Kobyluck Takes Nascar Busch East Race; Barker Tops Lmsc Field
SOUTH BOSTON,VA. Matt Kobyluck of Uncasville, Conn. held off former South Boston Speedway NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division and NASCAR Weekly Series national champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Va. in a four lap sprint to the finish to win Saturday night's South Boston 150 NASCAR Grand National Division Busch East Series race here at South Boston Speedway.
The win was Kobyluck's first victory of the season and it came by a narrow margin of about two car lengths or .411 second.
Joey Logano of Middletown, Conn. the winner of three of the season's first four races, finished third with March Davis of Mitchelville, Md. finishing fourth and Rogelio Lopez of Mexico City, Mexico rounding out the top five finishers.
Jamie Hayes of Norlina, N.C., defending NASCAR Busch East Series champion Mike Olsen of North Haverhill, N.C., Eric Holmes of Salida, Cal., Tim Schendel of Sparta, Wis., and Chase Austin of Eudora, Kan. Rounded out the top ten finishers.
The South Boston 150, the inaugural NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series race at South Boston Speedway, was one of the more thrilling NASCAR races to ever be staged at the .4-mile oval as the lead swapped hands 12 times among three drivers. Kobyluck led six times for 47 laps, taking the lead for good when he passed Sellers on the restart on lap 140 that followed the seventh of the race's eight caution periods. The Busch East Series veteran then had to hold off Sellers in a four-lap dash to the finish that followed the race's final caution period to get the win.
Sellers, driving for his family-owned team, had a big night in front of his many fans here at his hometown track, winning the Busch Pole in qualifying and constantly battling for the lead during the race.
The 2005 South Boston Speedway and NASCAR national champion led six different times for a total of 100 laps, the most of any driver. The only driver other than Kobyluck and Sellers to lead the race was Sean Caisse of Pelham, N.C. who led the first three circuits.
Twenty of the race's 32 starters finished on the lead lap in the race that was slowed by eight caution periods that consumed 52 laps.
Kobyluck averaged 49.291 mph in the 150-lap, 60-mile race.
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Barker Takes Late Model Stock Car Win
Adam Barker continues to rack up the wins here at South Boston Speedway.
Barker, from Hurt, Va., won the 110-lap race for the Barkhouser Late Model Stock Car Division to rack up his sixth win in a row and his sixth win in seven races here this season.
The South Boston Speedway points leader started on the pole and led all the way in the race that had to be extended to 116 laps in order to have a green-white-checker finish following the last of the race's five caution flags.
Barker was leading when the race's fourth caution period slowed the action on lap 104 and had second-place driver C.E. Falk of Virginia Beach, Va., Wayne Ramsey of Amherst, Va., David Triplett Jr. of Timberlake, N.C. and Owen Miller of Emporia, Va. when the race was restarted on lap 108.
Falk made a run at Barker on the restart and pulled alongside of Barker as they raced through the fourth turn on the final circuit. Unfortunately, Falk spun coming off of the fourth turn, prompting NASCAR officials to throw the yellow caution flag.
On the final restart, Barker had Ramsey right behind him but was able to get a good jump on the start and hold off Ramsey by about three car lengths or .634 second at the finish.
South Boston, Va. driver Stacy Puryear started 12th but raced his way to a third-place finish behind Barker and Ramsey.
Triplett finished fourth and Miller rounded out the top five finishers.
Jonathan Bailey of Keysville, Va., Rodney Cook of Reidsville, N.C., Falk, Eddie Johnson of Midlothian, Va. and Richard Storm of Partlow, Va. rounded out the top ten finishers.
Barker averaged 68.493 mph in the race that took 40 minutes and 47 seconds to complete.
MACKA Kart Race
Stanley Holmes of Chesrefield, Va. won the 20-lap race for the winged MACKA karts, rallying from his 10th starting position to get the win.
Gabe Salisbury of Midlothian, Va, Derek McCauley of Richmond, Va., Chris Johnson of Ashland, Va. and Brad Davis of Hanover, Va. rounded out the top five finishers.
Holmes' margin of victory was 1.179 seconds.