By: Tom Giannini
(SOUTH BOSTON, VA) It has been a week since Jonathan Mawhinney won the series opener at the Las Vegas Bullring. Fans were excited to see if he could recreate his winning magic at South Boston but were dismayed when the #71 never made the trip to the South Boston Speedway. The small track in the heart of Virginia provides tight racing in even tighter quarters. The narrow straightaways turns small wrecks into huge wrecks. That would happen several times last night.
When practice ended, it was Ty Hester that had the fastest time. It was no surprise being Hester is always a threat in a Pro-Series car. Qualifying saw Michael Atkins win the pole by almost a full tenth over Zac Coyer. Scott Smith, Ty Hester and Jim Foose rounded out the top 5. It would be 3rd place starter, Ty Hester, that led the most laps on the night (53). Competition was stiff with 4 drivers all leading laps. Michael Atkins (13), Jason Stewart (30), Ty Hester (53) and Jared Mogard (4) were your lap leaders on the night.
Jared Mogard had a rough night to start. He found himself deep in traffic several times on the night but would rebound at the right moment, sealing the win after leading only the last 4 laps. The race for the win was thrilling between Mogard and Stewart with Mogard prevailing. Second place went to Jason Stewart, third went to Ty Hester, fourth was Rex Hoyle (his second top 5 in as many races), and Scott Smith rounded out your top 5.
Jason Stewart is your new points leader. His lead is a slim one; only one point separates him and second place Rex Hoyle. Michael Atkins, Ty Hester and Collin Penn are all tied for third place only 4 points behind the leader. The series rolls into Lanier Speedway next week for another 100 lap duel.