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Matt McCall Recovers From Mid Race Spin to Win Second Thanksgiving Classic

Matt McCall and track owner Michael Diaz in victory lane following McCall’s thrilling 2018 Thanksgiving Classic win. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Lucama, NC– When you only get to race once a year you have to make the most it. Matt McCall most certainly did so yet again this weekend at Southern National Motorsports Park for the 2018 Thanksgiving Classic. Because of obvious reasons, the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series crew chief only gets to run one race a year and for the past two he has taken the hardware and the money back home with him.

Coming into the weekend McCall picked up right where he left off last year showing the fastest time in final practice on Friday afternoon. All on track activity for Saturday was completely washed out due to hours worth of rain so we did not get to see if anyone could make adjustments and post a faster time. With that being said as well as missing some of the heavy hitters like Lee Pulliam, Tommy Lemons Jr., Josh Berry, and Peyton Sellers, McCall – along with four time track champion Deac McCaskill – was an obvious favorite to take home the checkered. He backed up his practice efforts with a third place qualifying effort.

When it was go time McCall spent most of the race in the runner up position chasing around Deac McCaskil, who was running just fast enough to stay out in front of the field. Things, however, took a turn for the worse for McCall just past the halfway point of the feature when we got turned around exiting turn two after a lapped car spun in front of the leaders. Because he was deemed as part of the caution, race control moved him to the back of the lead lap cars, ultimately creating one of the best comebacks in recent Thanksgiving Classics.

“They pay out money at lap one-hundred and I got a little greedy trying to get that money and it put me in a bad spot,”McCall said in victory lane. “Fortunately I knew there were enough laps. I even tried to fight it [the call to the rear] there to keep our position but we were not able to. We knew we had to pick them off and try to save, but there wasn’t a whole lot of saving there for the last run. Fortunately it ran green and I believe all the guys that got the outside had the advantage. All in all it was a lot of fun.”

This years race, though it featured the same Racing Roulette rules, once again added a new element to the race – controlled cautions. These would be caution periods where teams could come down pit road and not lose positions to the other cars that decided to pit. Officials would slow the pace of the cars left on the speedway and give those on pit road four laps to go to work. One of the ideas here is to take away the traditional break you always see in some of these big races. We asked McCall after the race if that changed the way he and his team approached the race.

“It was going to change it big in my opinion when the caution came out and we got put to the back,”McCall explained. “Potentially if that was not the last controlled caution we would have pitted and it would have looked like their was a little strategy involved. I think the way it played out it didn’t look as good as it could have been. I think it was still a little bit hard to under stand and a little open ended. I think there is potential there I just don’t think it can become a weekly thing.”

Once McCall was able to pick is way through the field with the help of an incredibly fast car and timely cautions things really started to heat up in the closing laps between he and McCaskill. The pass for the lead came with under five laps to go where fans got to witness some of the closes and cleanest racing for a win all year long.

“That’s Deac,”McCall said when asked about how close the two raced each other in the closing laps. “He always does [races clean] and he even raced me clean when I piled drove the wall there. I got loose off two and decided there was no reason to lift because it was going to get ugly. It was enough to get through three and four to get the checkered.”

2018 Thanksgiving Classic OFFICIAL Results;

1          #51     Matt McCall; 200

2          #08     Deac McCskill; 200

3          #07     Bradley McCaskill; 200

4          #22     Bobby McCarty; 200

5          #99     Layne Riggs; 200

6          #12     Brandon Pierce; 200

7          #01     Philip Morris; 200

8          #17     Stacey Puryear; 200

9          #63     Tyler Matthews; 200

10       #03     Brenden Queen; 200

11       #17     Taylor Gray; 200

12       #54     Drew Dollar; 200

13       #44     Justin Johnson; 200

14       #21     Mike Darne; 200

15       #30     Clifton Daniels; 200

16       #24     Colin Garrett; 199

17       #8       Tyler Hughes; 199

18       #55     Mark Wertz; 199

19       #82     Mike Ganoe; 198

20       #92     Casey Wyatt; 198

21       #2       Dennis Holdren; 195

22       #36     Chris Johnson; 195

23       #06     Davin Scites; 194

24       #9       Thomas Burbage; 193

25       #94     Robbie Babb; 169

26       #12     Ryan Wilson; 161

27       #4       Jonathan Findley; 161

28       #81     Mini Tyrell; 146

29       #19     Cameron Bowen; 138

30       #01b   Camden Gullie; 91

31       #06     Terry Dease; 90

32       #23     Terry Brooks; 64

Karl Budzevski Wins Friday Nights Limited Late Model Dash to Kick off the 2018 Thanksgiving Classic

Karl Budzevski in Solid Rock Carriers Victory Lane Friday night at Southern National. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Lucama, NC –  Bradley McCaskill was the fastest of sixteen cars earlier in the evening during final Limited Late Model practice for the Friday portion of the Thanksgiving Classic. The grid was set by the fastest time in that final practice and McCaskill’s 15.830-second lap was enough to score him the pole. Mike Darne, filling in for last years Dash winner Mini Tyrell, qualified second while Brandon Clements, Karl Budzevski, and Stephen Jones rounded out the top five.

Darne, who is no rookie to Southern National, looked like he was going to take control of things early and use that outside line to his advantage. He was able to lead the first two laps before having to give the lead back to McCaskill. Darne would get hung out to dry on that top groove but ultimately would only fall back to third. Budzevski ultimately taking over the second spot and the pursuit for the lead.

The only caution would come on lap seventeen when the power plant under the hood of Louis Whites No. 7 would expire coming off turn two. It couldn’t come at a better time for Budzevski as he would be scored as the race leader when the caution car picked up the field. Track workers cleaned up the mess rather quickly and the race saw its first and only cone restart.

When the green flag was displayed Budzevski took sole possession of the race lead with McCaskill hot on his tracks for about two laps before falling back a handful of car lengths and ultimately losing the second spot to Darne with just under twenty laps to go in the feature. Try as they might it was ultimately Karl Budzevski taking home the checkered flag and the trophy.

 

  1. #26 Karl Budzevski; 40
  2. #81 Mike Darne; 40
  3. #07 Bradley McCaskill; 40
  4. #1 Andrew Grady; 40
  5. #91 Stephen Jones; 40
  6. #31 Wayne Goss; 40
  7. #29 Paul Williamson; 40
  8. #15 Clay Jones; 40
  9. #29 Brian Obiedzenski; 40
  10. #42 Amber Slagle; 40
  11. #31 Cole Bruce; 40
  12. #43 Sam Pacitti; 40
  13. #7 Brandon Clements; 40
  14. #17 Jason Meyers; 40
  15. #33 Franklin Caricofe; 40
  16. #7 Louis White; 17

 

Action picked up quickly in the evening opening Mod 4 15-lap feature when pole-sitter Kevin Jeffries went for a spin in turn two on the initial start. Randy Ayers also spinning to more than likely miss tearing up his car. This allowed the No. 63 of Dennis Capps to start from the pole position and boy did he not waste his shot.

When the green flag was displayed back to the field Capps jumped out to an early lead. All the while Jeffries worked his way back up through the field. With just a five-car field it did not take long and we saw a battle for the top spot with just three laps to go. Capps, however, was able to hold on for the victory.

  1. #63 Dennis Capps
  2. #21 Kevin Jeffries
  3. #12 Justin Marsan
  4. #6 Mark Hood
  5. #23 Randy Ayers

 

Jeremy Bohne was the second driver of the evening to win their feature from the pole position. However, unlike the race before him, he was unable to lead every lap of the race. He was pretty darn close until a lap nineteen caution bunched the field up and allowed them to take the cone. Kornegay was the first to take the bait and would not only restart on the outside of Bohne but lead a couple laps before having to settle for second then eventually third.

The chargers will race once more on Sunday afternoon along with the Limited Late Models and the headlining Late Model Stock Cars.

  1. #72 Jeremy Bohne; 35
  2. #61 Michael Obrien; 35
  3. #33 Jonathan Kornegay; 35
  4. #81 Davis Warren; 35
  5. #84 Brandon Head; 35
  6. #51 Doug Warren; 35
  7. #61 Damon Stroud; 35

 

Alek Andrecs started the trend of “lets win the race from the pole” in the 20-lap Bando feature when we went on to lead every single lap. Andrecs had got off to a great start but would have his lead erased after Riley Music spun out in turn two. The restart, however, seemed to be nothing for Alec as he held off two separate charges from Derrick.

  1. #4 Alek Andrecs; 20
  2. #8 Jacob Derrick; 20
  3. #12 Bradan Andrecs; 20
  4. #8 Conner Weddell; 20
  5. #47 Riley Music; 20
  6. #9 Ayden Millette; 20

Late Model Stock Cars Hit the High Banks of Southern National for a Chance at $20,000 – Eleven Division Set to Run Over Three Days

The 18thAnnual Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park is once again upon us. After we have had the day to sit back and reflect on what we are truly thankful for it is time to go racing for one final time here in the Mid-Atlantic region.

11 different divisions are set to hit the high-banked .400-mile speedway this weekend with the Late Model Stock Cars highlighting the weekend with a 200-lap, $20,000 to win feature – if you are brave enough to spin the roulette wheel that is. For the second year in a row, teams will have the opportunity to gamble with their race entry in the hopes of taking more money home with them.

“We took everyone’s thoughts and looked at how to implement them into this year,” said Diaz. “The drivers really gave us great feedback last year. The biggest thing they wanted was an increase in second through fifth position in the purse for the additional entry fee. That was an easy thing to fix and we think the drivers and teams will be happy with the additional money we’ve added to the purse.”

The additional money has been added specifically to second through fifth position for the drivers who take the gamble in Racing Roulette. Second position will increase from $2,500 to $4,500, third position will increase from $2,000 to $3,500, fourth position will increase from $1,500 to $2,750 and fifth position will increase from $1,200 to $2,250. An increase of $19,800 to the top five positions (including the $14,000 increase for first position) for the drivers who take the gamble.

“We really think after talking to the drivers that this will increase participation in Racing Roulette and give the drivers something to shoot for if they can’t win the race,”said track General Manager Charlie Hansen. “We’re adding nearly $20,000 to the purse no matter how many drivers try Racing Roulette. We’re hoping everyone tries to go for it but we want this to be something for the drivers to shoot for and something fun for the fans to play along within the stands.”

The Friday portion of the weekend, which is scheduled to take the green later this evening around 8:00 PM, will feature Bando’s, Mod 4, Chargers, and a 40-lap Limited Late Model Dash. A full weekend schedule can be found below. The Weekly Racer will once again provide you with LIVE coverage all weekend long. Keep an eye out on our social platforms for the links to the coverage.

 

Chris Chapman Prevails in Limited Late Model Thriller at Southern National

Chris Chapman (51) passes Rusty Daniels (16) to take the lead in the Easter Bunny 100 at Southern National Motorsports Park. (Josh Parrish/Short Track Central for SNMP photo)

LUCAMA, NC – Chris Chapman snapped a near two-year winless drought at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday afternoon, holding off Andrew Grady in a thriller in the Easter Bunny 100.

Rusty Daniels started on the pole and won the first segment of the race while Chapman was biding his time. In the second segment, Chapman made the move, taking the lead on the 41st overall lap of the race and holding off numerous challenges from Daniels and Grady. The win was Chapman’s first since April 2016.

“It’s been about a year since we won one out here,” Chapman said in victory lane. “We had a couple seconds out here last year. These guys dug deep over the winter. Wendell Davis gives me the best cars. Sometimes, I don’t know if it’s driver or what. This thing was on a rail today.”

In the final 40 lap segment, Chapman held off a hard charging Andrew Grady. Grady closed in to within a half car-length, but Chapman was able to hold him off on the restarts and drive away in the final laps.

“Sometimes, you don’t want to wear [tires] down because you don’t know when you’re going to have a caution,” Chapman explained. “You try to go hard and save all you can too. So that’s pretty much what it was.”

Grady wanted to win the race and the race played out like he had hoped, but he had to settle for second. Grady took his second-place finish in stride as something to build on throughout the season.

“We had a plan and we played it perfectly,” Grady said. “We saved the right-rear really well. Chapman man, love racing him with. He’s real fun to race with. We just got a little snug towards the end. That’s where he beat us at. We’re going to be running for the championship here this year. It’s going to come down to me and him. They know we were here, that’s what matters.”

Grady was within striking distance in the final laps but was not close enough to make a clean pass for the win. While he could have divebombed the corner or taken Chapman out, Grady said that’s not how he races with a competitor he has respect for like Chapman.

“If I would have dove in there two car-lengths deeper, I could have rooted him,” Grady remarked. “I’m not going to do that to Chris. I don’t race like that. Some other people, I would have raced like that but with Chris, I love racing with him. He’s a great guy, always races me clean. We always race hard together. We’ll come back in a week or two and hopefully we’ll be up there one more.”

Paul Williamson quietly snuck into the third position in the final handful of laps for one of his best career finishes.

“We didn’t win but I call it a win because we came from the back and fought all the way back up,” Williamson said. “Our car was tight but we were able to work with it during the race.”

Rusty Daniels won the race’s first stage and ended up finishing fourth while Wayne Goss methodically raced his way to a fifth-place finish. The race was slowed by a number of cautions late as paint was traded in the middle of the pack.

 

Sibling Showdown in Legends

Caleb Day scored the win in a barnburner for the Legends division. Much of the race was a battle between Caleb and his younger sister Emily Day. Emily passed Caleb after a mid-race restart and appeared to be on her way to her first Legend Car win in only her second start, but Caleb got back around her in the final laps and went on to win.

“I don’t know if it was as fun as it was stressful,” Caleb Day said in victory lane. “I thought I had a pretty good car until that caution came out and we didn’t hit on much after that caution. I wasn’t going to push the topic with her. Me and her, I don’t know, third or fourth Legends race, I just let her go on. You could tell she’s got a little work to do, same as me. I hate her and Stancil got together and sent her to the rear. She had a second-place car before the caution and just as good a car after the caution. It was a good day and at least we didn’t tear anything up.”

Emily Day was running second on the last lap but was involved in an incident with Chris Stancil which sent the race into overtime. Caleb Day held off Eric Courtney and Kade Lambert for the win.

“It’s a good way to start the year off,” Caleb remarked. “We started running dirt Legends and been messing around with that and we decided to come back and try it since we were going to be down here anyway. We had fun, it was good.”

Emily Day ended up finishing fourth while Aaron Crumpler finished fifth.

 

AJ Sanders Goes 2-0 in Mini-Stocks

AJ Sanders was once again victorious in the Mini-Stock feature, racing his way from worst to first and besting Ronnie “Buckshot” Jones and Brandon Clements to score the win.

“I had a lot of determination,” Sanders said. “A lot of fans don’t know what went on but we put two new rights on after qualifying because everybody else had put them on before qualifying. We had a little bit of a gentlemen’s agreement that we were all going to run used tires, then when they put new ones on, it kind of pissed me off. I went and put two new ones on and they said someone was complaining, so I said okay and we’ll go to the rear and make a show for the fans.”

It was a show indeed. With 13 laps to go, Sanders battled side-by-side with Clements for the lead, but Clements would prevail in the battle which also allowed Jones to get around to take the second spot. Jones then took the lead from Clements with 11 laps remaining. Just three laps later, Sanders would get around Jones and hold on for the win – his second of the season at Southern National.

“I knew I had a little fast car than [Jones] did and had to calm back down and hit my marks,” Sanders explained. “That’s what we did, hit our marks. I’ve got to thank the good Lord above for a safe race. About lost it down there underneath Brandon. It felt like I hit oil or something. Maybe I just drove in too hard.”

Jones finished in the runner-up spot while Clements, James Stroud and Joseph Pittman rounded out the top-five.

Jake Garcia led wire-to-wire in the 35 lap USAC Eastern Midgets race, scoring the win over Neil Allison and Nolan Allison, Parker Frazier scored the win in the 25 lap Bandolero race over Cameron Murray and Ethan Johnson, and Mike Parrish picked up the win over Chris Hales and Dakota Tomlinson in the 15 lap Any Car feature.

Southern National Motorsports Park will be back in action on Saturday, April 14th for the Whelen Engineering Spring Fling. The Spring Fling will be headlined by twin 75 lap races for the Late Model Stock Car division and also features the Chargers for 40 laps, Mini-Stocks for 35 laps, Legends for 20 laps, Bandoleros for 20 laps and Any Cars for 15 laps.

For more information about Southern National Motorsports Park, check out SNMP’s website at http://www.snmpark.com, “like” Southern National Motorsports Park on Facebook or “follow” @SNM_Park on Twitter.

Limited Late Models

  1. Chris Chapman
  2. Andrew Grady
  3. Paul Williamson
  4. Rusty Daniels
  5. Clay Jones
  6. Wayne Goss
  7. Tyler Horne
  8. Brian Obiedzenski
  9. Tim Allensworth
  10. Richard Caldwell
  11. Brandon Whitley
  12. Justin Gill
  13. Ashlyn McCaskill
  14. AJ Walsh
  15. Ryan Collins
  16. Eric Gerchak
  17. Jeremy Heath
  18. Daryn Cockram
  19. Kenneth Mercer – DNS

Wilson North Carolina Firefighter Brandon Whitley Takes to Southern National’s High Banks

Brandon Whitley prepares to head onto the track for a practice run at Southern National Motorsports Park. (Andy Marquis photo)

LUCAMA, NC – During the week, 32-year-old Brandon Whitley is fighting fires and, on the weekends, he trades one fire suit for another.

Whitley, who lives in Elm City, has been a fixture on the racing scene in Eastern North Carolina since 2002, but has predominantly raced at the County Line Raceway dirt track in Elm City the past few years. This weekend, he’s making the transition back to asphalt racing and will compete in a Limited Late Model at Southern National Motorsports Park.

“I’m pretty satisfied with our car right now,” Whitely said after testing the car last week. “First time out with the car, we turned some really competitive times. I’m really looking forward to coming out on the 31st and seeing how we stack up against everybody. It’s been six years since I’ve turned any laps out here.”

Whitley first began racing at Southern National in 2002, while also racing some at East Carolina Motor Speedway in Robersonville, mostly in four-cylinder cars, before transitioning to dirt. He raced at Southern National again when the track reopened in 2012 in a Charger car but has not raced at Southern National since.

During his time away from the high banked track in Lucama, the surface has changed. The track surface is grittier, leading to less grip and more tire wear.

“The track definitely has more wear and tear in it,” Whitley explained. “A few more bumps here and there. We explored the track, figuring out where they were and worked through them. It’s lost a little bit of grip. I think this track was last repaved in 2006 so you can definitely tell it’s got some age on it. It doesn’t have as much grip and is a little looser.”

During the week, Whitley is a firefighter for the City of Wilson’s fire department.

“It’s a selfless job,” Whitley remarked. “I’ve been there for 11 years. Sometimes, it’s a lot of long hours. I try to stay cool and calm in intense situations and that kind of transfers over to racing.”

Now that he’s back in a racecar at Southern National, Whitley’s goal is the same as any other driver’s goal – winning.

“I wouldn’t leave the house if I didn’t think we stood a chance at winning,” Whitley commented. “I think, overall, we’ll be pretty good. There’s a lot of stiff competition in Limited Late Models. I’m just fortunate enough to have support behind me getting this car out here and I hope we can put it to the front.”

Whitley’s Limited Late Model debut will come on Saturday in the Easter Bunny 100 which will also feature racing for the USAC Easter Midgets, Mini-Stocks, Legends, Bandoleros and Any Cars. The green flag will fly at 2pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12 while kids five and under are admitted free.

For more information about Southern National Motorsports Park, check out SNMP’s website at http://www.snmpark.com, “like” Southern National Motorsports Park on Facebook or “follow” @SNM_Park on Twitter.

Limited Late Models Prove Competitive in Recent SNMP History

Daryn Cockram on track during practice for the Spooktacular at Southern National Motorsports Park in October 2017. (Photo credit: Andy Marquis/SNMP)

LUCAMA, NC – Three different drivers have won in the last three Limited Late Model races held at Southern National Motorsports Park. Now the stage could be set for a fourth on March 31st.

Rusty Daniels, Jamie York, and Mini Tyrrell have won in the last three Limited Late Model races at Southern National. Daniels’ win came in October during the Spooktacular, while York and Tyrrell each scored victories in the Thanksgiving Classic.

Now, another competitive field is set to take to the high banks.

Daryn Cockram will be making the trip from Blacksburg, Virginia to compete in his black and yellow Limited Late Model. Cockram raced predominantly at Motor Mile Speedway but has made the decision to race at Southern National this season when Motor Mile canceled their oval track racing program.

“The Limited Late Models at Southern National are very competitive,” Cockram said. “You’ve got people like Bradley McCaskill and Deac McCaskill’s daughter is racing now, Tony and Andrew Grady as well. It’s the luck of the draw. That track changes daily. We were fast last year in practice, came back two weeks later with the same car and everything, and we were a seventh-place car. That track is one of its own and everybody is so close. If you’re not dead on, you’re going to lose four or five positions easily.”

Cockram has had strong runs at Southern National, even if the results have not done his performances justice. After racing in a handful of races in 2014, Cockram had been wanting to race full-time one season at Southern National. With his home track no longer hosting races, Cockram committed to a full season at the 4/10-mile track in Lucama, North Carolina.

“We’re going to run the full season at Southern National and South Boston,” Cockram explained. “Motor Mile affected a bunch of people when they closed. I always loved that track and have always been competitive. I always wanted to come down to Southern National and run a full season. When Motor Mile closed its doors, the first thing I said was I was fixing our car and heading down there.”

Kenansville, North Carolina’s Paul Williamson knows first-hand how competitive the Limited Late Model division is at Southern National Motorsports Park and he expects it to remain competitive in 2018.

“I think the Limited Late Model division will be stout,” Williamson said. “I expect there to be a lot of competitive racing in this division all season out at Southern National.”

Williamson has run regularly at Southern National for the past several seasons and knocked on the door of his first Late Model win. He scored seven top-five finishes in the regular season in the Late Model class last year and could be poised for a breakthrough Limited Late Model victory this season.

“I’m looking forward to racing this weekend at Southern National,” Williamson remarked. “We’re hoping to bring what we learned last year into this year and continue to get better. I feel we have a strong car and strong team.”

Cockram and Williamson will both join what is expected to be a very competitive field of Limited Late Models, which includes Rusty Daniels, Ashlyn McCaskill, Brandon Whitley and a host of others.

The Limited Late Model season will get underway on Saturday afternoon with the Easter Bunny 100. In addition to the 100-lap Limited Late Model race, Saturday’s program will feature the USAC Eastern Midgets, Mini-Stocks, Legends, Bandoleros and Any Cars. The green flag will fly at 2pm.

Saturday’s Easter Bunny 100-lap Limited Late Model race at Southern National Motorsports Park will be run under a segmented race format similar to what is used in NASCAR racing.

The first two segments of the Easter Bunny 100, which are sponsored by Mike Darne Racing, will run for 30 laps each while the final stage will run for 40 laps.  Following each of the first two stages, which will pay $50-to-win, a five-minute segment break will take place allowing teams to make adjustments.

“Making the race a segmented race will be exciting for the fans watching in the stands,” Southern National Motorsports Park general manager Charlie Hansen said.  “With each segment paying $50 to the winner, it gives the drivers something to race for in the middle of the race.  Hopefully, the fans and the drivers will enjoy this.”

The first segment will run through lap 30, followed by a five-minute break.  Then, the second segment will run through lap 60, followed by another five-minute segment break.  After that, the final 40 lap segment will be run under normal race conditions.

For more information about Southern National Motorsports Park, check out SNMP’s website at http://www.snmpark.com, “like” Southern National Motorsports Park on Facebook or “follow” @SNM_Park on Twitter.

Philip Morris Dominates for Victory at Southern National

Philip Morris celebrates in victory lane after winning the Dogwood 265 at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday. (Photo credit: Andy Marquis/SNMP)

LUCAMA, NC – Philip Morris scored his first win at Southern National Motorsports Park in nearly two decades, dominating the 150-lap Late Model Stock Car portion of the Dogwood 265 presented by Solid Rock Carriers on Saturday afternoon.

Morris took the lead from 2015 track champion Jonathan Findley on lap 71 and checked out. He was able to hold off multiple restart challenges and hold on to score the victory in his first race of the 2018 season.

“I think it was just good strategy right there, to be able to ride behind Mike Darne and some of those guys who race here all the time to show me what a good speed is and to keep tires on the car up until we thought it was go time,” Morris said. “Once they said it was a cone restart at the lap 100 break, I knew it would be good to be in first or second. The car just wanted to be out front, you know.”

“I’m glad to start our year off at Mike [Diaz]’s track,” Morris continued. “This is a great place to win a race.”

Morris scored the victory driving for former racer and longtime Southern National mainstay Adam Murray.

“It didn’t really matter about car count or anything else because he’s done so much to help me last year,” Morris commented. “To win for him and his company here at Southern National is making it really special for us.”

While Morris was dominant, the win didn’t come easily. After he had driven away from the field, a late race spin by Garrett Bunch set up an overtime finish – something that Morris says is always stressful even with all his experience.

“It’s hard on anybody’s nerves, especially a 52-year-old out here racing against teenagers,” Morris explained. “What a great job they did today. Some of these guys race here all the time just ran really well today. It’s fun to race around guys who know what they’re doing and you can trust them and know these restarts aren’t as bad as they normally could be.”

Tyler Hughes finished the race in the second position.

“I was sitting back, saving, and it was just a little snug in the center when I was saving it had good drive off all race long,” Hughes stated. “I was really just babying the throttle and figured I might be able to have something there at the end. Apparently, Philip had a lot more tire when he got out front and was able to ride. Things happen, and I’m glad we can come away with at least a second.”

While Hughes was disappointed to finish second, he took some solace in the fact that his runner-up finish came to the “King of Late Model Stock Car racing.”

“We are still a young team and I am still a young driver in the Late Model Stock series,” Hughes explained. “We’re slowly progressing and getting to the point where we are running with Philip [Morris] and guys like Peyton [Sellers], and Lee [Pulliam]. I am really proud of where our program is going and I look forward to bettering ourselves in the future.”

Veteran racer and four-time Orange County Speedway track champion Terry Dease finished third in his first start at Southern National since 2014.

“I knew Philip was saving there because I knew he was pretty quick,” Dease remarked. “I just tried to ride right there for those first hundred and I saw these guys up there and they were dicing around up there before lap 100 then things got a little hectic and we finally got up there a little bit and something happened and I got spun and got balled up. Luckily, I got to the bottom and what happened there at the end, nobody went to the high side, and I tried and what happened was I got trash on my tires and it washed up in the corner, but hey, I’ll take third.”

Jonathan Findley finished fourth while Ryan Wilson rounded out the top-five.

Brian Obiedzenski scored the victory in the Charger feature race, holding off Jonathan Kornegay, AJ Sanders scored the victory in the Mini-Stock feature and Cameron Murray held off Parker Frazier to win the Bandolero feature.

The next race at Southern National Motorsports Park is scheduled for March 31st headlined by Limited Late Model racing and featuring USAC Eastern Midgets, Mini-Stocks, Legends, Bandoleros and Any Cars.

For more information about Southern National Motorsports Park, check out SNMP’s website at http://www.snmpark.com, “like” Southern National Motorsports Park on Facebook or “follow” @SNM_Park on Twitter.

 

 

DOGWOOD 265 RESULTS

Southern National Motorsports Park

Late Model Stock Car

  1. Philip Morris
  2. Tyler Hughes
  3. Terry Dease
  4. Jonathan Findley
  5. Ryan Wilson
  6. Mike Darne
  7. Rusty Daniels
  8. Garrett Bunch
  9. Bobby Morris
  10. Ryan Haddock
  11. Timmy Phipps
  12. Eric Gerchek

Mini-Stock

  1. AJ Sanders
  2. Lee Kozikowski
  3. James Stroud
  4. Joseph Pittman
  5. Duane Walker
  6. Johnny Baker
  7. Mickey Connor
  8. Patrick Mullen
  9. Mark Baker
  10. Michael Rouse
  11. Jesse Jones
  12. Dylan Newsome

Charger

  1. Brian Obiedzenski
  2. Jonathan Kornegay
  3. Thomas Chappell
  4. Shotgun Miller

Bandolero

  1. Cameron Murray
  2. Parker Frazier
  3. Matthew Gurganus
  4. Camryn Rice
  5. Jacob O’Neal
  6. David Snook, Jr.
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