Charlie Stephenson Wins First of 2011 at Wake County


Wake County Speedway has been Alex Fleming’s playground for 2011, having taken half of the pole positions and every winner’s trophy on the season. Charlie Stephenson, Curtis Simpkins and the rest of the Dunn Benson Ford Super Late Models looked to change that.

Point leader Alex Fleming sat on the pole for Friday night’s 50 lap feature event, and through the first 30 laps it seemed as though Fleming would again get the win. Charlie Stephenson had other plans, however, and on Lap 30 light contact between Fleming and Stephenson would send Fleming around, giving Stephenson the lead. Stephenson would pull away on the restart, fighting off late charges from Curtis Simpkins and Joe Heigl to win his first race of 2011. Simpkins scored his best finish of the season with a second place run, while Heigl crossed third.

With his fourth place finish, Alex Fleming continues to lead the Dunn
Benson Ford Super Late Model division, while Charlie Stephenson and Joe Heigl sit second and third.

In a caution-filled Pro Modified race, Justin Jones sat on the pole and led every lap. Behind him, the rest of the field beat and banged their way to eight cautions and one red flag. Every other Mod 4 driver in the field was involved in at least one wreck. The race would be called for time on Lap 25, after an incident involving Dennis Capps, Kenny and Michael Tabler and Todd Langdon brought out the eighth caution flag on the evening. Matthew Denton overcame an earlier wreck to finish second, while Kenny Tabler received credit for third, one lap down.

In Citgo Mini-Mart Four Cylinders, Jesse Duke continued his winning streak, having won every race but the first of the season. Starting from fifth, Duke would work his way quickly through the field, taking the lead on Lap 3. A mid-race caution would reset the field, with Michael Woodard and Jeremy Ottaway surrounding his Ford Mustang. Duke would fight off both drivers, taking another win on the season. Ottaway would finish second, with Michael Woodard crossing third.

In Dirt Cheap Sand Rock & Mulch UCARs, Josh Taylor would pass Bill Pearce on Lap 4, and held off the field for 21 laps to win his first race of 2011, with Wil Smith and UCAR point leader Kristin Gault finishing second and third. Will Bristle would take advantage of a Holden Haddock Lap 7 spin to win in Noles Cabinets Mini Cups, with Haddock rallying back to finish second, with Nick Robinson crossing third. In Harper’s Grafix Limited late Models, Will Roland would hold off Robert Arch.

Racing returns August 12 to Wake County Speedway with a full night of action. Taking to the quarter-mile bullring will be the Dunn Benson Ford Super Late Models, Harper’s Grafix Limited Late Models, Pro Modifieds, Citgo Mini-Mart Four Cylinders, Dirt Cheap Sand Rock & Mulch UCARs, Noles Cabinets Mini Cups and the return of the Southern Ground Pounders. For more information, including ticket information, surf to


Ken Childs

Wake County Speedway

(919) 641-6122



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