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Stephenson Charges to Victory
May 13, 2008 - updated May 13th, 2008 11:00am
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WCS May 9th race report
The first feature of the evening was the 600 Incorporated Legends. Norman Perry started on the pole in the #7 Billy Gomez Jr. alongside in his #66. Perry got the jump on Gomez, but going down the backstretch Gomez took the lead back from Perry. The caution flew on lap 2 as the #30 car spun in turn 2 with no damage. The green flew once again and the action heated up as the 30 car began moving through the field, but on lap 14, contact between him and the #99 led to the second and final caution of the race. Billy Gomez held the lead in his #66 to take the win over the #7 of Norman Perry. Third place went to the #27 of Kevin Yates.
The North Carolina Iron Works Modified 4 Cylinder class proved to have the most exciting battle of the evening. Randy Pearce started on the pole in his #18 with Sam Pacitti along side in his #43. The green flag flew and Pacitti got the jump on Pearce. The two battled for 8 laps with the fans on their feet before the action was slowed. Bob Carter Jr. slowed his #8 machine and came to a stop in turn 3 to bring out the caution. The green flag came back out and Pacitti led the way. Pearce made multiple attempts to pass, but could never quite complete the pass. Lapped cars came into play later. On lap 25, Sam Pacitti was putting a lap on the #55 of Kevin Floars when the two made contact spinning Floars on the backstretch. Floars made contact with Randy Pearce’s machine, but both cars continued and Pearce maintained 2nd place. Pacitti led the field to the green and fought off Pearce to get the win. Sam “Showtime” Paccitti brought his D& V Repair, Bobby’s Welding Service, Fuquay Tire and Automotive #43 Ford Fusion home first. Randy “Hotdog” Pearce had to settle for 2nd in his #18 Chassis Dynamics, Rolesville Equipment Co. Ford. Rounding out the top 3 was T.J. Dillon in his #06 Fuquay Embroidery, Steve Ashworth Performance Racing Engines Ford.
The Harpers Graphix Limited Late Model race proved to be another great battle. Andy Wiley started from the pole in his #66 car with Tony Cooper on the outside of row 1 in the #7 machine. Wiley jumped out to the lead. On lap 5 things began to go wrong for a few drivers. The #62 of Jason Adam’s started smoking heavily and pulled into the pits, but it was too late. The 50, 78, and 38 all spun in turn 4 in what appeared to be oil. The #38 of Ricky Jones had severe rear end damage and was done for the night. The #50 of Frankie Dominick had front end damage, but continued on after repairs. Andy Wiley took the field back to green for 13 laps as Jason White and Zachary Marks moved into 2nd and 3rd. Frankie Dominick came to a stop in turn 4 on lap 18 after contact with the outside wall. Dominick pulled his car into the pits and retired. The field went back to green and Jason White took the lead from Wiley, with Zachary Marks moving into 2nd place and pushing Andy Wiley back to third. The field went green from here on out with Jason White bringing home the checkered flag in his #51 Southern Wake Mobile Auto Monte Carlo. Zachary Marks finished 2nd in his #25 Shulz Iron Works, B. Pleasant Monte Carlo. Andy Wiley brought home a strong third place with his #66 R& J Custom Exhaust, ACH Ironworks Monte Carlo.
The main event of the night was the Dunn Benson Ford Super Late Model race. Walt Gibson started from the pole in his #47 with Big Jim Kelley along side in the K7 machine. Gibson got a jump on the field with Jonathan Logan following to take 2nd. On lap 7, Logan and Gibson made contact spinning the 47 of Gibson. The #55 of Kevin Floars was also involved. The incident left Logan with some right front damage. The green flag came back out for only 1 lap as Kevin Floars spun on lap 8 in turn 2 to bring the yellow back out. The green flag waved once again and Big Jim Kelley led the field. The caution flew once again on lap 17 for debris from the #21 of Jonathan Logan. The field went back to green and Charlie Stephenson went to work on Kelley for the lead. On lap 20, Stephenson completed the pass and headed for victory lane, but the pace was slowed again on lap 27 with a red flag. A crew member for Kevin Floars needed medical attention and the red flag was displayed to allow EMS workers to get to the young man who ended up being ok. The green flag came back out and Stephenson walked away, but behind him Big Jim Kelley and Jonathan Logan started a battle that led to contact on lap 45 sending the K7 spinning. Stephenson went on to win in his #85 Quality Lightning Protection, Boyette’s Automotive Dodge. Jonathan Logan brought his #21 Advance Auto Parts Ford home in a strong 2nd. Big Jim Kelley fought back to 3rd place in his #K7 Cheap Charlie’s Floors, Joey Grissin Racing Engines Chevrolet. After the race, Logan and Kelley made contact on the backstretch leaving Logan’s car unable to drive back to the scales, but with the help of the tow truck he was able to get weighed.
The final race of the night was the CITGO Mini Mart 4 Cylinders. Greg Carroll continued his stranglehold on the competition by starting on the pole in his #15 with young Elliott Jewel starting outside in the #23 machine. Carroll jumped out to the lead and the field scrambled for positions behind him. On lap 7, it was Kevin Jeffries bringing out the caution as he spun off of turn 4 with no contact. On lap 8, Jeffries spun again off of turn 4 in the same spot to bring the field to a crawl. The cars went back green for 3 laps before the #62 of Michael Woodard and #88 of Jeffries came spinning off of turn 4 with no contact to each other or anything else to bring the yellow out one more time. The field went green for 12 laps after this before the #51 of Cory Walker climbed the backstretch wall and came to a stop in turn 3 with heavy right front damage to end his night. Greg Carroll just plain outran the field to pick up the win in his #15c The A/C Company, Thompson Construction, Interstate Sign Co. Mustang. Todd Langdon brought the #71 Walls Roofing, Langdon/ McKenzie Contractors Ford home with a strong 2nd place to maintain his points lead. Young Daniel Vuncannon had a strong showing in his #50 Talton’s Metal Products, Southern Wake Automotive Mustang finishing 3rd.
It was a great night of racing from Wake County Speedway. Join us this Friday May 16th for The North Carolina Iron Works Bike races with special guest Muddy the Mud Cat. All classes will be running including the Ucars.
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