Caleb Holman wins the Hampton, VA NEED FOR SPEED 250 after what could only be described as a wild night at Langley Speedway.
Holman, an Abingdon, Va. native, survived 10 cautions and two Red Flags at the 0.395-mile track to score his third win of the 2010 Season. He started third, behind May race winner, Clay Rogers and Rookie-of-the-Year contender Logan Ruffin.
“Devine intervention is the only thing I can figure,” said Holman, driver of the No. 75 Food Country USA Chevrolet. “We were just hanging on and they just kept wrecking each other on those starts and things just kept happening.”
When the green flag fell on the field, it looked like reigning Series Champion, Clay Rogers would add win number seven to his season total, but fate had other plans. When Ryan Heavner, of Lincolnton, N.C., brought out the fourth caution for his spin on the backstretch, Rogers lost the lead to Jeff Agnew exiting the pits.
Agnew, of Floyd, Va., took over the lead on Lap 121 and would go on to lead a total of 25 laps for the evening. On Lap 146, Agnew and Rogers went around in Turn 3, in tandem as they battled for the lead. It was that incident that would end Rogers’ bid for the win.
“My spotter said [Rogers] wasn’t there and dove at the last minute,” said Agnew, driver of the No. 73 Team 7 Motorsports Ford. “We had a slower car than him, but I thought he should have used more patience.”
At the time of the fourth caution, rookie Logan Ruffin was in the perfect position to inherit the race lead. Ruffin, of Memphis, Tenn., officially took the lead on Lap 148. Lap 242 saw the first Red Flag of the night when Brandon Ward got turned around crossing the Start/Finish Line. The Red Flag lasted just four minutes.
After the stoppage, Ruffin continued his campaign for the win until he got into the back of Lucas Ransone on Lap 249, bringing out the seventh caution of the night. On Lap 252, Ruffin was sent to the tail end of the lead lap for his involvement in the accident.
From Lap 253, Holman would persevere through two cautions and one Red Flag, lasting 14 minutes and three green-white-checker attempts before being awarded the victory. Following Holman across the finish line were Jeff Agnew, Benny Gordon, Tyler Young and J.P. Morgan.
Gordon, of Dubois, Penn., started fourth in the field and managed to better his position by one spot at race’s end on Lap 265.
“Anything above sixth or seventh was a gimmie, I’ll take it,” said Gordon. “I was rooting for these two [Holman and Agnew] to screw up and I probably would have taken a win.”
Although Clay Rogers will have to accept defeat tonight, the other competitors know that he is still a threat.
“I’ve got to get it together if I want to do something and take care of Clay,” said Gordon. “We ruffled his feathers tonight a little bit. He can be beat, but we have to get it together and nobody has their stuff together to beat him.”
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