- Last Updated on 07:36 AM 07/16/12
- BY Joe Chandler
The last two NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division races at South Boston Speedway featured intense battles between defending division champion Danny Willis Jr. of Cluster Springs and Bobby McCarty of Summerfield, N.C.
It was expected to be that way again Saturday night in the 50-lap race that was part of South Boston Speedway’s NASCAR Hall Of Fame Night program. The battle didn’t last nearly as long as it had the two previous races.
McCarty took the lead from pole winner Willis on the 18th lap and drove to a 2.594-second win over Willis in a 19-lap dash to the finish that followed the last of the race’s three caution periods.
“It’s good to get this win after the last race,” McCarty said referring to the July 3 event in which he and Willis tangled and spun late in the race, opening the door for Blake Stallings to pick up the win.
“Danny and I raced for a couple of laps there. His car was bottoming out every time he went to the outside. I knew if I kept him on the banking he would bottom out. When these cars stop traveling they stop turning. I used that to my advantage.”
Willis said he thought he was in good shape at the outset.
“I thought we had a good shot there for awhile. The more we ran the worse the car got. The car just got way too tight. I ‘d hit the gas and it would shove the nose real bad. We did all we could.”
Stallings finished third with Garrett Bunch of Front Royal and Joey Throckmorton of South Boston rounding out the top five finishers in the race that was slowed by three caution periods.
Crews, Allred win in
Pure Stock Division
Trey Crews of Halifax and defending division champion Joe Allred III of Scottsburg split wins Saturday night in a pair of 30-lap races for the Pure Stock Division.
Crews won the first race, taking the lead from Nathan Crews of Long Island on the 15th lap and cruising to a 3.286-second win over Allred, who grabbed the runner-up spot from Nathan Crews late in the race.
“I thought at first the 3 (Nathan Crews) was going to pull away from me,” Trey Crews remarked after scoring his second win of the season.
“I guess his car went away a little bit. Mine got a little better and I just zoned him in.”
As a result of a drawing for an inverted start for the second race, Trey Crews began the race in fourth place and used the entire distance to chase down the leaders.
Allred, who started fifth, took the lead from pole starter Daniel Crews of Long Island on the seventh lap and held off a late bid by Trey Crews to score his sixth victory of the season.
Trey Crews made a valiant effort late in the race to overtake Allred, but fell just short after Allred used a swift crossover move to block him from taking the lead.
“I think Trey probably had a better car,” Allred pointed out.
“I just kind of out-smarted him a little bit. I like that move. It tends to work a lot.”
For Allred it something of a miracle that he survived either race.
“My car was down on power from the head gasket being blown and the car overheating a lot.” Allred explained, “but we pulled it off. We’ve been band-aiding it up and trying to make it through the day. On lap 16, the needle pegged on the water temperature gauge. It surprised me to death the engine lasted.”
Nathan Crews finished third in the first race with Randy Hupp of Halifax and Chuck Watkins of Creedmoor, N.C. rounding out the top five finishers.
Daniel Crews finished third in the second race with Hupp and Courtney Crosby of Scottsburg completing the top five.
Ricketts wins Legendary Ford Flatheads Race
Garland Rickets of South Boston took the lead on the third lap and won the 20-lap race for the competitors in the Legendary Ford Flatheads Racing Association.
The win was the sixth of the season for Ricketts.
Harry Hale, who finished third overall, won the Sportsman Division.