- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
Cluster Springs driver Danny Willis Jr. swept both 50-lap races in a Limited Sportsman Division twinbill Saturday at South Boston Speedway to unofficially tie him with Brian Pembelton for the points lead. Willis passed pole winner Joey Throckmorton for the lead on lap 17 in the first race of the night and cruised home to a 0.553 second win over Summerfield, N.C., driver Bobby McCarty, with Pembelton, of Amelia, coming home third.
Austin Thaxton of Halifax finished fourth and Blake Stallings of Danville finished fifth in a race that was delayed four times by cautions and took 30 minutes to run.
Race two proved to be a tougher win for Willis, who raced hard with Pembelton for several laps before taking the checkered flag by 0.388 seconds.
Pembelton finished second, with Aaron Burnett of Debary, Fl. McCarty and Justin Snow of Danville rounding out the top-five finishers in a race marred by two cautions and took 26 minutes to run.
‘It’s pretty awesome, and it’s something we’ve never accomplished over here before,” Willis said later of his twinbill sweep. “Hopefully, it’s a good sign coming for us.
“We were pretty good the first race and were able to pull away and tried to save our tires for the second race.
“I hated to see the caution come out (race two), I knew Brian would run me hard and we got together a little bit coming down the front straightaway. I think it knocked the toe out on mine, but fortunately we had enough to hold Brian off.
“He’s a good hard, clean racer and I hate it we got together.
“As long as we can keep doing this and stay in the top two or three every week and keep contending, hopefully the points will stack up and we’ll have a shot at it.”
“It’s going to come down to the end with Danny,” said Pembelton following the first race.
“I just got bottled up at the start, and everybody was racing hard and I didn’t want to make any mistakes. I felt like I should have been in Victory Lane.
“I’m not too happy with Danny with how he ran me this last race, I felt like he tried to door me on the straightaway, and I didn’t appreciate that. If he wants to race like that, they we will, too.”
Throckmorton took the pole with a time of 16.069 for race one and led laps 1-9. Snow led laps 10-16 and Willis laps 17-50 to get the win.
Willis led all 50 laps in race two to complete the sweep.
Trey Crews wins Pure Stock race
Trey Crews of Halifax started on the pole and led the entire way in winning the 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race, the second win of the season for the Halifax County Public Schools Motorsports Academy driver.
Stuart Crews of Long Island, Va., Chris Crosby of Raleigh, N.C., Randy Hupp of Halifax and Daniel Crews of Long Island rounded out the top-five finishers in a race that lasted 19 minutes and included one caution flag.
“I wanted it bad, but Trey had a good car and he never missed his line and drove a good race,” said Stuart Crews.
“I did all I could do and even more than that.”
“I’d like to thank Stuart for driving me clean, and we both ran a good race,” said the race winner.
Trey Crews won the pole with a time of 18.173 and led each of 30 laps.
Gwynn wins third straight SVM race
Daryl Gwynn of Reidsville, N.C., took advantage of lapped traffic in passing pole sitter Darryl Lacks on lap 23, and he took home a third straight win in the 25-lap Southern Vintage Modified race.
Lacks, of Goode, Va., qualified on the pole with a time of 15.854 and finished second, followed by Donnie Lacks of Goode, Va.
Jeff Guill of Madison Heights, Va., took home a win in the Limited Division.