April 17, 2004

Danny Fairs Scores Popular Win…………………

Veteran driver Danny Fair from Manassas Va. picked up a very popular win Saturday night at the Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas Va., leading flag to flag in the NASCAR 100 lap feature for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Model Stock Cars. Starting from the pole by virtue of his win in the 10 lap "Dash For The Cash " Shootout presented by Manassas Dodge, Fair held off the charges of Brandon Butler to take home his first feature win since 2002. Starting from the pole, Fair took the early lead, as Butler, Andreas Kestermann, Jack Bailey, and Dion Ciccarelli battled for second. NASCAR National champion Mark McFarland, who arrived at the speedway just minutes before the start of the event after running his Harris Trucking Craftsman Truck Series at Martinsville, started at the tail of the 16 car field and began his charge to the front. By lap 50, he was in the top 5, and took over the third spot from Mike Southard shortly thereafter. Butler then had his rear view mirror filled with McFarland's Dodge. Butler used slower traffic as a pick, along with some great driving to hold off McFarland for the remaining laps to secure the second place finishing position behind Fair. Fair wound up winning by less than 3 car lengths. The top 5 finishers were Fair, Butler, McFarland, Mike Southard, and Jack Bailey. Willard Lawrence took home his first win in 2004, taking the lead early from rookie Michael Hardin in the 50-lap Redman Fleet Service Grand Stock feature. Once in the lead, Lawrence breezed to the win, and took over the point lead from Mark Winstead, last week's feature winner, who finished 4th. Other racing action included the Springfield Toyota 30 lap feature, which was won by Johnny Lowery for his first ever feature win in the division, while Jamie DeMattio became the first two time winner at the Old Dominion Speedway, taking home the checkers in the 25 lap Gaston Automotive Speedway Sportsman division. The INEX Legends cars also competed in a 30 lap event, and defending track champ Kyle Hendershott came up from his 7th starting spot to claim the win over Jason Miller by less than 6 inches at the line. Next Saturday night, the Late Models will compete in a 200-lap event, the first of 5 extra distance events scheduled in 2004. Also on the schedule is a 50 lap Grand Stock feature, a 30-lap feature for the Mini Stocks, and a 25-lap feature for the Speedway Sportsman. Practice begins at 2PM, Qualifying is at 4PM, pre-race begins at 6PM, with the Manassas Dodge "Dash For The Cash" taking the green at 7PM.



Feature Winners From 4/17/04:
Danny Fair - NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series late Model Stock Car
Kyle Hendershott - INEX Legends
Willard Lawrence - Redman Fleet Service Grand Stock
Johnny Lowery - Springfield Toyota Mini Stock
Jamie DeMattio - Gaston Automotive Speedway Sportsman