- Last Updated on 05:35 PM 05/27/12
- BY Doug Ford
The winning streak for Danny Willis Jr. reached five in a row Saturday night with a twin bill sweep of 50-lap races in the Limited Sportsman Division.
Willis, of Cluster Springs, claimed his third pole of the season with a time of 16.169 but started sixth after a six-car inversion in race one.
He was in fourth after one lap, third after four laps and second after seven laps and took the lead from pole sitter Blake Stallings of Danville on lap 18.
Willis persevered through six cautions in the remaining 32 laps to win by 1.022 seconds over Stallings, with Daniel Moss of Danville, Caleb Davis of Thaxton and Mike Jones of South Boston rounding out the top-five finishers.
Michael Maresca of Hannawa Falls, N.Y., Charles Barnes of Chase City, Bobby McCarty of Summerfield, N.C., Chris Crosby of Raleigh, N.C. and Chris Throckmorton of Myrtle Beach, S.C. rounded out the top-ten finishers in a race that took 41 minutes to complete.
Only six of 12 racecars were on the track at the end of the race.
Willis quickly charged to the front after a four-car inversion to start race two, passing pole sitter Davis, along with Moss and Stallings.
The defending Limited Sportsman champion was third by lap three and second by lap seven before passing Davis for the lead on lap nine and ultimately winning by 1.272 seconds over McCarty.
Jones finished a strong showing with a third-place finish in race two, followed by Stallings, Davis, Maresca, Moss, Barnes, Crosby and Eric Ellington of Farmville in a race that took 18 minutes to complete and was once by a caution flag.
“Here in the last couple of races we’ve been hooked up and Bobby has been off. He hasn’t been on his game like he usually is,” said Willis.
“Blake is getting better, and we just have to stay ahead of the game and keep picking off wins and get the best finishes we can.
“My hat’s off to my guys, they work their butts off on the car, and I get the privilege of sitting in it and driving it.”
McCarty came close in the final laps after the only caution of the second race to provide a little drama, but Willis was able to pull away.
“I knew it was going to be tough, especially with 15 laps to go,” said Willis. “I knew Bobby would give me a run for my money, and I appreciate him driving me clean tonight.
“Hopefully we can just keep tuning on it and come back and get some more wins.”
McCarty started at the rear of the field in race one after making post-qualifying adjustments to his racecar but in the end had an eighth-place finish and second-place finish to his credit.
“We had a good night,” said McCarty, who battled through chassis issues most of the night.
“Our car wasn’t bad, and I thought after qualifying the car was going to be good.
“We’re getting better. We aren’t 100 percent yet, but we’re getting close.”
Jones also thought he had a good night, despite a few scraps on the track that damaged his racecar.
“The car just wouldn’t work on the bottom and it knocked the toe in,” said Jones, who didn’t expect his racecar to work but so well after the caution-filled first race, but who rallied for a podium finish in race two.
Nathan Crews wins Pure Stock race
Long Island driver Nathan Crews passed pole sitter Trey Crews on lap 24 and finished with his first win of the season in the 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stocks.
Trey Crews, of Halifax held on for second, followed by division points leader Joe Allred III of Scottsburg, who charged through the field after starting ninth on the grid.
Randy Hupp of Halifax finished third, and Stuart Crews of Long Island, Jake Brown of Cluster Springs, Brandon Bomar of South Boston, Libby Prevette of Nathalie, Jimmy Wade of Halifax and Eric Crews of Long Island rounded out the top ten.
Nathan Crews, who fell ill during the Pure Stock twin bill two weeks ago at South Boston Speedway, returned to power his way through the field after starting last.
“They (Trey Crews, Allred) were a little tough tonight, but I was just driving it hard and got through it,” said the race winner.
“I was a little surprised I got the car up there, because it was a handful, and we made a lot of changes on it.”
Trey Crews came close to winning his first race of the season before again falling short at the end.
“So close, but so far,” lamented Crews, who lost the lead in the waning laps of a race two weeks ago.
“I led most of the laps to about five to go, and it’s a tough break, but hopefully we’ll get back better.”
“I think we burned up our set of tires last race trying to catch all these guys, said Allred of his third-place finish Saturday.
“We still haven’t got everything straight on the car yet, and there are still a few things we have to change back.
“We’ll get back up there.’
Slayton wins fifth MAD race in a row
Hunter Slayton won his fifth MAD Modified race in a row at South Boston Speedway with a win in the 50-lap race on Saturday.
Slayton, of Richmond, qualified on the pole with a time of 17.617 seconds, but Michael Johnson of Midlothian, second to Slayton at the start of the race, passed Slayton for the lead on lap 29.
Slayton returned the favor on lap 35 and led the remaining 15 laps for his fifth race win of the season, winning bhy 4.622 seconds.
“We ran two weeks ago at Manassas and we won that one as well, so we’re having a good year,” said Slayton, who has six wins thus far this season.”
Kyle Wood of Powhatan, Tanner Rumberg of Beaverdam and Jimmy Humblet of Shiloh, N.C. rounded out the top-five finishers in a race that lasted 16 minutes and was caution-free.