- Last Updated on 08:28 AM 06/09/14
- BY Doug Ford
Danville driver Daniel Moss and Richmond racer J.D. Eversole split wins in twin 25-lap races for the Limited Sportsman Division at South Boston Speedway on Saturday.
Moss captured his second pole in a row and capped that with his second win of the season in the first race, withstanding a challenge from Danny Willis Jr., who led the first four laps before Moss passed to retake the lead.
Moss finished the race 0.025 seconds ahead of Willis, with Tommy Peregoy of Clarksville, points leader Trey Crews of Halifax and Eversole rounding out the top five finishers in a field of 12 cars.
A six-car inversion for the second 25-lap race found Daryl Carver of Prospect Hill, North Carolina, sitting on the inside pole, followed by Eversole, Crews, Peregoy, Willis and Moss.
Eversole passed for the lead on the opening lap and won the race by 0.748 seconds over Willis, with Peregoy finishing third, Crews fourth and former Limited Sportsman Division champion Billy Myers in fifth-place.
Moss encountered mechanical issues with his racecar during the parade laps before the second race and didn’t take the green flag.
Moss had to fend off a hard-charging Willis to get the win in the first race, holding the Cluster Springs driver at bay after taking the lead for good on lap five.
The winner of the first race had to scramble to make his qualifying run after an axle broke in the first practice.
“We showed up today and didn’t know what we really had,” said Moss.
“I did three practice laps and the axle broke, so we didn’t know what we were going to do today.
“My crew worked hard to get it together, and here I am.”
The first race ran caution free, and the caution flag flew once for the second race after the cars of Carver and Thaxton driver Bob Davis got together on turn three.
Running fourth on the restart, Willis went to the outside and passed two cars for his eventual second-place finish.
“I think all we had was a fourth-place car, and that caution helped me out,” said Willis following the second race.
“I went to the outside, and they all got kind of bottled up in front of us, and we were able to get a good run on the outside.
“I wish the 98 (Eversole) would have stayed with us a little longer, but he broke away from us.”
“The car wasn’t that good running after these PASS cars, and it’s the first time we’ve ever done it,” he explained.
‘It threw us for a loop, so maybe we can work on it and know what to do next time when we race with the PASS cars.”
“We’ve been fighting a rear end problem all day, so we’re tickled to death to come home with two thirds,” said Peregoy after the second race.
“It got really, really tight, but it was a good night, two thirds, car in one piece and not tore up.”
Starting on the outside pole the second race may have helped his chances, Eversole said in Victory Lane after his win.
“We made a lot of changes between the first and second race, and the invert didn’t help, so we got to start second on the outside,” he explained.
“This car has always been pretty good on the outside. “The clean air was definitely key tonight, but I was worried when I went to the bottom on that last restart and afraid he (Willis) was going to get by me on the top.
“Fortunately, it was good enough where I could drive off the corner and check out on them.”
Moss’ qualifying time was 16.234 seconds (88.214 MPH).
Autry wins Pure Stock race
Make it four wins for South Boston driver Greg Autry after a victory in the 20-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race Saturday night.
Autry and pole sitter Trey Crews did battle for all 30 laps before Autry came away with the win, with Autry passing for the lead on lap two and holding it for two laps before Crews retook the lead.
The race winner stayed in Crews’ rear view mirror for the nine laps before taking the lead for good on lap 14.
Crews stayed within striking distance for the next six laps but couldn’t get the run he needed for a pass.
Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Harrison Walker of Buffalo Junction and Austin Thaxton of South Boston rounded out the finishing order in a five-car field.
Crews’ qualifying time was 18.718 seconds (76.931 MPH) in a caution-free race.
Millington captures Legends race
Ryan Millington of Statesville, North Carolina, led every lap and won the 25-lap race for Legends cars Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.
Jake Spillers of Holly Springs, North Carolina, finished second, and Chris Lilly of Grottoes was third in a seven-car field in a caution-free race.