On a night when the Orange County Speedway honored the memory of two outstanding racing family members with the Annual Chad Pergerson and Kevin Bowen Memorial Race, fans got their money’s worth.
Stacey Puryear survived a wild 75 laps of Late Model Stock Car action to win his first feature of the season at OCS, and Mike Chambers scored an emotional victory in the first of twin races for Limited Sportsman cars
Chambers, a local favorite from nearby Timberlake, spoke in victory lane about his late friend and former teammate Pergerson.
“I miss him everyday. It means a lot to me to win this race,” Chambers told the crowd.
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Chambers held off Daniel Moss and Boo Boo Dalton for the Limited Sportsman win. Dalton won the second of the Limiteds’ 20-lappers over Daryl Carver and Chambers.
The LMSC race was the climatic event of the evening, and it featured 75 laps of fender-rubbing, bumper-to-bumper, car-spinning contact.
Pole-sitter Grayson Massey missed a gear on the first lap, leading to the car of LMSC points-leader Terry Dease to slam into the back of his car. Dease, with a good bit of damage, was able to continue.
Layne Riggs and Chuck Lawson, two of the top-five points leaders coming into the night, were both parked by race officials after they were involved in an altercation in the final quarter of the race.
After a late restart that left Puryear and Dease battling for the lead, Lawson banged his way past Riggs. Riggs countered by slamming the rear of Lawson’s car in turn four. The payback put both cars out of the race, but it earned a round of applause from both the stands and the pits.
Six laps from the end, Dease went for the lead but slid into Puryear, spinning him out. Officials left Puryear in the lead and sent Dease back to second place, which is where they ended up. Tracey Chambers finished third, one lap behind.
Neither Puryear or Dease expressed any hard feelings in post-race interviews about their incident.
In the night’s other races,
▪ Danny Wenstadt took home the laurels in Pure Stock;
▪ Jaret Gillis notched his seventh Street Stock triumph;
▪ Scott Martin celebrated the recent birth of his daughter by dominating the Super Mini Truck race;
▪ Randy Butner returned to the track after a 30-year absence to win in Modifieds; and
▪ Jimmy Rice raced by Matt Faucette on the final lap to garner the trophy in the Southern Ground Pounders.
Racing returns to the three-eighths mile paved oval on Oct. 8, and the 2016 season will conclude with final races on Oct. 22.