Old Dominion Speedway / September 15, 2001

Storm, Colabucci Victorious at ODS …………………………

Dustin Storm and Mike Colabucci were winners at the Old Dominion Speedway Saturday night in the twin 50 lap features for the Bailey’s NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model Stock Cars. Colabucci led most of the way enroute to his 2nd feature win of the 2001 season. He had his work cut out for him in the late portion of the 50 lap event as Dustin Storm made his way through the field from his 6th starting spot, and pressured Colabucci for the final laps. A late race caution period slowed Storm’s charge, as the event wound up ending under the yellow flag. Following Colabucci and Storm across the stripe was James Penny, Mike Darne, and Andreas Kestermann. In the second 50 lap feature, polesitter Tom Raley led early, but did not have enough to hold off the charging Storm, as he took the top spot on lap 29, and never looked back enroute to his 8th win of the season. Kesterman came through the field to finish 2nd, followed by Colabucci, Penny, and Raley. With just 2 races remaining, only Mark McFarland has a mathematical shot at the Late Model title, as he trails Storm by 68 points.
Willard Lawrence took over the lead late in the event, and walked away with his 6th win of the season in the Redman Fleet Service Grand Stock division 50 lap event. Lawrence held off point leader Jimmy Hardin at the end for the win. Dave Zech came home with his best ever effort by finishing 3rd, while Jack Crocker and Jerry Black rounded out the top 5. With 2 races remaining, Hardin, Lawrence, Black, and Chris Donnelly all have a shot at the track title.
Adam Flis picked up win number 2 in 2001 in the 30 lap feature for the D&K Electric / Aldie Construction Mini Stock division. With the win, Flis edges closer to the track title. Following Flis across the stripe was Sean Dawson, Keith Machliet, Steve Loughman, and James Pack. Flis, Dawson, Bill Briggs, Machliet, and Garry Klaus are separated by just 64 point with 2 races remaining.
Dave Gibbs edged closer to his 2nd track title by winning the 25 lap feature for the Gaston Automotive Speedway Sportsman division. He crossed the line ahead of early leader Jamie DeMattio, James Lucas, and Les Miranda. Gibbs now leads Scott Lunceford, James Lucas, Jeff Sisak, DeMattio, and Miranda, the only drivers with a mathematical shot at the title.
Brian Curry set the track record in qualifying, and proceeded to lead every lap in the 30 lap Legends event. He was never pressured throughout the race, and beat current point leader Kevin Yeatts to the stripe by 7 car lengths.
Next Saturday night, the Late Models compete in a 75 lap event, with the Grand Stocks competing in a 50 lap feature. Also on the schedule is a 30 lap feature for the Mini Stocks, and a 25 lap feature for the Speedway Sportsman. Lustine Chevrolet Quick Qualifying begins at 5:15 PM, with racing action set for 7:00 PM.