Gibbs Scores First SBS Win
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. - Dude Gibbs became the newest winner in the Barkhouser Late Model Stock Car Division at South Boston Speedway Saturday night with his victory in the Earth Day 150.
The win was Gibbs' first win in 10 years, his last win coming in a Pure Stock Division race at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. in 1998.
Gibbs won the Last Chance qualifying race that preceded the season-ending 300-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division here at South Boston Speedway in October of last year. That victory, however, does not count toward track feature race wins.
Gibbs held off veteran driver Eddie Johnson of Midlothian, Va. in a three-lap sprint to the finish that followed the last of the race's two caution flags. His margin of victory was .584 second.
David Quackenbush of Lorton, Va. finished third, Dustin Storm of Huntington, Md. finished fourth and Jason Dickerson of Ruckersville, Va. rounded out the top five finishers.
Daniel Watkins III of Angier, N.C., Wayne Ramsey of Amherst, Va., Mark Cook of Bridgewater, Va., Jonathan Bailey of Keysville, Va. and Timmy Nice of Powhatan, Va. rounded out the top ten finishers.
In addition to scoring his first career win at South Boston Speedway, Gibbs also scored his first South Boston Speedway pole position win.
Gibbs led all 150 laps, and had everything going his way after a multi-car crash in the first turn on the second lap of the race eliminated a handful of cars, including that of Gibbs' teammate, Justin Johnson of Durham, N.C., the winner of the track's season-opening race.
When the race restarted on the eighth lap with Ramsey in second place, Quackenbush in third, Bailey in fourth and Johnson in fifth, Gibbs quickly opened up a sizeable lead.
Quackenbush took over second place when Ramsey was forced to pit under green on the 29th lap: as a result of lug nuts having backed off of his right rear wheel.
Johnson got past Quackenbush to take second place on lap 47 and held that spot the rest of the night.
Gibbs had a huge lead on the field, but saw it erased when Bailey spun on lap 143 to bring out the race's second caution period. The mishap closed up the field but Gibbs was able to hang on and take the win.
Gibbs averaged 76.101 mph in the race that took 47 minutes to complete.