Puryear and McCaskill get Late Model wins in Southern National doubleheader

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Stacy Puryear and Bradley McCaskill picked up victories in twin Late Model features during an exhilarating night of racing at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday.

Puryear, who picked up his first win of the 2019 season last Sunday at Carteret County Speedway, moved by Alex Fleming to take the lead early in the first 40-lap race. After that, he survived challenges from Adam Murray on multiple restarts to hold on to the lead and the win — his first at Southern National since October 2012.

“The last time I won at Southern National in 2012 in a Pro Cup car, so this one is awful sweet,” Puryear told Race22.com in victory lane. “We’ve been coming to these Thanksgiving Classic races but we don’t usually run during the season here. It really feels good to come out and get a win tonight.”

Behind Puryear, competitors tried to get the best possible result they could — often racing three-wide and, on one surprisingly successful occasion, four-wide.

“(Fleming) had sparks coming out on the first lap from where they were using the brake so hard,” Puryear said. “Then Murray tried to run down in the apron here going into turn 1. You know, we had a ball. I enjoy short-track racing and that was a blast.”

Murray went on to finish second while Tim Allensworth, Alex Fleming and Louis White rounded out the top five.

The second Late Model twin was all about McCaskill.

After having to start at the rear, McCaskill, substituting for Ronald Renfrow,  quickly charged through the field. McCaskill was able to run down and overtake Boo Boo Dalton for the lead with just 13 laps to go and cruised to victory.

“This is first outing with this car, first race,” McCaskill said. “We had to work some bugs out of it. We’ve been playing with it all day. Made some adjustments after the first race to get a little better. Victory lane is a good place to be.”

Dalton settled for a second-place finish while Puryear, Rusty Daniels and Alex Fleming rounded out the top five.

The next Late Model race at Southern National is scheduled for Saturday, May 11.


Saturday’s Unofficial Race Results

Late Model Twin No. 1

1.    Stacy Puryear

2.    Adam Murray

3.    Tim Allensworth

4.    Alex Fleming

5.    Louis White

6.    Brian Obiedzenski

7.    Rusty Daniels

8.    Boo Boo Dalton

9.    Zachary Marks

10. Melvin Langley

11. Terry Sease

12. Bobby Morris

13. Gerald Benon

14. Ronald Brown

15. Ronald Renfrow

16. Chris Chapman

17. Wayne Goss


Late Model Twin No. 2

1.    Bradley McCaskill

2.    Boo Boo Dalton

3.    Stacy Puryear

4.    Rusty Daniels

5.    Alex Fleming

6.    Chris Chapman

7.    Terry Sease

8.    Brian Obiedzenski

9.    Zachary Marks

10. Melvin Langley

11. Louis White

12. Ronald Brown

13. Bobby Morris

14. Gerald Benton

15. Adam Murray

16. Tim Allensworth

17. Wayne Goss