- Last Updated on 12:21 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
It was a night of first-time winners in twin 75-lap Late Model Stock Car races at South Boston Speedway Saturday night, with Matt Bowling of Ridgeway collecting his first-ever stock car win in the opener and veteran Deac McCaskill of Raleigh, N.C. taking the nightcap, his first win since 2010 at South Boston Speedway.
There have been four different winners in four Late Model Stock Car races at South Boston Speedway this season, with C.E. Falk III of Virginia Beach winning the 300-lap opener and with Darrell Gilchrist of Raleigh winning his first career Late Model Stock Car race at South Boston last weekend.
McCaskill, who already owns three wins in four starts at Southern National Raceway in Kenly, N.C., qualified on the pole for the first race with a time of 15.909 seconds, and he led the first 14 laps before Falk passed for the lead.
Falk led until late in the race when Bowling slipped past him on lap 47, and Bowling came home a winner for the first time ever in a stock car race, beating Falk to the checkered flag by 2.762 seconds.
Falk and McCaskill finished in second- and third-place, respectively in race one, followed by Peyton Sellers of Danville and Gilchrist in rounding out the top-five finishers.
Race one was delayed once for a caution flag and took 29 minutes to run.
A four-car inversion for race two found Sellers holding the top spot to begin race two, followed by McCaskill, Falk and Bowling, but McCaskill passed Sellers for the lead on the opening lap.
Bowling moved to second-place with a pass of Sellers on lap 22 and spent a number of laps racing side-by-side with McCaskill, Bowling on the low side and McCaskill riding his trademark high groove, before McCaskill cleared Bowling in the waning laps to win by 0.539 seconds.
Bowling finished second in race two, and Sellers, Dustin Storm of Huntingtown, Md., and Ronald Hill of Rougemont, N.C., rounded out the top-five finishers.
“We were pretty good,” said Bowling at the end of the night while admitting McCaskill’s experience got him a little bit at the end of the second race.
“He kind of let me have the bottom, and he worked up high, and Deac is good up high.
“I have to study on it, and learn how to beat him up there.”
Two podiums finishes, including a first- and second-place finish were a great night for him, Bowling said.
“I can’t thank everyone enough at Sellers Racing and Jim Dean, my car owner, for giving me a good piece,” he said.
“Deac is a heck of a driver, and he kind of out-drove me at the end.
“I know what to expect next time, and he drove me clean.
“I’m ready to come back and win some more.”
Sellers admitted his racecar was a bit off in the first race, but it raced better in the nightcap.
If Bowling wasn’t there, Sellers thought he could have made a good run at McCaskill the second race.
“But, he’s my teammate, and he drove hard all night, and he got him a win, and I wasn’t’ going to move him for that,” said Sellers.
“I don’t know if I could have moved Deac, and he (Bowling) was giving him all he had, he just didn’t have enough for Deac.”
Sellers said it was a good night for his race team as a whole, the former Whelen National Champion added.
He admitted he tried McCaskill’s high groove strategy in race one without success.
“I thought the Modifieds run mainly on the bottom, and the track is good and clean up there, but there were just too many marbles up there for both races,” said Sellers.
“I had to move down and put some rubber down for awhile and inched up to try and get where Deac was.”
McCaskill had notes from where he raced with the Modifieds before at South Boston, and he used them to good advantage Saturday night.
“I was pretty nervous going into the second race,” said McCaskill. “We had a decent car for the first race but just third was all I had and Matt was strong.
“I didn’t think running the top-side would win tonight, it just happened. The car got a little tight in the center loose off and we just got up top and got forward bite off the corner.
“I was able to get really hard into the gas and beat him off the corners.
“Matt was real just loose, and it his car had been like it was the first race he would have probably gotten by me.”
The track was a lot slicker after the Southern Modified race and his team made the right adjustments for the second race, according to McCaskill.
“I have to pinch myself, it’s been a dream season so far,” he admitted.
The second 75-lap Late Model Stock Car race Saturday night was delayed by caution flags three times and took 32 minutes to run.
FIRST 75-LAP LATE MODEL RACE
Pos. Driver Laps
1. Matt Bowling 75
2. C.E. Falk III 75
3. Deac McCaskill 75
4. Peyton Sellers 75
5. Darrell Gilchrist 75
6. Dennis Holdren 75
7. Tommy Peregoy 75
8. Terry Carroll 74
9. Ronald Hill 53
10. Bruce Anderson 36
11. Dude Gibbs 36
12. Austin Thaxton 13
13. Dustin Storm 13
14. L.W. Miller 3
15. Wes Falk 3
RESULTS – SECOND 75-LAP LATE MODEL RACE
Pos. Driver Laps
1. Deac McCaskill 75
2. Matt Bowling 75
3. Peyton Sellers 75
4. Dustin Storm 75
5. Ronald Hill 75
6. C.E. Falk III 75
7. Austin Thaxton 75
8. Dude Gibbs 75
9. Tommy Peregoy 75
10. Terry Carroll 75
11. Darrell Gilchrist 74
12. Dennis Holdren 52
13. Bruce Anderson 18
14. Wes Falk 1