Yarbrough earns pole for Myrtle Beach 400 main event

For The Sun NewsNovember 17, 2012 

Sam Yarbrough will lead the field of 43 NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars to the green flag for the main event of the Myrtle Beach 400. Yarbrough was fastest in Saturday morning practice, but could only muster the 13th-quickest qualifying run. His finish in Saturday’s Dash for Cash, however, is what puts him on the pole for Sunday’s race.

Yarbrough won three of the five races, with Justin Milliken and Coleman Pressley winning the other two. Those three drivers, coupled with the two fastest qualifiers (Matt Cox and Tommy Lemons, Jr.) made up the Dash for Cash race. Yarbrough drew the pole out of the five-car sprint, and when the green flag dropped it was clear he was ready for Sunday.

“We missed a little in qualifying, but we had some luck in the draw and we were able to stay out front,” Yarbrough said. “It will set us up good for the big race. We have some adjustments we need to make, but it was good enough to put us on the pole.”

Cox, the fast qualifier, finished second and will join Yarbrough on the front row.

“Sam started to pull away from us and we may have run a little too hard. But we were able to find some places where we need to adjust the car,” Cox said.

Pressley, Lemons and Milliken will round out the first five spots in Sunday’s Myrtle Beach 400. The remainder of the lineup was set by a combination of qualifying times, heat races and track provisionals with the top 21 drivers making the race on time. The next 17 positions were set by two heat races, while the final four spots were given to drivers based on their performances at Myrtle Beach Speedway throughout the year.

Jeremy Burns and Toby Porter won their respective heat races, with both races going the full 25 laps caution-free. The Myrtle Beach Speedway 2012 track champion, Anthony Anders, will take a track provisional to start 39th after failing to make the race in either time trials or heat racing.

In addition to the Dash for Cash race, the Pee Dee Coastal Super Trucks took to the historic Myrtle Beach Speedway for their 100 lap feature event. Hayes Goodson sat on the pole for Saturday night’s event, but within seven laps was passed by Jamie Altop. Altop led the next 68 laps until the first of only two cautions flew for a Ham Morrison spin. On the restart Altop spun his tires, allowing Marty Ward to make a pass for the lead on the outside. Ward fought off various challenges from Goodson, Jimmy Harrington, Jimmy Wallace and Jamie Weatherford to take his first ever win at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

“I tested the waters earlier on the outside, and my truck freed up on the top. I thought if I didn’t get the lead [on the restart] I probably wouldn’t have another opportunity,” Ward said about his late-race pass. Harrington, Wallace, Weatherford and Goodson rounded out the top five finishers.

Bailey Miles led from wire to wire in the 50 lap Mini Stock feature. The Hemingway driver led from the opening flag and never looked back, despite both a late charge from Michael Wells and three breaks in the action for caution flags. The win was the first Myrtle Beach 400 win for Miles in seven attempts.

Sunday’s Myrtle Beach 400 kicks off at 10:45 AM with a driver meet and greet on the track. Racing action starts at 12:15 with the Southeast Limited Late Model Series feature, to be followed by the 250 lap NASCAR Late Model Stock race. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the front gate on race day.

Results

NASCAR Late Model Stock Series Qualifying Results: 1) 20 - Sam Yarbrough; 2) 51 - Matt Cox; 3) 59 - Coleman Pressley; 4) 27 - Tommy Lemons Jr.; 5) 02 - Justin Milliken; 6) 98 - BJ Mackey; 7) 77 - Alex Yontz; 8) 44 - Dillon Bassett; 9) 10 - CE Falk III; 10) 41 - Ben Rhodes; 11) 8 - David Garbo; 12) 12 - Garrett Campbell; 13) 7 - Brent Brinson; 14) 43 - Michael Hardin; 15) 17 - Justin Crider; 16) 18 - David Roberts; 17) 88 - Robert Tyler; 18) 25 - Michael Faulk; 19) 83 - Jeremy McDowell; 20) 09 - John Wes Townley; 21) 2 - Jake Engle; 22) 5 - Jeremy Burns; 23) 80 - Toby Porter; 24) 21 - Jonathan Cash; 25) 38 - Harrison Rhodes; 26) 34 - Greg Edwards; 27) 51 - Justin Boston; 28) 34 - RA Brown; 29) 32 - Randy Porter; 30) 12 - Austin McDaniel; 31) 16 - Daniel Pope II; 32) 06 - Davin Scites; 33) 51 - Tyler English; 34) 41 - Rusty Skewes; 35) 23 - Michael Rouse; 36) 32 - Trey Marcham; 37) 29 - Casey Wyatt; 38) 27 - Lee Tissot; 39) 36 - Anthony Anders; 40) 05 - Tyler Brown; 41) 22 - Blaze Howell; 42) 03 - Matt Bowling

Southeast Limited Late Model Series Qualifying Results: 1) 31 - Scott Hall; 2) 28 - Chris Chapman; 3) 01 - Barry Andrews; 4) 20 - Ryan Glenski; 5) 6 - Brandon Setzer; 6) 14 - Dylan Hall; 7) 63 - Christian Pahud; 8) 00 - Shane Lee; 9) 59 - Jamie Weatherford; 10) 07 - Tyler Church; 11) 46 - Logan Bunning; 12) 14 - Adam Archer; 13) 12 - Chris Townsend; 14) 46 - Adam Jackson; 15) 88 - Garrett Jones; 16) 13 - Bobby June; 17) 75 - Landon Huffman; 18) 0 - Greg Welburn; 19) 26 - Ben Stanton; 20) 10 - Ronnie Daniels; 21) 8 - Dal Wright; 22) 50 - Ross Dalton; 23) 15 - Kyle Barnes; 24) 21 - Adam Congrove; 25) 76 - Michael Elliott; 26) 74 - Talon Gallimore; 27) 55 - Brian Vause; 28) 01 - GR Waldrop; 29) 55 - Marty Griggs; 30) 70 - Lucas Williams; 31) 33 - JJ June

NASCAR Late Model Stock Dash for Cash (20 laps): 1) 20 - Sam Yarbrough, 20 laps; 2) 51 - Matt Cox, 20 laps; 3) 59 - Coleman Pressley, 20 laps; 4) 27 - Tommy Lemons Jr., 20 laps; 5) 02 - Justin Milliken, 20 laps

NASCAR Late Model Stock Heat Race 1 (25 laps): 1) 5 - Jeremy Burns, 25 laps; 2) 21 - Jonathan Cash, 25 laps; 3) 34 - Greg Edwards, 25 laps; 4) 60 - RA Brown, 25 laps; 5) 12 - Austin McDaniel, 25 laps; 6) 06 - Davin Scites, 25 laps; 7) 41 - Rusty Skewes, 25 laps; 8) 32 - Trey Marcham, 25 laps; 9) 27 - Lee Tissot, 25 laps; 10) 19 - Nate Monteith, 25 laps; 11) 36 - Anthony Anders, 25 laps; 12) 01 - Dustin Storm, 25 laps; 13) 82 - Paddy Rodenbeck, 25 laps; 14) 97 - Marty Ward, 25 laps; 15) 58 - Scott Turlington, 25 laps; 16) 32 - Jerry Miracle, 25 laps

NASCAR Late Model Stock Heat Race 2 (25 laps): 1) 80 - Toby Porter, 25 laps; 2) 38 - Harrison Rhodes, 25 laps; 3) 51 - Justin Boston, 25 laps; 4) 32 - Randy Porter, 25 laps; 5) 16 - Daniel Pope II, 25 laps; 6) 51 - Tyler English, 25 laps; 7) 23 - Michael Rouse, 25 laps; 8) 29 - Casey Wyatt, 25 laps; 8) 03 - Matt Bowling, 25 laps; 10) 3 - Adam Long, 25 laps; 11) 11 - Paul Green, 25 laps; 12) 34 - Jason York, 25 laps; 13) 5 - Tyler Brown, 25 laps; 14) 22 - Tyler Howell, 25 laps; 15) 11 - Wayne McGee, 24 laps; 16) 81 - Akinari Ogata, 24 laps

Pee Dee Coastal Super Trucks (100 laps): 1) 22 - Marty Ward, 100 laps; 2) 6 - Jimmy Herrington, 100 laps; 3) 21 - Jimmy Wallace, 100 laps; 4) 00 - Jamie Weatherford, 100 laps; 5) 16 - Hayes Goodson, 100 laps; 6) 33 - Kenneth Headen, 100 laps; 7) 75 - Brad Andrews, 100 laps; 8) 54 - Jamie Altop, 100 laps; 9) 98 - Kevin Parsons, 100 laps; 10) 15 - Joe Heigl, 100 laps; 11) 7 - BJ Hucks, 99 laps; 12) 03 - Kerry Lawrence, 99 laps; 13) 9 - Justin sorrow, 99 laps; 14) 00 - Tim Lollis, 98 laps; 15) 95 - Bobby June, 98 laps; 16) 74 - Ham Morrison, 96 laps; 17) 5 - Stuart Ricks, 85 laps; 18) 8 - Ed Surrett; 19) 2 - Jeff Myers; 20) 99 - Clay Thomas

Mini Stocks (50 laps): 1) 84 - Bailey Miles, 50 laps; 2) 121 - Michael Wells, 50 laps; 3) 21 - Kevin Jackson, 50 lapsl; 4) 43 - Brian Powell, Sr., 50 laps; 5) 18 - Michael McKinnon, 50 laps; 6) 44 - AJ Sanders, 50 laps; 7) 26 - Shaun Mize, 50 laps; 8) 89 - Todd Chappell, 50 laps; 9) 22 - Jason Tutterow, 50 laps; 10) 24 - Tyler McDonald, 50 laps; 11) 14 - Avery Burgess, 50 laps; 12) 22 - Ken Candiotti, 50 laps; 13) 72 - Dub Fulford, 50 laps; 14) 71 - Adam Fulford, 50 laps; 15) 17 - Chad Campbell, 49 laps; 16) 7 - Randy Hewett, 49 laps; 17) 71 - Buddy East, 48 laps; 18) 24 - Scott Carroll, 42 laps; 19) 2 - Greg Brew, 36 laps; 20) 70 - Willie Fulford, 1 lap; DNS) 05 - Justin Hall

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