marchant, Chris Henderson, Jerrry Hinesley, Richard Hayden , Chris Denny
Street stock...Jerry Wilkerson, Jared Gillis, Scoot Hayden, Jason Warsing, Cory Purnell, Tony Deal, Austin Purnell, Wesley Martin, Scott Brody, Michael Smith
Pure stock...James Peery, Brandon watson, Mike Milam, Chase Sanderfur, Daniel Winstead, Dennis Sargent III, Jarrett Milam
Super mini trucks...Jeffrey Martin, Kiser Martin, Anthony Bennett, Landon Martin
Allison Legacy...Jantzen Stirewalt, Hunter Moody, Colby White, Tim Niesen, Justin Taylor
The starting Line up for the Late Model portion of the 2nd annual Sherry Love Johnson Memorial Race lead by Stacy Puryear (17) and Craig Moore (1).
Chuck Lawson (4) and Layne Riggs (99) son of NASCAR star Scott Riggs, would battle hard for a majority of the Limited Late Model race.
Layne Riggs (99) and Dennis Sargent (38) lead the Limited Late Models to the green.
Stacy Puryear (17) in victory lane.
?Stacy Puryear (17) with his wife Melissa and their newly born son SJ standing in victory lane at Orange County Speedway.