NASCAR 200 Feature Winner Mike Darne

Old Dominion Speedway / July 13, 2002

Darne Picks Up Win In Rain Shortened NASCAR 200……..

Mike Darne from Warrenton Va. picked up his second feature win in 2002 in the rain shortened NASCAR 200 lap feature for the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Presented by Dodge Late Model Stock Cars. Darne took over the top spot early, and took the checkers just past the halfway point as the showers came through. The overcast evening began with qualifying, and Darne put the Jetco Enterprises Chevrolet at the top of the 22 car field, posting the quick lap with a 15.784 lap (85.530 mph) around the 3/8 mile oval. Brian Jenkins from Fairfax Va. was second quickest in his Chevrolet with a 15.903 lap (84.890 mph), followed by Dave Moon in the Saratoga Mobil Ford with a 15.951 lap (84.634 mph). Rounding out the top 6 qualifiers was Danny Fair in his Chevrolet, current point leader Mark McFarland in the Popeye’s Chevrolet, and David Quackenbush in the Capital Cadillac sponsored Pontiac. After the inversion, Quackenbush found himself on the pole, with Moon on the outside pole. The green waved after a 45 minute rain delay, and Moon jumped out in front. Darne made his way through the traffic and reeled him in, taking over the top spot. Once out in front, he began to stretch his lead over the remainder of the pack. Fair worked his way through traffic and found himself in the second spot, and appeared to have the quicker car after a long, green flag run. A late race caution bunched the field up, which gave Fair an opportunity to take the top spot. But in the short runs, he was not able to make the move for the lead. Just past the halfway point, the rains came, and the field was put under the caution. Due to the late hour and the fact that the rains became heavier, track promoter Dick Gore decided to stop the event. The final rundown was Darne, Fair, Quackenbush, defending track champ Dustin Storm in the Bailey’s sponsored entry, and McFarland.
The Redman Fleet Service Grand Stock 50 lap feature was won by Jimmy Hardin from Pomfret, Md. The win was the veteran driver’s 7th feature win of the season. Following Hardin across the stripe was Chris Donnelly, Marty Armin Jr., and Jack Crocker. Jeremy Wilson from Fairfax, Va. became the 5th different winner in the Mini Stock division, making the pass with just 2 laps to go, taking the checkers in the 30 lap Mini Stock feature. Following Wilson across the stripe was Mike Carte, point leader Sean Dawson, Vince Langan, and Colt White. Point leader Jeff Sisak took home win number 3 in the 25 lap Gaston Automotive Speedway Sportsman feature. Sisak held off James Lucas at the end by less than a car length to secure the win. Finishing third was Gus Pearson, followed by Jamie DeMattio, and Jeff Kauffman.
Next Saturday night, the Legends cars return to the Old Dominion Speedway as part of Craftsman Tool Night at the Races. Also on the schedule is a 75 lap feature for the Late Models, a 50 lap feature for the Grand Stocks, 30 laps for the Mini Stocks, and 25 laps for the Speedway Sportsman. Qualifying begins at 5:15 PM,   with racing action set for 7:00 PM.
Feature Wiiners From 7/13/02:
Jeff Sisak, Jeremy Wilson, Jimmy Hardin