Ramsey, Johnson Split LMSC Wins At South Boston Speedway
Wayne Ramsey of Amherst, Va. and Justin Johnson of Durham, N.C. split wins in the pair of 75-lap races for the Barkhouser Late Model Stock Car Division that headlined Saturday night's Miss Utility Night race program here at South Boston Speedway.
The win by Ramsey in the opening race was his third win here this season. Johnson's win in the nightcap was his fourth triumph at the .4-mile oval thus far this season.
Ramsey started on the pole in the opener and led the entire race, edging Deac McCaskill of Raleigh, N.C. by .779 second in the race that was slowed by one caution period.
Johnson finished third in the opener with Owen Miller of Emporia, Va. and Dustin Storm of Huntington, Md. rounded out the top five finishers.
Jason Dickerson of Ruckersville, Va., Dude Gibbs of Seaford, Va., Brandon Butler of Sutherland, Va. Josh Oakley of Rougemont, N.C. and Rodney Cook of Reidsville, N.C. completed the top ten finishers.
McCaskill started third, overtook Miller, who started on the outside pole, on the tenth lap and spent the rest of the race trying to keep pace with Ramsey. A caution flag on lap 26 gave McCaskill the opportunity he needed but Ramsey was able to pull away in the late stages of the race and open up a cushion.
Meanwhile, Johnson, who started sixth, was busy working his way through traffic. He passed Miller for third place on lap 29 and that was as far up the ladder as he could get.
Ramsey averaged 78.543 mph in the race that took just over 25 minutes to complete.
Johnson started on the pole in the second race, took the lead at the outset but lost the spot to Ramsey on the first lap. Johnson hounded Ramsey for a while before taking the lead for good on lap 37. Once in front, Johnson led the final 39 circuits and held off Ramsey by .351 second to win the caution-free race.
McCaskill finished third with Gibbs racing from his seventh starting position to take fourth place. Oakley rounded out the top five finishers with his first top-five finish of the season here.
Miller, Butler, Storm, Cook and Jonathan Bailey of Keysville, Va. rounded out the top ten finishers.
Johnson averaged 86.460 mph in the race that took 21 minutes and 16 seconds to complete.