Poole Wins Lonesome Pine UARA-Stars Show
Bump and Run Secures a Victory
Track PR Report
Brennan Poole in victory lane at Lonesome Pine Speedway.
Fans were treated to an intense, star-studded, fast paced U.A.R.A. main event race Saturday night, July 3rd, at Lonesome Pine Raceway, in Coeburn, VA, presented by Wendy’s and Besco.
Local hero and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Danny O’Quinn Jr., legendary NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee and NASCAR Champion Jack Ingram, and second generation racer Robert Johnson, son of Hall of Famer Junior Johnson, were just a few of the reasons Lonesome Pine Raceway hosted one of its biggest crowds of the season.
Fifteen year old driver Ronnie “The Rock” Bassett posted the fastest lap in qualifying and brought the field to the opening green flag with Alex Yontz in the 98 starting on the outside of row one. Yontz would prove to be the class of the field for the first half of the 150 lap competition. Three-wide racing was no stranger to the drivers as most of the field would battle hard for every position throughout the eighteen car field. Yontz would be passed on lap 85 by Coleman Pressley, in the number 59, for the night’s first lead change.
By lap 117 driver of the number 5, Brennan Poole, had made his way through the entire field, after starting dead last, to second place. On lap 119 Coeburn-born O’Quinn suffered a broken sway bar and would be forced to a “D.N.F.”. Poole used lapped traffic to his benefit and quickly caught Pressley to battle for the lead with thirty laps to go.
A “Bristol worthy” bump-and-run would bring out the second of four caution flags on lap 123 as Brennan Poole would spin Coleman Pressley exiting the front stretch to take the lead. Poole and Bassett lined up first and second for the restart on lap 129.
A few more cautions brought out by minor spins deep in the field would be the only action for the last few laps as Poole paced the field with obvious ease. By the end of the race Brennan Poole would leave the victor of Wendy’s and Besco’s race with young Ronnie Bassett and Lee Tissot rounding out the top three. Jack Ingram finished seventeenth and Robert Johnson went home with a top ten in seventh.