- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
Bobby McCarty has experienced both the good and the bad the past three weeks at South Boston Speedway, but the news for the Summerfield, N.C. driver was all good Saturday with his second win of the season in the 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race.
McCarty won the big 100-lap Limited Sportsman Division race July 1 and finished first again in the 50-lap Limited race July 16, but he was disqualified after a post-race inspection, with points leader Danny Willis Jr. awarded that win.
McCarty rebounded in a big way Saturday, qualifying on the pole with a time of 15.853 seconds and leading the first nine laps before giving up the lead to Willis.
McCarty took the lead back from Willis on lap 13 and pulled away to the win by 0.049 seconds over Austin Thaxton of Cluster Springs, who came home in second-place with his best finish ever.
Thaxton worked hard to hold off Brian Pembelton the final laps to claim second-place, with Pembelton, of Amelia finishing third and Blake Stallings of Danville finished fourth.
Willis recovered from a spin early in the race to finish fifth.
Pembelton finished third despite a stop and go penalty for rough driving, but described his race as productive in points.
“It was a good night,” he said. “The stop and go messed us up and we had to start from the back, but it all worked out in our favor.”
Thaxton held his ground ahead of a hard-charging Pembelton to claim second-place.
“We’ve been fighting with the car all day, but my crew knows what to do to make it run fast,” said Thaxton, who added his qualifying program has seen some improvement.
“Congratulations to Bobby, his car is on a rail,” Thaxton acknowledged.
McCarty acknowledged the incident where Willis spun when he and Willis were racing for position was not intentional.
“I had my nose there and he came down, and that’s just part of racing,” explained McCarty.
I would never intentionally wreck somebody like that,” he added.
The race was delayed by caution flags three times and took 34 minutes to run.
Allred sets qualifying record, wins Pure Stock race
With three consecutive wins under his belt, Joe Allred III had to start mid-pack in the 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race Saturday night, but the Scottsburg driver rallied through the field to claim his eighth win of the season.
For the second straight race, Allred set a Pure Stock qualifying record, this time a time of 18.027 seconds, and it took him 18 laps to get to the front, passing race leader Nathan Crews for the lead on lap 19.
Allred held off a late-race challenge from Stuart Crews to win by 0.136 seconds in a race delayed three times by caution flags.
Stuart Crews, of Long Island finished second, followed by Nathan Crews of Long Island, Randy Hupp of Halifax and Bruce Mayo of Halifax.
Allred, the points leader coming into the race, averaged 36.487 MPH in a race that took 20 minutes to run.
Johnson gets win in IMCA Modified race
Midlothian driver Chris Johnson won his second Modified race at South Boston this season in dominating fashion, qualifying on the pole with a time of 16.092 and leading every one of 25 laps to win the IMCA Style Modified race Saturday.
Johnson, son of veteran Late Model competitor Eddie Johnson, had won two of three Modified races at Southside Speedway in Richmond Friday night, and he continued his hot streak at South Boston on Saturday.
Johnson finished the race 2.407 seconds ahead of A.J. Winstead of Richmond, with Hunter Slayton of Richmond, Scott Lawrence of Elizabeth City, N.C. and Chris Hoylman of Dinwiddie rounding out the top-five.
The race was caution-free and took only seven minutes to complete.
Blair wins Legendary Flatheads race
Bill Blair of Thomasville, N.C. won the 20-lap race for the Legendary Flathead Ford Racing Association, passing Trinity, N.C. driver Gary Lewallen for the lead on lap 18 and pulling away for the win.
LeWallen, the Sportsman Division winner, finished second, followed by Randy Apple of Reidsville, N.C., James Rogers of Ridgeway, Va., and Garland Ricketts of South Boston.