Barnes, Callihan Split Late Model Twins
The Geico Of Fredericksburg late models were back at Dominion Saturday night for twin 60 lap races and they had a repeat and a first time winner.
Sergio Pena looked like the car to beat after qualifying when he posted a 15.12 to take his first ever pole at Dominon. Following the redraw he would start fourth, putting Mason Bailey on the pole for twin number one. Pena worked his way up to second behind Bailey eventually passing him for the lead and was driving away from the field but 16 laps to go, Pena cut a right front tire sending him straight into the outside wall ending his night. Pena walked away following the crash. Doug Barnes, last week’s feature winner, assumed the lead and never looked back taking his second feature win of the season. Bailey was second and Grayson Cullather finished third.
The second twin saw G.R. Waldrop start from the pole after the mandatory eight car invert, but it did not take John Goin long to take the lead and much like Pena in the first feature, looked like the car to beat. Davey Callihan got clean air when he moved into second place and started to reel in Goin over the last half of the race. With 12 laps left Callihan and Goin raced door to door and eventually, five lap later, Callihan was able to make the pass and drive away for his first late model win since 2012. “I still don’t really believe it” Callihan said after the race. “We’ve been good, making gains on this new car, but really did not expect it to come to me like it did that last race”.
Rounding out the top three were Goin and Aaron Donnelly. Barnes finished sixth in the second feature. Peyton Sellers, last year’s Late Model points champion made his season debut Saturday night finishing 15th in the first feature after getting caught up in a restart incident and battled back to finish fourth in the second twin.
The Alcova Mortgage Dominion Stocks had their second feature of the year and Dan Rogers picked up his second feature in a row of the 2021 season. Rogers took the pole but started fifth following the redraw. Much like last week, it did not take Rogers long to get to the front allowing him to drive away for the victory. Carson Higgs finished second and Barry Beebe rebounded from a disappointing finish in the opening week to get his first top three finish of the year.
The Inex division brought the Legends and Bandos to Dominion for their first race of the season. The Legends were missing two familiar faces in Tommy Jackson and Ryan Matthews but were still represented by an 11-car field. Chris Hammett got his first win of the year followed by Layton Harrison and Charlie Beals. In the Bando division, Trey Williams picked up the checkered flag followed by Kenton Case and Ryley Music.
Rounding out the action was the Absolutely Amish Structures Any Car division that saw C.J. Terczak pick up his second straight victory in the four cylinder class and Cam Hensley pick up his second win in a row as well in the eight cylinder class.
Dominion is off April 17 but returns on April 24 with another 60 lap twins for the Geico of Fredericksburg Late Model feature, Trucking Thunder Virginia Racer Late Models will go 35 laps, Alcova Mortgage Dominion Stocks 30 laps, Alcova Mortgage UCARS will go 25 laps, and the Inex Legends have a 25 lap feature and the Bandos will go 15 laps. Gates open at 5 and green flag drops at 7 pm.