Wayne Ramsey grabs lead late, holds on to win season-opening Late Model Stock Car race at South Boston
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — The second time was the charm for Wayne Ramsey of Amherst, Va.
Ramsey made two passes of Adam Barker of Hurt, Va. following caution periods Saturday afternoon at South Boston Speedway. The second pass was for the lead and wound up resulting in a victory.
Ramsey claimed the first-place position on the track on lap 118 following a caution period and held on the rest of the way to secure a win in the season-opening Spring Fling 150 Barkhouser Late Model Stock Car Division race.
The event was the featured attraction of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series race program and opened the 50th anniversary season at America's Hometown Track.
Ramsey had swiped the second-place position from pole sitter Barker on lap 47 following an earlier caution. Barker, however, battled back into the position four laps later.
Jon Denning of Springfield, N.J. started eighth in the race, but roared to a second-place finish at the end, just ahead of sixth-starting David Triplett Jr. of Timberlake, N.C.
Keven Wood of Stuart, Va., who began the race from the ninth starting slot, wound up with a fourth-place finish, while Ronald Hill of Rougemont, N.C. rounded out the top-five competitors.
Eddie Johnson of Midlothian, Va. roared from a 16th starting spot in the field to finish in the sixth position, while Barker slipped to seventh after losing the lead. Cliff Daniels of Smithfield, Va., who began the race in the 17th spot, wound up in eighth, while Greg Edwards placed ninth and was followed in the 10th position by Jonathan Bailey of Keysville, Va.
Barker earned the pole position for the start of the race after turning in a track-record qualifying time of 15.318 seconds and 94.007 miles per hour. Barker owned the lead for the first lap, but lost it to outside pole sitter Philip Morris of Ruckersville, Va. one circuit later.
Morris, the defending NASCAR Weekly Series national champion, held the lead position until the 88th lap when he encountered problems with his right front tire and wound up parking his ride and settling for a 19th-place finish.
Barker moved in front at that point and owned the lead until Ramsey secured the top spot in the closing stages.