CAUSEY SCARES THEM SILLY AT CARAWAY by Jayson Kaplan
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There is no better way to end your racing season than with a win. That’s just what Gary Causey did at Caraway Speedway’s 250-lap season finale, the Mid-Atlantic 250, on Halloween evening.
“We started out in the sixth spot which wasn’t were I wanted to start the race,” Benson. “It was weird we had a tire go down believe or not during the autograph session. So we had to change that before the start. It was just a good hard fought battle and ending up second on the day is not a bad thing. I can’t thank my guys and our sponsors for all their support this season with out them we couldn’t be here.”
Harpe looked strong early on in the race, taking the lead from Lemmons Jr. on lap 11. Harpe would lead a total of 54 laps before losing the lead to race winner Causey. It was still not a bad finish for the Lexington (NC)-native despite tire wear problems to his right rear tire.
Causey proved to be “the man” as patience, along with a good ca,r proved to be the winning combination.
Causey started the race in the seventh spot, wasting little time making his way to the front. Causey passed Tommy Lemons Jr. on lap 11 for second. It would be Causey and Rusty Harpe who would do battle for the lead as the race went on.
Causey made his move off of turn four heading down the straightaway on lap 64 to pass Harpe and never looked back, dominating the remainder of the race.
Gary Causey and his crew celebrate their win in the Mid-Atlantic 250 at Caraway. (51 Photos)
Causey (blue car) leads Harpe, Benson and others on a beautiful halloween day at Caraway.
“We had just a super start, Gary and I raced hard,” said Harpe. “When we came in to pits for the break we made the changes we needed to make and but we still had some trouble with the right rear tire it was just wearing funny. My guys made the changes and we gave it our best shot and wound up third. Know we go home and get ready for next weeks North South Shootout at Concord Motorsports Park.”
“My crew chief Robert Turner gave me a real good car to drive,” said Causey. “I didn’t have to drive all that hard. Rusty and I got together early on in the race as he squeezed me a little bit but it was just a racing deal. I just had an excellent car, saved my tires and took my time. Some of the lapped cars held me up a little bit, other than that it was a smooth race.”
Randy Benson clawed his way to a second place finish. For Benson, the ghosts came out early as he had a tire go down during the autograph session. His crew made a quick fix before the beginning of the race, and starting from sixth spot, Benson stayed in the top-10 for the majority of the race. With two laps to go Benson passed Harpe for second and earned himself a second-place finish in the driver points standings.