posted May 19, 2001 07:40 AM
Ferguson captures second Kingsport Late Model Stock victory
By Robert Walden
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (May 18) – Robbie Ferguson of Jonesborough was out front for only one lap of Friday night’s 50-lap "Shoney’s" NASCAR Late Model Stock Car feature at Galaxy Kingsport Speedway, but he led the all-important final lap in capturing his second victory of the season. Kres VanDyke of Abingdon, Va., appeared to have his first career feature win (coming in only his eighth start in a Late Model Stock) all wrapped up until Ferguson made the race-winning pass coming off the fourth turn to the checkered flag.
Wayne Hale, a two-time race winner this season, set fast time over the 15-car Late Model Stock field with a lap of 15:601-seconds, but after the roll of the dice he would start the feature from the third row. Last week’s winner Mark Ketron, and VanDyke led the field to the green flag from row one.
Ketron grabbed the lead over the 20-year-old VanDyke on the opening circuit racing off the second turn and, at the stripe to complete the first lap they were followed by Ferguson, and a side-by-side battle for fourth place between Wade Lopez and Adam Dean. Lopez would move into fourth on lap 2 when Dean slipped in turn two.
Up front Ketron had a rear view mirror full of VanDyke, and on lap 5, VanDyke dove to the inside of Ketron racing into the first turn to position himself to take the lead coming off turn two. VanDyke, driving the Modern Chevrolet/Matney’s Construction/Woodmen of the World Insurance/Lone Pine Exterminators/Vansant Happy Mart & Taco Bell/Matthew Rogers CPA/WMJD Radio/Townsend Race Cars/Darrell Poe Race Engines/No. 15 Monte Carlo, immediately began to distance himself from Ketron.
Ketron had his hands full in trying to fend off Ferguson’s challenges for the runner-up spot, but on lap 11 at the start/finish line Ferguson would take the position, setting his sights on the high-flying race leader VanDyke. Following Ferguson’s path, Lopez pulled alongside Ketron to challenge for third place and, after running door-to-door for three laps Lopez secured the position.
Ketron’s woes were only beginning as Dean, Jeff Berry and Bill Garrett worked around him for position, dropping him back to seventh in the running order on lap 17. The event’s first caution waved on lap 18 when Ketron slowed to a stop on the backstretch with a flat tire.
The top five on the restart were VanDyke, Ferguson, Lopez, Dean and Berry. Only one lap back green the yellow waved once again for a four-car tangle in turn four, triggered when the sixth-running entry of Garrett got loose, collecting behind him R.J. Stanley, Reece Milton, Buddy Talbert and Michael Chaney, who was making his first start of the season.
VanDyke was driving like a seasoned veteran instead of being a young rookie in search of his first career win, and halfway into the 50-lapper he had two car-length lead over Ferguson, Lopez, Dean and Berry. Running sixth through tenth were Bill Lane, Garrett, Stanley, Ketron and Milton.
Working lapped traffic like a seasoned pro, VanDyke still had Ferguson’s Race-Scan Communications/Hedgecock Race Cars/No. 32 Monte Carlo glued to his rear bumper on lap 35, while the third-running Lopez was eight car-lengths behind Ferguson. With 10 laps remaining the scenario looked like VanDyke would hold on for the victory, but Ferguson had other thoughts in mind.
Just behind the lead duo, Dean’s strong fourth place run ended on lap 46 when he coasted into the pits. Up front, Ferguson kept sneaking his front-nose under VanDyke coming off the corners. With the white flag waving Ferguson dove to the bottom of the track racing into the first turn, and as VanDyke’s car barely slipped over in turn two the door was opened for Ferguson.
Getting a good run down the backstretch entering (turn) three, Ferguson and VanDyke were door-to-door battling for the lead. Making slight contact racing off the fourth turn, with the checkered flag in sight, VanDyke slammed hard into the outside concrete wall … and Ferguson was headed to victory lane.
Behind Ferguson at the checkers in a trail of sparks and minus a right front wheel, VanDyke held onto the runner-up spot with Lopez, Berry and Lane rounding out the top five. Completing the top-10 were Garrett, Stanley, Hale, Milton and Rick Pannell.
"First of all, I really do hate Kres and I got together there on the last lap … it was just a matter of he wanted the win, but I wanted it too," said Ferguson after climbing from his winning ride in Victory Lane. "It was just good hard racing on the last lap. He (VanDyke) slipped a little there over in turn two to give me a good run on him down the backstretch, then we both made contact coming off turn four and we were just real fortunate to get the win tonight. Kres is a very good young racer and he’s going to win many races. As a racer you always want to win, but if I couldn’t have won the race tonight I would have been tickled to see Kres get his first victory.
"We’ve proved by winning our second race of the season that we can run up front, but we sure do need some sponsorship to come onboard this car to enable us to race every week. We raced tonight on four used tires, because we just can’t afford to buy new ones. I need to thank everyone who has stood by me and worked hard to help make this win possible; my crew chief Les Stallard, my dad Leonard, my brother Todd, Miles Cox, Jeff Herron, Ed and Kevin Morgan, and John Bays. Plus, I need to thank my wife Kim and daughters, Niki and Tiffany, along with my mom Sissy for their support."
VanDyke’s second place finish is his best outing to date during his rookie season competing in the Late Model Stocks, and though disappointed, he still had a smile on his face after the race. "I sure would loved to have won this race, but to finish second is not the worst thing in the world. Tonight we showed everyone that we’re right there running real competitively and our time’s a coming.
"I’m not mad at Robbie, because both he and I wanted to win this race real bad. He wasn’t going to give an inch … and neither was I. It was just good hard racing and maybe next time I’ll come out on the winning end. I really don’t believe he would have won if I hadn’t slipped over there in turn two to allow him to get under me, but hopefully we’ll come back next Friday and get the win."
Tommy Spangler of Bristol led flag-to-flag in winning the 30-lap "Allied Mortgage" Sportsman feature for his first victory of the season over Paul Shull, Caleb Holman, Bill Garrett and R.J. Stanley.
Surgoinsville’s Chuck Crigger held off a hard-charging Stacey Castle, Billy Babb, Scott Robinson and Richard Adkins in winning his fourth 25-lap Street Stock feature.
Starting from the rear of the field, Jeff Maupin of Greeneville extended his consecutive race-winning streak to seven-straight in the UMP Modified division. Maupin passed race leader Alton Satterfield on lap 11 en route to the victory in the 15-lap event. Finishing third through fifth behind the lead duo were Randy Bethea, Luke Boles and Coni Morales III. The apparent fourth and fifth place finishing entries of Chap Slaughter and Sam Hurd were disqualified in post race technical inspection.
Kingsport’s Elmar Nicely made in two-straight Charger feature wins in holding off Linton Perry, Bill Coleman, Scotty McMurray and Doyle McMurray.
Josh Adams of Murfreesboro led wire-to-wire in capturing the 20-lap Pro Challenge feature victory over Brad Housewright, Marty Arender, Buddy Vance and Garland Worley.
Morristown’s Tom Buckingham held off James Worley, Darrell Smith, Chris Manning and Sam Couch in winning the 20-lap Modified Lite feature.
Janice Humble of Bristol was awarded the victory in the 15-lap Legends feature when apparent race winner Darrel Gillespie’s car was disqualified for having illegal brakes in post race technical inspection. Humble was trailed by Rusty Tillison, Ronnie McCarty and Ron Humble.
Galaxy Kingsport Speedway will host a nine-event racing program next Friday, May 25 featuring the NASCAR Late Model Stocks, Sportsman, Street Stock, UMP Modified, Charger, Pro Challenge, Modified Lite, Legends, plus a Ladies’ Street Stock race. For more information, contact the track office at (423) 288-5992.
"SHONEY’S" NASCAR LATE MODEL STOCKS (50-laps)
Robbie Ferguson #32-Jonesborough, TN
Kres VanDyke #15-Abingdon, VA
Wade Lopez #83-Abingdon, VA
Jeff Berry #61-Kingsport, TN
Bill Lane #14-Kingsport, TN
Bill Garrett #4-Johnson City, TN
R.J. Stanley #18-Bristol, TN
Wayne Hale #19-Piney Flats, TN
Reece Milton #16-Kingsport, TN
Rick Pannell #33-Kingsport, TN
Mark Ketron #26-Kingsport, TN
Clyde Jones #7-Kingsport, TN
Buddy Talbert #00-Blountville, TN
Adam Dean #81-Bristol, VA
Michael Chaney #24-Abingdon, VA
"ALLIED MORTGAGE" SPORTSMAN (30-laps)
1) Tommy Spangler #28; 2) Paul Shull #48; 3) Caleb Holman #77; 4) Bill Garrett #4; 5) R.J. Stanley #81; 6) Rod Collins #29; 7) Bruce Blessing #00; 8) Roger Neece #22; 9) Tony Ward #7; 10) Wayne Salyers #5
STREET STOCK (25-laps)
1) Chuck Crigger #71; 2) Stacey Castle #11; 3) Billy Babb #2; 4) Scott Robinson #22; 5) Richard Adkins #18; 6) Mike Hayes #1; 7) Wayne Gibson #25; 8) Kenny Holder #21; 9) Chris Neeley #26; 10) Sam Ferguson #41; 11) Steve Canter #5; 12) Don Davis #5
UMP MODIFIED (15-laps)
1) Jeff Maupin #11; 2) Alton Satterfield #8; 3) Randy Bethea #6; 4) Luke Boles #11x; 5) Coni Morales III #3; 6) Chap Slaughter #22; 7) Sam Hurd #11h
1) Elmar Nicely #16; 2) Linton Perry #01; 3) Bill Coleman #15; 4) Scotty McMurray #37; 5) Doyle McMurray #73; 6) Chad Tolliver #0; 7) David McMurray #38; 8) Dan Williams #17; 9) Tim White #12; 10) Todd Cross #22; 11) Rob Davenport #116
PRO CHALLENGE (20-laps)
1) Josh Adams #12; 2) Brad Housewright #46; 3) Marty arender #5; 4) Buddy Vance #72; 5) Garland Worley #38½; 6) Raymond Williams #411; 7) Trevor Richardson #71; 8) Randy McCoy #7
MODIFIED LITE (20-laps)
1) Tom Buckingham #22; 2) James Worley #37; 3) Darrell Smith #12; 4) Chris Manning #0; 5) Sam Couch #1; 6) Cargus Worley #36; 7) Randy English #02
1) Janice Humble #19; 2) Rusty Tillison #18; 3) Ronnie McCarty #5; 4) Ron Humble #7; DQed: Darrel Gillespie #46
Galaxy Kingsport Speedway: (423) 288-5992 www.galaxykingsport.com
Robert Walden-Public Relations: (423) 928-9644 ROBWALD@prodigy.net