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Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 recap

Sunday October 6, 2013

 

The Martinsville Late Model race has always been about survival, and Sunday was certainly no exception. There were no quarter panels left on any cars that were running at the end of the race that did not have a tire mark or paint scrape on them. As darkness was falling over the speedway, there was a large wreck that took out several of the contenders for the win. That left Dillon Bassett, Tommy Lemons, Dennis Setzer and Blake Stallings to settle the score. Bassett led the field on the restart, Lemons got to the start/finish line first and led the Green-White-Checker to take the victory. Lemons becomes the second Martinsville Late Model winner from Troy, North Carolina.

The feature race started with Chad Finchum and Tommy Lemons Jr. on the front row. Lemons grabbed the lead at the start, he lost it to Philip Morris who surrendered it to Timothy Peters. Peters led the final 68 laps before the midway break. The invert at halfway was eight cars so Adam Long started on the pole for the second half with Deac McCaskill to his outside. McCaskill led at the drop of the green for the second half until a restart on lap 120 saw him drift well wide in turn one and surrender the point to Matt Waltz. Waltz fended off a charge from Lee Pulliam but eventually succumbed with 15 laps to go. The competition caution flew with 10 laps to go with Pulliam at the point. When the restart came with 10 to go, McCaskill drove into the back of Pulliam heading into turn one and triggered a huge melee. When the dust settled, Bassett was the leader, Lemons was too his outside, Dennis Setzer was inside row two and Blake Stallings was outside row two.

The field came to the restart zone and Lemons left before Bassett. Lemons appeared to try and check up for Bassett but Stallings was pushing him from behind so eventually Lemons took the lead and went with it. When the field came around for the white flag, no black flag was displayed for Lemons so he continued around to take the checkers and the win. After the race finished, Bassett came around and stopped at the start/finish line to celebrate as Lemons stopped just short and climbed out to celebrate his win. As Bassett celebrated his win, he fell off of the car and landed on his head. He was suffering from carbon dioxide poisoning and was taken to the local hospital for evaluation.

Bassett Racing is protesting the finish of the race due to the final restart.

After the race, Bassett gave a quote before heading to the hospital. “My team gave me a phenomenal car today. We came so close to earning that clock. I cannot believe the restart went down that way.” He went on to say, “It is what it is, and I know we had the best car. Guess we can’t hang our heads too much, but thisis the one that got away.”

Tommy Lemons could not believe his fortune, “We were running well during the first half of the race and then ran over something or something else happened and we cut down a tire right at the start of the second half.” He continued, “After that our goal was a top 10 and that is where we were when the next to last restart happened. We came out of the other side and NASCAR told us we were in second so we took the outside of the restart and we were able to win the race.”

Unofficial race results:

Pos No.Name Sponsor Make Laps Diff
1 27 Tommy Lemons Jr. Lemons Backhoe Chv 208
2 44 Dillion Bassett Bassett Gutters Frd 208 0.698
3 24 Dennis Setzer Long Frd 208 1.421
4 97 Blake Stallings Stallings Collision Centers Tyt 208 1.628
5 22 Ryan Stiltner Patriot Mining Chv 208 1.641
6 81 Wayne Ramsey Ramsey & Son Lumber Chv 208 1.936
7 03 Brenden Queen C&R Hughes Farms Chv 208 2.269
8 87 Hayden Woods Roadrunner Markets Chv 208 3.4
9 72 Dennis Holdren Blue Ridge Color Co. Chv 208 4.016
10 73 Bruce Anderson PHCC Motorsports Chv 208 5.492
11 41 Wesley Falk Avalon Fishing Pier Tyt 206 2 Laps
12 08 Deac McCaskill Grafix Unlimited Frd 204 4 Laps
13 18 David Roberts Pacific Equipment Frd 204 4 Laps
14 71 Peyton Sellers Ferguson Enterprises Tyt 202 6 Laps
15 1 Lee Pulliam HR Ramsey Construction Chv 201 7 Laps
16 26 Philip Morris Clarence’s Steakhouse Chv 201 7 Laps
17 06 Davin Scites Wayne Lumber & Mulch Chv 201 7 Laps
18 40 C.E. Falk III Hampton Roads Toyota Dealers Tyt 201 7 Laps
19 21 Myatt Snider Myattsnider.com Chv 201 7 Laps
20 2 Matt Waltz Waltz Engineering Sales Chv 194 14 Laps
21 8 David Garbo Jr. Garbo Lobster Chv 180 28 Laps
22 90 Brodie Kostecki Arcoplate K9 Companions Frd 151 57 Laps
23 76 Mack Little III NC One Call Dial 811 Chv 115 93 Laps
24 3 Adam Long Tru-Line Pipeline Chv 115 93 Laps
25 17 Timothy Peters AutosbyNelson.com Tyt 115 93 Laps
26 7 Dude Gibbs Xtreme Racing Products Chv 114 94 Laps
27 12 Ryan Wilson Southern Pharmacy Tyt 109 99 Laps
28 10 Nick Smith Bluewater Yacht Sales Chv 109 99 Laps
29 98 B.J. Mackey Barber Automotive Frd 107 101 Laps
30 77 Alex Yontz C&J Energy Services Chv 107 101 Laps
31 04 Ronnie Bassett Rheem/Rex Younger Galleries Frd 102 106 Laps
32 88 Dustin Rumley Rumley Enterprise Chv 72 136 Laps
33 84 Thomas Scott Scott & Wattington, PA Chv 57 151 Laps
34 68 Brandon Brown Brandon Bilt Foundations Frd 43 165 Laps
35 19 Chad Finchum Texas Roadhouse Frd 37 171 Laps
36 42 Garrett Campbell Autocraft Technologies Chv 22 186 Laps
37 47 Bryan Reedy Mobility Plus Wood’s Towing Tyt 20 188 Laps
38 82 Scott Lancaster Delegate Nick Rush Chv 20 188 Laps
39 83 Matt BowlingAutosbyNelson.com Chv 12 196 Laps
40 16 R.D. Smith Smith Rentals Frd 12 196 Laps
41 28 Ryan Glenski RG Excavating Chv 10 198 Laps
42 34 Giles Thornton Sears Contracting Frd 2 206 Laps

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