South Boston Speedway News
McCaskill Ends Lengthy Drought At SBS
Jul 4, 2008 - updated Jul 4th, 2008 3:05pm
Web posted by Tim Chandler
South Boston,VA. --
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After having finished second in the last three NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division races here at South Boston Speedway, Deac McCaskill finally found Victory Lane.
McCaskill, from Raleigh, N.C., drove past the faltering car of former South Boston Speedway and NASCAR national champion Philip Morris on lap 154 and sped away to a 3.622-second win over C.E. Falk III of Virginia Beach, Va. in Thursday night’s Bailey’s Late Model 200 for the Barkhouser Late Model Stock Car Division.
McCaskill pocketed a $5,000 prize for winning the 200-lap race, the biggest race of the season to date for the Barkhouser Late Model Stock Car Division. It was the first win of the season here for McCaskill who has not won a race at South Boston Speedway since the 2005 season.
Jonathan Cash of Oxford, N.C. finished third, Wayne Ramsey of Amherst, Va. finished fourth and Jonathan Bailey of Keysville, Va. rounded out the top five finishers.
Dude Gibbs of Seaford, Va., Owen Miller of Emporia, Va., Tommy Lemons of Troy, N.C., Kelly Kingery and Stephen Berry rounded out the top ten finishers.
Morris, the pole winner, led much of the race while Falk and McCaskill battled for second place behind him.
McCaskill got past Falk on lap 130 and set sail after Morris. He caught Morris on lap 152 and rolled into the lead two laps later. Once in front, with no caution flags to slow him, McCaskill steadily pulled away from the field and extended his lead to well over three seconds by the time the checkered flag fell.
Five caution periods and two red flags in the first 97 laps slowed the action. After the race went back to green on lap 102, there was no stopping as the final 98 circuits were run under the green.
Justin Johnson of Durham, N.C., who led the Barkhouser Late Model Stock Car Division points standings by 17 points over Ramsey entering the race, was involved in a multi-car mishap on the seventh lap. He spent a lengthy period of the race in the pits for repairs and was relegated to an 18th-place finish in the 28-car starting field.
Falk Takes Limited Sportsman Win
Wesley Falk of Virginia Beach, Va. picked up his first win of the season at South Boston Speedway Thursday night and did it in the division’s longest and richest race of the season.
Falk took the lead when the engine in the car driven by race leader Bruce Anderson of South Boston, Va. cut off and went dead on the final lap of Thursday night’s 100-lap Limited Sportsman Division race.
Once he sped past Anderson, Falk raced to the checkered flag, finishing 4.240 seconds ahead of runner-up Lee Pulliam of Semora, N.C.
The win was worth $1,500 for Falk and the second-place finish by Pulliam coupled with Anderson’s ninth-place finish vaulted Pulliam back to the top of the division point standings.
Danny Willis Jr. of Cluster Springs, Va., the winner of last year’s edition of this race, finished third with Tommy Peregoy of Red Oak, Va. and George Spencer of Halifax, Va. driving a Chevrolet out of the Halifax County (Va.) Motorsports Academy stable, rounded out the top five finishers.
Richard Storm of Partlow, Va., Joey Throckmorton of Scottsburg, Va., Jan Velez of Quaynabo, Puerto Rico, Anderson and Greg DeJarnette of Gladys, Va. rounded out the top ten finishers.
The race featured two lead changes among three drivers with Anderson leading 97 laps of the 100-lap race.
Falk averaged 68.631 mph in the race that took just over 35 minutes to complete.
Crosby Awarded Pure Stock Win
Joe Allred of Scottsburg, Va. appeared to have his third win of the season in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division in the bag after taking the checkered flag in Thursday night’s 50-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division.
Unfortunately for Allred, who led all but two laps of the race, his car failed to pass a post-race inspection by track NASCAR officials and Courtney Crosby of Scottsburg, Va., the runner-up in the race, was awarded the win in the season’s longest and richest race for the division.
The win was Crosby’s first of the season and it made him the sixth different winner in the division this season.
Quain Moore of Callands, Va., who recovered from an early-race mishap to cross the finish line third, was elevated to second place. Rookie Michael Jones of South Boston, Va., Mark Francisco of Halifax, Va. and Chris Seay of Ringgold, Va. rounded out the top five finishers.
Next Race At South Boston Speedway
NASCAR racing will return to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, July 12, when South Boston Speedway hosts the running of the Miss Utility Night.
The five-race program will be highlighted by twin 75-lap races for the drivers and teams of the Barkhouser Late Model Stock Car Division. Races for the Limited Sportsman Division, the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and the INEX Legends Cars Series are also scheduled as part of the program.
Pit gates will open at 1 p.m. and practice will go from 2:15 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. and qualifying time trials will begin at 5:15 p.m. The first race will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages 7-12. Kids ages 6 and under will be admitted free. Youths must be accompanied by a paid adult in order to receive the discounted admission price.
For more information about the July 12 Miss Utility Night or other events scheduled for the 2008 season, visit the speedway’s website at www.southbostonspeedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.