Herring Wins On Spaulding Equipment Night
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. - Drew Herring raced to his fourth win of the season here Saturday night in the 150-lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car race, the feature race of the Spaulding Equipment Company presents Saturday Night Fever at South Boston Speedway.
Herring edged rookie Jonathan Cash of Oxford, N.C. by 1.417 second in a 58-lap sprint to the finish that followed the last of the race's four caution periods.
Cash fought his way back from the rear of the field in the Barkhouser Late Model Stock Car division race after a mishap that occurred on lap 65 when he and track points leader Peyton Sellers of Danville, Va. made contact and spun in turn two. The incident also involved Jason Dickerson of Ruckersville, Va., Scott Worley of Long Island, Va. and David Triplett Jr. of Durham, N.C., all of who were battling for spots in the top five.
David Quackenbush of Lorton, Va. finished third and collected his first top-five finish of the season. Sellers raced his way from the rear of the field with his battered car to finish fourth and Ryan Rhodes of Sanford, N.C. rounded out the top five finishers.
Eddie Johnson of Ashland, Va., Owen Miller of Emporia, Va., Justin Johnson of Roxboro, N.C., Jon Denning of Springfield, N.J. and Rodney Cook of Reidsville, N.C. rounded out the top ten finishers.
Herring, who narrowed the gap between himself and Sellers in the chase for the track championship from 30 points to 24 points, said he was worried about how rapidly Cash closed in on him after taking second place away from Quackenbush with 27 laps left in the race.
Cash narrowed the gap to a car length on two occasions in the closing laps before the rear end of the car broke traction coming off of the fourth turn with two laps to go, allowing Herring to pull away.
"Anytime somebody gets behind you like that you start getting a little worried," Herring said.
"I just kept my mind on what was in front of me and drove my race."
Early on, it was Sellers and Cash that were Herring's chief challengers. After the incident involving Cash and Sellers, Herring's job appeared as if it was going to be easier.
"It does make it easier," said Herring.
"But I don't like to see that happen. I want to beat the best at their best."
Herring averaged 64.325 mph in the race that took 56 minutes and 17 seconds to complete.