Josh Oakley passed Chuck Lawson on a late restart and took his first 2015 victory in the 75 lap late model stock race at Orange County Speedway on Saturday night.
Oakley's pass was the last of several lead changes that marked the thrilling event. Polesitter Chris Denny, Thomas Scott and Lawson all had a turn at the front. Craig Moore also looked to be a strong threat before spinning on the backstretch while battling Scott for second.
Moore was actually the fastest qualifier, but had to start sixth after winning two races in succession per OCS rules. He charged back through the field to finish fourth behind Oakley, Lawson and Scott.
The race was part of the Military Appreciation Night program at the three-eighths mile speed plant.
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After the race , a brief altercation between the crews of drivers Grayson Massey and Mason Hudson was quickly taken care of by track security.
Lawson earlier out dueled Layne Riggs to win a 35 lap limited sportsman feature. It was his second triumph of the season in three starts in that division, following a win April 11 at OCS.
In the night's other races....
▪ Anthony Bennett edged Jeffrey Martin by a bumper to take the 20 lap super mini truck opener,
▪ James Peery got his second 2015 victory in the pure stock 25 lapper.
▪ Jared Gillis notched his first ever street stock trophy in that 25 lap clash.
▪ Randy Pearce got the top prize in the 20 lap mod four event.
▪ Jimmy Rice was first across the line in the Southern Ground Pounder 20 lap battle.
And in a different turn of events ...
Shortly before the first race, street stock driver Michael Smith and Cecilia Jones were married on the speedway's main straight.
Late model stock: Josh Oakley, Chuck Lawson, Thomas Scott, Craig Moore, Terry Dease, Mason Hudson, Grayson Massey, Donnie Puryear Jr., Dusty Ellington, Greg Bohanon Jr., Ronald Hill, Justin Johnson, Chris Denny, Justin Newlin
Limited sportsman: Chuck Lawson, Layne Riggs, Daryl Carver, Jerry Hinesley, Chris Elliott, Tracey Chambers, Chris Henderson, Jake Gray, Daniel Schadt, Richard Hayden, Donald Brace
Street stock: Jared Gillis, Jerry Wilkerson, Wesley Martin, Austin Purnell, Scoot Hayden, Tony Deal, Michael Smith, Anthony Sparks, Larry Isenhour, Cory Purnell (did not start)
Pure stock: James Peery, Danny Winstead, Chase Sanderfur, Mikey Milam, Wayne Gillespie, Brandon Watson
Super mini trucks: Anthony Bennett, Jeffrey Martin, Scott Martin, Bobby Salisbury, Kiser Martin
Mod fours: Randy Pearce, T.J.Dillon, Dennis Capps, Harold Summey, Billy Tillman, U.K. Driver, Wayne Gillespie