Fleming Edges Heigl, Keeps Winning Streak Alive at WCS
Alex Fleming is the only driver to win in Dunn Benson Ford Super Late Models at Wake County Speedway, and Friday night he would look to keep it that way. Perennial contender Joe Heigl would set the fast qualifying time, with a speed of 62.25 miles per hour around the .23 bullring, but would have point leader Fleming on his outside.
Early on, Heigl pulled away from Fleming and Kevin Floars, who were battling for second. Floars kept the pressure on Fleming for the better part of 26 laps, with both drivers slowly closing back in on Heigl. A Lap 26 caution for a Charlie Stephenson spin would close the gap back up for good.
A lap 27 restart would see Fleming make a pass around Heigl on the outside, taking the lead for good. The big race would be for second place, where Stephenson and Heigl would beat and bang for position, with Keith Oliver getting in the mix as well. Heigl would be the big winner of that, taking second in the 50 lap event, with Oliver finishing third, Floars fourth and Curtis Simpkins fifth.
The Harper’s Grafix Limited Late Model division has had more beating and banging than any other division in the Carolinas this season, and Friday night was no exception. Will Roland would sit on the pole and lead convincingly early, while Cory Walker and Robert Arch battled for second behind him. As a result of the side by side racing for second, Walker and Arch would touch, sending Walker around on the front stretch, collecting Adam Resnick in the process. Resnick’s night would end early, but Walker would continue on.
Walker would continue the hard racing with Arch for another nine laps, with both drivers leaning on one another throughout the run. Arch would lose his traction at the exit of Turn 4, bringing out the caution and ending his night, leaving Walker and Roland to battle it out. Roland couldn’t shake Walker, with both drivers giving the bump-and-run to each other late in the race. At the end, Will Roland would take his second win of 2011, with Walker finishing a season-best second. Arch would receive credit for third, with Resnick rounding out the top four.
In Pro Modified action, Justin Jones continued his season of dominance, leading from wire to wire. Unlike in times past, he would have a car in his mirror the whole time in Ryan Robeson. Robeson would never fall further back than two seconds, but never could get to the bumper of Jones’ machine, and would settle for second. Dennis Capps would finish third, despite starting shotgun on the field, with Todd Langdon and Matthew Denton finishing fifth.
Jesse Duke and Lee Hicks took the front-row honors for the Citgo Mini-Mart Four Cylinders, with Duke dominating the race. Hicks and Jeremy Ottaway would run side by side behind Duke, with Ottaway eventually taking second from Hicks. Hicks would hold off Richard Aliff for third, with Aliff finishing fourth and Greg Compton fifth.
In INEX Legends racing, Billy Gomez Jr. would lead wire to wire, with Kyle Resco finishing second and Max Smith third. Will Bristle held off Nick Robinson and Holden Haddock in Mini Cup action, with Bill Pierce passing Matt Grimes on the final lap of the 50 lap UCAR event, with track regular Chris Gault finishing third.
Wake County Speedway returns Friday, June 17, with a full night of racing. In action will be the Dunn Benson Ford Super Late Models, Harper’s Grafix Limited Late Models, Pro Modifieds, Citgo Mini-Mart 4 Cylinders, Dirt Cheap Sand Rock & Mulch UCARs and INEX Legends. Tickets are just $10, with kids 6-11 $5, and children 5 and under free. For more information surf to
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