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Garrett honors 60 years at SBS by winning Limited race

SoVaNow.com / August 28, 2017
Sixty years ago Dave Blount, Edward B. “Buck” Wilkins, and Louis Spencer turned a former cow pasture into what is now South Boston Speedway.

Colin Garrett helped honor the sixty-year tradition as he claimed his fourth win of the season in the Limited Sportsman Division Saturday night.

The 40-lap event was supposed to have been 60 laps, but a series of early race wrecks whittled the field down to only four cars. Track officials decided to shorten the race.

Mike Jones had run strong from the pole for 25 laps and was well on his way to a win until a caution flag was thrown after the 25th lap. At the restart, Garrett bolted ahead of Jones, to lead for the first time in the race.

Garrett led the final 15 laps, finishing ahead of Jones by 0.547 seconds for the win.

David Latour Jr. finished third with Kirstin Simmons, and Barry Beggarly Jr. rounding out the top five finishers.

Trey Crews entered the race leading the division in points by four points. An early hard hit wreck in turn four put him out of the race.

Garrett had little to say about the win, but did have high praise for his crew. He did say, “we will definitely race at the big race later this year at Martinsville.”

Jones was not particularly happy about the caution thrown after 25 laps. “Definitely I can thank NASCAR for stealing that one from us with the competition caution” said Jones.

“We have got a lot of homework to do for that last race now that the track championship is at stake” said Latour. “I hate the way it worked out for Trey Crews, but that gives us shot.”

Autry Wins Pure Stock Division Race

Greg Autry took the lead from Stuart Crews with two laps to go and sped to a 1.232-second win over Johnny Layne in Saturday night’s 30-lap Pure Stock race.

Autry battled Crews on a restart after a caution came out on lap-28. There was some contact with Autry coming out first.

Lane then got around Crews for second place. He was able to hold on to the point’s lead going into the last race.

Autry picked up his fourth win of the season.

“It was a green-white-checkered and I figured he would use me up going into one and two so he used me up all the way down the back stretch, and then he started crossing over and stayed up. I let him go and couldn’t turn the steering,” Autry said. “It wasn’t dirty driving; I have been on the losing end in this kind of situation many times. So I don’t feel bad about it at all.”

Crews finished third with Randy Hupp and Matt Epps completing the top five finishers.

Housman wins Hornets Division

Tony Housman worked his way through the field to win the 15-lap Hornets race. This was Housman’s first appearance at South Boston Speedway this season.

Kenny Mills finished second while Tyler Crute was posted in third place.





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