Polenz Takes Win Number 4 – Points Chase Tightens……

Date: 9/22/2009 12:59:04 PM

Polenz Takes Win Number 4 – Points Chase Tightens……

David Polenz from Pattenburg NJ picked up perhaps his biggest win of his short career Saturday night, taking home the checkers in the “ODS Big One”, a 200 lap affair for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Cars. Polenz took the top spot early, managed his tires with consistent laps, and cruised to the win and the big payday. But more importantly, Polenz was able to make up considerable ground on the points leader, who suffered problems late in the going.

Starting from the 5th spot, Polenz wasted little time heading to the front. He took the second spot from polesitter Doug Liberman, then grabbed to top position from Mike Darne on lap 16. From there on, it was pretty much follow the leader as drivers managed their tires. This was the first time since the inception of the 8-inch tire rule, that they have competed non-stop for 200 laps. The race was a chess game for the first 150 laps or so. But business started to pick up late in the going as drivers started getting a bit racy. On lap 180, point leader Willard Lawrence attempted to get around Darne heading into turn one, but tagged the former champion, sending both cars spinning. Darne was able to continue, but Lawrence’s night was done with a broken radiator. This had huge implications on the point standings as Polenz was able to pick up about half the points he was behind. Once the green waved, Polenz had to hold off a hard charging Greg Compton, but was able to do so as he crossed the stripe .636 seconds ahead of the former track champ. Finishing behind Polenz and Compton were Michael Hardin, Adam Brenner, and Doug Liberman. With the final night of racing coming up next Saturday night, Polenz now trails Lawrence by 19 points.

Another Polenz visited victory lane Saturday night as Ryan Polenz, cousin of David Polenz, picked up the win in a wild finish in the Legends feature. Polenz led the charge out of turn 2 on the final lap, but was tagged by George Cushman. John Jansen Jr. took the lead down the backstraight, but Polenz never lifted, and raced Jansen back to the stripe for a photo finish. Timing and scoring was needed to determine the winner, and Polenz was awarded the win by just .018 of a second. Finishing 3rd was Scott Gore, his best Legends finish of the season, followed by last week’s feature winner Steve Ward, and Cody Scott. The Legends points championship comes down to the final races as well. Matt Cannon leads George Cushman by just 6 points.

In other racing action, Jerald Harris took home the win in the Va. Sprint Series 30 lap event, beating Billy Norfleet and French Grimes to the stripe. Craig Oglevee took home win number 4 in the 30 lap UCAR feature, and James Lucas finished out his racing career with 2 feature wins, taking the checkers in both 25 lap features for the Mid-Atlantic Street Stocks. Lucas also claimed the inaugural Street Stock track championship at ODS.

Next Saturday night, the Old Dominion Speedway oval track season comes to a close, as track champions will be decided. On the schedule is a 100 lap event for the Late Models, 30 laps for the Mini Modifieds, 30 laps for the Legends, and 20 laps for the UCAR’s. The Bandoleros will also compete in a special feature. Practice begins at 2PM, qualifying starts at 5PM, with action set for 7PM.

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