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Clay Jones Finds Victory Lane In Limited Late Model Feature

LLM Winner_Clay Jones

Kenly, NC – You would think the theme was “Yellow” for Day 2 of the 2015 Thanksgiving All-Star Classic at Southern National Motorsport Park. No, not because a majority of the cars were yellow, or the track did some kind of yellow out commonly found at football games. It was more so due to the fact the yellow flag wave four to five times as much as the green and checkered flag – combined. Now that’s no real fault of the track, its just the nature of the game when you put big money, contingency awards, and bounty’s out in multiple divisions. Money draws cars and cars draw cautions. Honestly though, how can you be mad at thirty plus Legends and over twenty UCARS?

Not only the nightcap but also the headline of night number two, the Limited Late Model division. True Limited’s mind you, not the hybrid division created and run this past season to help cut cost and drive car counts. A total of 18 cars showed up for this weekend’s big event while only 16 cars finished the race. Clay Jones, qualifying on the outside pole, bested only by Ronald Renfro, wasted no time early grabbing the lead and running away with things. Louis White, who has always been a very strong car took over second just as fast and he too almost never let go.

Thankfully the divisions only caution of the night came early from a solo spin down low in turn. To this moment I still have not been able to confirm who exactly it was – I know bad media person! Thought we were going to run into some trouble on the ensuing restart as Renfrow – who elected to use the cone and restart in the second position – got the restart of his life. I was all but ready to see the caution lights come back over the speedway. Guess that’s why I stay downstairs in the media booth and let Mr. Ellis handle the heavy stuff upstairs. We stayed green for the rest of the race and watched some pretty intense battles for position through the field.

Jones, who had honestly been the class of the field all night, said in victory lane after the race that he was glad there were no more cautions. “We had a great car and took off a little snug and got going and I kind of burnt the right rear up trying to stay in front. I was just hanging on right there at the end,” said Jones. “They kept telling me Joe was coming but I was just doing all I could to stay there. Thank God there wasn’t a caution. I can’t thank these guys enough. They put a rocket under me again. They’re making me look good. I can’t thank them enough.” It looked like Louis White was a shoe in for the runner up position but a late race slip up out of two made him chase his machine up the hill and allowing Joe Heigl to get by.

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American Red Cross 250 at East Carolina Motor Speedway

IMG_3040Robersonville, NC(July 11, 2014) Finally a Friday not plagued with rain and thunderstorms! Forecast models early on in the week looked pretty gloom as a large cell was working its way through the western part of Virginia & the Carolina’s! Luckily this system got here a little sooner than experts expected and assaulted the Hampton Roads and south-eastern Virginia region. Friday morning conditions look favorable for a trip, so we packed up the car and headed toward the banked tri-oval of East Carolina Motor Speedway.

On deck for the evening, make-up races and events from the past two events that were cancelled due to mother nature! The American Red Cross were on site for those who wished to donate blood, the Mini Stocks still had their 50 lap Mayhem race to run, and last but certainly not least it was Whelen Night, not to mention two pretty close battles for the points lead. Jeff Shiflett held a 12 point lead going into this race over Deac McCaskill, who practically dropped off the face of racing there for a bit. The other tight battle was in the Street Stock division as last weeks featured driver Jesse Council held just a two point lead over the #902 of Kevin Benton!
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