South Boston, Va. — Matt Bowling of Ridgeway, Virginia pulled off a big sweep Saturday night, winning the twin 75-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division races at South Boston Speedway.
The sweep of the night’s pair of 75-lap races ran Bowling’s season win total at South Boston Speedway to eight.
Bowling took the lead from Austin Thaxton of South Boston, Virginia as they crossed the start/finish line to start the 14th lap. Moments later, Thaxton spun and crashed into the first turn wall after he and Bowling made contact while battling for the lead.
From there, Bowling got the best of Josh Berry on the ensuing restart and again on a restart that followed the race’s final caution on lap 30.
Berry retired from the race after 52 laps as a result of mechanical issues, opening the door for Bobby McCarty of Summerfield, North Carolina to assume second place, with former NASCAR National Champion and South Boston Speedway champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Va., who started 18th, taking third place on lap 54.
With no further cautions to slow the race. Bowling drove away to a 2.1-second win over McCarty, with Sellers finishing third, Mark Wertz of Chesapeake, Virginia finishing fourth and Brandon Pierce of Oak Ridge, North Carolina rounding out the top five finishers in the 24-car field.
Bowling started fifth in the nightcap, took the lead from pole starter Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia on the fifth lap and led the rest of the way to win the nightcap.
The second race proved to be a more difficult challenge for Bowling, A caution flag with 20 laps to go erased a comfortable lead that Bowling held over McCarty. Bowling overcame that challenge and saw a near one-second lead he held over young upcoming talent Christian Eckes, who was making his first appearance at South Boston Speedway, disappear when the left rear wheel broke on Eckes’ car, resulting in Eckes spinning into the outside wall on the frontstretch with three laps to go.
Bowling fended off a hard charge by Josh Oakley of Rougemont, North Carolina on the ensuing restart and edged Oakley by .684-second at the finish to complete the two-race sweep.
Sellers finished third after starting 18th and Wertz claimed fourth place for the second time of the night. McCarty finished fifth.
Fultz Drives To Victory In PASS Super Late Model 150
Veteran Super Late Model driver Jeff Fultz scored his first career victory on the PASS (Pro All Stars Series) Super Late Model circuit Saturday night, fending off Durham, North Carolina resident Tate Fogleman in a 22-lap dash to the finish that followed the race’s final caution period to win the PASS Super Late Model 150.
Fultz, who has competed on the PASS Super Late Model circuit off and on for 10 years, grabbed the lead when race leader Preston Peltier encountered trouble on a restart with 22 laps to go.
An eight-car crash occurred on the backstretch behind Fultz and the race leaders, forcing the race to be stopped for about a half an hour as track safety crews removed the damaged cars and cleaned up fluids leaked by cars involved in the mishap.
Ten cars were left running after the mishap, with Fogleman, Jared Fryar and Dalton Sargeant being Fultz’s primary challengers. Fultz got a good jump on the ensuing restart, took the lead on lap 129, and with the others battling hard for position behind him, drove to a .990-second win over Fogleman.
Sargeant, of Concord, North Carolina, finished third. Fryar, of Greensboro, North Carolina, took fourth place and Jeremie Whorff of Bath, Maine, rounded out the top five finishers in the 22-car field.
There were three lead changes among three drivers, with Fultz leading the final 21 laps to claim the win. Peltier, who encountered mechanical issues and retired from the race with 22 laps to go, led twice for a total of 85 laps. Sargeant led once for 43 laps.
The race was slowed by five caution periods including one red flag.
Next Race At South Boston Speedway
NASCAR racing will return to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, Aug. 27, with the 7 p.m. running of the “Italian Delight Family Restaurant Presents Frutopia Not Just Frozen Yogurt” NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program.
A 100-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors will headline the five-race card. Also on the night’s schedule are a 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division and a 25-lap race for the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders series.
Registration and pit gate opens at 2:30 p.m. and practice will start at 4 p.m. Grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m., qualifying starts at 6 p.m. and the first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.
Adult General Admission tickets are $10 each, with youth ages 7-12 admitted for $5 and kids ages six and under being admitted free with a paid adult.
-South Boston Speedway Press Release
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