|Posted by: RaceRap on September 11, 2017 at 4:20am|
With the Mike Bledsoe Mechanical Heating and Air Late Model Stock division running twin 35-lap races, it was two infrequent competitors dominating the night and ruffling a few feathers along the way. In race one, top qualifier Brandon Setzer led from green to checkered for a second win in only his third OCS start this year. Making his first start of the year at OCS, veteran LMS racer Stacey Puryear took second, after recovering from a spin on the first lap and riding Setzer’s bumper most of the race. The second race resulted in those two changing places, Puryear taking the win and Setzer settling for second after a fender crunching battle with the car of Terry Dease. Dease was far from pleased after the contact, using his wounded car to prove it. That first lap in race one also included the car of fourth-place starter Terry Dease clipping the rear of Camden Gullie’s. Dease went on to finish third but Gullie, after qualifying third, finished sixth as a result. Chris Denny, who started the night tied in the points with Dease, improved on his sixth place starting spot to finish fourth. Chuck Lawson started fifth, ending the race there. Daniel Moss, apparently suffering from mechanical woes, took seventh in both races.
The second Late Model race, as is customary, saw most of the field inverted for the start. Denny was the control car, with Dease’s car to his inside at the green flag. Row two belonged to Puryear and Lawson, followed by the cars of Gullie, Setzer and Moss in that order. Gullie spun his car on the first lap, quickly righting his car and holding on for a fourth place finish, his fourth top five of the year. By the second lap, Moss had somehow muscled his machine to fourth behind Puryear. Trying to make quick work of Puryear, Moss’s car tapped the rear of Puryear’s, only to send Puryear’s car into the one of Lawson and leaving Moss falling back in the field. Puryear and Lawson continued a fender to fender battle while Dease was doing the same with the lead car of Denny, while Setzer began his march through the field.
Thirteen laps in, Dease used his chrome horn to get by Denny for the lead. Two laps later, Puryear took second away from Denny and Setzer moved past Denny for third. It took two more times around the track for Puryear to squeeze his car past Dease for the lead, leaving Setzer pounding the rear of Dease’s car. Then on lap 22, Setzer’s right front fender creased Dease’s left rear, spinning Dease in turn two. Unable to slow down in time, the car of Denny slammed into Dease’s left front, putting Denny on the hook and out of the race for a sixth-place finish and two points behind Dease in the division championship race.
During the ensuing caution, Dease drove his severely damaged machine around the track and up to Setzer’s, temporarily blocking and slightly brushing that car, not once but twice. Officials then parked Dease for the night, though his car was likely too damaged to continue. The remainder of the race was a bit of a yawner, with the exception of Lawson using his fender for a little bit payback to Puryear for earlier contact. Victory Lane was anything but. With the top three cars of Puryear, Setzer and Lawson parked at the start/finish line for interviews, a brief scuffle broke out between the crews of Setzer and Dease which track security quickly stepped in to extinguish.
Limited Sportsman ran their own 35-lap event and, has been the case twice before this season, Daryl Carver walked away with the winning trophy, leading start to finish. Starting on the front row beside Carver was the car of Brent Evans, Jr. Evans pressured Carver for the lead throughout the race but finished behind him, leaving him winless for the year but still in second place in the points. Jerry Hinesley and Jared Gillis started behind those two, third and fourth respectively. As has been the case most of the season, Hinesley had a strong run only to have car trouble put him out before the finish, going out six laps from the finish in this race and in last place. The most improved finish saw Richard Hayden start eighth but battle back for a fourth place finish. Hayden finished just behind the car of Daniel Schadt who was making his first Limited start of the year. Two caution flags flew during the race, the second when Gillis backed his car into the turn one wall. He recovered to finish in sixth. Corey Purnell finished in front of him and Austin Purnell behind him. Third place in the points when the race began, Tracey Chambers started her car in ninth, dropping out four laps from the end, leaving her in eighth place.
The dynasty continues as Danny Winstead once again was the fastest qualifier and winner of the Pure Stock 25-lap race, his fifth win in seven starts. It didn’t start out that way as Winstead seemed to hesitate at the start, allowing the other front row starter Bobby Clayton to jump out front. Fourth place starter Brandon Watson passed Winstead for second and Trevor Winstead, who started third, dropped back two spots, leaving Brandon Watson in second. Chase Sandefur had then moved from sixth, going side by side with Danny for third. On lap two, the fifth-place car of Lonnie Glosson lost control of his car and violently slammed the turn four wall. Although uninjured, he was left with a seventh-place finish. On the restart, Clayton held the lead but only for three laps as Danny Winstead moved back in front and stayed there. Finishing behind Danny was Clayton, Watson, and Sandefur, second through fourth. Jamie Kerr took fifth from a fifth-place start with the other Winstead, Trevor, finishing behind him.
Hill’s Complete Carpet Care Super Mini-Trucks also ran twin races, albeit only ten laps each. John Comstock started out front in race one but soon learned Jeffrey Martin had the truck to beat tonight. Martin took the win in both events, a total of five for the season, and possibly the points lead over Comstock. Comstock settled for second in both events. Devin Parrot ran third in the first twin but fifth in the second 10-lapper, just in front of the fourth-place truck of 13-year-old Noah Martin who only managed a sixth-place finish earlier. In race two, Kiser Martin started out front and took a strong lead after the top five cars from race one were inverted for number two. But that was short-lived as Jeffrey quickly moved from fifth to the lead on lap 4, leaving Kiser with a third-place finish. Another Martin, Dalton, took fourth in race one but mechanical problems sidelined his truck two laps from the end for a sixth-place finish.
Making his second start out of four races, Michael Cooper brought a rocket ship for the Smokey Dave’s BBQ Mod4s 25-lap race. Cooper’s four-cylinder giant-killer qualified fastest once again, running the same time and speed as the strong V8 Limited Sportsman cars. As the green flag fell for the start of the race, Timmy Wilder jumped from fifth, by the cars of Dennis Capps and Corey Purnell, to take third behind Harold Summey. After a brief competition caution at the halfway point, Capps used the restart to bolt past Wilder and Summey, stealing the second-place spot. Two laps later, the caution flag flew again. Capps used the next restart to steal Cooper’s top spot but three laps after, Cooper got past Capps for good. Capps finished in second with Summey behind him. Purnell and Wilder took fourth and fifth respectively.
With only three competitors available for the big-block V8 Quality Collision Solutions of Graham Grand American Modifieds race, a quick ten laps completed their night with Josh Nichols getting his first win in two OCS starts. Points leader Richard Thomas finished second, followed by Jonathan Cook. Apparently, that division ran another speedway the night before which may have contributed to the small field.
Brent Suggs started his Ford Thunderbird out front for the NASCAR look-alike Allison Legacy Series cars. Thirty-five laps later, he finished out front. Justin Taylor pressured Suggs most of the race, almost passing him on the last lap, until getting caught up in lapped traffic and finishing second. Third place went to Matthew Davey. Rounding out the top five were Kyle Campbell, winner of the last race, and Ethan Elder who suffered extensive damage to his race car in the previous event for that division.
The Carolina Collectors Auto Fest Vintage Sportsman racers ended their 10-lap event with Chris Mincey’s Chevy Nova out front for his first OCS win this year. Jacob Clayton, winner of the last race, brought his ‘56 Chevy home in second. Third place went to Kenneth Smith, already a two-time winner this year in his Ford Falcon.