Old Dominion Speedway / July 28, 2001
Dustin Storm Takes Home Twin Victories ..Or Does He?
The hottest driver at the Old Dominion Speedway as of late has
been Dustin Storm from Prince Frederick Md. The youngster has been dominant over the last
month in the Baileys NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model Stock Cars. He continued
his dominance once again in the Twin 50 lap features Saturday night, taking home wins in
both ends of the double header. Having to fight his way up through the field, Storm
clearly had the strongest car once again. But after the races were complete, two protests
were waged against the Team FAXWORLD machine, one for the crankshaft and one for the
cylinder heads. The crankshaft proved to be within the rules, but questions were raised
about the cylinder heads. "We are sending the cylinder heads off of Storms
motor to Daytona Beach this week for further inspection," said track promoter Dick
Gore at around 1 AM. So at this point, the wins, and the point lead for Storm are on hold.
All payoffs for the Late Model finish will be suspended until the final word from NASCAR.
And rest assured, regardless of all the posts on a particular bulletin board on the net,
the heads WILL in fact be shipped to NASCAR.
Other racing action for the evening included a 50 lap feature for the Redman Fleet Service Grand Stocks. And once again, it was Jimmy Hardin from Pomfret Md. taking home the victory over Chris Donnelly. It was Hardins 6th feature win for 2001, and 4th in a row. Donnelly came home in the runner-up spot for the 4th time in a row as well.
Rookie Sean Dawson took home the checkers for the 2nd time this season in the 30 lap D&K Electric / Aldie Construction Mini Stock feature. Dawson held off Garry Klaus and Bill Briggs for the feature win. Briggs now takes over the point lead in the division, where the top 6 drivers are separated by just 36 points.
Kevin Yeatts from Powhatan Va. returned to his winning ways, leading all 30 laps of the INEX Legends feature event. Yeatts, who has started on the pole after a lap 17.402, held off a determined Kyle Hendershott throughout the event. Tommy Morgan, a 2-time feature winner at ODS in 2001, came home a close 3rd.
Dave Gibbs made his way back to the winners circle after a couple of bad weeks, taking home the win in the 25 lap Gaston Automotive Speedway Sportsman feature. Gibbs made his familiar passes using the outside groove, and beat early leader Jamie DeMattio to the line by 2 car lengths. Jeff Sisak finished 3rd, followed by defending track champ Scott Lunceford.
Next Saturday night, the Late Model Stock cars will do battle in the Baileys 200 lap feature. The Grand Stocks will compete in a 50 lap feature, along with a 30 lap feature for the Mini Stocks, and a 25 lap event for the Speedway Sportsman. Also on the schedule are feature events for the Champ Karts and the Mini Cups. Lustine Chevrolet Quick Qualifying begins at 5:15 PM, with racing action set for 7:00 PM.
Old Dominion Speedway / August 3,2001
Dustin Storm Verdict ..
After sending the cylinder heads from Dustin Storms Team FAXWORLD Chevy off to Daytona Beach for inspection by NASCAR Official Jerry Cook, the ruling is that the head is legal, and the finish for last weeks twin 50 lap features for the Baileys NASCAR Weekly Racing Series stands. With this ruling, Storm takes over the point lead in the Late Model division at ODS, but more importantly puts himself in strong contention for the Atlantic Seaboard Regional title as well. Not only was the cylinder head inspected, but the crankshaft, pistons, and engine block were ruled legal as well.
Photo Courtesy Of Steve Stewart / Speedway Images
Saturday Night Winners (from Left to Right)
Dustin Storm, Jimmy Hardin, Dave Gibbs, Sean Dawson, Kevin Yeatts