Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South super late model regular Justin Wakefield survived a wild finish to capture Friday nights’ Capitol City Clash 150 at Raleigh North Carolina’s Wake County Speedway. Wakefield took the lead away from Ryan Lawler with just two laps to go. Lawler hung tough in second, with series point leader Preston Peltier third. Home track hero Alex Fleming raced home fourth and Heath Hindman completed the top five.
The victory was Wakefield’s fourth in PASS South competition. His last win came in July of 2009 at Hickory Motor Speedway.
For the most part the field kept their cool as the laps clicked away, running a hard but patient race until the checkered flag was in sight. Just five caution flags slowed the first 144 laps.. Then came caution number six, and the restart produced the kind of craziness only a tight bullring like Wake County Speedway can create.
Preston Peltier and Ryan Lawler led the field to the green and it looked like Peltier might be able to extend his PASS South win streak to three. Peltier seemed to have Lawler cleared but a nudge from behind had Peltier, Lawler and Ryan Blaney three wide and the field stacked up behind them. The caution flew and when the dust cleared the front five was shaken up considerably. Lawler now had the lead with Blaney second, John Stancill third, Justin Wakefield fourth and Alex Fleming fifth. When the green flew again Lawler led and Blaney tried to dive to the bottom but he hadn’t quite cleared Stancill. The resultant crash ended Blaney’s night. Andy Loden suffered race ending damage trying to avoid the wreck.
The running order with four to go was Lawler in the lead with Wakefield up to second, Stancill third, Peltier back up to fourth and Alex Fleming fifth. The front pair drag raced into turn one, and Wakefield took over the lead for good on lap 148 Stancill was later penalized for gaining spots on the track under caution; he was listed as eighth (last car on the lead lap) at the finish.
In addition to Wakefield, Peltier and Lawler, Jay Fogleman and Devin Jones each had a turn at the front of the field early on. While Fogleman only led a single lap, Jones led over thirty before handing over the lead to Lawler.
Andy Loden earned his second pole award of the season with a fast lap of 12.888 seconds around the .23 mile oval, just a tick faster than Devin Jones ‘ 12.901 .Ryan Blaney (12.904) Ryan Lawler(12.945) Jimmy Weller (12.971) completed the fast five.
PASS South takes a break until May 29th when the OLD Glory 150 will mark the series return to Concord (NC) Speedway. Tickets to the OLD GLORY 150 ARE FREE. A $10.00 parking fee is the only charge, but you must have a ticket for free grandstand admittance. Print yours now at www.proallstarsseries.com or www.concordmotorsportspark.com .
PASS South Super Late Model Capitol City Clash
Wake County Speedway – Raleigh NC – 5/7/2010
1) Justin Wakefield 2) Ryan Lawler 3) Preston Peltier 4) Alex Fleming 5) Heath Hindman 6) Clay Jones 7) Jimmy Weller 8) John Stancill 9) Ryan Blaney 10) Trey Mitchell 11) Jay Fogleman 12) David Clark 13) Andy Loden 14) Joe Heigl 15) Dana White 16) Devin Jones 17) John Batten 18) Kenzie Ruston 19) Steven Legendre 20) Joey Coulter 21) Tim Pinion