Wild Weekend Results In Controversial Finish At Martinsville Speedway

Wild Weekend Results In Controversial Finish At Martinsville Speedway

by October 7, 2013 0 comments

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series visited Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, V.A. this past weekend for the prestigious Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300.

Perfect weather, horrific crashes, extreme tempers and a controversial finish headlined Sunday as darkness fell upon the paperclip. From start-to-finish, the event had everything a short track could possibly offer to fans.

The first 100 laps were full of hardnosed racing with numerous cautions. One driver that had a rough day was pole sitter, Chad Finchum. He took the checkered flag in the first heat race and appeared to have one of the fastest cars all weekend, but during the 200-lap main event, Finchum spun in turn three, resulting in a 35th place finish.

At the halfway point, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, Timothy Peters was atop the leader board. Tommy Lemons Jr. had been closing on Peters and was about to pass him when the competition caution came out. Lee Pulliam was third, followed by Dillon Bassett, Matt Waltz, C.E. Falk III, Deac McCaskill and Adam Long rounded out the top-8.

Not long after halfway point, Adam Long who started on the front row due to the inversion, spun in front of the lead pack in turn four and collected Timothy Peters who had been fairly dominate the first half of the race. Dillon Bassett, Lee Pulliam and other just barely missed the spinning car of Long.

With 15 laps to go, Lee Pulliam and Dillon Bassett were door-to-door battling for the lead. At one point, the two made heavy contact exiting turn four and left a trail of sheet metal along the front straightaway. While the two were battling, the competition caution flew with 10 laps to go.

On the restart, second place Matt Waltz slammed the wall in turn three, ending his day and setting the field up for a green-white-checkered.

Deac McCaskill drove too deep into turn one and made contact with race leader, Lee Pulliam during the first attempt at a green white checkered. Multiple drivers were caught up in the accident including Philip Morris and C.E. Falk III, but Dillon Bassett was able to keep his nose clean to inherit the lead.

A lengthy red flag was displayed to clean up all the mayhem that took place in turn one.

During the second green-white-checkered attempt, Tommy Lemons Jr. with help from Blake Stallings, beat Dillon Bassett to the start-finish line, but no call was made by NASCAR. Drivers were told the restart point would be at the double red line painted on the wall, however, if the driver running first were to spin the tires or miss a shift, then the call would be made at NASCAR’s discretion.

Once the checkered flag flew, both Lemons Jr.’s and Bassett’s crews celebrated on the frontstretch, thinking they had won the race. However, NASCAR kept the results as is, and Tommy Lemons Jr. became the second driver from Troy, N.C. to win the prestigious event at Martinsville Speedway.

Tommy Lemons Jr.’s Reaction:

“It was kind of wild,” race winner Tommy Lemons Jr. said. “Dillon kinda – he went – backed off, and I thought he was trying to get me busted, then he didn’t go again, and I heard him spin the tires. But I went and got a good shove. My spotter cleared me by about six off turn two there, and we just held onto it for the last few laps there.

“I think this is my tenth year trying to make the race, and I had a good car a couple of years ago and got spun late in the race – come back, and I think we finished 11th that night, but that was our best finish up until now. Man this is amazing – just can’t express it.”

Dillon Bassett’s Reaction:

 “My team gave me a phenomenal car today,” Runner-up, Dillon Bassett said. “We came so close to earning that clock. I can’t believe the restart went down that way. It is what is, and I know we had the best car. Guess we can’t hang our heads too much, but this is the one that got away.”

Race Results:

1. 27 Tommy Lemons Jr.

2. 44 Dillion Bassett

3. 24 Dennis Setzer

4. 97 Blake Stallings

5. 22 Ryan Stiltner

6. 81 Wayne Ramsey

7. 03 Brenden Queen

8. 87 Hayden Woods

9. 72 Dennis Holdren

10. 73 Bruce Anderson

11. 41 Wesley Falk

12. 08 Deac McCaskill

13. 18 David Roberts

14. 71 Peyton Sellers

15. 1 Lee Pulliam

16. 26 Philip Morris

17. 06 Davin Scites

18. 40 C.E. Falk III

19. 21 Myatt Snider

20 2 Matt Waltz

21. 8 David Garbo Jr.

22. 90 Brodie Kostecki

23. 76 Mack Little III

24. 3 Adam Long

25. 17 Timothy Peters

26. 7 Dude Gibbs

27. 12 Ryan Wilson

28. 10 Nick Smith

29. 98 B.J. Mackey Barber

30. 77 Alex Yontz

31. 04 Ronnie Bassett

32. 88 Dustin Rumley

33. 84 Thomas Scott

34. 68 Brandon Brown

35. 19 Chad Finchum

36. 42 Garrett Campbell

37. 47 Bryan Reedy

38. 82 Scott Lancaster

39. 83 Matt Bowling

40. 16 R.D. Smith

41. 28 Ryan Glenski

42. 34 Giles Thornton

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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