NASCAR 200 Winner Mark McFarland

Old Dominion Speedway / May 25, 2002

McFarland Wins at ODS For Fourth Time in 2002…………………..

It’s the Mark McFarland Show at ODS thus far in 2002. For the fourth time in five events, it was the Popeye’s sponsored machine of Mark McFarland from Winchester Va. standing in victory lane Saturday night at the Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas Va. McFarland led the final 65 laps of the NASCAR 200 lap feature for the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Presented by Dodge Late Model Stock Cars. Quick Qualifying was led by Dustin Storm, the defending track champion, circling the 3/8 mile oval in 15.774 seconds. McFarland was the second fastest qualifier, posting a 15.805 lap. Mike Southard in the Posner Industries Chevy qualified third with a 15.830 lap. After the inversion, it was Southard and Brian Jenkins on the front row. McFarland would have to start from the sixth spot by virtue of his win the previous week. Southard darted out in front from the start, as Jenkins wound up spinning into the grass on the initial lap. That situation took out the car of Tom Hall as he swerved to miss the spinning Jenkins, and slammed the wall hard on the front straight. Jenkins was relegated to the rear of the field. On the restart, it was Southard leading the 22 car field. He held on throughout most of the first half of the event until a caution and subsequent red flag was thrown on lap 116 after Matt Bucher broke a hub and slammed hard into the fence in turn three. On the restart, McFarland showed the strength in his Popeye’s mount, and took over the top spot on lap 134. From then on, it was a battle for second between Storm, Danny Fair, and Southard. As the second group approached some slower moving traffic, it appeared Storm checked up a bit, and Fair tagged the rear of the Bailey’s machine. This sent Storm hard into the fence. Southard spun his Chevy to avoid the incident, while Fair was sent to the rear of the field. Storm was forced to park his ride, posting a disappointing 13th place finishing position. This put Mike Darne in the second position, but he was no match for McFarland, who would lead the final circuits for the win. Finishing third was Earl Case in the Idylwood Exxon Shop / 84 Lumber Chevy, followed by Brian Jenkins, and Dave Carter.
Jimmy Hardin picked win number four in the Redman Fleet Service Grand Stock 50 lap feature. Hardin took over the top spot from Jack Crocker, and held off a fast closing Willard Lawrence for the win. Jerry Black wound up third, while Mark Miller, and John Tolliver rounded out the top 5.
In other racing action, Vince Langan took home the checkers in the 30 lap Mini Stock feature, and Ray Miller easily took home the win in the 25 lap Gaston Automotive Speedway Sportsman feature.
Next Saturday night, the Legends return to ODS for a 30 lap feature. Also on the schedule is a 75 lap feature for the Late Models, 50 laps for the Grand Stocks, 30 laps for the Mini Stocks, and 25 laps for the Speedway Sportsman. Quick Qualifying begins at 5:15 PM, with racing action set for 7:00 PM.
Feature Winners From 5/25/02:
Ray Miller, Jimmy Hardin, Vince Langan