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Puryear wins pole to pole

The starting lineup for the annual Sherry Love Johnson Memorial Race, headed up by Craig Moore (1) and Stacy Puryear (17).
The starting lineup for the annual Sherry Love Johnson Memorial Race, headed up by Craig Moore (1) and Stacy Puryear (17). THOMAS LEE

Stacy Puryear started from the pole and led all 75 laps in the late model stock portion of Saturday night’s Sherry Love Johnson Memorial race at Orange County Speedway.

The event, whch opened this year’s racing calendar in Rougemont, is named in honor of the late track worker who passed away from cancer a little over a year ago.

Puryear was never seriously challenged as he easily was the class of the 10-car field which included five former track champions. Puryear took the crown in 2008.

“We”ll be back with this car next week” he stated in victory lane.

Puryear is expected to be one of the favorites as the CARS touring series rolls into town this Saturday. The likable South Boston native will compete in the 150-lap late model stock half of the doubleheader.

Super late models will compete in the other half at the three-eighths mile asphalt oval.

No regular track divisions will compete this weekend.

In last Saturday night’s other races:

▪ Chuck Lawson survived a sizzling duel with newcomer Layne Riggs to win the 35-lap limited sportsman tussle. Riggs lost a probable runnerup finish when he spun in the second turn while trying to pass Lawson for the lead in the late stages. He ended up in eighth place.

▪ Defending street stock champ Jerry Wilkerson outbattled Jared Gillis to win a 25 lap street stock race.

▪ James Peery took his very first victory in the track’s pure stock class.

▪ Jeffrey Martin copped the 20-lapper for super mini trucks.

▪ Jantzen Stirewalt outclassed the field in the 35-lap Allison Legacy feature.

▪ Keith Oliver was the victor in a 20-lap return for the Mod fours.

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