Denny wins late model race at Orange ounty Speedway
Chris Denny held off Mike Chambers and Donald Brace to win a 75-lap, late-model stock car race last weekend at Orange County Speedway. Denny led all the way from the pole, but was constantly hounded throughout the race from both Chambers and Brace. It was the second victory in a row at OCS for Denny.
“We don’t have any sponsors on the car , but I get a lot of help from my brother Kevin and others to make this work “ the popular local driver said from victory lane.
The top three ran under a virtual blanket nearly the entire race, with Chambers and Brace swapping second position and putting the pressure on Denny. Chambers finished the race on Denny’s bumper.
In the track’s limited sportsman division, Chris Gray garnered his first ever victory after a chaotic ending, which saw Chuck Lawson spun from the lead by Brandon Baker and Baker being blackflagged. A scuffle between members of Lawson’s and Baker’s teams ensued after the race, but order was restored by track security.
In the night’s other races: Devin O’Connell out-dueled Hunter Moody to win a-35 lap event for the visiting Allison Legacy Series; Greg Autrey prevailed over Layne Riggs in the 25-lap pure stock affair; Cory Purnell took a second straight triumph over Michael Smith in a 25-lap street stock battle; Ray Chriscoe edged Scott Martin in the 20-lap super mini truck race; and Hunter Richards bested Jordan Pickeral in the bandolero 12-lapper.
Racing returns to the track in Rougemont on June 14, with the second annual Paul Ring Memorial 100. Qualifying begins at 5:40 p.m. and preliminary races begin at 7 p.m.
4-Cs Basketball Camp still accepting registration
Coach Frank Camp is still accepting registration for the the 25th Annual 4-Cs Basketball Camp, to be held June 24-28 at Smith Middle School, noon to 3 p.m. daily. The fee is $120. For an application or more information, contact Coach Camp at 919-918-2145, ext. 21905 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reitano again named All-American at Mt. Olive
Former Orange High baseball standout Bradon Reitano, now a senior at Mt. Olive College, has been named to two All-America teams and is among eight finalists for the Tino Martinez Award for the Division II Baseball Player of the Year. Reitano was voted to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-America First Team for the second straight year and the Daktronics Division II Baseball All-America Second Team.
Reitano this year ranks among the top 10 nationally in three statistical categories. He ranks fourth with 67 runs batted in, is tied for seventh with 14 home runs and is tied for ninth with 62 runs scored. In addition, his .681 slugging percentage is the 13th highest in the nation. Reitano was the 2014 Conference Carolinas Baseball Player of the Year.
The Tino Martinez Award is named for former Major League Baseball All-Star Tino Martinez, who helped lead University of Tampa to a pair of NCAA Division II National Championships.
This year’s Tino Martinez Award winner will be announced June 2, after the conclusion of the 2014 NCAA Division II Baseball National Finals, co-hosted by Mount Olive and the town of Cary.