Late Model Stock 150 Season Opener at Caraway 3/6/16

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The first green flag of 2016 flies at Caraway Speedway. (Speed51.com photo) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Won the Race: Aggression. Lemons admittedly pushed early leader Swaim as hard as he could throughout the first half of the event in an attempt to lap as many cars as possible prior to the mandatory pit stop. Later, while battling with Snider for the top spot, contact sent Snider around turning the lead over to Lemons.


The Finish
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1) 27 Tommy Lemons
2) 18M Bradley McCaskill
3) 12 Ryan Wilson
4) 4 Jonathan Findley
5) 81 Patrick Coleman
6) 2 Myatt Snider
7) 82 Dylan Martin
8) 16S RD Smith
9) 21D Mike Darne
10) 4D Kyle Dudley
11) 10 Dan Moore
12) 71 Dean Fogleman
13) 21 Travis Swaim
14) 83 Matt Bowling
15) 5 Lee Pulliam
16) 18 Jason York
17) 5C Craig Thomas
DNS 12B Annabeth Barnes

 

The Skinny:

Snider and Lemons battled hard for the lead before contact sent Snider around.

Swaim lost the lead to Lemons and Myatt Snider. He battled back with Snider for second before dropping out with some sort of engine failure.

The vast majority of the field pitted on a lap 65 caution. Swaim pitted first and came out first. Lemons got blocked getting to his pit and came out eighth.

Through the first half of the race it was the Travis Swaim show. He and Tommy Lemons opened up a full straight-away advantage over the field.

 

Winning Quote:”Winning solves everything.” was how Lemons described his health after missing practice on Saturday suffering from flu-like symptoms.

 

Notebook: Four-time track champion Travis Swaim set fast-time and will lead them to green.

Favorite Lee Pulliam turned in a disappointing qualifying effort and is reportedly suffering from flu-like symptoms.

Today’s race is 150 laps. There is a mandatory pit stop where teams have the option to change up to two tires.

 

Car Count: A total of 18 cars signed in and participated in practice.

 

Title Fight: This will mark the first event for the 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Caraway for 2016.

 

Winning Chassis: Jay Hedgecock

Winning Engine: John West Engines

Winning Shocks: Brandon Davis Shocks

 

Starting Line-Up:

1) 21 Travis Swaim 16.871
2) 2 Myatt Snider 16.907
3) 27 Tommy Lemons 16.909
4) 18M Bradley McCaskill 17.007
5) 18 Jason York 17.080
6) 81 Patrick Coleman 17.101
7) 83 Matt Bowling 17.129
8) 12 Ryan Wilson 17.157
9) 16S RD Smith 17.164
10) 21D Mike Darne 17.167
11) 82 Dylan Martin 17.217
12) 4D Kyle Dudley 17.220
13) 5 Lee Pulliam 17.232
14) 10 Dan Moore 17.349
15) 4 Jonathan Findley 17.371
16) 71 Dean Fogleman 17.492
17) 5C Craig Thomas N/T
18) 12B Annabeth Barnes N/T

 

Last-Chance Race Results: There will be no Last-Chance Race.

 

Heat Race Results: There are no Heat Races today.

 

Qualifying Results:

1) 21 Travis Swaim 16.871
2) 2 Myatt Snider 16.907
3) 27 Tommy Lemons 16.909
4) 18M Bradley McCaskill 17.007
5) 18 Jason York 17.080
6) 81 Patrick Coleman 17.101
7) 83 Matt Bowling 17.129
8) 12 Ryan Wilson 17.157
9) 16S RD Smith 17.164
10) 21D Mike Darne 17.167
11) 82 Dylan Martin 17.217
12) 4D Kyle Dudley 17.220
13) 5 Lee Pulliam 17.232
14) 10 Dan Moore 17.349
15) 4 Jonathan Findley 17.371
16) 71 Dean Fogleman 17.492
17) 5C Craig Thomas N/T
18) 12B Annabeth Barnes N/T

 

Qualifying Events: The field will be set with group style qualifying with five cars on track at a time.

 

Practice Results: There were no practice times available for this afternoon’s sessions.

 

Event Schedule:

1:45pm Group Qualifying (5 cars/trucks at a time)
Late Model Stocks
Late Model Trucks
Limited Late Models
2:15pm Pre-Race Ceremonies
2:25pm Invocation / National Anthem
2:30pm Racing Begins
Legend Cars – 20 laps
Late Model Stocks – 150 laps
Bandoleros – 12 laps
Limited Late Models – 30 laps
Late Model Trucks – 43 laps
Chargers – 20 laps
Mini-Stocks – 15 laps
Hornets – 12 laps

 

Who To Watch For: With a handful of wins in almost as many starts in 2015 at Caraway, 3-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion Lee Pulliam (11) has earned his place among the favorites. But in a field stacked with talent such as this, it would not be a surprise to see any one sneak onto the podium and capture a win.

 

Entry List:

2 Myatt Snider
4D Kyle Dudley
4 Jonathan Findley
5C Craig Thomas
5 Lee Pulliam
10 Dan Moore
12B Annabeth Barnes
12 Ryan Wilson
16S RD Smith
18M Bradley McCaskill
18 Jason York
21D Mike Darne
21 Travis Swaim
27 Tommy Lemons
71 Dean Fogleman
81 Patrick Coleman
82 Dylan Martin
83 Matt Bowling

 

The TrackCaraway Speedway is a .455 semi-banked oval located in Sophia, NC. It is known for it’s long straight-aways and tight, mildly banked corners, giving it a classic ‘paper clip’ style profile. The track was first opened in 1966 and operated as a dirt track before being paved in 1972.

 

Weather: It is a beautiful sunny day here in Sophia, NC with temperatures hovering in the upper 50°s and partly could skies. The forecast shows 0% chance of precipitation throughout the afternoon and evening.

 

Next Series Race: The Late Model Stocks will be back for another 150 lap event on Saturday 3/26.

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Speed Central: Late Model Stock Season Opener 150 at Caraway