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Kelley Holds on for second win of season
Jun 3, 2008 - updated Jun 3rd, 2008 12:38pm
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The first feature of the night was the Dirt Cheap Sand, Rock, and Mulch Ucars. Randy Ward started on the pole in his #22 with Kristin Gault along side. The green flag fell and it was quickly evident that the F1 of Robert Arch was going to be a threat as he began moving forward and by lap 10 had gained the lead from Randy Ward. Arch held off multiple challenges from Super Late Model driver Bradley Mccaskill and Matt Grimes to win in his first start at the track. Matt Grimes brought his #87 home in a strong second followed by Bradley Mccaskill in 3rd with the 18j.
The North Carolina Iron Works Modified 4 Cylinder race was all about Showtime. Sam “Showtime” Pacitti started on the pole in his #43 with the #7 of Justin Jones starting second. Sam quickly put his car out front as the green flag dropped and only had 1 challenger during the event. The #06 of T.J. Dillon who was overheard complaining about his handling prior to the race made a strong charge to be the one to challenge Pacitti. Dillon was unable to get around the #43 machine and settled for 2nd in his #06 Steve Ashworth Performance Racing Engines, Southern Grounds Fusion. “Showtime” Pacitti brought his #43 Bobby's Welding Service, D&V Repair, Fuquay Tire and Automotive Fusion to victory lane once again. Rounding out the top 3 was Justin Jones in the #7 Frazier Landscaping, Hair Worx machine.
The Harpers Graphix Limited Late Model class was the same song, but with a little different tune. Andy Wiley started on the pole in his #66 with the #50 of Frankie Dominick Jr. on the outside. Wiley took his car to the lead on the drop of the green flag and prepared to set sail but Jason White was not about to let Wiley ruin his perfect record this season without a fight. White moved into 2nd place by lap 10 and was putting pressure on Wiley for the lead. On lap 12, the #78 of William Pierce lost control in turn 3 to bring out the only yellow of the event. Jason White used the caution to prepare to make another run at Wiley. On lap 15, White put his #51 underneath Wiley and after running side by side down the straightaway, White gained the position. White went on to win in his #51 Southern Wake Automotive Monte Carlo. Andy Wiley's #66 ACH IronWorks, Morissey Mechanical Heating, Just Tires of Cary Monte Carlo came home 2nd after a great run. Frankie Dominick Jr. proved he's gotten a handle on his new car as he brought the #50 home in 3rd after winning his heat race earlier in the evening.
The Citgo Mini Mart 4 Cylinder class had a great battle early between a proven winner and a driver with no sponsors. Aaron Champion put his #15 on the pole with Greg Carroll alongside, looking to pick up another win. The green flag dropped and the front two cars raced side by side for a few laps before Carroll motored by on the outside. On lap 16, the yellow flag waved for the #51 of Cory Walker coming to a stop on the backstretch. The field went back green and Carroll began to pull away as Champion and Todd Langdon battled for 2nd. Greg Carroll took the win in his #15c Thompson Construction, The A/C Company, Stancil Oil Co Mustang. Todd Langdon maintained the points lead with a 2nd place finish in the #71 Walls Roofing Company, Logan's Roadhouse Ford. Aaron Champion came home 3rd in the #15 after battling with Carroll and Langdon.
The Dunn Benson Super Late Model class got the excitement and carnage underway early. Big Jim Kelley qualified first with his #K7. Veteran Walt Gibson was ready to go in his #47 from 2nd. The green flag dropped and the #21 of Jonathan Logan never got up to speed. The field raced off of turn 4 and the yellow came out with Logan limping past the start finish line. The #55 of Kevin Floars and #17 of Randy Renfrow made contact, sending both cars spinning. Renfrows car made heavy contact with the back of Logan's, ending Renfrow's night. Floars was able to continue though. The field went back green after a lengthy clean up and Kelley went back to the lead. Gibson made a few attempts to pass Kelley, but Kelley held strong. Charlie Stephenson lived up to his nickname as he “charged” up to 2nd place. At the end of the race, he was all over Kelley. Big Jim Kelley brought his #K7 Cheap Charlie's Floor Covering, Joey Grissin Racing Engines, Citgo Mini Mart machine home to victory for the 2nd time this season. Kelley said he had a brake problem at the end of the race that could have helped Stephenson get close. “Charging” Charlie Stephenson came in 2nd in his #85 Quality Lightning Protection, Boyette's Automotive Chevrolet with Walt Gibson's #47 Wakefield Automotive Chevrolet coming home third.
Wake County Speedway will be closed this Friday, but join us on June 13th for double points in all divisions thanks to Triangle Auto Sales. The 600 Inc. Racing Legends will be in action. The Pierce Group challenge will also be hosting a children's bike race.
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