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Barry ‘The Gentleman’ Beggarly returns to the winner’s circle

Beggarly, 63, a former Winston national champion, won for the first time in years at Orange County Speedway following a controversial restart off a caution and then a black flag for the would-be leader.
Beggarly, 63, a former Winston national champion, won for the first time in years at Orange County Speedway following a controversial restart off a caution and then a black flag for the would-be leader. PHOTOS BY THOMAS LEE

Longtime racer Barry Beggarly emerged as the winner of a wild 75-lap late model race Saturday night at Rougemont’s Orange County Speedway after a bizarre series of events took away cars at the front of the field.

Chuck Lawson recovered from a couple of spins to finished in second and Donnie Puryear Jr. third.

Beggarly, 63, from the small town of Pelham near the North Carolina-Virginia border, carries the nickname of “The Southern Gentleman” after a distinguished racing career. Running in the NASCAR Late Model Stock division, he won the Winston Racing Series National Championship in 1993.

Chris Denny won the pole for Saturday night’s Late Model event and was in a tight four-car pack with Craig Moore, Terry Dease and Josh Oakley before the four got together in a turn-two crash just past the midway point. Oakley managed to escape without major damage to his car and took the lead.

As the caution ended, Thomas Scott challenged Oakley for the lead but was stymied by a ruling from track officials, who deemed he jumped the restart.

Before the black flag could be administered on him, however, Scott broke loose in turn two and took Oakley into the turn-two wall.

Oakley’s night was over, and Beggarly inherited the lead.

“This one was a gift” stated Beggarly after the triumph. “ I hope we can get the car to where we can get up there and race with the front guys.”

In other races Saturday at OCS ...

▪ Justin Newlin edged Layne Riggs by inches to take a 35-lap limited sportsman event.

▪ Anthony Bennett won a 20 lap super mini truck affair.

▪ Chase Sanderfur won his second straight pure stock 25-lapper.

▪ Jared Gilles took a third straight trophy in the 25-lap street stock division.

▪ Michael Roney outlasted the field in a 20-lap SK modified thriller.

▪ Keith Maready bested an 18-car field in the Southern Ground Pounders 20-lap feature.

1993: The year Beggarly wins NASCAR’s Winston Racing Series points national championship.

2011: The year Beggarly wins the ASA national points championship.

One: The number of drivers to win both Winston and ASA national championship

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