- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
After having had a win taken away earlier this season, Trey Crews became even more motivated to win in the Pure Stock Division at South Boston Speedway for himself and his Halifax County Motorsports Academy team.
Saturday night, the 15-year-old driver from Halifax cashed in.
Crews took the lead from division points leader Jarrett Milam of Ringgold with four laps to go and held off Stuart Crews of Long Island and Milam to score his first win of the season and the first win for the school system’s Motorsports Academy program.
“It feels great,” Crews said with a smile.
“I really appreciate everything that Farm Bureau Insurance, all of our sponsors and the Halifax County Motorsports Academy does to help us out. It takes vereybody to make this possible.”
Milam, who has won four of the season’s seven races in the Pure Stock Division, took the lead early with Crews and pole starter Stephen Trickey of South Boston, on his heels.
Crews and Trickey were involved in an incident on the fourth lap when their two cars made contact in the fourth turn. Trickey’s car ended up spinning and crashing into the protective barrels at the end of the inside wall at the start of the frontstretch.
Irate over the incident, Trickey climbed out of his heavily damaged car and walked out onto the track, gesturing and yelling at Crews as the field passed by under the yellow caution flag.
Crews was in second place behind Milam when the race restarted. He made several bids at taking the lead away from Milam on the inside before finally grabbing the lead with four laps to go.
“I ran in on him (Milam) hard,” Crews pointed out.
“I didn’t want to wreck him or anything, so I kind of took it off coming out of the turns. I got under him a couple of times but got sideways up under him one time. I finally got my nose up under him enough to go on by him.”
Stuart Crews of Long Island also managed to get past Milam before the race ended and earned his best finish of the season at South Boston Speedway.
“We had a great day,” Stuart Crews noted.
“It was a little iffy there at the end. I didn’t know if the two front cars were going to make it to the end or not. Luckily, we were able to take advantage.”
Milam said the power steering in his car went out and he was unable to hold off the two Crews boys.
“On the last caution, my power steering locked up on me,” Milam explained.
“I didn’t have any power steering. It just wore me down. I couldn’t last for those three laps. My arms are killing me right now.”
Bruce Mayo of Halifax and Daniel Crews of Long Island rounded out the top five finishers.
Doggett Wins Limited Sportsman Race
Taylor Doggett of Ruther Glen had plenty to celebrate Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.
Doggett started on the outside pole, took the lead from Danny Willis Jr. of Cluster Springs on the first lap and scored a flag-to-flag win in the night’s 50-lap NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division race.
“This means everything to me,” Doggett said.
“This is my first win ever on asphalt. To really finish it off well has been a heck of a day.”
Doggett had little difficulty in scoring his first career Limited Sportsman Division race win at South Boston Speedway.
After the restart that followed a mishap on lap 31, Doggett pulled away. He had more than enough of a margin to hold back Willis, even after Willis tried to rally in the closing laps.
“I don’t know how we got him qualifying, but we got him,” Willis pointed out.
“He was just a tick better in the race. I drove it with all I had. I just couldn’t quite get to him. I made a last-lap dive on him, but just wasn’t close enough to get to him. I about lost it myself.”
Last year’s division champion, Brian Pembelton of Amelia, finished third with division points leader Tommy Peregoy of Red Oak and Justin Snow of Danville rounding out the top five finishers.
Lacks Makes It Three Straight
With four mishaps in the final five laps, it appeared that the long race may take its toll on Darryl Lacks.
However, the former division champion from Goode held on and edged runner-up Donnie Lacks of Goode by a couple of car lengths to win Saturday night’s 25-lap race for the Southern Vintage Modified Division.
The win was Lacks’ third in as many starts and allowed him to maintain his position at the top of the division points standings.