Smith repeats in South Alabama 125 Modified

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 21, 2002

South Alabama Speedway might need to rename its annual 125-lap Modified race. Maybe something like the David Smith Benefit 125. Smith won last year's inaugural race, taking the lead with 15 laps to go. Saturday night, Smith survived an early race spin and came back to win the second edition of the race.

Track regular Kevin Peel set the fast time in qualifying but inversion put Peel in seventh for the start with Shep Lucas on the pole. Outside pole sitter Dewayne Dempsey took the lead at the start and led the race through two early cautions. The second caution was for Smith, who spun on lap 18 while running third. Dempsey continued to lead and it appeared as though he may duplicate his SARA Series wins at the track, in which he led every lap in two victories.

Smith, however, was on his way back to the front, moving into second as the competition yellow came out on lap 75. When the race resumed, three quick cautions kept the pack close and on lap 105, Smith made his move around Dempsey for the lead. Peel was starting to make his move also, and got by Dempsey on lap 113. But Peel didn't have enough time to catch Smith as the laps ran out. Dempsey finished third followed by Mike Johnson and Curtis Galbreath.

The Super Stock class had Twin 25's due to last week's rainout. In the first feature, Mike Hussey was the benefactor of a front stretch crash that involved the front three cars. Scotty Anderson took the lead at the start and led the first 15 laps. Ken Pettis spun coming out of turn four and as Anderson came around he collided with Pettis and collected Jody Henderson and David Ashley who were running second and third. Anderson's race was over but Henderson and Ashley were able to make repairs and rejoin the field. Hussey was able to lead the remaining 10 laps to collect his first win of the season. Henderson and Ashley were able to come back to finish second and third with John Adamson fourth and Todd Blackburn fifth.

In the second Super Stock Feature, Henderson took the lead from Adamson on lap nine and went on to take the win. Ashley again finished behind Henderson. Anderson was able to make repairs from the first race accident and finished third. Blackburn was fourth and Damon Hammond fifth.

Derek Deese won his second Street Stock Feature in a row, passing Tim Hudson with four laps to go. Deese came from the 11th starting spot to take the win. Hudson held on to second spot followed by Stacey Bedsole and Scott Morse.

In an exciting Roadrunner Feature, Perry Boin used the outside groove to pass Ricky Osborn on the final lap to take the win. Osborn led the entire race until Boin made his move. Sam Smith was third with Kim Bishop fourth and John Singletary fifth.

Next week, the Roadrunner class will have its Season Championship Race. Also on the night's schedule are heats and features for the Super Stock, Street Stock and Vintage Car classes.

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