Morris Takes Second SBS Win
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. - Defending NASCAR national champion Philip Morris of Ruckersville, Va. claimed his second win of the season here Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.
Morris held off Justin Johnson of Durham, N.C in a two-lap green flag sprint to the finish to win the NASCAR Whelen All-American Easter Bunny 150 Late Model Stock Car Division race.
His margin of victory was 1.168 seconds.
The win was the second for Morris in as many starts at South Boston Speedway this season and his third triumph for the season.
Eddie Johnson of Midlothian, Va. finished third with Lee Pulliam of Semora, N.C. and Josh Oakley of Rougemont, N.C. rounding out the top five finishers.
Jonathan Bailey of Keysville, Va., Dane Rudolph of Wamberal, Australia, Jonathan Cash of Oxford, N.C. Kenny Forbes of Bullock, N.C. and Dustin Storm of Huntingtown, Md. rounded out the top ten finishers.
Nick Smith of Hampton pressured Morris for much of the race. However, Smiths bid for the win came to an unexpected end when the car driven by Smith and the car driven by Dude Gibbs of Seaford, Va. got together with six laps to go.
That mishap also triggered a spin on the backstretch by Storm, who was running third at the time, and Tim George Jr.
The race was restarted on lap 150 for a two-lap sprint to the finish with Justin Johnson and Eddie Johnson moving into the top three. Neither was able to make a serious bid against Morris, who held on to take the win.
Morris averaged 70.118 mph in the race that was slowed by three caution periods. The race took 52 minutes and 13 seconds to complete.