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Weaver’s dream is Arp’s nightmare at ‘The Mountain’

By admin | June 6, 2009

The field lines up in a 4 wide tribute prior to the June Bug 60 at The Mountain

By Richard Allen

Randy Weaver is nicknamed ‘The Dream’. On Saturday night at The Mountain Raceway Park in Maryville his dream move with three laps to go was worth a cool $5,000 in the June Bug 60 O’Reilly Southern All Star Series super late model race.

Weaver was the fastest qualifier for the event but he was unable to take full advantage of his quick lap because outside pole qualifier Skip Arp rocketed to the lead at the drop of the green flag.

The race was slowed by an early caution at lap #2 and again at lap #19.

Once the race got going after the second caution the field strung out just a bit over the ½ mile dirt track. At the halfway point the Top 4 cars of Arp, Weaver, Joe Armes and Freddie Smith had pulled away to a comfortable lead over the rest of the pack.

Arp, who had won a preliminary super late model race on this same track one week earlier, stretched out to a near straightaway advantage over Weaver until the race’s third caution flag flew on lap 42 when contact between 4th and 5th place running Mike Hill and David Crabtree caused Hill to cut down a left rear tire.

On the ensuing restart, Weaver was able to keep pace with Arp and stayed right in his tire tracks for the next several laps. Finally, as the cars raced into turn 3 Weaver pulled up on the outside of Arp and roared into the lead as the cars raced under the flagman’s stand at lap 57.

Weaver held on to score his second OSAS race win in a row, having won last week in Cleveland, TN.

“My crew told me we’d reel him in because we were on harder tires,” Weaver said in victory lane.

Before the race started there was discussion as to whether or not Weaver would attempt to run the rest of the OSAS schedule considering that he is high up in the point standings even having not run all the races. Now, it looks as if he has a decision to make.

In other action at the track, Hunter Best bested Josh Henry for his first trip to The Mountain’s victory lane in the NeSmith late model feature. Best took the lead on the start and lead throughout the 20 lap event. Henry had scored wins in the previous two weeks.

In two weeks(6-20-09) the Tennessee Thunder Series will race at The Mountain as a makeup for a race that was previously rained out.

Randy Weaver looked like a blur to the rest of the field in the June Bug 60 at The Mountain

Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.

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