EMBARQ 150 presented by BOB-FM: Herring holds off bounty hunters, claims 4th straight Late Model Stock Car triumph at South Boston Speedway
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — It wasn't easy, but it was still another Barkhouser Late Model Stock Car Division victory for Drew Herring Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.
After winning the past three Late Model Stock Car Division events at America's Hometown Track, Herring, who resides in Benson, N.C., entered the featured attraction of the Embarq 150 presented by Bob FM Saturday night with a $500 bounty hanging over his head. Any driver that could beat Herring to the checkered flag could have claimed the bounty in addition to the regular purse.
When the race ended, however, it was Herring posting his fourth straight triumph. The win in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series event was also Herring's sixth in his last seven starts.
Herring started from the fourth position in the 21-car field, but had moved into second place just past the midpoint. He then swiped the advantage from pole position winner Jonathan Cash of Oxford, N.C. on the 116th circuit and held on to first place the remainder of the way.
Cash motored to a runner-up finish in the field and took over sole possession of the lead in the division's point lead. Herring moved into second place in the standings, just ahead of Owen Miller of Emporia, Va., who entered the night tied with Cash for first place in the standings, but slipped to third on the heels of an eighth-place finish.
Adam Barker of Hurt, Va. started from the outside of the front row in the race and collected a third-place finish for the night, while Rodney Cook of Reidsville, N.C. recorded a fourth-place run.
Jon Denning of Springfield, N.J. finished fifth at the checkered flag and was followed by Nick Smith of Hampton, Va. in the sixth slot and Wayne Ramsey of Amherst, Va. in seventh place.
Miller was eighth at the finish line and was followed in the top 10 by Eddie Johnson of Ashland, Va. in ninth place and Cliff Daniels of Smithfield, Va. in the 10th position.
Daniels was the final driver on the lead lap and roared from the rear of the field at the outset of the race to score his second straight 10th place performance.
The final 80 laps of the race were run under the green flag after the lone caution period flew earlier in the event when the motor of the car driven by Wayne Patterson of Chesterfield, Va. went sour and dropped fluid on the asphalt.