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Kenseth takes second PASS series race at South Boston

SoVaNow.com / September 02, 2013
Ross Kenseth has found some special magic at South Boston Speedway as he has won here the last two races. He was the winner Saturday night in the South Boston Speedway 100 lap Pro All Star Series event. He also won at South Boston in May.

“I hated to see those cars of some strong contenders get torn up, like Jay Fogleman and Kyle Grissom,” said Kenseth. “Jared drove a great raced and raced real clean.

“There at that last restart, it was probably about tires more than what groove I took. I had real fun out there tonight. It was a great race.

“It did look like rain out there earlier and I think the whole field was probably getting after things early. Fortunately it didn’t rain and we got things done. It meant we had to drive real hard for a hundred laps.”

Kenseth started from the pole and led the first 20 laps until caution came out on for Clay Rogers who spun in turn two. Kyle Grissom bolted out on the restart to take the lead on lap-21.

Ten laps later Kenseth had found his way to Grissom’s buimper. Then Kenseth’s got a nose out in front and they were side by side for the top spot. Finally Kenseth prevailed and retook the lead.

Grissom and Jay Fogleman crashed along with the lapped car of Jerrick Johnson on the 37th lap which would prove fatal to the chances of Grissom or Fogleman winning the race.

Kenseth would survive the next five restarts, each time getting beat on the green flag, but pulling back ahead not to lose the lead.

With things working for him, Kenseth enjoyed some comfortable leads and he did not want to see a caution.

Then a caution came for Rogers in turn two with 10 laps to go. This time Kenseth,s slow restarts cost him when Jared Irvan, son of 1991 Daytona 500 champion Ernie Irvan, got a huge jump out front, and was looking for the win.

The breaks came back to Kenseth when the caution flag flew for a wreck on the front stretch with only eight laps remaining in the race. This time on the restart, Kenseth took the lead when he powered up the outside lane to take the lead.

Shortly he was in victory lane for his second time at South Boston Speedway this season. Irvan finished second and Brandon McReynolds was third.

“I am just trying to get my rhythm and get my feet wet in this series and come back next year to run the full season,” said the Irvan. Now that we have run a third and a second, what’s next but to win it?

“It is a lot more fun to be up front than in the middle. Oh if that caution had not come out we would have been in a position to win this thing.”

Irvan’s father Ernie Irvan said, “He did a great job. It is so exciting to watch out there. Who knows if he keeps getting close, some thing will happen.

“We have our sponsor lined up to be with us the full year next year and hopefully he can advance.”

“I had a great car tonight and a great supporting crew,” said McReynolds. “I just need to get my head out of my butt and do my part. I need to listen to my crew chief and learn some things.

“I had a great car tonight and a great supporting crew,” said McReynolds. “I just need to get my head out of my butt and do my part. I need to listen to my crew chief and learn some things.

Clete Caywood was fourth, followed by Grissom and points leader Fogleman. The race was delayed 10 times by caution flags.

Bobby Measmer Jr., Rodney Brooks, Brandon Ward, and Joe Ryan Osborne, rounded out the top ten finishers.



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