Doug Barnes Jr Sweeps; UCAR Order Shuffled
Thornburg, VA – Doug Barnes Jr qualified with fast time of 15.725 to set on the pole at Dominion Raceway and drew a three on the invert to put Timmy Phipps on the point to start the first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model race of the night.
Off the start Jeff Oakley fell to third with Barnes moving up into second and within five laps he was putting pressure on Phipps. A handful of laps later and Barnes Jr was able to get by Phipps and Tyler Hughes started working on Oakley for third place and sitting just behind them was Logan Jones and Macy Causey making it a four way battle for the position. Halfway through the first race and Barnes Jr had almost a four second lead while Hughes made it three wide for third and Phipps got cycled back to fifth. Tyler made quick work of Oakley for second but Barnes Jr had a lead of over four seconds with just 15 laps remaining. Barnes Jr cruised to the win for his second in a row in a quick caution free race.
For the second race the field took the mandatory minimum invert of eight cars so Michael Hardin and Cameron Burke start on the front row. Right off the bat Oakley struggled to get going falling back to tenth after starting sixth. Barnes Jr and Hughes wasted no time moving up through the field and fifteen laps in they were up to second and third. Just five laps later Barnes Jr got Burke loose and him and Hughes slid by. Shortly after the yellow flew for Burke going around in turn two and Macy Causey comes within a hair of running into his stopped car but took no damage. Hardin came down pit road after falling through the field and Oakley and Bruce Anderson also came down to try and make some adjustments. On lap-38 Causey was able to take the fifth position from Burke and he pulled into the pits a couple later to end his night. The caution came out for Hardin in an incident involing ony himself.
Off the restart Barnes Jr pulled away from Hughes but he was able to get to the inside of Barnes Jr and some great side by side racing went on for five laps with Tyler grabbing the lead after some heavy contact down the front stretch, which wound up putting debris on the track and the caution coming out. Under the caution Hughes had a tire blow out ending his run for the win. Off the final restart Logan Jones got chance to get by Barnes Jr but Doug kept his hot rod out front to take his second win on the night and third in a row.
On the restart Barnes Jr continued to show his car was the one to beat jumping out by eight lengths but behind Hughes in second the racing was very close. Phipps, Burke, and Causey were in a three way battle for third place. Causey kept the pressure on Burke but he was able to run through the corners a little better to keep his spot.
Over in the UCAR division EJ Kenny ran the fastest time in practifying with a 19.574 second lap but pulled a six out of the bag so Cameron Ruggles would inherit the pole position and Ed Johnson to his outside. Aaron Donnelly took the lead on lap five and Kenny followed him by Ruggles and quickly took over first from him. Halfway through their feature and he was out to almost a four second lead but the field would get bunched back up a few laps later for a caution with the wheel of Blaine Schumann separating from his vehicle. The caution didn’t help too much though with Kenny finishing five seconds head of Donnelly. Unfortunately EJ Kenny was disqualified in post race tech and received a two race suspension for “conduct detrimental to auto racing”. Aaron Donnelly took the win for the night with guest Radley Victory Lane reporter Ryan Pritt finishing second.