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Barnes wins $10,000 Late Model race at Dominion Raceway

Barnes wins $10,000 Late Model race at Dominion Raceway

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On Halloween night and with a full moon, the Late Model division ran 200 laps for $10,000 at Dominion Raceway in Thornburg and Doug Barnes turned the ultimate trick and walked away with the prize.

The first segment of the 200 laps saw only one caution and it saw Conner Jones set the pace for most of the first 75 laps and led at the break, followed by John Goin, top qualifier Aaron Donnelly, Barnes and Eddie Johnson.

The second 50-lap segment ran caution free. Eight laps in to the final 50-lap segment, track season champion Peyton Sellers had moved into second, but five laps later, he and Donnelly got together in turn one sending Donnelly around and putting him to the rear of the field. When the green flag dropped with 33 laps to go, Sellers was in the lead with Barnes right on his bumper. A four-car collision with 23 laps left took out Jones for the rest of the night.

Barnes got past Sellers before the next caution, with which took our Donnelly and Andrew Grady, and went on to win. Rounding out the top five were Sellers, Michael Hardin, Johnson and Goin.

Despite being black-flagged, Landon Pembleton used a fourth-place finish to win the Virginia Racer Late Model Challenge Series, which was split between Dominion and Langley Speedways. Cole Bruce seemed destined to take the championship before his right front tire went down on a restart, causing him to pit and go three laps down,.

Logan Clark drove past Zack Lightfoot late in the feature to pick up his second win of the year, followed by Davey Callihan, Pembelton and Eddie Slagle.

Also Saturday, Todd Ruggles won his first UCar race of the year beating out Alex Ayers, Cameron Ruggles and Don Schumann. The AnyCar division saw Thomas Fontaine take the checkered in their final race of the year.

Next week is the final week of the season and the Late Models, Virginia Racer Late Models, Dominion Stocks, Mini Stocks and Mini Cups will all be in action. As well as the Modifieds with a first time winners race and the AnyCar with the Clutches and Purses ladies only race. Gates open at 3 p.m. and racing begins at 5.

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