- Last Updated on 04:18 PM 05/25/14
- BY Joe Chandler
Daniel Moss has won a pole award before at South Boston Speedway but never a race before Saturday night.
That all changed with the Danville driver qualifying on the pole and leading every lap of the 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race.
Moss had the field covered, pulling away to as much as a straightaway advantage before winning by 5.204 seconds over Tommy Peregoy in a race that took 14 minutes to run and was caution-free.
Peregoy, a Clarksville driver had to fend off several challenges from Danny Willis Jr. to finish in second place, with Willis holding down third.
J.D. Eversole of Richmond came home in fourth place, and Trey Crews of Halifax finished in fifth place in a field of 15 cars.
Moss qualified on the pole with a time of 16.179 seconds and stayed in front by a comfortable margin the entire race.
“I didn’t think I had them by that far, but they told me halfway through I was pulling away pretty good,” said Moss in Victory Lane.
“I just can’t believe I’m here. I’m glad to finally get a win.”
Moss is racing a different car than the one he had last year, and he likes the way his new machine handles.
“This is a different car. I like it a whole lot better, and we’re going to do a lot of good things with this car,” he said.
Peregoy and Willis staged a good race for the runner-up spot, with Willis getting to Peregoy’s bumper on several occasions but not getting the momentum needed for a pass.
The veteran drivers had wrecked while gunning for a podium finish in the May 10 race.
“I’m pretty sure we were holding Danny up, but that’s part of it, 50 laps and you’ve got to race,” said Peregoy.
“Danny did a good job. We had some problems the other week, but that’s’ good hard racing and I appreciate him driving me clean.”
“We felt like we didn’t have the best car here to start with, and Moss I know had a little better tire than we did, and we knew if he could get out in front he would probably check out on us,” said Willis.
“I gave Tommy a run for his money, and I could get up under him getting in and roll the center good on him, but I didn’t have forward bite coming off, and he could hold me down there just enough to get me loose.
“After the week we had the other week, I just wanted to bring both cars home in one piece tonight.”
Brown wins first career race in Pure Stock Division
Jake Brown, of Cluster Springs, fended off a late challenge from Harrison Walker to win his first-ever NASCAR race in the 20-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race on Saturday.
Walker, from Buffalo Springs, finished second, with Bruce Mayo of Halifax rounding out the podium finishers with a third-place run.
Johnny Layne of Nathalie and Jimmy Wade of Halifax were fourth and fifth in a field of five cars in a race that was marred by one caution and took nine minutes to complete.
Brown captured the pole with a time of 18.755 seconds and led throughout, but Walker made a late run on the restart following the race’s final caution.
“I looked in my rear view right before the caution came out and seen that No. 10 car coming and I got a little worried,” said Brown.
“When I got on the restart I saw he got behind me and thought he would push me. That’s what gave me such a good restart.”
I definitely think at the end I was catching him, and I thought I had the faster car today, but that’s not always how it works out,” admitted Walker.
Mayo admitted he struggled with an ill-handling racecar.
“We did what we had to do and came home with another top-three,” Mayo said.
Hudgins wins Champ Karts race
Newport News racer Ryan Hudgins took the lead on lap 18 and won the 20-lap race for Champ Karts Saturday at South Boston Speedway.
Charlie Ray Lorah of Chesapeake, Virginia, finished second, 0.074 seconds behind Hudgins, and Angela Marie Steele of Ivor, Virginia, rounded out the top-three finishers in a caution-free race.
Steele won the pole with a time of 23.801 seconds (60.502 MPH).