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Willis overcomes early problems to win LS race

There was a time when Danny Willis Jr. had no idea that he would have a winning car in Saturday night’s 50-lap NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division race at South Boston Speedway.

After a strong afternoon practice session, Willis found himself facing a huge mechanical issue.

“The alternator wire burned up all of the wiring in the car, and the team worked between practice and qualifying changing the alternator and some of the wiring in the car,” Willis explained. 

“We didn’t get to concentrate on qualifying and we were way off.”

Willis was so far off that he found himself starting eighth on the grid, not a good formula for success, especially in a short 50-lap race. But, Willis found his way around the track on the high side, and used that line to speed to his third win in four starts this season at South Boston Speedway.

“As I worked my way through traffic and picked my way up the front, I realized the outside was a good place for me and the car ran really well out there,” Willis pointed out.

As a result, when the race was restarted for the final time on lap 37, Willis optioned to take the outside line next to race leader Blake Stallings of Danville for what would be the final dash to the finish.

“I had a hard choice to make on whether to take the inside lane or take the outside lane,” Willis pointed out.

“I decided if it was good enough for me on restart I’d try it again and it worked out for us.”

Tommy Peregoy of Red Oak got past Stallings with five laps to go and finished second, 2.056 seconds behind Willis, with Stallings finishing third. 

“All in all it was a good night,” remarked Peregoy.

“I had a good car the first part of the race. After the second caution, the car got extremely tight up in the high line. The stay-dry (the absorbant put down on the track surface after the race’s final caution period) hurt him (Stallings) and took his line away from him.”

“We had that late-race caution, and there was a ton of stay-dry on the track,” Stallings said, “and I couldn’t get in the gas at all. It was all over the place.”

Garrett Bunch of Front Royal and Mark Simpson of Mosely rounded out the top five finishers.


Daniel Crews wins Pure Stock Division race

It has been a number of years since a No. 75 car fielded by the Crews family has made it to Victory Lane at South Boston Speedway.

Daniel Crews of Long Island got it there Saturday night, winning the caution-plagued 30-lap Pure Stock Division race that was curtailed to 23 laps as a result of the many cautions and the length of time it was taking to complete the race.

Crews held off Joe Allred III of Scottsburg to get the win, but Allred’s runner-up finish didn’t hold up as his car failed to pass a post-race technical inspection by track NASCAR officials, resulting in a disqualification.

“It feels good to have the 75 in Victory Lane,” Crews remarked.

“It has been awhile since my dad raced. This is the first time I’ve had this car in Victory Lane. This was my big goal. I knew I could do it in my brother’s car with no problem. I wanted to do it in my car.”

Crews had won a race at South Boston Speedway last season subbing for his brother, Nathan Crews, after his brother had become ill while at the speedway.

Stuart Crews of Long Island was awarded the runner-up spot. Randy Hupp of Halifax, Nathan Crews and Bruce Mayo of Halifax rounded out the top five finishers.


Modified wins go to Johnson, Rumburg 

Chris Johnson of Mechanicsville and Tanner Rumburg of Beaverdam earned a split in Saturday night’s twin 30-lap Modified Division races.

The victories by the two drivers makes it three different winners in as many races in the division this season at South Boston Speedway.

Jimmy Humblett of Shiloh, N.C. finished second behind Johnson in the first race with last year’s Modified division champion, Hunter Slayton of Richmond finishing rounding out the top three finishers. Slayton, however, was later disqualified after his car failed to pass a post-race technical inspection, moving Robert Conner of Colonial Heights to third place in the final rundown.

Jeff Woods of Vinton finished second in the nightcap with Mike Johnson of Midlothian rounding out the top three finishers.