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posted September 23, 2001 12:16 PM UIN: 16262997
Stan Owens Takes Home First Ever LMSC Feature Win

After making the move from the Redman Fleet Service Grand Stock division,
Stan Owens' reflection on the 2001 season was "Well, it has been okay. But
getting a win is what we really want." Saturday night was just what the Tires
Plus / Dudley Martin Chevrolet team was looking for as Owens held off a
determined Mike Colabucci for his first ever feature win in the Bailey's
NASCAR Weekly Racing Series 75 lap feature. Owens took advantage of his front
row starting spot, and took the lead as the 25 car field entered turn one.
His first order of business was to hold off Earl Case, who started along side
him on the front row. Case himself was looking for his first ever Late Model
feature win and pressured Owens lap after lap. Colabucci reeled in the two
front runners, but he and Case made contact in turn three, causing Case to
spin and collecting point leader Dustin Storm. Case was sent to the rear, but
Colabucci was allowed to remain in the second spot. When the green waved,
Colabucci went to work on Owens, and dogged the Haymarket driver on every
lap. A caution period on the white flag lap caused the field to slow, and
Owens took the checkered flag under the yellow. Following Owens and Colabucci
across the stripe was Danny Fair, followed by Doug Tuck, and James Penny.
Storm, who was collected in the earlier altercation, was able to come back
and finish 14th, while the only other driver Mark McFarland who had a shot at
the points title, finished 9th. That finish clinched the track title for
Storm, as he now has a 58 point lead with only one race remaining.
Chris Donnelly held off point leader Jimmy Hardin for just about the entire
50 lap feature for the Redman Fleet Service Grand Stocks. Both drivers
managed to miss a multi-car pileup on the frontstraight which included
Willard Lawrence and Jerry Black. Lawrence was only four points out of the
lead in the second position heading into the night's activities, but the
crash eliminated him from the event. With his 15th place finish, he now finds
himself in third, 30 points out. Black, on the other hand, has able to repair
his damaged machine, and finish third. He is now second to Hardin, just 12
points out of the lead with one event remaining. The top five finishers were
Donnelly, Hardin, Black, John Tolliver, and Ray Terczak.
Vince Langan picked up his second feature win in the D&K Electric / Aldie
Construction Mini Stock 30 lap event. Langan took over the lead from Keith
Machliet, and beat him to the stripe by less than two car lengths. Following
Langan and Machliet across the stripe were James Pack, Sean Dawson, and Mike
Carte. The Mini Stock title is still up for grabs between four drivers as
point leader Adam Flis, Sean Dawson, defending track champ Steve Loughman,
and Bill Briggs are separated by just 42 points. Flis and Dawson are
separated by just two points at the top.
Jeff Sisak held off the challenges of point leader Dave Gibbs, taking home
his fourth feature win in the Gaston Automotive Speedway Sportsman 25 lap
event. Gibbs tried high and low, but was unable to grab the lead. "I want to
thank Dave (Gibbs) for running me clean. We have had some bad luck lately
with blown tires and wrecks. It's good to be back in victory lane," a happy
Sisak said. Following Sisak and Gibbs across the line were James Lucas, Les
Miranda, and Ted Queen. The points chase in the Speedway Sportsman division
is down to four divers with a shot at the title. Gibbs leads Lucas by 24
points, defending track champ Scott Lunceford by 32 points, and Sisak by 42
Next Saturday night will conclude the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series at the Old
Dominion Speedway. Scheduled activities are a 100 lap feature for the Late
Models, 50 laps for the Grand Stocks, 30 laps for the Mini Stocks, and 25
laps for the Speedway Sportsman. Three of the four titles are up for grabs
when racing takes the green at 7 PM. Lustine Chevrolet Quick Qualifying
starts the evening's activities at 5:15 PM.

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