Dwayne Buggay Outruns GAS Regulars at Lanier by Elgin Traylor
Former Lanier Track Champion Holds Off Jimmy Garmon for Second Career GAS Win
When the Georgia Asphalt Series visits Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, Georgia, many of the series’ regulars hope to escape with a decent finish. Why? Because Lanier National Speedway has a strong contingent of Pro Late Models of its own, which run at the track on a weekly basis. In fact, in the all four of the previous trips to the 3/8th-mile oval, no GAS regular has ended up in Victory Lane.
That streak continued on Saturday night, as former Lanier track champion Dwayne Buggay stole the show and captured the win in the 100-lap Saturday of Speed event. Even more impressive is Buggay accomplished the feat while trying to run both his GAS Pro Late Model and PASS South Super Late Model during the one-day, multi-event show at Lanier and was often found running between the two cars, with little time to rest.
Dwayne Buggay topped the GAS tour's best at Lanier. (51 Photos)
“I don’t know were to start; I am just exhausted,” said Buggay after his second-career GAS win. “It was hot out there today and with running two cars tonight, it just took its toll on you. But when you win, it makes all of that just disappear and you are just so excited about everything. Things just worked out for us.”
Buggay’s double-duty made the post race antics a little more confusing then the race itself was. After a quick Victory Lane celebration, the Marietta, Georgia driver had to ditch his #45 GAS car and run to his Super Late Model while the team got his GAS ride through tech.
“I have to say hats off to my crew. I know everyone says that, but these guys really have been awesome for me this weekend. We were up until 1am every night trying to get two cars ready for this weekend. And this is when it pays off; when you can get a win right here against this tough competition.”
Buggay’s run was over shadowed early by the performance of Jimmy Garmon, who started from the pole after the qualifying redraw. Garmon went door-to-door on the first lap with defending GAS Champion Fredrick Moore, but on the second lap, Garmon drove away and hid from the rest of the field. Only Atlanta Freightliner Pole Award winner Kyle Fowler could keep Garmon in sight. However, Fowler’s grip on Garmon didn’t last long, as Garmon drove away on the restart after the only yellow flag of the night’s 100-lap feature on lap five.
By halfway, Buggay had worked his way around Fowler for second, but still found himself over a straightaway behind Garmon’s #97. As the two hit lapped traffic, Buggay began to make his move and slowly reeled in the leader.
The long green-flag run ended up favoring Buggay as he cut Garmon’s lead over the final 15 laps and eventually made the winning pass with just nine laps to go. Buggay then pulled away, leaving Garmon and the rest of the front runners in his rear view mirror.
Fowler was able to bring home third, his career-best finish with the GAS Series. Michael Pope and Fredrick Moore rounded out the top-five finishers.
Buggay's winning #45 machine.
“When you get close to the leader, you can see were your gaining,” added Buggay. “He was spinning his tires, and when I saw that, I just drove it easier. I knew he would come back to me. It looked to me like he was just over driving at the end and that played into our favor.”
For Garmon, it was his third top-three finish in only seven races. However, the Port City South driver was still disappointed after losing the lead with less than 10 laps to go.
“This is my home track and I love racing here,” said Garmon. “But we lost brakes. Where, I couldn’t tell you; around lap 50 or 60 maybe. I had to pump them for the rest of the race. It’s my fault, I don’t have break ducts on the car. But we will have them next time, I guarantee.”