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Eversole picks up sportsman win at SBS

SoVaNow.com / June 16, 2014
J.D. Eversole seized the lead on the first lap and later powered past Daryn Cockram in a final 13-lap sprint to the finish to win the 50-lap limited sportsman feature at South Boston Speedway Saturday night.

Eversole capitalized on solid racing following the restarts.

It was an eventful limited sportsman race, with six cautions.

“I’d never seen that that many cautions in a limited race before in my life,” said Eversole. “I was worried on every restart. My car started to go away (with the handling).” But Eversole held on and collected the win.

Danny Willis Jr. spun in turn 2, slowing the field with 21 laps on the board as the caution flew. Willis was forced into the back of the pack for the restart.

Eversole led the restart.

Donnie Puryear Jr., Libby Prevette and Charles Barnes got mixed up in a three-car incident on lap 26. That slowed the field for another yellow. Eversole took the restart, with plenty of short track bumping behind him. Prevette and Mark Simpson got involved in another incident, slowing the field on lap 32.

Moments later, Peregoy and Trey Crews got involved in some bumpy racing on the back straightaway. The action was slowed with 35 laps completed, after Crews got the worst end of the contact. Crews had a tire issue.

Eversole dove to the inside on the restart with 35 laps on the board, but the action was interrupted again when Crews and Barry Beggarly Jr., made contact in the frontstretch. That set up a lap 36 caution.

On the restart, Eversole took the low line, with Peregoy outside.

Moss and Peregoy had been racing hard, with plenty of short track contact. Moss and Peregoy got together, with plenty of ensuing contact that collected several cars. Willis caught up in more trouble.

The next restart came with 13 laps to go. Eversole charged out to a substantial lead over a field trimmed significantly by attrition. Eversole powered to a comfortable win.

Eversole enjoyed his second checkered flag of the season, with Daryn Cockram second.

Billy Myers barely bolted past Mark Simpson for third and a podium finish. Eversole won by 2.602 seconds, with Myers third, 4.094 seconds off the pace. Simpson was right behind Myers, 4.121-seconds off the pace.

Eversole averaged 31.664 mph en route to the win.

Eversole, Cockram, Myers, Simpson, and Bob Davis completed the top five. Trey Crews was sixth, with Prevette seventh. Prevette was the final driver to complete 50 laps.

Charles Barnes was eighth, completing 44 laps.

Tommy Peregoy was ninth, completing 37 laps. Daniel Moss, Willis and Beggarly (36 laps) followed in the racing order, with Donny Puryear Jr, taking 13th, completing 26 laps.

Myers returned to SBS after a lengthy absence. The Hurt driver is a former Limited Sportsman division champion.

MOD SQUAD: Jimmy Humblet scored a flag-to-flag win in the 50-lap Modified division race. This was his second of the season. Chris Johnson took second, 1.071-seconds behind Humlet. Hunter Slayton was third.

PURE STOCKS: Johnny Layne had the best answers late to win the pure stock feature.

Jimmy Wade got spun with five laps on the board, bringing out the yellow.

Mayo got a strong restart, leading Harrison Walker and Johnny Layne.

Mayo benefitted from some hard racing for second and third place, briefly pulling away for an early lead with 11 laps on the board. Layne rallied with 16 laps on the board, and seized the lead on lap 17.

Layne did a good job saving his equipment and held a three-car advantage on the 22nd lap. Layne went on and built on his lead, rolling on to a comfortable win in the 25-lap feature.

Layne rallied to a 1.244-second win in the Pure stock race, with Walker 8.197 seconds off the pace. Wade was fourth and Scott Phillips completed the field, getting five laps done. Layne averaged 51.831 mph on the way to the win.

It was Layne’s first win of the season.

HORNETS: Kevin Currin prevailed in the 15-lap Hornets division, with Austin Milam second and Bobby Fleming third. Josh Roberts was fourth, completing 15 laps. Corey Whitely was fifth, one lap down. Currin took the lead on the second lap and won the race.

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