- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
Bobby McCarty picked a good time to win his first Limited Sportsman Division race of the season, passing Brian Pembelton on lap 57 to take the lead for good, and beating him the finish line by 0.175 seconds in a green-white-checkers finish to win the 100-lap Limited Sportsman race on Friday. Pembelton, who tied McCarty for the best qualifying time (15.963 seconds) started on the inside pole.
McCarty passed Pembelton on lap six and led until Pembelton passed for the lead on lap 53, and the Amelia driver held that lead until McCarty retook the led on lap 55.
Pembelton returned the favor by passing McCarty on lap 56, but McCarty, of Summerfield, N.C. passed Pembelton again one lap later and held on from there.
Danny Willis Jr. of Cluster Springs finished third, with Austin Thaxton of Cluster Springs and Blake Stallings of Danville rounding out the top-five finishers.
Although Pembelton and McCarty had identical top times in qualifying, Pembelton was awarded the pole position based on points, something McCarty would gladly give up for the race win.
“I don’t mind having the pole, but I’d rather have the win,” said McCarty.
“I hated not having the pole (tonight), because we could have gotten to the lead a little sooner, but we’re just happy to get our first win.
“I felt like the past couple of races we qualified bad and had to work our way back to the front, so tonight we changed a few things with our setup.
“It spoke for itself today.”
“I jumped to the outside of the cone and I thought I had position when the caution came out,” said Pembelton referring to an on-track wreck on the restart after one of the race’s four cautions.
“I guess they went back to the last lap, and he (McCarty) was there, but I can’t say enough about our guys, they’re working real hard and we wanted to win this thing for Independence Day.
“Congratulations to Bobby.”
“We just weren’t good enough, the car got way too tight,” said Willis.
We thought we had it free up enough, but all we could do was run on the apron and that kind of kills these crate motors coming off.
“McCarty deserved it. He’s been running strong all year, and we knew the win was coming for him.
“He had a dominant car all night.”
McCarty, Pembelton and Willis remained in the top-three the entire race, which was delayed by cautions four times for a total of 25 laps, and which took 44 minutes to run.
McCarty averaged 57.917 MPH in the win.
Allred takes home fifth Pure Stock win of year
Scottsburg driver Joe Allred III returned to Victory Lane after winning his fifth race of the year in a 50-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race Friday night.
Bruce Mayo of Halifax raced his way to a second-place finish, followed by Halifax County Public Schools Motorsports Academy driver Jake Brown of South Boston, Libby Privette of Nathalie and Eric Crews of Long Island.
Allred led the entire way, qualifying on the pole with a time of 18.451 seconds and staying out front ahead of a number of crashes in the field behind them that caused four caution flags and one red flag stoppage.
The red flag stoppage occurred on lap 40 when the cars of Daniel Moss, Trey Crews and Kenny Mills got together in turn three, knocking them out of contention.
Only seven cars out of an original field of 18 managed to complete all 50 laps, and the top-three managed to stay ahead of the wrecks.
Brown said he never thought his third-place finish would happen Friday because of the way his car was handling.
“A whole bunch of good cars got torn up, and I just stayed out of trouble,” said Brown.
“I got close to being caught up in that last one, and I don’t know what happened.”
He (Allred) was tough, and we were just so incredibly tight, it was all we could do just to stay where we were at, but we could have had something at the end if we had a couple more laps, maybe another caution,” said Mayo.
“To get out of here in second and roll it (the car) on the trailer in one piece, I’m just tickled to death.”
After bad luck and motor mishaps the past two races, Allred sounded surprised at his good fortune Friday.
“I’m actually surprised to get up here, it seemed like every caution, my car got worse and worse,” said Allred.
“I kept looking in the rear view mirror, but I guess luck was on my side and not theirs.”
Allred’s pole-winning qualifying time was 18.451 seconds in a 50-lap Pure Stock race that took 44 minutes to complete.