FRANK DEINY MAKES IT THREE IN A ROW AT THE BEACH by Amy Hayes
Claims Second Big Late Model Event of the Year With the Myrtle Beach 250
Frank Deiny was a man on a mission at Myrtle Beach Speedway. And at the end of the weekend, it was “Mission Accomplished.”
After claiming last month’s major Late Model Stock Car event at South Boston Speedway, Deiny headed into Myrtle Beach Speedway with the goal of making it two for three in the jewels of LMSC racing.
The race began with Deiny on the inside pole and BJ Mackey on the outside pole. Mackey didn’t wait too long to make his move, through the first corner he moved in front of Deiny and he took off there for awhile.
Deiny fell back a few spots and it seemed as though Mackey would be running away with the race. Deiny is a veteran winner at that track however, and he knew that the track works like the roughest of sandpaper on tires, so he was just biding his time until the opportunity came for him to reclaim the top spot.
That opporunity came on lap 84, when Deiny made his move and passed Mackey. By that time Mackey had burnt out his tires and began to fall back throughout the field. Deiny made the move, and then he just rode.
“BJ Mackey was out there doing all that he could do,” said Deiny. “He is young and just wanted to get out there and lead and he did a good job. He was out there, he qualified well and he led some laps here, I guess he just ran out of patience and you have to be pretty patient around this place. “
Frank Deiny Jr. and his team in victory lane. (51 photos)
Deiny wasn’t able to claim the clock at Martinsville, he lost that battle to Alex Yontz, but at Myrtle Beach the show may very well have been called the “Frank Deiny Show.”
“Yes, we are trying to take all of the big late model races,” joked Deiny. “We had a problem at Martinsville, we were involved in an altercation after halfway and that ruined our chances then.
“Our Bailey’s Grand Prix has been awesome everywhere else though. To win at South Boston and then to win here is great. “
Mackey would be involved in an incident later in the race and would park the car before taking the checkered flag.
Lap 125 was the halfway break and all teams used the break to work on the cars for the final 125 lap run of the 250-lap feature.
When the race got underway after the break, Deiny again returned to the lead and didn’t look back.
At least not too often. With Mackey out of the race it seemed as though it might turn into a one-man show, but there was another black car, who happened to be someone other than the #12 car of Mackey who was taking a look for the lead.
A strong field of 42 cars took to the field for the Myrtle Beach 250.
Sam Yarborough had began working his way up through the field, incognito in his black #87. Unfortunately for him, the last 60 laps or so were ran caution free and he just didn’t’ have enough time to catch up with Deiny.
“I could have used a caution there at the end,” said Yarborough. “But I don’t think that it would have helped me any. Frank was strong, I didn’t have too much for him. We got to him pretty close going into one when we got caught up with some lapped traffic, I don’t know I got under him but just couldn’t hold it. He just drove away.
“He got on the inside of me going into turn one and he raced me real clean. When that started to happen, I was like ‘uh..oh I better get after it’.”
And he got after it. Deiny took off after the momentary threat from Yarborough and took the checkered first.
“I fought hard to win at South Boston so it was kind of nice to not have to fight so hard to win I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for my guys. They do an awesome job out there ever week, and they make my job a whole lot easier to do.”
By claiming this victory, it makes it three in a row for Deiny. He is the only driver to reach this achievement as he broke his two-win tie with Robert Powell.
“Robert Powell and I had both one this race two years in a row,” said Deiny. “Now I broke that tie, and now I finally got him, and it feels really good. “
Deiny, who hails from Mechanicsville, Virginia, runs a Townsend chassis with an engine built by Don Kowalski.
Mac Bailey and Frank Deiny have found a comfortable place in victory lane, going there twice this year in two of the major Late Model Stock events.
“It was clean racing, and it was fun. Cautions would have helped a little bit, but like I said I had nothing for him. He was by far the best car out there and he deserves the win.”
Deiny however, wasn’t too worried about a caution coming out there at the end,
“I didn‘t really care if the caution came out there at the end. I felt like we did some pretty good racing. My teammates tried to let me go there at the end, they were both limping around there and I was trying to let them stay on the lead lap in case a caution came out but the 87 had caught up to us.”