Deac McCaskill proves Late Model victories can be found from the high line at South Boston Speedway
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — Who says South Boston is a one groove track? It certainly wouldn't be Deac McCaskill.
The Benson, N.C. driver drove the high line for 150 laps Saturday night to claim a victory in the Barkhouser Late Model Stock Division. The race was the featured attraction of the SunTrust Bank Night program.
McCaskill had competed only once this season at South Boston Speedway when the touring UARA Series visited the four-tenths mile asphalt oval on April 30.
Saturday, McCaskill certainly made the most of his first appearance at South Boston in Barkhouser Late Model action this season. After qualifying fourth in the 23-car field, McCaskill surged to the lead on the third circuit and stayed there the rest of the way.
However, staying out front on the four-tenths mile asphalt oval wasn't the easiest of chores for McCaskill, who had to spend many of the closing laps waging a side-by-side battle with eventual race runner-up Wayne Ramsey of Amherst, Va.
Drew Herring of Benson, N.C. placed third in the unofficial rundown for the field and emerged from a first-place tie in the Barkhouser Late Model point standings with five-time winner Peyton Sellers of Danville, Va.
Sellers finished sixth for the night as the final driver on the lead lap and now trails Herring, a three-time winner for the campaign, by six points in the battle for the track title.
Tony McGuire of Roanoke, Va. placed fourth in his first appearance of the season at South Boston and was followed in the top five by Jonathan Cash of Oxford, N.C.
David Triplett, Jr. of Durham grabbed a seventh-place finish in the race and was one lap down at the end. The eighth through 10th-place drivers were all a lap down at the close of the race. They included Owen Miller of Emporia, Va. in eighth, David Quackenbush of Lorton, Va. in ninth and Ryan Rhodes of Sanford, N.C. in 10th.
Before the first lap of the race could be completed, the yellow flag flew for an accident that involved the cars of Scott Worley of Long Island, Va., Ronald Hill of Rougemont, N.C. and Terri Williams of Emporia, Va.
Following a double file restart, the race went under the green flag for 95 laps before a spin in turn four brought out the second caution period.
Two other cautions slowed the field and set the stage for a four-lap shootout to decide the winner when the race went green on lap 147.