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Stallings interrupts Willis winning streak

Blake Stallings interrupted the two-race win streak of Danny Willis Jr. by winning Saturdays’ 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race at South Boston Speedway.

Stallings, of Danville, claimed the pole with a time of 16.024 seconds and led all 50 laps of a caution-free race that took barely more than 13 minutes to run, winning by 2.884 seconds over Willis.

Willis, of Cluster Springs came home second to maintain his points lead in the division, with Tommy Peregoy of Clarksville, Garrett Bunch of Front Royal and Caleb Davis of Thaxton, Va. rounding out the top-five finishers.

G.R. Waldrop of Moseley, Va., Daryl Carver of Prospect Hill, N.C., Mark Simpson of Moseley, Michael Maresca of Hannawa Falls, N.Y., and Charles Barnes of Chase City rounded out the top-ten drivers.

Peregoy recorded his best finish of the season thus far with his third-place run on Saturday.

“I think we had a pretty good car, but we can’t get qualifying down for some reason (sixth),” Peregoy said.

“We’re taking it race by race, so it really helped us today.  It’ll been a good year, we just have to get everything worked out.”

Willis’ car was strong early in the race and got as close as a car length to Stallings before fading as the race wore on. 

“He had an awesome car today” said Willis of Stallings’ effort.

“Those guys have been working hard, and I congratulate them on their first win this year.

“We just missed it a little bit.  We thought we were going to be good at the start but after I got to him it got just wicked loose,” added Willis, who extended his points lead after the car of Joey Throckmorton experienced a mechanical failure on lap 17.

Stallings, who finished ninth the previous race, indicated his car had been strong the entire day.

“We’ve been pretty good all day.  We came to practice last night and were here from lunchtime to about 8 o’clock.

“We were hooked up.”

Stallings credited Willis for helping his racing career when he first came to South Boston.

“When I first started out, he taught me a lot of stuff on the car and would even come to practice some days,” he noted.

“I’m thankful for that.”

 

Nathan Crews wins Pure Stock race

Long Island driver Nathan Crews passed pole sitter Trey Crews on the first lap and led from there to win the 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race on Saturday.

Crews had qualified on the pole with a time of 18.148 seconds but Crews motored from the outside pole position on lap one to take the lead for good and win his first race of the season.

Joe Allred III of Scottsburg, a winner in the first two Pure Stock races of the season, finished second, 1.744 seconds behind Crews, with defending division champion Trey Crews of Halifax, Randy Hupp of Halifax and Stuart Crews of Long Island rounding out the top-five finishers.

Austin Milam of Ringgold, Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Eric Crews of Long Island, Jake Brown of Cluster Springs and Jarrett Milam of Ringgold rounded out the top-10 finishers in a race that was delayed twice by cautions and took 18 minutes to run.

Trey Crews, defending Pure Stock Division champion, came home with a podium finish in his return to South Boston Speedway.

Crews said he might run three or four more races this season. 

“The whole race the car was all over the place and I couldn’t get no grip,” said Crews.

“I thought it’d come to me, and it never did, so we just did what I could with what I had and ended up with a top-three.”

Allred admitted to making a few adjustments that had the opposite effect of what he had intended them to be.

“We did a couple of new tweaks to the car, and apparently it doesn’t like it at all,” said Allred.

“Instead of fixing it to go faster, we were fixing it to go broke.  We’re going to tinker with it a little more and at least get it back to where it was.”

“To be quite honest with you, I don’t know how I put it up here,” Nathan Crews said in Victory Lane.

“It was about all I could do to keep it from spinning out.”

 

Blair wins Legendary Flatheads race

Bill Blair of Thomasville, N.C., came from near the back of the pack at the start of the race to win the 20-lap Legendary Flatheads race Saturday at South Boston Speedway.

Blair took the lead from Clayton Smith of King, N.C. on lap two and held off South Boston’s Garland Ricketts for the win.

Randy Apple of Reidsville, N.C. finished third, and Bill Daniel of Danville finished fourth in the eight-car field.

Don Cook was the Sportsman winner with his sixth-place finish.