Local favorite Chris Denny clinched the Orange County Speedway’s Late Model Stock Car season championship in spectacular fashion Saturday night, winning the 2014 season’s final LMSC race.
Saturday night’s 12-race slate was punctuated by Burt Myers winning the Koma Southern Modified Series race at the three-eighths mile oval.
Denny’s third- and then first-place finishes in twin 50-lap races allowed him to overtake Mike Chambers in the points race and cop his first OCS late-model crown.
Newcomer Dalton Sargeant outran Justin Johnson to win race the first LMSC event, and Sargeant chased Denny to the flag in race No. 2.
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Denny stated that the title did not come easy.
“When we practiced yesterday (Friday), the car was junk,” he remarked in victory lane.
Thirteen late models answered the call for each of the twins.
Denny, from nearby Timberlake, was a regular winner in the Limited Sportsman class in 2008 before opting move up to LMSC. He cracked the top 10 two years ago, and in 2013 he finished in the top 10 in nine out of 10 starts at OCS.
In 11 LMSC starts this season, Denny finished nine times in the top five. He got his first win at the OCS in the 2014 season’s second race and followed that up with another win in the season’s third race.
In other classifications ...
Limited Sportsman: Chuck Lawson and Joey Throckmorton took the wins in a pair of 20-lap races for the track’s limited sportsman class. Jerry Hinesley unofficially took the limited title overtaking Chris Gray.
Fourteen limiteds made up the biggest field of the season in that class.
Pure Stock: Layne Riggs completed a dominant season in pure stock by taking both 15-lap features in that class. Riggs easily won the championship in that division.
Street Stock: Jerry Wilkerson used a first and a second in twin street stock 15-lappers to hold on and win that class crown. Cory Purnell won the second race and finished a close second to Wilkerson in points.
Super Mini Trucks: Junior Chriscoe and Chase McAdams each won 10 lap super mini truck races with Ray Chriscoe garnering the season title for the trucks.
Allison Legacy: Devin O’Connell edged Justin Allison in a spectacular finish to win a 35 lap Allison Legacy car event.
Koma Modified: In Saturday night’s climactic event, Myers charged through the field late to best Zach Brewer, Jason Myers and the rest of a 17-car field to claim the Koma triumph before one of the biggest crowds of the season.
The win was Myers’ fifth in his last nine starts on the Koma Southern Modified tour, but his first ever at the Orange Speedway.
Myers, from Walnut Cove, is a regular winner at Winston-Salem’s Bowman Gray track, where he has won the opening night race at six times.
The KOMA season concludes in Myrtle Beach, S.C., next month.