Alex Fleming has cruised for the better part of this season at Wake County Speedway, leading over half the laps and winning all of the Dunn-Benson Ford Super Late Model races. Wake’s new “four wins and you’re fifth” rule found Fleming starting fifth, despite setting the fast time in qualifying.
Fleming’s move to fifth put Bradley McCaskill on the pole, with WCS regular Kevin Floars starting on his outside. McCaskill would find himself fighting off early charges from Floars and Joe Heigl, and then eventually Fleming. Contact between Fleming and McCaskill would send McCaskill around on Lap 6, and put Fleming to the point. A steady flow of cautions would shuffle the field behind Fleming, with Floars, Heigl and Charlie Stephenson all taking turns behind Fleming.
Bradley McCaskill would find himself back up toward the front, and once again mixing it up with Alex Fleming. Contact between the two would be enough to shuffle both back through the field, but not enough to bring out a caution flag. Kevin Floars would take advantage on Lap 33, and would find himself leading all the way to Lap 48, where Fleming would slip back by and hang on to win his fifth consecutive race of 2011. Kevin Floars would score a season-best second place finish, while Joe Heigl, Charlie Stephenson and Frankie Dominick Jr. round out the top five.
The same “four and your fifth” rule applied to the Pro Modified division, where Justin Jones has dominated. Despite setting the fast qualifying time, Jones would have to start from the fifth position, giving Ryan Robinson the pole. Jones would methodically work his way through traffic, and with five laps to go mounted a charge on Robinson. Robinson would hold off Jones, however, and take his first Wake County Speedway win. Jones would finish second, with Dennis Capps finishing third.
The Harper’s Grafix Limited Late Model division has been dominated by Will Roland this season, with Roland winning three of four races. Division rookie Robert Arch has had a sizeable learning curve, making the jump from UCARs. Friday night, Roland again showed Arch the way around Raleigh’s quarter-mile track, leading every lap and holding off a late Arch charge to win his fourth race of the season. Arch would finish second, with Josh Van Winkle finishing third.
In Citgo Mini-Mart Four Cylinders, Jesse Duke once again proved he’s the man to beat, holding off repeated attacks by the division’s only other winner this season, Jeremy Ottaway. Ottaway would fade late, finishing second, while Michael Woodard survives to finish third. Bill Pearce found himself dominating a clean and green Dirt Cheap Sand, Rock & Mulch UCAR event, besting Dewayne Godwin and point leader Kristin Gault, and Billy Gomez Jr. stayed perfect in INEX Legends racing.
Wake County Speedway takes this Friday night off, and returns July 29 with a full night of racing. In action will be the Dunn-Benson Ford Super Late Models, Pro Modifieds, Harper’s Grafix Limited Late Models, Citgo Mini-Mart Four Cylinders, Dirt Cheap, Sand Rock & Mulch UCARs and the Noles Cabinets Mini Cups, as well as children’s bike races. Tickets are just $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-11, with children 5 and under free. For more information, race to www.wakecountyspeedway.com.
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