April 23, 2010
The quarter-mile Wake County Speedway has laid dormant since the end of the 2009 season, but Friday night the lights came on, the heat went up, and the 2010 racing season kicked off in grand style.
Joe Heigl would sit on the pole for the Dunn Benson Ford Super Late Model 50 lap feature event, but it was David Clark showing the way throughout the 50 lap event. Through slower traffic, the Raleigh driver was chased by Heigl. Heigl would need a late caution to catch back up, but none would come and David Clark would take the checkered flag for first win of 2010. Joe Heigl finished second, with Charlie Stephenson fighting off a late Curtis Simpkins charge to finish third.
2009 Pro Modified champion Justin Jones picked up where he left off, winning from the pole in the 30 lap event. One-time winner Trevor Noles would keep pace throughout the race, and managed to mount a late charge on the track champion, getting as close as the bumper of Jones on the white flag lap. It would be too little too late, however, with Jones winning by less than one car length.
Rocket Bob Carter ran third through the first two-thirds of the 30 lap event, but would fall short with mechanical troubles. Dennis Capps would benefit from Carter’s troubles, finishing third, behind Jones and Noles.
In Limited Late Models, James Frazier took the lead on lap 1 from the outside of row 1, and led the first 17 laps, but slower traffic would interfere in what appeared to be Frazier’s night. Former dirt racer Kirby Morrow held up Frazier, with Frankie Dominick Jr. on Frazier’s outside. Third place Todd Langdon and Frazier made contact, sending Frazier, Langdon and Jim Place into the wall, ending all three drivers nights.
With the other leaders out of the picture, Frankie Dominick Jr. cruised to the victory, with an injured Cory Walker finishing second. Will Roland finished third, marking his best finish in the Limited Late Model division.
Kevin Herndon led every lap in the Dirt Cheap Sand Rock & Mulch UCAR division, holding off a late charge from Matt Grimes, with pole-sitter Robert Arch finishing third. In the Citgo Mini-Mart Four Cylinder division, Jesse Duke led all 20 laps to capture the first race of 2010. Jeremy Ottaway ran in second place throughout the first 15 laps, but would fall victim to mechanical issues, giving Michael Woodard the runner-up spot.
Racing action returns to the Wake County Speedway bullring on April 30, featuring double points for the Dirt Cheap Sand Rock & Mulch UCARs. Also in action will be Limited Late Models, Pro Modified, Citgo Mini-Mart Four Cylinders and the INEX Legends.