Published: Jul 10, 2012 06:10 PM
Modified: Jul 10, 2012 02:06 PM
ROUGEMONT - As the French have been known to say: the more things change, the more they stay the same.
They took the words right out of the mouth of Tripp Massengill.
Massengill had seen his season-standings lead in the Late Model Select auto-racing series dwindle to a single point after Chuck Lawson had won two straight events in Rougemont.
Saturday at the Orange County Speedway, Massengill padded his lead some after winning for the fourth time in seven starts at the three-eighths-mile track.
Lawson finished in second place in the LMS event — the second time this season he’s come in right behind Massengill — ensuring the points race will stay tight.
Brian Cole finished third in the Late Model race, followed in by Bruce Anderson and Mike Chambers to round out the top five.
Brandon Baker – the only driver other than Massengill or Lawson to win a LMS event in Rougemont this season, ended up 12th.
The biggest surprise of the night came in the Allison Legacy race, where Jantzen Stirewalt beat out runnerup Casey Hillenburgh and young John Nemechek to the finish line in a 50-lap race.
The son of four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winner Joe Nemechek, 16-year-old John Nemecheck had won seven straight Allison Legacy races at Rougemont, Hickory, Rockingham, Dillon and Florence. He’s named for his uncle, who died in 1997 after slamming into a wall at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.
In the Limited Sportsman Division, Jerry Hinesley took first place for the first time since May 19, edging out Keith Edwards. Joey Throckmorton finished fourth while season points leader Daryl Carver was fourth and Daniel Moss fifth.
Edwards, with 285 points) is now three in back of Carver in the standings, while Hinesley is 27 in back of the leader.
In Street Stocks, Bobby Grimes picked up his first win of the year by beating out Michael Worthing and points leader Jason Warsing, in second and third, respectively.
Austin Milam continued his dominance in Pure Stocks, winning for the third time in four starts. Stuart Crews was second, followed by Jarret Milam.
Area racers get a sizeable break in their OCS schedule this month. The next Late Model Select, Limited and Stock events in Rougemont won’t be until Aug. 11.
July 21, the Orange County Speedway will host National Street Rod Association Appreciation Day, followed by a Pro All-star South Series event for the Late Model division on July 28.