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Morris takes LMS win as speedway roars back to life

2008 Limited Sportsman Division Champion Lee Pulliam (No. 3) gets tangled up with late model regular Ronald Hill (No. 74) on lap 56 during the 150 lap feature event. (Danny Lamberth photo) / March 23, 2009
After a winter of silence, the engines of four racing divisions finally roared to life Saturday afternoon at the South Boston Speedway.

Phillip Morris of Ruckersville, stayed on the bumper of Deac McCaskill of Raleigh, for the first 53 laps before making the past in the fourth turn to take the lead in the 150-lap Late Model Sportsman Cars race.

No one in the twenty-four car field had anything for Morris for the rest of the race as he got the season under way with a win.

McCaskill had a tire going down when Morris made the pass and he also allowed C.E. Falk of Virginia Beach, and Dustin Storm of Huntington, Mass. to get around him.

Through the first 50 laps, McCaskill didn’t really put a lot of space between him and Morris, but he was doing a good job keeping Morris behind him. The last 10 laps or so, however, the whole field stacked up behind McCaskill and the lap times had dropped a bit.

Two laps after the lead change, a caution came out due to a pile up out of turn-two.

Though this incident ended the racing day for Ronald Hill of Rougemont, NC and Lee Pulliam of Semoria, NC, It did allow McCaskill the opportunity the make a right front tire change and get back in near the end of the line.

McCaskill had a car strong enough to still manage an eighth place finish.

Despite two more cautions, Morris didn’t lose any ground to Falk and Storm who finished second and third.

Falk, a driver that has had some good runs at South Boston in the past, said, “We had a good car, I was happy with it today. We worked on it last night and got it right handling wise.

“I was really good on the restarts, but after about ten laps it was not as good. We will come back to South Boston some this year.”

“Now that we are second in points, we might as well try to go for it,” Falk joked.

Storm was pleased with the effort of his team. “This is the first top-three finish we have had here,” said Storm. “We didn’t get much practice here before the race, but all in all we ran pretty well. We were a little tight in the middle of the race though.”

The two-time national Late Model Champion, Phillip Morris, was elated to get this first win of the season after going winless at South Boston last year. “We started off like we needed to, with a ŒW’ in our pocket,” stated Morris. “I was really hoping this track was going to be good to us this year. The car just ran flawless today.

“We had to pace ourselves today. Deac was setting a really fast pace and we didn’t want to burn the tires up early. I just tried to keep him in sight. Then later he couldn’t keep his car down. We knew we were going to burn our tires up if we tried to get around him too early, so we waited “In the later part of the race, we had the best car on the long run and C.E. had the best car on short run. So having just a few cautions was an advantage for us.”

Nick Smith of Hampton. and Justin Johnson of Durham. rounded out the top five finishers.

Jonathan Bailey of Buffalo Junction, Jonathan Cash of Oxford, McCaskill, David Quackenbush of Lorton, VA and Rodney Cook of Reidsville, NC completed the top ten finishers.

Pembelton Edges Peregoy in Limited Sportsman Race Brian Pembelton of Amelia, won his first race ever at the South Boston Speedway Saturday winning the 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race.

Pembelton led the entire race, but had Tommy Peregoy of Clarksville, VA on his heels throughout the race. At the end, Pembelton edged Peregoy by about three car lengths. Peregoy was later disqualified after his car failed to pass a post-race inspection by NASCAR track officials.

Jeb Burton of Halifax, was elevated to second place. Brian Cole of Roxboro, N.C. Mike Jones of South Boston, and Jan Valez of Quaynabo, Puerto Rico completed the top five finishers.

Brandon Gdovic of Yorktown,, Charles Barnes of Chase City, George Spencer of Halifax, driving a car out of the Halifax County Motorsports Academy stable, and Richard Storm of Partlow, and Danny Willis Jr. of Cluster Springs, rounded out the top ten finishers.

Cassidy, Milam Win Twin Pure Stock Races Mickey Cassidy of Danville, VA and Jarrett Milam of Ringgold, VA each collected a win in the twin 30-lap races for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division.

Cassidy grabbed the lead from Courtney Crosby of Scottsburg, VA with 11 laps to go and edged Crosby to win the first race.

Quain Moore of Callands, Chris Crosby of Raleigh, and Justin Tucker of Elon, rounded out the top five finishers.

Milam took the lead from Tucker on the 16th lap and held on the rest of the way to win the second 30-lap Pure Stock race.

Cassidy finished second with Chris Crosby, Courtney Crosby and Moore rounding out the top five finishers in the second race.

Blair Takes Legendary Flatheads Race Bill Blair of High Point, was the winner of the 20-lap race for the competitors of the Legendary Ford Flatheads Racing Association. Garland Ricketts of Clover, who finished third in the race, took top honors in the Sportsman Division of that series.

The next race at South Boston Speedway will be the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified 150 on Saturday night. April 4. The event which is the track’s first night race of the season, will start at 7 p.m. and will feature the stars and cars of the touring NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified circuit in a 150-lap race.

Twin 75-lap races are scheduled for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division to round out the night’s action.

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