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Rusty Daniels Back to Victory in Over A Year in the 2017 Southern National Spooktacular

Rusty Daniels celebrates in victory lane at Southern National Motorsports park after over a year absence. Dominates the 2017 4th Annual Spooktacular October 22, 2017. (Photo: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Lucama, NC – It had been since Memorial Day weekend of 2016 that Rusty Daniels was in victory lane at Southern National Motorsports Park. Leading a race-high 83-laps Daniels dominated the Limited Late Model portion of the 4th Annual Spooktacular presented by NCDOT Click-it-or-ticket.

Daniels, from Alliance, North Carolina, started the 100-lap feature from the pole position posting the fastest time – 16.310 seconds – earlier in the afternoon during group qualifying. 2017 Shenandoah track champ Mini Tyrell rolled off the grid in the second position followed by Jonathan Cash, Paul Williamson, and John Jones. Daniels threw caution to the wind once the green flag was displayed and immediately pulled away from the rest of the field. Daniels would go on to lead all fifty laps of the first half of the race.

Daniels was regulated to the fourth spot for the second half the feature after Southern National officials let one lucky race fan pick the invert. JD Eversole would inherit the race lead and do a fine job holding onto it for several laps. Mini Tyrell, who had been running in the second position the entire first half of the race, was able to get under and around Eversole to take the race lead. It took Daniels just seventeen laps to get back up to the front of the field passing Tyrell for the lead. Daniels was not in the clear, however, as he had to hold off several late race restarts to hang onto the win.

“It’s very special,” Daniels said in victory lane about the win. “We brought a different car that we have never run here and we tested two weeks ago, this was the first time I have been on the track with it. It’s an eleven-year-old car but it drives like its brand new. We work hard on this stuff. I can’t thank all of my family and everybody enough that helps me with this.”

An emotional win for Daniels for sure as longtime friend Andy Smith and spotter was back on the radio as his eyes in the sky after two years.

“It’s nothing like connecting with someone on the radio,” Daniels went on to say. “We have raced a lot of years together. He had a couple surgeries and just couldn’t get back to the track but we broke him in right and won the race the first night he’s been back. I just can’t thank them enough for all they have done in my life for racing.”

Daniels went on to tell The Weekly Racer that he wasn’t too concerned with the invert itself but the people that were around him after the invert, citing that he had not raced around them that much and was hard to judge how much you can actually trust them. He also went on to say the crew made no adjustments during the five-minute break.

Jessica Jones, running a Lee Pulliam Performance prepared ride, capitalized on the final caution by avoiding the big wreck that happened in turn two as well as got a great restart with just five laps to go. Dana would take advantage of Tyrell’s slip out of turn four to finish in the second position. John Jones, father of Clay Jones, Minny Tyrell, and Jonathan Cash – who actually caught a piece of the wreck there at the end of the race – rounded out the top five finishers.

 

Limited Late Model Spooktacular UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #16 Rusty Daniels; 100
  2. #9 Jessica Dana; 100
  3. #15 John Jones; 100
  4. #81 Mini Tyrell; 100
  5. #40 Jonathan Cash; 100
  6. #1y Darren Cockram; 100
  7. #61 Jonathan Kornegay; 99
  8. #1 Tony Grady; 95
  9. #29 Paul Williamson; 95
  10. #98 JD Eversole; 95
  11. #61 Michael Obrien; 95
  12. #19 Cameron Bowen; 35
  13. #20 Wesley Hawkins; 25

Mother Nature Wins Again at Southern National – Spooktacular Postponed

LUCAMA, NC – Pre-race ceremonies began at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday night and that was when the rain came and washed out the Spooktacular.

Track officials worked diligently to dry the track after an afternoon rain shower but to no avail.  During pre-race festivities, which featured a moving tribute to engine builder Mike Harrell who passed away earlier this week, the sky opened up forcing Southern National Motorsports Park to pull the plug.

A makeup date for the Spooktacular has not yet been determined but will be announced on social media when decided.

The next event at Southern National Motorsports Park is the Day of Destruction on Saturday, September 28th.  The Day of Destruction will be headlined by Demolition Derby competition as well as Enduro Racing and other events.  More information about the Day of Destruction can be found at http://www.snmpark.com/demoderby.

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Event Preview: Halloween Spooktacular

Field lined up prior to the start of last year's Halloween Spooktacular. (Photo credit: Andy Marquis/RACE22.com)

Field lined up prior to the start of last year’s Halloween Spooktacular. (Photo credit: Andy Marquis/RACE22.com)

LUCAMA, NC – Limited Late Model racing will be the highlight of the Halloween Spooktacular at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday afternoon with a strong field of over 20 cars chasing victory and the possibility of winning $2,700.

The Limited Late Model field consists of championship drivers, old and new, as well as racers who find themselves in contention for race wins. Limited Late Model racing isn’t the only thing on the card for Saturday. A strong field of U-CARs, Legends cars and Bandoleros are all set to converge on the 4/10-mile oval in Lucama, North Carolina and a 10 lap all-female Powder Puff Shootout will leave plenty of people with a lifetime of memories.

Clay Jones Sets Sights on Victory

Goldsboro, North Carolina’s Clay Jones has not been as active on the Limited Late Model scene this season as he has been in the past. The veteran racer has been focusing on Super Late Model racing, but, when he has raced in his blue and black no. 15 car, he’s every bit the threat he has always been. Jones has recorded victories this season at Wake County Speedway in Raleigh, North Carolina and at Carteret County Speedway in Swansboro, North Carolina. Now, in his first Southern National appearance of the year in a Late Model, he expects to bring home a win.

Moody Getting Back on Track

2014 Southern National Motorsports Park Limited Late Model racer Haley Moody has not been able to duplicate the success she had one year ago. Last year, she scored three wins. This year, the 20-year-old from Kinston North Carolina has only two top-five finishes. Despite having enjoyed tremendous success at Southern National Motorsports Park, Halloween Spooktacular will be Moody’s second Southern National appearance of 2015. Last year, she finished third in the Halloween Spooktacular. This year, she believes she is willing and able to win.

Wertz Hoping to Make a Mark

Two-time Langley Speedway track champion and popular veteran Mark Wertz is one of the more than 20 drivers who will be competing on Saturday. Wertz is making his first Southern National appearance since the 2013 Thanksgiving All-Star Classic and he comes in with momentum on his side after snapping a five year winless streak earlier this year out at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia.

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Entries Fly In for Halloween Spooktacular At Southern National

SNMP Sook Race 2015

Ronald Renfrow (07) and Haley Moody (50) are both entered in Saturday’s Halloween Spooktacular at Southern National Motorsports Park. (Photo credit: Corey Latham/RACE22.com)

LUCAMA, NC – A stout combination of championship drivers and championship hopefuls have pre-entered for the Limited Late Model portion of Saturday’s Halloween Spooktacular at Southern National Motorsports Park.

18 drivers have already entered the race. That list includes Wake County Speedway champion Alex Fleming, former Southern National Motorsports Park champions Clay Jones and Haley Moody, former Bowman Gray Stadium champion Mack Little and regional regulars such as Bradley McCaskill, Zachary Marks, Zach Henshaw, Rusty Daniels and Ronald Renfrow.

Alex Fleming and Clay Jones are both making their first Southern National starts of the season. Jones has been competing in the Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) Super Late Model Tour and Fleming won the track championship at Wake County Speedway in Raleigh, North Carolina. Haley Moody is making her second Southern National start of the season and looking for her first 2015 win after scoring three wins in 2014.

Bradley McCaskill has one win and four second place finishes at Southern National in 2015 and is a favorite to win, but Rusty Daniels could be a threat to him. Daniels also has a Southern National win this season.

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