- Last Updated on 05:36 PM 06/17/12
- BY Joe Chandler
For 144 laps, Deac McCaskill made all of the right choices in Saturday night’s Whelen Presents Mobil 1 Late Model 150 at South Boston Speedway.
McCaskill, well-known for his liking of the outside lane on the .4-mile oval, took that route in the first three of five restarts of Saturday night’s race and was able to protect his lead over Peyton Sellers and C.E. Falk III.
On the double-file restart on lap 145 following the fourth of the race’s five caution flags, McCaskill opted for the inside line, giving the top to Falk. It proved to be a costly mistake as Falk surged into the lead.
McCaskill got one more opportunity late in the race on a restart on lap 156
after an incident on lap 149 involving Sellers and Jeb Burton of Halifax, an incident in which Sellers’ car spun hard into the first turn wall after contact with Burton as they battled for fourth place.
This time, it was Falk’s choice of starting spots. Noting his earlier success, Falk chose the top line again and made it work a second time.
The Virginia Beach native got a run on McCaskill and went on to edge McCaskill by .266-second in a two-lap green-flag run to the finish to take his second win of the season at South Boston Speedway and his first during the track’s points season.
“It was all Deac the first time,” Falk said of the lane choices on the race’s next-to-last restart.
“It was one of those deals that we were going to go where they weren’t. The last one (restart) could have worked out bad, but I knew my only chance of winning was to be up top. I knew if I could stay on top I could hold onto the momentum. He (McCaskill) drove me like a champion and I appreciate it.”
McCaskill, who had won 10 of his 15 starts entering the race, said he should have known better than to go to the inside.
“I’ve always been a top feeder here, and that’s where I should have gone,” McCaskill said.
“I just screwed up. It’s totally my fault. Nobody told me to go low. I didn’t think C.E. was that good up top and it got me. When I go up high like that, it’s really hard on the restarts. You’ve got to really hit your marks just right. I just didn’t hit my mark well on the inside, and he (Falk) was able to get a run on me and it was over from there.”
Josh Oakley of Rougemont, N.C. finished a season-best third with Burton taking fourth place and Ronald Hill of Rougemont, N.C. rounding out the top five finishers.
While the field of cars was light with a dozen starters, the 150-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division race featured four of the top 11 drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national points standings.
Falk, who picked up his ninth win of the season, entered the night’s action in second place in the national standings and first in the Virginia state standings. McCaskill entered the night in third place in the national standings and the leader in the North Carolina state standings.
South Boston Speedway points leader, Matt Bowling of Ridgeway, entered the race fifth in the national standings and came away with a seventh-place finish. Sellers, stood 11th in the nation entering the race, was credited with a ninth-place finish in the race.
Falk averaged 66.319 mph in the extended race that was slowed by five caution periods that consumed 27 laps.
150-LAP LATE MODEL STOCK CAR RACE
1.C.E. Falk III158
• Time of Race: 57 Min. 10 Sec.
• Average Speed: 66.319 MPH
• Margin Of Victory: .266 Sec.
• Lap Leaders: Deac McCaskill 1-144, C.E. Falk III 145-158
• Pole Winner: Peyton Sellers
• Time: 15.790 Sec.
• Speed: 91.197 MPH