Published: May 01, 2012 07:00 PM
Modified: May 02, 2012 05:17 PM
OCS 180 provides memorable night of racing
ROUGEMONT - The OCS 180 provided a night to remember for a handful of drivers. For many in the Limited division, it was one they’d rather forget.During the first 11 laps of the Limiteds event Saturday at Orange County Speedway, drivers were slowed by an unprecedented six cautions. A majority of the cautions were spins without major damage, allowing everyone to continue, but they kept the cars packed.Daryl Carver (car 5), who started on the pole with Dennis Sargent Jr. on his outside, held strong on every restart, holding off three former OCS champions who were in hot pursuit.Carver took home his second victory of the 2012 season, followed by Louis White (2), Keith Edwards (93), Daniel Schadt (12), and Sargent.In the Late Model Select division, Brian Cole (10) started on the pole with Brandon Baker (29) on the outside position. Within the first few laps, they were upstaged by a fierce competition growing between Daniel Moss (58) and Mason Hudson (46).Moss and Hudson battled side-by-side in the early stages of the 75-lap feature. They eventually tangled off of turn two for the night’s first caution.All throughout the drama, Tripp Massengill (18) would methodically work his way up to the front after starting in third. With Cole right behind him since lap 42, Massengill earned the win after a series of late-race cautions and double-file restarts, thanks to Jay Crawford (69) and Eric Winslow (22) tangling in several altercations.Masssengil’s victory was his second straight in 2012.Massengill was followed by Cole, Chuck Lawson (42), Baker and Chris Denny (2) to round out the top five.In the Pure Stock division, Lee Wyatt (18) and Austin Milam (1) banged doors in what appeared to be full on wreck after lap 19, but everyone survived unscathed, and in the green-white-checkered aftermath Milam took home his first win in his second ever start.It was an emotional win for Milam who thanked his entire family and stated how proud he was to be a third generation driver. Milam was followed by James Peery (42), Chase Sandefur (47), Thomas Cramer (35) in his second ever start, and Wyatt.The OCS 180 was the debut of the Super Mini Trucks for the 2012 season. Pole-sitter Ray Chriscoe (7) led the whole way to his first win of 2012. He was followed by Tony Henderson (25), Junior Chriscoe (8), Jimmy Carver (14) and Scott Martin (15).In the Street Stock division, the 25-lap event came down to a last-lap attempt by Jason Warsing (71) on the leader and pole-sitter Gary Ledbetter (37). Ledbetter was able to hold Warsing off by less than a quarter of a car length to take home his first win of the 2012 season. Richard Hayden (31), Larry Isenhower (23), and Michael Worthington (3) round out the top five.Strutmaster 250 on SaturdayThis Saturday’s agenda at the OCS will feature the Strutmaster 250, part of the CARS PRO Cup Series. Beginning with Saturday’s race, the Pro Cup Series will drop its live pit stop format in favor of a mid-race intermission at lap 125 during the event to lower costs and improve car counts.The grandstands will open at 5 p.m., while racing action is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.For more information, see www.ocstrack.com.
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