- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
Bobby McCarty had several strong runs toward the end of the 2011 season to finish third in the Limited Sportsman Division points race, but the Summerfield, N.C. driver served notice Saturday night he would be a force to be reckoned with this year as well with a win in the 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race at South Boston Speedway.
Qualifying on the pole ahead of defending Limited Sportsman champion Danny Willis Jr., McCarty led for the first 13 laps before being passed by Willis on the restart following the race’s first of three cautions.
McCarty returned the favor on the restart following the race’s second caution on lap 32 and held off the Cluster Springs driver the remainder of the race.
Mike Jones of South Boston had a good run in finishing in third-place Saturday night after a fourth-place qualifying run, with Daniel Moss of Danville finishing fourth and Michael Maresca of Hannawah Falls, N.Y. finishing in fifth-place.
“I just have to thank my guys, we’ve been working out butts off,” said Jones after the race.
“It’s so hard being away at school and only being able to come and work on it on the weekends, and to be this good this early is good for our team.
“I thought I had something for the 6 and the 23, but they were in a league of their own, and I was in the catbird’s seat at the end.”
Willis said his and McCarty’s cars were pretty equal with each other and whoever got out front and got a car length or two ahead would make it hard for the second man to catch him unless he slipped.
“I got a good run on the outside when I got by him, and I thought we had him,” said Willis on his pass of McCarty to take a temporary lead.
“I didn’t want to see that caution come out, and couldn’t make up my mind on whether to go outside or inside and chose inside.
“I gave him the good shot on me and I gave him a good run at the end, we rubbed, beat and banged a little bit, and it was good, hard racing.”
McCarty agreed the restarts were the deciding factor in his win.
“We were dead even,” noted McCarty. “I noticed when he was behind and tried something he lost a couple of car lengths, and when I was behind him and tried something I lost a couple of car lengths.
“I knew when that caution came out, I had to do what I needed to do.
“That was good, hard racing and I enjoyed every minute of it.”
McCarty claimed the pole with a time of 15.912 seconds and finished 0.538 seconds ahead of Willis in a race that had three cautions and lasted 29 minutes.
Allred, Nathan Crews claim Pure Stock race wins
Defending Budweiser Pure Stock Division champion Joe Allred III of Scottsburg and Nathan Crews of Halifax each claimed a win in a Budweiser Pure Stock twinbill to open the season Saturday.
Allred qualified on the pole for race one and led the entire 30-lap race, fending off a strong challenge from Crews, who failed to qualify and started at the rear of the 14-car field before steadily moving through the pack to second-place with two laps remaining before running out of time to challenge Allred.
Stuart Crews of Long Island, Courtney Crosby of Scottsburg and Libby Privette of Nathalie rounded out the top-five finishers in a race that lasted 17 minutes and included one caution.
Allred qualified on the pole with a time of 18.280 seconds in race one.
A four-car inversion for race two had Crosby sitting on the pole, followed by Stuart Crews, Nathan Crews and Allred, with Nathan Crews charging to the lead on the first lap.
Crews held the lead until a restart following the second of four race cautions on lap 19, where Allred passed for the lead.
Crews passed Allred on lap 20 and led the remainder of the race, finishing ahead of Allred by 0.326 seconds in a race that was stopped for four cautions, including a red flag stoppage, and lasted 30 minutes
Trey Crews of Halifax finished in third-place and Crosby in fourth-place, while Stuart Crews finished in fifth-place.
Slayton sweeps MAD Modified twin bill
Hunter Slayton of Richmond swept both ends of a MAD Modified twin bill Saturday at South Boston Speedway.
Slayton qualified on the pole with a time of 16.585 seconds for race one and led all 25 laps, finishing 2.54 seconds ahead of Shiloh, N.C. driver Jimmy Humblet.
David Winslow of Sandston finished in third-place, followed by Kyle Wood of Powhatan and Robert Conner of Stony Creek in a race that ran caution free and lasted seven minutes.
Slayton started fourth after a four-car inversion for race two, with Wood sitting on the pole, followed by Winslow and Humblet.
Slayton moved to third on lap two and second on lap nine before passing Wood for the lead on lap 11 and leading the rest of the way.
Wood finished second, and Humblet, Conner and Winslow rounded out the top-five finishers in a race that was delayed by one caution and lasted 10 minutes.
Slayton’s winning margin over Wood was 1.076 seconds in race two.