PRO CUP LEFTOVERS: NEW RIVER VALLEY by Jeremy Troiano
Goodson Pissed... Sammons A Tired Guy... Ross, Kauffman Victims
SAMMONS HAS EVENTFULL NIGHT
Danny Sammons' night looked pretty uneventful on paper as well. After starting second, the New Jersey native (one of two full-time New Jersey drivers in the series) led 56 laps early in the race before experiencing a unique problem on one of the race's many restarts.
While heading into turn one, Sammons' car jumped out of gear and spun in front of the entire field. Second-place running Johnny Rumley was able to get around Sammons' #97, but rookie Joel Kauffman just tapped into the Area
AGNEW HAS A LONG NIGHT FROM BACK TO FRONT
Jeff Agnew's night might have looked easy on paper. He started from the pole, led a couple laps and was right in it for the win at the end of the race. But it really wasn't that easy for the hometown favorite.
Agnew, a four-time track champion at New River Valley, missed the mandatory driver's meeting after practice. That resulted in him being sent to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag and a $1,000 fine.
"I am pretty happy with how the car was able to come through the field," said Agnew. "It means a lot to know what we had. It is fun to be able to race here, but we didn't accomplish what we really wanted to accomplish.
"It was just my fault for being late to the driver's meeting. I think this might have been a whole different race had we started up front, but oh well."
FOGLEMAN CAN'T STAY OUT OF ALL TROUBLE
As we've already stated here on 51, Jay Fogleman might have won the race at New River Valley, but did he win the war?
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"It jumped out of gear on me on that restart. I've never really had anything like that happen," said Sammons, who finished third.
Then, when the field was coming back to a caution flag later in the race, Sammons got spun again. This time he was in the path of Brian Ross. Luckily, Sammons' car again escaped any major injury.
"My crew told me to drive the hell out of it because it was a good car. In one of those wrecks we got into, it knocked the rocker panels out of it and I was sucking in fumes for the last 100 laps or so really bad. I just gave it all I had and it worked out for us."
ROSS, KAUFFMAN VICTIMS OF OTHERS' ACCIDENTS
Pro Cup rookie Joel Kauffman benefited from Jeff Agnew's starting at the tail of the field. That moved Kauffman up to the pole position for the green flag, which promptly resulted in the rookie leading the race's first 18 laps.
Fogleman, who said he had a tight-handling car all race long, got together with Hal Goodson late in the race while the two were battling for the third position. Goodson, who led the most laps in the race, was also charging to the front when the two drivers got together. Goodson then spun and clobbered the outside wall. He finished 10th, the last car on the lead lap.
"He (Fogleman) can run 220 laps and not hit the bump down in three, but on lap 221 he decided he wanted to hit the bump. That is a chicken-shit move on one of these little short tracks," said Goodson, who stood just yards away from the Victory Lane celebration and never took his eyes off of the accused. "He would never do that on a bigger track because he is afraid to wreck. That is something he would just do on one of these small tracks. That's ok; I'll get him back."
Danny Sammons' #97 had an interesting night, but still wound up third.
Hal Goodson wasn't very happy with Jay Fogleman's actions in Virginia.
Ross came back out to the track and remained fast, but finished 26th.
CORBETT MAKES UP ONLY A FEW POINT ON LEADER
Jay Fogleman wasn't the only recipient of the Johnny Rumley/Jeff Agnew wreck at the end of the race. Eric Corbett, the early season Northern Division point leader, was also able to get around the two drivers to help him score a second-place finish, his sixth top-five run of the year.
Unfortunately, Kauffman was never a factor at the front again. After he suffered some minor cosmetic damage in the Danny Sammons' incident, he battled tire issues for the rest of the race. Kauffman had to make a green flag stop late in the race to change tires and that put him several laps down. He finished 13th, two laps down.
Brian Ross, the defending Northern Division champion, was also the victim of a Danny Sammons' spin. While racing back to the line during a caution, Sammons' got tapped from behind and spun down into the path of Ross. Ross' car suffered extensive damage in the accident, which included the team having to put a new radiator in the car.
Joel Kauffman was focused on a good run, but it never happened.
"Me and Danny (Sammons) were having a good battle back there and before you know it, we were all of a sudden running up in second place," said Corbett. "I don't know where Jeff came back to finish, but hopefully we were able to gain some points on him."
In fact, Agnew was able to hold onto the lead of the Northern Division point standings by 15 points over Corbett (1,110-1,095). Jay Fogleman moved into third with 1,065 after his win.
SATTERFIELD A TRUE GENTLEMAN
Don Satterfield, who normally competes in the USAR Pro Cup Series Southern Division, was scheduled to drive the Don Sprouse-owned #1 car, but instead decided to let Derrick Kelley drive the car after Kelley's primary car suffered mechanical problems during practice.
"I am not up here racing for points and Derrick wants to make the Championship Series," said Satterfield. "I talked with Don and we decided to let Derrick use the car instead."
That move resulted in a 14th place finish for Kelley, which will help in getting him into the championship series at the end of the season.
Eric Corbett made up some ground on Agnew.
RUMLEY BACK AND STILL JUST AS GOOD
Johnny Rumley has not participated with the USAR Pro Cup Series since the 2000 season. Rumley made his big splash in the world of racing by winning two NASCAR Busch Grand National Series back in the mid-1990s. Rumley won at Hickory Motor Speedway in 1993 and then again in 1995 at Dover Downs International Speedway.
"It has been more than three years since I won a race," said Rumley. "People thought I couldn't drive anymore. I guess I still can."
ONLY ONE CAR GOES HOME
Jeff Roark was the only driver to not qualify for the Kroger 250. The Northern Division driver will receive 40 points for attempting to qualify.