- Last Updated on 05:37 PM 05/06/12
- BY Doug Ford
The developing rivalry between defending Limited Sportsman Division champion Danny Willis Jr. and Bobby McCarty almost reached the boiling point Saturday during a Limited Sportsman twin bill at South Boston Speedway.
Willis captured the pole and swept both ends of a Limited Sportsman twin bill for only the second time in his career, with McCarty recording a pair of second-place finishes and South Boston driver Mike Jones finishing third in both 50-lap races.
Blake Stallings of Danville finished fourth and Scottsburg native and Raleigh resident Chris Crosby finished fifth in race one.
A four-car inversion for race two saw Stallings start first, followed by Jones, McCarty, Willis and Crosby, with Jones leading the first two laps before giving up the lead to Willis.
Willis pulled away from there to the win, the Cluster Springs driver finishing 3.080 seconds ahead of McCarty.
Jones took home his third straight podium finish, and Stallings and Daniel Moss of Danville rounded out the top-five finishers in a race that had only one caution and took 17 minutes to complete.
It was the first 50-lap race that produced the most drama, with Willis seemingly in control until the caution flags started flying late in the race.
Pole sitter Willis (16.075) led for the first 45 laps before McCarty passed for the lead on the restart following the second of four cautions, but Willis returned the favor on the restart following the final caution, leading laps 47-50 and winning by 0.620 seconds in a race that was delayed by cautions four times in the final 10 laps and took 34 minutes to run.
Willis and McCarty made contact several times when running for the lead, and both later accused the other of rough driving.
“I did rough Danny up a little bit… but last week he almost took me for the same ride down here,” said McCarty after race one.
“Racing is racing and I was doing what I could to win, and he was doing everything he could to win.
“But, as far as him door slamming me so hard that my tailpipe is sticking out, I don’t understand what the deal with that is.
“Two people can play that game. I’m here to race and I want to go for a win but I’m going to drive the way I’m droven.
“There’s hard racing and there’s some stuff that’s uncalled for.”
Willis had a different viewpoint of the on-track racing between he and McCarty.
“The man (McCarty) tried to take me out three or four laps beating and banging on me, he comes over the radio and tells my spotter he was going to run me clean and then he trys to run me up the race track,” said Willis.
“My car has been torn up all year, so if he wants to tear them up and us carry them both home on wreckers, that’s fine with me,” Willis added after the first race.
Jones has three podium finishes in the last Limited races, and is close to running with the leaders week in and week out.
“I may have had something for Bobby in a couple of more laps but hat’s off to them, they’ve been the class of the field so far,’ said Jones after race two.
“It’s a good, solid season for us, and we have to do a little more homework to catch them.”
Allred takes third Pure Stock race in row
Scottsburg driver and defending Budweiser Pure Stock champion Joe Allred won his third race in a row to start the season with a green flag to checkered flag finish in the 30-lap race Saturday night.
Allred captured the pole with a time of 18.273 seconds and led all 30 laps to edge Scottsburg driver Courtney Crosby by 0.738 seconds.
Crosby, driving a car loaned to him by fellow competitor, Randy Hupp of Halifax, ironically finished in second-place ahead of Hupp.
Hupp finished strong despite having to replace an engine shortly before qualifying.
Trey Crews of Halifax, Stuart Crews and Eric Crews of Long Island, Jake Brown of South Boston, Libby Privette of Nathalie, Bruce Mayo of Halifax and Nathan Crews of Long Island rounded out the top-ten finishers in a race that was delayed twice by cautions and took 23 minutes to complete.
Slayton sweeps twin MAD Modified races
Hunter Slayton, a Richmond driver with South Boston connections, is off to a hot start in the Modified Affordable Division (MAD) Modified series, adding a sweep Saturday of twin 25-lap races to another twin-race sweep on April 7.
Michael Johnson captured the pole for race one with a time of 17.097 seconds and led for the first 19 laps before Slayton passed for the lead on lap 20.
Slayton led from there on, winning the race by one second over Johnson, with Jimmy Humblett of Shiloh, N.C. finishing third.
Kyle Wood of Powhatan and Steve Causey of Smithfield rounded out the top-five finishers in a caution-free race that took eight minutes to complete.
Slayton started fourth in the second race after a four-car inversion, with Dean Slappy starting on the pole, followed by Humblett and Wood.
Humblett passed Slappy for the lead on the opening lap, and Slayton passed Humblett for the lead on lap 11 and led the remaining four laps of a race shortened to 15 laps.
One caution marred the race, a red flag stoppage occurring on lap four when the car driven by Causey went airborne over the inside retaining wall on the front stretch after making contact with the car driven by Slappy, with Causey’s car landing on its side.
Humblett finished in second-place behind Slayton, with Wood finishing third, Johnson finishing fourth and Tanner Rumberg of Beaverdam finishing in fifth-place.
White edges Cooke in MX5 Spec Miata exhibition
The smallest field of cars provided some of the best racing of the night, with Estus White edging Tyler Cooke in a 25-lap MX5 Spec Miata exhibition race Saturday night.
White captured the pole with a time of 18.864 seconds but lost the lead to Cooke on lap 23 after several laps of side-by-side racing.
White took the lead back on lap 24 and led to the checkered flag, winning by 0.044 seconds.
Mark Canup, Tony Senese and Chad Boyd finished third through fifth in the race.