- Last Updated on 07:49 AM 08/06/12
- BY Doug Ford
Twin races for the Limited Sportsman Division unfolded in entirely different fashions Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.
Danny Willis Jr. of Cluster Springs won his first race in almost two months in the first 50-lap race, passing pole sitter Tommy Peregoy (16.209 sec.) and leading every lap in a race that had only one caution and lasted 19 minutes.
Peregoy, of Clarksville, finished second, 1.367 seconds behind Willis, and points leader Bobby McCarty of Summerfield, N.C., finished third.
Mike Jones of South Boston finished fourth and Michael Maresca of Hannawa Falls, N.Y., took home a fifth-place finish in race one.
The second 50-lap race had three lead changes, with a five-car inversion putting Maresca on the pole.
Jones sped past Maresca on lap three and led until McCarty passed him for the lead on lap 23, but the race came down to the final three laps after its only caution on lap 46.
Peregoy passed McCarty for the lead on lap 47 following the restart and held off Willis, McCarty and Maresca in close-quarters racing down the stretch for his first win of the season, with Jones coming home with a fifth-place finish.
Peregoy edged Willis by 0.309 seconds to win race two, which lasted 17 minutes.
Willis, who won his sixth race of the season in the opener, dedicated the win to the late Korbin Drake LaFluer, a six-year-old race fan passed away recently after undergoing a surgical procedure.
Wills said he and his team are still trying to recapture the form that bought them five wins to start the season.
“We had a pretty good car, but not like it has been, the first part of the season we had an awesome car,” Willis noted.
“We’re close tonight, but not back to what we were.”
“Tommy got a good run on the outside, and I tried to sneak up on him,” Willis said after the second race.
“We got together a little bit, and it was good, hard racing, and he nipped me by a nose.”
Peregoy, who returned to the Limited ranks after a foray into Late Model racing, returned to Victory Lane after several second-place finishes early this year.
“We just couldn’t do nothing with Bobby on the bottom, and he took the bottom after the restart,” said Peregoy referring to his pass of McCarty.
“That caution gave us a lucky break, and I don’t know if we would have won the race if not for that.
“Bobby, Danny and me were rubbing fenders, smoke flying and everything, it was pretty good from my seat.
“That’s why I love this class. There’s some quality drivers in this class…it’s not a step back, it’s a great division, and you have some young guys who are really coming on.”
McCarty still holds the points lead with two races remaining, and he was confident he could hold off Willis for the championship.
“I believe we have an 18-point lead, 16-18, so we’re still good and even if he (Willis) finishes first and us second the next two races, it’s still ours.
“We just have to get our stuff better. We’ll figure it out and get everything back together.
“We had to chase ourselves in the first race and obviously didn’t get any better the second race, but we’ll be back.”
Nathan Crews wins, Trey Crews takes points lead in Pure Stocks
Nathan Crews of Long Island won his third pole award of the season (18.134 sec.) and led every lap to win the 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stocks.
Halifax driver Trey Crews took the points lead away from Scottsburg driver Joe Allred III with his second-place finish, while Daniel Crews of Long Island finished third.
Randy Hupp of Halifax finished fourth and Bruce Mayo of Halifax finished fifth in a race that was marred by four cautions and took 25 minutes to complete.
Allred, who owned a slim, one-point lead over Trey Crews coming into the race, experienced mechanical problems and finished 13th.
“Sorry about Joe and his bad luck, but it was a good points night for me,” Trey Crews said after the race.
“I just didn’t have enough for that 3 car, (Nathan Crews) he was flying.
“I just hope we work hard and get better. I’ve been working hard the past two years and have come close, and I finally I have the points lead.
“I just hope we can keep it.”
“Sometimes you just have to shuck and jive and hold it on the floor and hope for the best,” Nathan Crews said in Victory Lane.
“I can honestly say I drove the wheels off it in that race, and I can say I took a stock Nissan 240 and dusted them.”
Ricketts wins Legendary Flathead race
Garland Ricketts of South Boston continued his winning ways in a 20-lap race for the Legendary Flatheads race, winning the event from the back of the field.
Henry Barboss was second and Harry Hale captured third-place, winning the Sportsman Class in the process.
Ricketts won the Modified Class with his first-place effort.