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Kelly Goes Wire to Wire
May 5, 2008 - updated May 5th, 2008 12:30am
Web posted by Ginger Pleasant
Raleigh, NC. --
Opening night at Wake County Speedway is always an exciting time and the David Champion Memorial race was no different. The evening started off with a moment of silence and a few words for four of the people who went to be with the Lord during the off season. These four people were Eugene Ward Williams, Anna Marie Gray, Charlie Stephenson, and David Champion. The track showed it's appreciation for David Champions contributions to the track and community by introducing the “David Champion Sportsmanship Award” in the form of a cup style trophy. The trophy will be handed out to a deserving driver later in the season.
The racing action started with the CITGO Mini Mart 4 cylinder class. The field was set by two heat races earlier in the evening. The most notable being the first which featured Wil Smith holding off an extremely fast Greg Carroll in the closing laps despite some contact between the two which continued with a minor bump after the heat race. Wil Smith led the field to the green flag in his #32 Mustang with Rookie Daniel Vuncannon in the #50 on the outside also in a Mustang. Daniel got a bad start and the field passed him on both sides. Greg Carroll in the #15c Mustang quickly moved to the point on lap 2 followed by Wil Smith. Carroll extended his lead to over a straight before the only caution of the race flew on lap 22 as Daniel Vuncannon spun his #50 in turns 1 and 2 and made contact with the inside wall. Daniel retired from the race leaving the field with a green white checkered finish. The Green flag flew with Carroll leading Smith, Todd Langdon, and Jesse Duke. Greg Carroll pulled away from the field and pulled his #15c Stancil Oil Company, The A/C Company Ford Mustang onto the weighing scales first. The scales proved to be the only thing that could stop Carroll as his car was declared too light and the win was taken away. This gave Wil Smith in his #32 Smith Equipment Company, Accent Imaging, Frankie Haddock race engines Mustang the win. The 2007 Modified Four Cylinder champion Todd Langdon was scored 2nd in his #71 Walls Roofing, Langdon and McKenzie Contactors Ford. Jesse Duke earns himself a 3rd place finish in the #33 Duke’s Heating and Air Ford Mustang.
The North Carolina Iron Works Modified 4 Cylinder class started with former champion Randy “Hotdog” Pearce on the pole in his #18 Ford with Sam “Showtime” Pacitti starting 2nd in his #43 Ford Fusion. Kevin Floars did a great job coming up to 2nd place after battling with Sam Pacitti and T.J Dillon for the spot. Despite some contact on lap 1 with T.J Dillon’s #06, “Hotdog” Pearce claimed the victory in dominating fashion with his Rolesville Equipment Co. , Chassis Dynamics, Trans Medics Ford over Kevin Floars’ #55 Central Carolina Preowned, Just Tires Chevy SS. Sam “Showtime” Pacitti brought home a 3rd place finish in his #43 D&V Repair, Bobby’s Welding Service Ford Fusion.
The Harper’s Graphix Limited Late Model class proved to be a class where the guy to have the least problems was going to win. Tony Cooper looked to walk away from the field in his heat race until his car went for a spin in turns 1&2 leaving him with a 4th place finish and an 8th place starting spot in the main. Andy Wiley started from the pole in his #66 Chevrolet with 2007 Rookie of the year Zachary Marks on the outside pole in his #25 Chevrolet. Andy Wiley got out front and held the lead early as Zachary Marks and William Pearce tried to stay with him. On lap 14, Tony Cooper brought out the first caution with a self spin between turns 1 and 2. Tony failed to finish and was reported as having a brake failure. Andy Wiley restarted and held the lead, but the caution flew again. On lap 16, Frankie Dominick lost his driveshaft in turn 4 bringing out the caution and forcing him to retire early. The green flew again with Andy Wiley leading and Marks following closely. On lap 20, Lizzy Smith spun and came to a stop between turns 3 and 4 bringing out the final caution. Andy Wiley led for the next 7 laps before Zachary Marks finally made the winning pass with 3 laps to go and brought home the checkered flag in his #25 Shulz Iron Works, C & J Welding, B. Pleasant Electric Chevrolet over Andy Wiley’s #66 Morrisey Mechanical Heating, Mills Stone Setting Chevrolet which was later reported to have a cut tire in the closing laps. Phil Richard brought home a strong 3rd place in his #5 Total Trac System, The Truck Shop Chevrolet.
The Dunn Benson Super Late Model drivers were prepared to prove why they are the featured class at Wake County Speedway when they took to the track. Big Jim Kelly took the pole with his K7. Walt Gibson started 2nd on the starting grid beside Kelly. Kelly took the initial green flag over Gibson and kept an eye in his mirror as Gibson followed. Lap 8 was the scene of the first caution as Bradley Mccaskill spun in turns 1 and 2. Kelly led the next 12 laps before the caution flew on lap 20. Jonathan Logan got around in turn 2 after some tight racing with Charlie Stephenson which may have lead to contact, but neither car was damaged. Charlie Stephenson put on a great battle for 3rd with last years Champion Alex Fleming as Kelly showed the way. Big Jim Kelly took the win in his K7 Cheap Charlie's Floor Covering, Joey Grissin Racing Engines, CITGO Mini Mart, Amsoil Chevrolet never taking his eye out of the mirror as he led every lap to claim the victory. Walt Gibson piloted his #47 Chevrolet to a strong 2nd place finish followed by Charlie Stephenson’s #85 Quality Lightning Protection Dodge in 3rd.
The Dirt Cheap Sand, Rock, and Mulch Ucars took to the track last to start the newly formed Ucar Clash for Cash series. Albert Lamont started on the pole with his #07 alongside Jason Capps’ #29. Jason Capps jumped out to an early lead as drivers scrambled behind him for position. Jessie Richardson Jr. looked strong as he moved into second place and began to gain on Capps, but that strong run would come to an end on lap 42 of 50. The caution flew as the #78 car went spinning. During the caution, Jessie Richardson Jr. took his 7x machine to the pits with a lot of noise coming from under the hood, ending his night. The green flew, but only for 1 lap as the #28 car brought out the caution on lap 43 with a spin. The field went back to green for 5 more laps with Jason Capps leading until the #18 of Janet McCaskill got into trouble in turn 4 bringing out the caution on lap 48. The restart only led to another caution brought out by the 07 and 94 as they both got turned around in turn 2 on the restart. Jason Capps restarted with a green white checkered and picked up the first UCAR Clash for Cash win in his #29 Wise Recycling, Bakers Transport, Pro Tint Chevrolet over 2nd place Ray Forest in his x7 Choice Electric, Quality Class Automobile. Rounding out the top 3 was the #21 of Jimmy Horner.
It was a great night of racing to open up the 2008 season. Join us this Friday night May 3rd for a regular racing program with double points for the CITGO Mini Mart 4 Cylinder drivers. The Wake County Speedway Dirt Cheap Sand, Rock, and Mulch UCARS will also be in action, so come on out and join us for a great show.
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