- Last Updated on 04:01 PM 09/02/12
- BY Doug Ford
Bobby McCarty is closer to his first Limited Sportsman Division championship at South Boston Speedway after winning the 50-lap race Saturday night.
McCarty, of Summerfield, N.C., qualified on the pole (16.267 seconds) ahead of his closest rival, defending Limited Sportsman champion Danny Willis Jr. and led all 50 laps to win his seventh race of the season by 2.569 seconds.
With only one Limited Sportsman race remaining, a 50-lapper on Sept. 15, McCarty unofficially owns a 23-point lead over Willis, who owns six Limited Sportsman wins this season.
Blake Stallings of Danville, who entered the race only five points ahead of South Boston’s Mike Jones in the points standings, finished third, with Michael Maresca of Hannawa Falls, N.Y., and Jones rounding out the top-five finishers in a nine-car field.
Stallings, who passed Jones for third on lap 36, was able to stay ahead of Jones in the battle for a top-three in points.
We had a real good run today. The car had been strong all day, and we’re pretty pleased,” said Stallings.
“I felt at the end we had a real strong car.
“We were consistently running the same lap times, while some of the other people were falling off.
“I don’t know if we would have won tonight, McCarty has been awful strong and Danny’s been real strong, but we would have been closer at the end.”
“We’ve just been off the last couple of weeks,” said Willis. I thought we were back on it last night (Friday during practice) and it changed tonight.
“I don’t know if it was the tires or what, but we weren’t on our game tonight.”
“We were just no good,” added Willis. “I thought we had good balance on the car. We came back today and have been struggling all day, not being able to find what we need.
“He (McCarty) is tough. I don’t know what he’s got. He’s got something and NASCAR doesn’t want to find it.
“We’ll just finish second this year.”
“I have to thank my crew and my dad,” said McCarty. “[The car] was running tonight, that’s for sure. It was a little free, but my dad knows I can’t stand a tight car.
“We went digging, and we’re one step closer to the championship, so we have to keep on doing what we’re doing.”
The Limited Sportsman Division race took 18 minutes to complete and had one caution.
Trey Crews step closer to Pure Stock title
A win and third-place finish in twin 30-lap races for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division at South Boston Speedway Saturday night has put Halifax driver Trey Crews in the driver’s seat for his first-ever points title.
Long Island’s Nathan Crews took home his second straight win in the first Pure Stock race, with defending division champion Joe Allred III coming home second ahead of Trey Crews and Long Island drivers Stuart Crews and Daniel Crews.
Race one featured four lead changes, with Nathan Crews winning his fourth pole of the season (18.181 seconds) and leading the first 17 laps before Allred passed for the lead.
Allred led laps 18-20, and Crews for laps 21-22, before Allred passed again and led lap 23.
Crews returned the favor on lap 24 and won by 0.158 seconds over Allred in a race marred by four cautions.
A six-car inversion for the second race had Halifax driver Randy Hupp sitting on the pole ahead of Daniel Crews, Stuart Crews, Trey Crews, Allred and Nathan Crews.
Hupp led for one lap before Daniel Crews passed him and led laps 2-17.
Trey Crews passed Daniel Crews for the lead on lap 18 and led the rest of the way, winning by 2.441 seconds over Daniel Crews in a race delayed twice by cautions.
The car of Daniel Crews was disqualified after it failed to pass a post-race inspection by track NASCAR officials, with Randy Hupp finishing in second-place in race two ahead of Stuart Crews, Justin Tucker of Elon, N.C., and Eric Crews of Long Island.
Allred, trailing Trey Crews by 21 points entering Saturday night, lost the ground he gained on Crews in the second race after pitting twice to address engine problems.
The Scottsburg driver rallied through the field in the late stages of race two before finishing in 13th place.
“We worked hard just to get here. I can’t believe it, I probably didn’t have the best car and just got lucky,” said Trey Crews after the second race.
Luck’s just been on my side this year and hopefully it will be on my side this last race so I can win this championship and continue with my career.”
“It was just good, hard racing by everybody, and I appreciate this win,” added Crews.