Adam Barker scores first Late Model Stock Division victory in Easter Bunny 150 Saturday at SoBo
Adam Barker of Hurt, Va. held on to the steering wheel tight when the green flag fell with 20 laps remaining in the 150-lap Barkhouser Late Model Stock Car Division race Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.
Barker, who grabbed the lead on lap three of the race, was holding on and hoping to secure his first Late Model Stock Car Division victory. Barker held off several challenges from Wayne Ramsey of Amherst, Va. throughout the event to claim his first Late Model Stock Car victory in the featured attraction of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Easter Bunny 150.
Over the final 20 laps of the race, Barker had to fend off Ramsey, who claimed a victory in the season-opening Late Model race one week earlier, and was riding right on his rear bumper as the laps wound down.
Ramsey motored to a second-place finish in the 21-car field and was followed by David Triplett, Jr. of Timberlake, N.C., who scored his second straight third-place finish.
Triplett qualified sixth for the race and was running fourth when he got into the back of defending NASCAR Weekly Series national champion Philip Morris of Ruckersville, Va. on lap 117. The accident sent Morris' ride hard into the outside retaining wall and brought out the fifth and final caution period of the event and set up the final 20-lap dash to the finish. Triplett apologized to Morris for the incident via radio shortly after it happened and then during his post-race interview.
C.E. Falk III of Virginia Beach, Va. tallied a fourth-place run in the race and was followed in the top five by Eddie Johnson of Midlothian, Va., who rallied from a 13th starting position.
Cliff Daniels of Smithfield, Va. was sixth at the checkered flag, while Jerame Donnelly was seventh. Jon Denning of Springfield, N.J., who started at the rear of the field after smacking the wall in qualifying, claimed an eighth-place finish for the night, despite suffering a stop-and-go penalty for rough driving.
Justin Johnson of Roxboro, N.C. was ninth and Jonathan Bailey of Keysville, Va. rounded out the top 10 competitors in the race.