Trey Crews Picks Up His Third Win of the Season at South Boston After Thrilling Battle with Mike Jones

Trey Crews works through turn one earlier in the afternoon in preparation of the 100-lap Limited Sportsman feature for Thunder Road Harley Davidson night. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

South Boston, VA – Mike Jones, in one of the best-looking cars in attendance this weekend, set the fastest time earlier in the afternoon during euro style qualifying with a time of 15.304 seconds or 96.445 mph. Colin Garrett, Trey Crews, Barry Beggarly, and Brandon Jones rounded out the fastest five cars during group qualifying.

It did not take long for things to heat up on track as the sun set in turn one for the 100-lap feature. Current points leader, Trey Crews, wasted no time once the green flag was displayed and took the lead from Jones. His efforts would be slowed, however, with just two laps on the board after Brandon Jones and Bob Davis got tangled up going into one and making hard contact with the outside retaining wall, Chris Elliot received some damage from the altercation. The race was immediately red flagged so clean up crews could get to work and safety crews to check on Davis.

The race was slowed once more just twelve laps later when Beggarly lost it off turn two and received damage from Latour, who honestly looked like he had nowhere to go coming off turn two. Both drivers retired from the race after the contact. In between those two cautions, Mike Jones was able to track down and pass Crews for the lead but, Crews elected to take his chances with the cone on that restart and it paid off, he was able to make the pass for the lead on the outside.

Collin Garret and Ross “Boo Boo” Dalton put on a spectacular show for the fans racing hard for position, at times racing door to door. Dalton looked to peek under Garrett out of turn two and cut it just a little too close once coming out of turn two. They made contact and around went Garrett bringing out the caution.

When the green flag came back out it did not take long for them to work around Eric Winslow. The two immediately picked up their battle where they had left it. Trey Crews elected to use the cone to start on the outside of Mike Jones and it proved to work out for the Halifax, Virginia native and Trey Crews took over the lead for the next few circuits. Once Jones got going he was able to take the lead back over from Crews on lap 36 and opened up over a full second lead and looked poised to take it to the finish.

It was about 30-laps to go when Trey Crews, with Dalton right in his tire tracks, started to close in on race leader Mike Jones. The final caution of the race came with just under twenty laps to go when Mike Jones lost it in turn four battling with Trey Crews and working around the slower cars. Jones looked to go through three and four a little higher than normal and possibly got into the marbles and went around. This handed the lead over to Crews on the final restart who ran away with it to the checkers, collecting his second pre-July 4th win at South Boston.

“It’s a great night. Did it just like we planned,” a very happy Crews said in victory lane. “[We] Saved a little at the beginning and there at the end. It was a great points night.”

Mike Jones, who would ultimately finish third, swept the bonus awards, winning the $500 Stallings Collision Center Pole Award and the Stallings Collision Center $250 Halfway Leader Award. The Limited Sportsman will be back in action in two weeks at South Boston on July 15th or Twin 25-lap features. Visit www.southbostonspeedway.com for more information.

Former South Boston Speedway Budweiser Pure Stock Division Champion Greg Autry of South Boston, Virginia made his first start of the season in Saturday night’s 50-lap Pure Stock Division race at South Boston Speedway. He made the most of it. Autry, who won back-to-back division titles in 2014 and 2015, won the pole and led flag-to-flag to win the night’s 50-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race.
Apparent runner-up Eric Crews of Long Island, Virginia was disqualified after his car failed to pass a post-race technical inspection by track NASCAR officials, thus elevating division points leader Harrison Walker of Buffalo Junction, Virginia to the runner-up spot. Quincy Adkins of Danville, Virginia, defending division champion Johnny Layne of Nathalie, Virginia and Tyler Conner of Scottsburg, Virginia completed the top five finishers. [Excerpt from South Boston press release provided by Mike Smith]

 

Limited Sportsman OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #9 Trey Crews; 100
  2. #50 Ross Dalton; 100
  3. #39 Mike Jones; 100
  4. #05 Billy Myers; 100
  5. #22 Eric Winslow; 100
  6. #91 Chris Elliot; 97
  7. #17 Jason Myers; 45
  8. #82 Barry Beggarly; 14
  9. #89 David Latour; 14
  10. #16 Brandon Jones; 1
  11. #19 Bob Davis; 1

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