RANDY WALLER MEMORIAL 150 presented by Charles Anderson Lawncare
Drew Herring wins fifth straight Late Model Stock Car event at SoBo to move atop NASCAR point standings
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — Drew Herring strikes again.
The Benson, N.C. Late Model Stock Car Division driver grabbed the lead on the second circuit of the 150-lap Barkhouser Late Model Stock Car Division and held on the rest of the way to score his fifth straight victory.
The win, Herring's seventh victory in the past eight Late Model Stock Car races, came in the featured attraction of the Randy Waller Memorial 150 presented by Charles Anderson Lawn Car Service.
In addition to claiming his fifth consecutive triumph, Herring also moved atop the point standings in the chase for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series crown at America's Hometown Track.
Herring entered the night with a $1,000 bounty hanging over him. If anyone else in the 21-car starting field had claimed a victory, an additional $1,000 would have been awarded on top of the $3,000 first prize. The bounty on Herring will grow to $1,500 for the Aug. 5 Late Model Stock Car Division event at South Boston.
Adam Barker of Hurt, Va. surged from a seventh starting position in the field to claim a runner-up finish. The second-place showing came on the heels of a third-place finish by Barker in his last race on the four-tenths mile asphalt oval.
Eddie Johnson of Ashland, Va., who began the race from the 15th starting slot, battled his way through the field during the race and managed a third-place run for the night. Nick Smith of Hampton, Va. was fourth at the checkered flag and was followed in the top five by Owen Miller of Emporia, Va.
Jonathan Cash of Oxford, N.C., who entered the night as the division's point leader, turned in a dismal qualifying effort and started the night in the 19th position. Cash fought his way through the pack to secure a sixth-place performance, however, his 10 point lead over Herring was wiped out in the process.
Herring and Cash, who is still seeking his first victory of the campaign, are now tied atop the point standings. Herring's seven triumphs this season give him the top spot in the standings by virtue of a tiebreaker.
Jason Dickerson of Ruckersville, Va., who started from the pole position in the race with a qualifying run of 15.864 seconds, stayed in the second position on the track until Barker grabbed the spot on the 64th circuit. Dickerson wound up slipping back to a seventh place finish.
Rodney Cook of Reidsville, N.C. was eighth for the night and was followed in the top 10 by Wayne Ramsey of Amherst, Va. in ninth place and Jonathan Bailey of Keysville, Va. in the 10th position.
The race was slowed by four cautions, the last of which flew on lap 112 when debris was spotted in the backstretch.