- Last Updated on 07:44 AM 07/22/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Limited Sportsman Division points leader Bobby McCarty added to his lead Saturday night with a sweep of the pair of 50-lap NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division races at South Boston Speedway.
McCarty wrestled the lead away from defending division champion Danny Willis Jr. of Cluster Springs on the tenth lap and sped to a 1.591-second win over Willis in the first race.
After starting sixth as the result of an inverted start, McCarty worked his way past Blake Stallings of Danville on the 17th lap and drove to a 4.346-second win over Tommy Peregoy of Red Oak in the caution-free nightcap.
The pair of wins runs McCarty’s recent winning streak at South Boston Speedway to three victories in a row and ups his season win total at South Boston Speedway to a division-high six wins. His wins also allowed him to pad what had been a five-point margin over Willis entering the night’s action.
“It feels awesome,” McCarty said of the sweep.
“The last one (twinbill sweep) I got I didn’t really feel like we earned that one because Danny had problems. This one right here, we earned it.”
While McCarty had the dominant car in the field, he admitted he had to work for the second-race victory.
“I had fun driving through the field, but it’s not something I want to do every race,” he remarked.
“I’ll have to do it again the next race (as a result of a track rule that a driver having won three races in a row must start at mid-pack), so it should be pretty interesting.”
Mike Jones of South Boston, Peregoy and Stallings rounded out the top five finishers in the first race.
Jones, Michael Maresca of Hannawah Falls, N.Y. and Stallings completed the top five finishers in the nightcap.
Nathan Crews picks up Pure Stock win
While his car had been in Victory Lane at South Boston Speedway with his brother, Daniel, at the wheel, Nathan Crews of Long Island was able to experience the thrill of victory himself in Saturday night’s 30-lap Pure Stock Division race.
Crews scored his first win of the season, holding off Trey Crews of Halifax and defending division champion Joe Allred III of Cluster Springs in a two-lap green-flag dash to the finish following the race’s second caution period to score a flag-to-flag win.
“It feels awesome,” Crews said of the win.
“We’ve worked really hard to get here. I’m just tickled to death.”
Crews got a good jump on both Allred, who restarted on the outside of the front row, and Trey Crews to get the edge he needed.
“I might have snookered Joe a little bit,” the winner said.
“I was watching the front end of his car and the flagman, and as soon as the flag dropped I went. I think he may have been sleeping a little bit.”
Then, it was a battle between Trey Crews and Allred for the runner-up spot, with Trey Crews gaining second place.
“It was pretty exciting,” Trey Crews said of the last two laps.
“I believe Joe may have had the better car. The 3 car (Nathan Crews) was definitely the best car here tonight. I’m just going to have to work on my car a little bit harder to get where he is.”
Randy Hupp of Halifax and Daniel Crews of Long Island rounded out the top five finishers in the race that was slowed by a pair of caution flags.
First-time winners emerge in MAD Modified twinbill
Hunter Slayton of Richmond entered Saturday night’s pair of 25-lap races for the MAD Modified Division (Modified Affordable Division) at South Boston Speedway with a perfect record of six wins and six starts.
But, on what was the final night of the season for the MAD Modifieds at South Boston Speedway, it was a pair of first-time winners that enjoyed the limelight.
Mike Rudy of Hampton, who has won two races at Richmond’s Southside Speedway and four races at Langley Speedway, scored his first career South Boston Speedway win in the first of the night’s 25-lap races.
In the nightcap, Lauren Edgerton of South Chesterfield started on the pole and led the entire race, edging Rudy, who started sixth due to an inverted start, by a slim .229-second margin to score her first career win in the division.
With the win, Edgerton became the first female driver to win a race at South Boston Speedway in at least a decade.
Rudy took the lead from Joe Scarbrough of Charles City on the tenth lap and drove to an .882-second win over Scarbrough in the first 25-lap race. Robert Conner of Colonial Heights finished third.
In the nightcap, it was Edgerton, Rudy and Scarbrough making up the top three finishers.