Orange County Speedway News
Orange County Speedway 8/27
Aug 28, 2016 - updated Aug 28th, 2016 6:58am
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Another night of hard fought short track action is complete. The Late Model Stock division ran 50 laps with pole sitter, Craig Moore, OCS track champion in 2013 and 2015, overpowering the field for the win, though challenged briefly by second place finisher Terry Dease. Third place belonged to Grayson Massey from start to finish. The fourth place fight was a different matter with Limited Sportsman winner Boo Boo Dalton hounding fourth place starter Daniel Schadt, running just ahead of him. Dalton took that spot for good on lap 37, leaving Schadt in fifth at the finish.
Limited Sportsman was a back and forth battle between pole sitter Daryl Carver and outside front row starter Boo Boo Dalton. Dalton was in front of Carver after one lap and held that lead until a lap 18 competition caution. On the restart, Carver inched in front of Dalton briefly but could not hold it. Dalton went back by and took the win, followed by Carver in second. Meanwhile a fierce fight ensued between Corey Purnell, the third place starter and Tracey Chambers just behind him. Chambers got by Purnell on the first lap to take third. Contact between those two at the start/finish line on the lap 18 restart resulted in Chambers taking third and staying there, leaving Purnell with a fourth place finish.
Super Mini Trucks proved their mettle for 25 laps. Brook Beckham bolted from the outside pole position past top starter Scott Martin at the initial green flag for the lead. On the next lap, third place starter Dalton Martin inexplicably spun into the back stretch pit gate, putting that truck out of the race. On the restart, Beckham held the lead, followed by Scott Martin, John Comstock and Jacob Clayton, in that order. On lap 11, Martin and Comstock blew by Beckham, taking first and second respectively. At the checkered, it was Martin taking the win, then Comstock, Beckham and Clayton, second through fourth.
Pure Stock 25 lapper saw a strong Danny Winstead jump from outside pole to first, past pole winner Bobby Clayton, Jr. From there, Winstead was easily the class of the field, taking the win. Jarrett Milam started fifth but finished a strong second. Third place went to Bobby Clayton, Jr in a car that sounded down a cylinder. Fourth place was Quincy Adkins, with fifth going to Mikkie Milam.
Twenty five laps of Street Stock action proved a better race than a four car field should be. Jared Gillis started on pole and Austin Purnell outside of him. Second row belonged to third place starter Jeffrey Martin with Joe Lunsford outside of him. Lunsford brought out the first caution, crashing out of the race on the eighth lap. On the restart Purnell squeezed by Gillis, then Gillis inched by Purnell at the start/finish line, putting Purnell perilously close to the front stretch wall. A lap 18 caution was the result of engine smoke from Purnell’s car. After a close check by fire safety officials the race resumed with Purnell and Martin going at it for second. Eventually Gillis took the win, leaving Purnell second and Martin third.
Not mentioned in our previous post, Josh Nichols started on pole in the Quality Collision Solutions of Graham/Crutchfield Auto Parts Grand American Modifieds 25 lapper. Gary Young, Jr started outside of Nichols, with the third row occupied by John Barilka in third and Roy Cook fourth. Nichols led from green to checkered but was pressured the entire race from second place finisher Young, Jr. Barilka and Cook finished third and fourth respectively.
NASCAR Super Star and Alabama Gang standout Donnie Allison was in the house promoting his book “As I Recall”. His NASCAR-like, but smaller, Allison Legacy Cars Series started their 35 laps with Justin Taylor on the pole. Taylor easily outgunned second place finisher Eric Gerchak for the win. Jacob Borst held on for a third place finish, holding off a hard-charging Seth Henry, followed by Kayla Lyons in fifth.
Be sure to join us for our next night of action Saturday, September 10, our Patriot's Day race, with the green flag flying at 7 p.m.