McCall, Landreth, Peters, Hamlin, Christopher & More
DOMINANT LANDRETH OUT AFTER HITTING WALL
Sometimes, it just isn't your day. Such was the case for Bailey's 300 pole sitter Richard Landreth.
The Bailey's driver locked wheels with third-place starter Robert Turner just nine laps into the event as the two raced hard into turns one and two. The contact sent Turner sideways and when Turner corrected, the car shot into the outside wall nearly head on, ripping the left front tire off and sending it into on coming traffic.
A couple of other cars were involved, but able to continue on.
Peters then slowly and methodically worked his way to the front of the field after starting 10th. By lap 80, he was second and chasing down Richard Landreth. At lap 101, coming to the halfway break, Peters passed Landreth to lead his only lap of the day.
“Sure there is that motivation to possibly want to lay back and play the inversion, but if I got a good car, I think I should go to the front with it,” said Peters of the invert after the race. “It is pretty disappointing to work your way up to the front like that and have to start sixth when you get back at it, but that is what the fans want to see. I know this, a lot of cars got torn up today.”
He was back up to third and battling Stacy Puryear for second when the two got together and Puryear hit the wall hard, ending his day. Peters spun but was able to continue, falling back in line around seventh.
“(Stacy Puryear) doesn't deserve to be out there on the track,” added Peters of the incident. “He's an idiot. He should be in a grocery store somewhere.”
Landreth dominated the first 100-laps of the event, leading for 67 circuits. He could have led for even more when he and outside pole sitter Denny Hamlin raced side-by-side for the first nine laps before Hamlin took the point. But by lap 34, Landreth found himself back out front and pulling away from the field.
Landreth led at the halfway point but was passed on lap 101 when the yellow flag came out for the halfway break. Following just a few minor changes, he restarted the race in fifth spot following the invert.
It all came to an end though when Landreth got high
Richard Landreth's #2 limps around after tagging the wall early in the race's second half. (51 Photos)
Robert Turner's #13 sits badly damaged after hitting the outside wall following contact with Timothy Peter's #77.
A final charge to the front got Peters back to second, but the late cautions kept him from getting the run of eventual race winner Tony McGuire. He came home second, marking his third-straight top-four finish in the fall race, none of which have produced a win.
“I don't know. I ran everyone clean today,” added Peters post race. “I came from the back to the front a few times, so I knew we had a good car. I'll just have to take second this year. Martinsville has been good to me. We've got a second, a third and a fourth here now. Maybe next year will be our year.”
DEFENDING CHAMPION “PARKS IT”
coming out of turn two and smacked the outside wall at the exit of two. Landreth's badly damaged #2 limped its way around the track while the caution waved, but he pulled directly behind the wall and out of the event.
He was credited with a 36th-place finish, but still picked up a $2,500 bonus for leading at halfway and another $1,000 for winning the pole.
PETERS THE BEST CAR, BUT LEADS JUST ONE LAP
To say that Timothy Peters had an eventful day would be an understatement.
5 – The number of former Bailey's 300 winners in the starting field Sunday (Tony McGuire, Phil Warren, Robert Powell, Frank Deiny Jr. and Jamey Caudill)
20.877 – Poll sitter Richard Landreth's qualifying time.
22.186 – Richard Storm's qualifying time, 86th fastest.
20.252 – Jeff Gordon's pole speed for the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Martinsville in April.
Jamey Caudill looked like a man on a mission Sunday. After starting seventh, the 2003 Bailey's 300 (then Taco Bell 300) winner was fifth by lap 20 and was right on race leader Richard Landreth's heals by lap 40.
But it all went to hell after that.
Caudill, who had gotten a little front end damage in an earlier incident when cars stacked up in front of him, was black flagged by NASCAR officials as his hood continued to flap in the wind, but still stayed attached. Caudill didn't heed to the black flag until lap 47, when he came in under
Jamey Caudill gets held in the pits by NASCAR officials while his crew members look on.
Frank Deiny Jr. (#4) was one of the five former champions of the Bailey's 300 in the field.
0.221 – Separation, in seconds, of the top 20 qualifiers who were locked into the field on Saturday.
7 – The number of cars that broke the track record in qualifying (20.987 by David Hyder in 1997)
green to make some repairs, which mainly included tape on the front end. However, once he was done with repairs, NASCAR held him for a one-lap penalty.
Irate Caudill crew members jumped up and down in disgust. The NASCAR official continued to stand in front of the car as Caudill jumped out of the car. The team eventually pushed the car behind the wall and loaded it up, all before the first half of the race was complete. He officially finished 40th.
A NUMBERS GAME
Martinsville is always a numbers game and it was yet again on Sunday. Here are some of the interesting numbers.
86 – The number of drivers that took qualifying attempts on Saturday.
12 – The number of states with drivers entered in the race.
839.89 – Number of miles from Ft. Lauderdale (FL) to Martinsville (VA), the farthest traveled from by competitor, Sean Patrick Murphy.
$25,000 – The amount of money won by race winner Tony McGuire
$5,000 – The amount of money won by second place finished Timothy Peters
$1,125 – The amount of money won by last-place Robert Turner (42nd spot)
221 – The number of laps actually run in the 200-lap race.
3, 3, 1 – The number of Pontiacs, Fords and Dodges in the starting field respectively on Sunday
35 – The number of Chevy Monte Carlos in the field on Sunday.
SEVERAL NOTABLE NAMES MISS THE FIELD
Over 85 cars attempted to make the race and 42 started.
There were several notable names that missed the field or had had to take a provisional spot to make the starting grid on Sunday following the running of the four 25-lap heat races.
That list was topped by Northeast standout Teddy Christopher. The NASCAR Modified regular and former NASCAR Weekly Racing Series National Champion qualified a Billy Hess-owned race car 43rd on Saturday before hightailing it to Concord (NC), where he competed in and won the ASA/SMART Modified Tour race at Concord Motorsport Park.
Christopher returned to Martinsville on Sunday and started sixth in the third heat race. Christopher quickly moved into the fifth (and final transfer) spot in his heat and was just riding out the laps until he stared being held up by Franklin Butler. That allowed sixth-place Jerame Donley to catch Christopher.
This contact between Jerame Donley (#5) and Ted Christopher (#13) kept TC out of the main event.
Donley got into Christopher with just five laps to go in the heat race, nearly turning Christopher around and knocking him out of the transfer spot. Christopher regained control of his car without bringing out the caution and fell back to seventh spot, but couldn't make the ground back up.
Other notable names that failed to make the starting lineup for the Bailey's 300 through their heats were youngster Alex Yontz, North Carolina's Chad McCumbee, former Concord track champion Shaun Mangum, Motor Mile Speedway favorite Tink Reedy and ASA part-timer and former rookie Davin Scites.
NASCAR's 2004 Atlantic Region Weekly Series champion Steve Blackburn (Lonesome Pine Raceway) had to take a provisional to make the starting field and finished 23rd, two laps down in the main event.
HAMLIN HAVING A GOOD MONTH
Davin Scites (#06) failed to make it out of his heat with an ill sounding engine.
Rising superstar Denny Hamlin has been having a pretty good month in October.
It started out when he started his first career ARCA race on October 2 at Talladega Superspeedway as part of Joe Gibbs Driver Development Program and came away with a solid third-place finish.
It continued on Sunday as Hamlin came home third in the Bailey's 300 at Martinsville.
“I hope that if I'm able to do well at the next level that it will open eyes to car owners that it doesn't take just the open wheel drivers or guys from out west to make a successful driver at the next level,” said Hamlin. “Some of these Late Model drivers I race against are just flat out great drivers. Many of them are actually better than me.”
Hamlin says he plans to enter the Busch Series races at Darlington and Homestead later this year with hopes to go full-time in 2005
It was some close racing as Denny Hamlin (#99) led a bunch of the race until Landreth (#2) got around him.
- Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) track champion Matt McCall put in a solid effort on Sunday, coming through his heat race to finish a solid 10th.
- Mark McFarland, the 2003 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series National Champion, finished seventh after running as high as fourth in the event. McFarland, who was driving the JR Motorsports car owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and normally piloted by TJ Majors, got rooted out of the way late in the event and dropped back.
- South Boston Speedway's Woody Howard was solid on Sunday, but didn't have a winning car. Howard ran as high as seventh during the afternoon, but got loose a couple of times when he got to high coming off of turn four, dropping his back to his eventual 14th-place finish.
Mark McFarland (#17, far left) gets shoved out three wide at Martinsville.
- Nathan Buttke was the top finisher on Sunday who came through one of the heat races. Buttke finished eighth after starting the race in 27th, a starting spot he earned by finishing second in the third 25-lap heat race.
Peyton Sellers (#26) gets into a late wreck.
- Peyton Sellers was the last car to finish on the lead lap, coming home 15th, despite backing his car into the wall and causing significant damage late in the race on lap 204.
- One of the pre-race favorites, Frank Deiny Jr, dropped out of the race on lap 88 with mechanical problems. He was never a factor after starting sixth.
- Jerame Donley, who made the show from the final transfer spot in the third-heat race, improved the most positions in Sundays race. He started 39th and finished 13th, and improvement of 26 spots.