It had been a while since Chris Denny claimed a checkered flag at Orange County Speedway, but that was old news Saturday night after the defending late model track champion led all 75 laps to win the night’s featured event.
“We’re gonna party in Timberlake tonight,” Denny exclaimed in victory lane, making mention of his hometown.
Denny, who won three times last year in Rougemont, had finished in the top 10 five times this season, but Saturday marked his first win of 2015.
He held a huge lead for much of Saturday’s late-model race, but had to hold off a hard charging Craig Moore after a caution flag bunched the field with a handful of laps to go.
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Terry Dease finished third, with Donnie Puryear Jr. and Chuck Lawson rounding out the top five.
In the night’s limited sportsman competition, Layne Riggs finished first for the third straight time, but his No. 99 car failed a post-race inspection for unapproved parts in the front end.
Chuck Lawson was awarded the win. Mike Chambers and Boo Boo Dalton claimed second and third place, respectively, in the 35-lapper.
“The track wanted to inspect the front coil springs to make sure that we were not coil binding the springs to stop front travel,” 99 crew chief Scott Riggs said in a prepared statement. “During inspection they pointed out that one of the springs was not sitting in the spring bucket properly. Once it was pointed out, I felt that it was only fair to DQ us from our finishing position in order to keep the integrity of the rule.”
Saturday’s decision significantly tightens the limited sportsman points race. Riggs had won four times this year. Lawson — who won two of the first three races he entered this season at the Orange Speedway — was just 35 points behind Riggs before Saturday.
In the night’s other races Saturday in Rougemont ...
▪ Jared Gillis claimed victory in the 25-lap street stock affair;
▪ Danny Winstead got his third 2015 trophy in a 25-lap pure stock event;
▪ Jeff Martin and Bobby Salisbury split a pair of super mini-truck 10-lappers;
▪ Thomas Clayton outran the field in a 20-lap Vintage Sportsman special.
Racing returns to the speedway on Aug. 22 with a full slatee of events.