Clark Survives Green, White, Checkered Finish

August 24, 2009

The night got off to a slower start than usual with the Tarwheel Model A Club bringing their Model A’s out to the track for two Parade laps. Once this was completed, the Dirt Cheap Sand, Rock, and Mulch Ucars started with Robert Arch on the pole in his F1 with Michael Strickland outside with his S9. The green flag waved and Arch quickly took the lead with Strickland giving chase. The race went green the entire way with Robert Arch claiming the win in his #F1 Honda. Michael Strickland brought the S9 Saturn home in 2nd place. Drew “The Goat Man” Starling claimed 3rd in his #54 Chevy.

The 600 Incorporated Legends buzzed onto the track next with Billy Gomez once again on the pole in the #66 machine. Norman Perry rolled from the 2nd starting spot in his #7. Gomez quickly took the lead at the drop of the green with Perry falling in line in 2nd. On lap 3, it was rookie Brandon Sears spinning in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On lap 11, it was Trent Norris looping his car in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. On lap 15, Sears went for a spin off turn 4 to bring out the final caution. Billy Gomez cruised to another win in his #66 with Norman Perry finishing 2nd in the #7. Brandon Temple rounded out the top 3 in the #82.

The Harper Graphix Limited Late model drivers qualified for starting spots with Ricky Jones turning in a 13.44 to take the pole in the #38. Zachary Marks returned to the track and started 2nd with a 13.62. Marks took the lead over Jones as the green flag waved, but on the backstretch it was Lee Godbold hitting the backstretch wall to bring out the first yellow. Marks pulled away from Jones on the restart but a hard charging Frankie Dominick began marching towards the front. On lap 25, Dominick was all over the back of Marks and got a nose out front on lap 27 but off turn 2 on lap 28, the #3 of Dominick slowed handing the lead back to Marks. Dominick came to a stop in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. Zachary Marks held on to the lead after a green, white, checkered to pick up the win in the Shulz Iron Works, Tammy’s Daycare, Harper Graphix Chevy. Ricky Jones extended his points lead with a 2nd place finish for the #38 Jones Brother’s Towing, Jones Transport, Noles Cabinets Camry. Todd Langdon picked up a great 3rd place finish with his #78 Powertech Pressure Wash, Shear Shack Hairstyling, Langdon/Mckenzie Painting Pontiac.

Next out onto the track were the North Carolina Iron Works Modified 4 cylinders. Trevor Noles started from the pole in the #50 with Randy Pierce at his door in 2nd. Noles took the lead early with Justin Jones hot on his trail. On lap 9, it was the lapped car of Bryan Bracher making contact with Randy Pierce, spinning Pierce to bring out the yellow. On lap 11, it was Justin Jones making the pass on Noles for the lead. Lap 22 saw “Showtime” Sam Pacitti spin in turn 2. Justin Jones picked up win #7 on the season in his #7 Capital Area Trusses, Performance Auto Body, Clark Motorsports, Hair Worx Ford. Young Trevor Noles finished 2nd in the #50 Wurth Word Group, Noles Cabinets, Francis Reality Monte Carlo. Randy Pierce rallied to a 3rd place finish in his #18 Carolina Ale House, Graphix Unlimited, Cary Reconstruction Ford.

The Dunn Benson Ford Super Late models thundered to the track next with David Clark on the pole with a qualifying time of 12.59 for the #34. Charlie Stephenson started 2nd with a time of 12.65 on the #85 machine. Clark took the early lead and things went green for a while. On lap 21, it was Randy Renfrow pulling the #21 machine into the pits with an overheating problem. On lap 36, Damon Kotke spun in turn 4 to bring out the first yellow. Clark pulled away from Stephenson on the restart but on lap 48, William Pierce spun off turn 4 to bring out the second caution and set up a green, white, checkered finish. On the restart, Stephenson got into the back of Clark lifting Clark’s rear tires off the ground but Clark was able to hang on to the car and maintain the lead. David Clark picked up the win in the #34 North Carolina Iron Works, SS Signs, Clark Motorsports Chevrolet. “Chargin” Charlie Stephenson had to settle for 2nd in the Quality Lightening Protection, Newt Jones Racing Engines, Brad Puryear Racing Engines, Boyette’s Automotive Dodge. Curtis Simpkins had rounded out the top 3 in his #3 Simpkins Trucking Monte Carlo.

The final race of the night was the Citgo Mini Mart 4 cylinders. Aaron Champion started from the pole with Matt Daley alongside in 2nd. Before the field went green, Daley pitted with a suspension problem and didn’t take the initial green flag. Champion quickly took the lead on the start with Jeremy Ottaway chasing him. On lap 16, the #15 of Bob Rymell slowed off turn 4 and the yellow came out. Aaron Champion picked up the win once again in his #15 Mustang. Jeremy Ottaway finished 2nd in his #21 Truss Builders Inc Mustang. Michael Woodard rolled under the flag 3rd in the #62 Woodard Racing machine.

Another exciting night at the races came to an end, but be sure to join us next Friday night. We’ll have regular racing action with the Future Stars Mini Cup division running as well.