SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (June 12, 2021) – On a night where virtually every car in the field was damaged in one mishap or another Stuart Crews of Long Island, Virginia scored his first career victory in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division and veteran Mike Looney earned a win as they split victories in Saturday night’s Halifax Insurance NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program at South Boston Speedway.
Crews won the opening 75-lap NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division race, edging Trey Crews of Halifax, Virginia by .307-second and became the second driver this season to earn his first career NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division victory at “America’s Hometown Track.”
“I’ve been racing Late Models for four or five years now and sometimes I didn’t think a win would ever come,” Crews remarked. “We finally did it. All of the hard work has paid off.”
Crews, the pole winner, was one of seven cars that escaped a massive 11-car pileup on the backstretch on the opening lap of the first 75-lap race. Looney was among the drivers whose car was damaged in the melee. Peyton Sellers, Thomas Scott, CARS Tour standout Justin Johnson, Jacob Borst, Jason Barnes, and Terry Dease were also among the drivers involved in the opening-lap mishap.
Crews led the entire distance but had to fend off challenges from Crews and eventual third-place finisher Josh Oakley of Rougemont, North Carolina to secure the win in the opener.
Camden Gullie of Durham, North Carolina and Chris Elliott of Bullock, North Carolina rounded out the top five finishers in the 19-car field. Only five cars finished on the lead lap.
Looney, who finished eighth in the opening race with a damaged car, started on the pole for the second 75-lap race as the result of an inverted start among the top eight finishers of the opening race. He survived a tough mid-race battle with Oakley, taking the lead from Oakley on lap 45 and pulling away at the end to finish 3.913 seconds ahead of Oakley and score his second South Boston Speedway victory of the season.
“It’s sweet redemption,” Looney noted of the win. “The car got torn up on the first lap in the first race. I thought we were in trouble. The car took a pretty hard hit. Thankfully it was square in the driver’s side door and it took the hit pretty well and didn’t tear up the wheels or tires. After bad luck, we were trying to make any good luck we could.”
Danny Willis, Jr. of South Boston, Virginia, competing in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division for the first time this season, finished third, improving upon a seventh-place finish in the opening race. Crews finished fourth and Gullie rounded out the top five finishers.
Looney led twice in the race for a total of 64 laps. There were three lead changes among three drivers.
The nightcap, like the opening race, was marred by a multi-car pileup on the opening lap that heavily damaged the cars of three of the race’s anticipated top contenders.
Eric Winslow Earns Win In 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division Race
Eric Winslow of Pelham, North Carolina earned his second South Boston Speedway victory of the season Saturday night, scoring a flag-to-flag victory in the 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race.
Winslow edged fast-closing Ryan Joyner by .539-second in securing the victory. Saturday night’s win gives Winslow two victories in four starts at South Boston Speedway this season.
Daniel Crews of Long Island, Virginia finished third, Andrew Amos of Callands, Virginia finished fourth and Brent Younger of South Boston, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.
Nathan Crews Drives to Win In Budweiser Pure Stock Division
After having seen his early-season win streak snapped by an engine failure in his last outing, Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia got back to his winning ways Saturday night, taking home the win in the 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race.
Saturday night’s victory was his seventh win in eight starts this season.
Johnny Layne of Halifax, Virginia took the runner-up spot, finishing .777-second behind Crews. Layne’s second-place finish was his fifth runner-up finish of the season. Scott Phillips of Halifax, Virginia, Justin Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia and Joey Clay completed the top five finishers.
Josh Dawson Makes It Three Wins in A Row in The Budweiser Hornets Division
Josh Dawson of Halifax, Virginia continued his winning ways Saturday night, taking the win in the 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race.
Dawson took the lead from Andrea Ruotolo of South Boston, Virginia on the sixth lap and led the final 10 circuits to take the win over Ruotolo, who secured his best finish of the season to date.
Saturday night’s win was the third win in a row for Dawson who now has scored five wins in his six starts this season.
Jason DeCarlo of Chase City, Virginia finished third, equaling his best finish of the season. Jared Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia finished fourth and Kendall Milam of Keeling, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.
Next Race at South Boston Speedway
South Boston Speedway will host its biggest event of the season when NASCAR racing action returns to “America’s Hometown Track” on Saturday night, July 3 with the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 Presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort racing program.
A 200-lap race for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors, the first race of the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown series, will headline South Boston Speedway’s big Fourth of July Weekend celebration.
The night’s four-race card will also include a 50-lap race for the Limited Sportsman Division competitors, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division.
The first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m. Following the night’s final race fans will be treated to one of the region’s top Fourth of July fireworks displays.
Advance adult general admission tickets for the July 3 event are priced at $15 each and may be purchased online on South Boston Speedway’s website, southbostonspeedway.com, through Friday night, July 2. Adult general admission tickets at the gate on race day are priced at $20 each. Kids ages 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.
The latest news and updates about South Boston Speedway and its racing events can be found on the South Boston Speedway website and through the speedway’s social media channels.
SOUTH BOSTON SPEEDWAY RESULTS | JUNE 12, 2021
Late Model Stock Car No. 1 (75 Laps)
1 29 Stuart Crews 75
2 9 Trey Crews 75
3 8 Josh Oakley 75
4 01 Camden Gullie 75