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Jones survives mechanicals, rolls to win

SoVaNow.com / July 31, 2017
Mike Jones survived late mechanical issues and did an excellent job rolling to the win in the opening end of NASCAR limited sportsman action at South Boston Speedway Saturday night.

David Latour capitalized on trouble that impacted other contenders. Latour earned the win after a messy second limited sportsman race.

Several cautions led to a typical fender-bending night at the historic short track.

Jones and Latour split the Victory lane trips in the twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races.

Jones overcame adversity to roll to the win in the first limited sportsman feature.

Jones took the lead from Trey Crews on lap 13, right after the race’s final restart, and edged Crews by .606-second to score his third win in a row.

Latour finished third, with Colin Garrett and Chris Elliott rounding out the top five finishers.

Jones said he was extremely fortunate and had to deal with a terrible vibration on his car with about five laps left.

He had a broken wheel and could not believe he made it to Victory lane.

The second race brought out some short track fireworks.

Latour started on the pole in the nightcap and capitalized on a mishap when Crews and Garrett, battling for the win, made contact. Crews spun to bring out a caution flag with three laps to go.

Garrett was placed at the rear of the field for the restart with three laps to go, a move that put Latour on the front row with Jason Myers for the final restart.

Latour bolted into the lead on the restart and held off a big charge by Crews, edging Crews by .700-second to take the win. Garrett rallied to finish third, Myers finished fourth and Jones, who was involved in a crash on the second lap, rebounded to finish fifth.

Garrett said he struggled in the first race and then made changes.

Garrett said it was another chapter of “just racing” that he and T. Crews got together.

“We’re both running for very valuable points. He came up and talked me afterwards. Obviously, he wasn’t happy …I didn’t do anything (wrong), he didn’t do anything wrong,” said Garrett.

Crews was clearly put out with Garrett, however.

“Colin, he’s got a lot to learn. We definitely had the car to win the second race; it’s unfortunate” said Crews.

Latour helped himself in the championship picture.

He was not surprised by the extracurricular activity between Crews and Garrett.

“We’re all driving hard for a win. The way things are going this year, It’s really not surprising,” said Latour.

“It’s a bittersweet win. We’ve been struggling a lot this year. Its just part of racing, with the new asphalt, harder tires, just everything changing, the track changes throughout the summer. It’s just different. We’ve got to find what the car likes, find out what I like, and keep going,” said Latour.

Latour looped his car in the marbles in the first race after over driving his car in the first race.

AUTRY SWEEPS PURE STOCKS

Former South Boston Speedway Pure Stock champion Greg Autry had a big night, sweeping the night’s pair of 15-lap Pure Stock races. The pair of wins gives Autry three wins in the division this season, tying him with Walker for the most wins in the division this season.

Autry edged Jared Milam in both races, scoring a flag-to-flag victory in the first race, and then rallying from his fourth-place starting spot to muscle his way under Milam to take the lead with two laps to go in the nightcap to complete the sweep.

Harrison Walker finished third in both races, with Bruce Mayo and defending division champion Johnny Layne finishing fourth and fifth respectively in both races.

Autry started fourth in the second race. He got hit from behind, spun out and ended up coming from the back. He figured he“d get third, but battled to the front.

Autry had a stirring final drive to the finish in the back end of the Pure Stock twin bill.

Autry had a relatively uneventful race to the checkered in the first race.

Autry averaged 79.707 mph and had a 1.003-second margin of victory over Jared Milam in the first pure stock race.

PRIEST TOPS HORNETS FIELD

Conner Priest earned his second victory of the season, scoring a flag-to-flag win in the 15-lap Hornets race.

Kenny Mills Jr. charged from the rear of the field to finish second, with Jared Dawson, Tyler Crute and Kevin Currin completing the top five finishers.

NEXT RACE The PASS South Super Late Series will return to South Boston Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 12, with the 7 p.m. running of the PASS Super Late Model 150 racing program.

A 150-lap race for the PASS South Super Late Models and twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors will headline the night’s racing action.

The four-race event will also include a 15-lap race for the Hornets division.

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