Seven time Mississippi State Champion Mike Boland of Cuba, AL started ninth and took the lead on lap seven, then dominated the last 43 laps in front of a packed house to win the StormPay.com Dirt Late Model Series Coca Cola 50-lap Labor Day Bash at Whynot Motorsports Park Saturday night.
Boland had a half-lap lead on the field until a lap 31 caution flag
bunched everyone up. Despite two more late-race cautions, Boland was able to pull away each time and took the checkered flag with a half-straightaway lead over the second place finisher David Gentry of Lewisburg, TN and third place finisher Frank Ingram of Woodstock, GA.
“After losing some close ones, it feels good to win here at Whynot Motorsports Park,” Boland said. “I didn’t know how big of a lead I had, but I knew Gentry was tough, and I figured he’d be there at the end”.
Polesitter Jeff Smith of Rocky Face, GA finished fourth. Smith out-timed the 43-car field with a lap around the 3/8-mile clay oval in 13.995 seconds, and he led the first six laps of the race.
Lucky Keeton of Toomsuba, MS finished fifth after starting 20th. That earned the StormPay.com Weekly Racing Series West Region Champion and current point leader the NeSmith Chevrolet Hard Charger of the Race Award.
Jim McDuffie of Meridian, MS took the sixth spot. In earlier Late Model heat race action, Jeff Fields of Aragon, GA won the first of three heats. Chris O'Conner of Cantonment, FL won heat two. Heat three went to Terry Mosley of Gilbertown, AL.
During intermission, the Whynot Motorsports Park fans were treated to a fantastic fireworks display and also reached into their pockets to raise $3,700 to benefit the American Cancer Society. Fans made bids during an auction and bought raffle tickets to get a ride with their favorite drivers in the “Ride For Life” two-seat dirt late model.
The highest bid of the night was $1,100 for a ride with Lucky Keeton, who was so excited during the bidding, he threw in an additional $100 after the ride was sold. Boland, track owner Rodney Wing, David Gentry, and Larry Murphy also donated their driving skills in the Ride For Life car. Ben Byram claimed the Heavy Metal Street Stock feature in a wild five car battle to the finish. Jeffrey Walker crossed the finish line in first, but failed to pass post race tech inspection giving the win to Byram by a nose over Kyle Rutledge and third place Donnie Bean. Joe Ulmer won the Mini Stock feature over second place Marty Long and third place finisher Bill Bunyard. "Mr Excitement" Addy Pippin held off a hard charging Steve Snow to win the UMP Modified feature. Snow finished second over third place Mickey Phillips. Whynot will be back in action this Saturday night with a regular racing program in all the local divisions. Race fans if you haven't been to Whynot lately you don't know what your missing. Come see how we earned the title "The Action Track Of The South". You'll be glad you did!