- Last Updated on 08:07 AM 07/08/13
- BY Doug Ford
A 50-lap race that included nine cautions and took almost one hour to complete finished with current Budweiser Pure Stock points leader Joe Allred III winning a side-by-side battle with Stuart Crews for his first win in the season’s biggest Pure Stock race at South Boston Speedway.
There were only two lead changes in the race, with Greg Autry of South Boston passing pole sitter Nathan Crews on lap three.
Allred, of Scottsburg, who qualified on the outside pole, took the lead from Autry one lap later and held the lead the rest of the way, holding off Crews for the remaining 32 laps for his fourth win of the season.
Allred crossed the finish line only 0.388 seconds ahead of Crews and side-by-side with the Long Island racer.
Austin Milam of Ringgold finished in third-place, with Randy Hupp of Halifax and Bruce Mayo of Halifax rounding out the top-five finishers.
Kenny Mills of South Boston, Jimmy Wade of Halifax, Vic Ingram of Danville, Stephen Casen of Scottsburg and Jake Brown of Cluster Springs rounded out the top-10 finishers.
Only eight of 19 drivers completed all 50 laps due to mishaps on the track and equipment failures, but Allred and Crews, running at or near the front, avoided those issues and put on what Allred described as one of the best races he’s been involved in during his racing career.
“That was one awesome, and that’s some of the best racing I’ve been in for several years,” said Allred in Victory Lane.
“It’s a special night, and we just have to remember those firefighters out there who’ve lost their lives,” the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department member pointed out.
Allred dedicated his race to the late Jeff Norton, a race fan who could usually be found in turn one.
“I want to dedicate this race to Jeff Norton. He was a good friend of mine, I loved him to death, and I wish he could be here with us.
“We gave it our best shot,” said Crews, who was looking for his first career Pure Stock win at South Boston.
“Joe Allred is a fun dude to race with and we were both sideways coming off every turn but somehow we kept it straight.”
“This is one hard track to get around here,” said Milam, who won a track championship at Orange County Speedway last year, but who also is looking for his first win at South Boston.
Nathan Crews won his second pole award of the season with a time of 18.301 (78.684 MPH).
The race averaged 22.813 MPH and took 53 minutes to complete.