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Wake County Speedway Final Race 2006
Aug 26, 2006 - updated Aug 26th, 2006 12:53am
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Wake County Final Race of 2006
Wake County Pit Reporter
For the last time this year the florescent lights flickered on, the smell of fried bologna filled the air and the noise of muffled V-8 engines whined in Raleigh, ending a season at Wake County Speedway. When the night?s action was finished, four drivers ended the night atop the season standings in their respective classes.
With a second place finish in Friday night?s race, Dan Matthews clinched the 2006 Dunn Benson Ford Super Late Model championship. Dan ?The Man? only failed to win three races this year in his God Forgive America Monte Carlo, receiving the top honor at Wake County this year. However, the Garner driver would not cross the finish line first on Friday?s steamy August evening. Maybe one of the most action packed late model races of the year ended with Chargin? Charlie Stephenson celebrating his second victory of the year. Stephenson played follow the leader to David ?Ironman? Clark after starting second, but after several laps, Stephenson put the bumper to Clark and sent him looping in turn three. Clark was visibly upset after the race, stopping near victory lane and revving his monstrous motor at Stephenson, but Chargin? Charlie said the contact was accidental and he was on the breaks trying to avoid the crash. Matthews charged all the way from the rear of the field to second, but was no match for Stephenson in the end. Clark made a big come back to third, and Walt Gibson and Jonathan Logan finished fourth and fifth.
The North Carolina Iron Works Modified Four Cylinder division raced their last race of the season and Steve Smith took home his fourth victory of the season in the Iron Works sponsored LT 1 car. Smith dominated the race after taking the pole, and led every lap. Todd Langdon won the war, however, taking home his first career points championship at the quarter mile track. Langdon relied on a couple of wins and a whole lot of consistency and good luck to take home his first big trophy. He finished fourth in Friday night?s race behind Smith, Cole Canady and Kenny Tabler. T.J. Dillon wound up in fifth place.
Jonathan Logan missed being perfect by one race, winning 13 times this year and easily taking home his second straight championship in the Harper?s Graphix Limited Late Model division. Logan won again easily on Friday night, leading every lap of his race, which was a relatively calm affair. Logan credited his Advance Auto Parts, Apple Auto Insurance Crew with giving him the car to beat this season. Frankie Dominick had an impressive run in his #03 Camaro, storming through the field to second. Brandon Ennis, the only one to beat Logan this season finished third, Phil Richard finished fourth and Keith Oliver finished fifth.
Logan?s teammate wrapped up his first career championship in the Citgo Mini-Mart Stock Four division. Chris Privitte, driving the Apple Auto Insurance, Advance Auto Parts sponsored Mustang used a third place run to clinch his championship. Chad Wall won Friday night?s race in the Wall?s Towing, Triangle Auto Sales Pinto after battling with Jessie Richardson for the top spot for most of the race. Richardson finished second, Privette third, David Champion fourth and Sam Pacitti fifth.
Johnny Gregory won the annual battle of the North Carolina Flathead Ford association Friday night. Adrian Lassiter took home yet another Junkyard Class win to close out the year.
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