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posted June 10, 2001 08:35 PM UIN: 16262997
Corbett Holds On To Take Home Win In Bailey's 200

All week long, the talk was "Mark vs. Brandon." And as the Bailey's 200 lap
feature for the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model Stock Cars progressed,
it appeared that would be the case with the young guns running 1-2. But when
the dust had settled, it was Eric Corbett from Hagerstown Md. standing in
victory lane. The win was the first for Corbett in 2001, who broke his
winless streak which dated back to September, 1998. "You hear that the
winning car is not always the fastest car, and tonight was the case. My car
was not as fast as Mike (Southard) or Danny (Fair), but there was no way they
were getting by me as long as I was out front," said an elated Corbett in
front of a packed house at ODS.
The event started out with the looks of a slugfest, as Lustine Chevrolet
Quick Qualifier Mike Darne from Warrenton, Va. was involved in a first lap
crash on lap one, spinning wildly in front of the entire 30 car field on the
frontstraight. Several other cars were involved, but Darne was unable to
continue. Dustin Storm took over the top spot for several laps before Brandon
Butler pushed his Bailey's sponsored machine to the point. McFarland, who has
started from the third row, weaved his way through traffic, and found himself
in the tire tracks of Butler at the three quarter mark. As the two battled
side by side with just under 30 laps remaining, the two leaders in the NASCAR
Atlantic Seaboard Regional standings touched, sending Butlers's machine into
a wild slide in turn 3. McFarland was able to hold on and keep his Popeye's
Pontiac straight, but was black flagged and sent to the rear of the field.
Butler, who had come to a stop in between turns 3 and four, was slammed by
the car driven by last week's feature winner Mike Colabucci. Both cars were
done for the night. The green waved with just a few laps remaining, and
Corbett had his mirror full of Mike Southard, sporting new colors with his
new sponsor ME Construction. Also in the hunt was 5 time track champ Danny
Fair, Earl Case, and McFarland, who had made up some ground from the rear of
the field. McFarland was able to push Case back a notch, but was unable to
progress any further. Southard, Corbett, and Fair made contact on all of the
final 5 laps, but Corbett was able to hold on for the win. Southard held on
for second, as Fair, McFarland, Case, and Ricky Exline rounded out the top 6.
Other racing action for the evening included a 50 lap feature for the Redman
Fleet Sevice Grand Stocks, which was won by point leader Willard Lawrence
over Bryan Short and John Tolliver. The D&K Electric / Aldie Construction
Mini Stock feature was won by defending track champ Steve Loughman over Keith
Machleit and J.J.Gertler. And the Gaston Automotive Speedway Sportsman
feature was won by Dave Gibbs over Ted Queen and James Lucas.
Next Saturday night, the Late Models compete in a 75 lap feature, along with
a 75 lap feature for the Mini Stocks, a 50 lap feature for the Grand Stocks,
and a 25 lap feature for the Speedway Sportsman. Lustine Chevrolet Quick
Qualifying begins at 5:15 PM, with racing action set for 7:00 PM.

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