- Last Updated on 08:03 AM 05/05/14
- BY Doug Ford
Trey Crews added to his points lead in the Limited Sportsman Division at South Boston Speedway with his second win of the season on Saturday.
Crews, a former Budweiser Pure Stock points champion in his first full year of Limited Sportsman racing, inherited the lead on lap 35 after race leader J.D. Eversole was black flagged for allegedly jumping the restart following the race’s only caution.
Crews led from there, winning the race by 1.732 seconds over Bob Davis of Thaxton, who captured his first-ever podium finish at South Boston.
Daryn Cockram of Blacksburg, Daryl Carver of Prospect Hill, N.C., and Barry Beggarly Jr. of Providence, N.C. rounded out the top-five finishers in a race that took only 23 minutes to run but was marked by a wreck on lap 30 between division contenders Tommy Peregoy and Danny Willis Jr.
Peregoy and Willis were battling for second behind Eversole when they made contact in turn three, sending both cars to the pits for repairs.
Joe Allred III of Scottsburg, in his first season in Limited Sportsman Division racing was caught up in the wreck, but Crews, running behind Peregoy and Willis avoided the crash.
Willis, of Cluster Springs returned to the race and finished seventh, but Peregoy’s car proved too damaged to return, with the Clarksville driver finishing in 12th-place.
“We struggled during qualifying and started sixth, and we had to be patient,” said Crews, who credited his spotter for helping him avoid the wreck between Peregoy and Willis.
“I don’t know exactly what happened. There’s always something going on right there, but after all that it just looked like hard racing to me.
“I’m just glad I made my way through it.”
“This is the best finish I’ve ever had on a short track,” said Davis.
“I’ve been road racing for a long time, and short track races are a totally different thing.”
Danny Willis collected his first pole of the season with a time of 16.202 seconds, but Eversole passed for the lead on the opening lap, and the Richmond driver led the race’s first 34 laps.
Autry wins third Pure Stock race in a row
South Boston driver Greg Autry won his third Budweiser Pure Stock Division race in three tries Saturday night, after capturing his third consecutive pole.
His two prior wins had Autry starting third on the grid behind Jeff Deering of Axton and Johnny Layne of Nathalie, with Deering leading one lap before Autry passed for the lead.
Autry led 29 of 30 laps and beat Halifax driver Bruce Mayo to the finish line by 0.917 seconds, with Harrison Walker of Buffalo Junction, Jimmy Wade of Halifax and Johnny Layne of Nathalie rounding out the top-five finishers in a seven-car field.
“We had a pretty good car tonight, it got a little loose on me, and I had to ease it in,” said Autry.
“I’m sorry the No. 9 fell out (Layne), or we probably would have had a good run at the end.”
“That car (Autry) has some pretty long legs under it, and once they get stretched out it’s pretty hard to catch, said Mayo, who is unofficially tied for second in the points with Layne.
“The racing’s improved from earlier in the season, and I’m glad the car count has improved a little bit,” said Walker.
“I hope the racing will improve, and the car count will improve throughout the season.”
Autry’s time of 18.696 won the pole position for a race that took 17 minutes to complete and was marred by two cautions.
Rudy wins Modified
Mike Rudy of Prince George took the lead from Shiloh, N.C., driver Jimmy Humblet on lap 44 and held off Humblet the final six laps to win the 50-lap Modified race on Saturday.
Chris Johnson of Midlothian captured his first pole of the season (16.292 seconds) and led the first 41 laps before Humblet pushed past him on the inside for the lead.
Rudy got past Humblet on the restart following the last of five caution periods to win the race by 0.064 seconds, his first win of the season.