Causey comes from back to capture Caraway victory

Heath Causey, left, celebrates his Late Models victory Saturday night at Caraway Speedway. (Courtesy photo)

SOPHIA – Heath Causey emerged at the front at the right time to win Saturday’s Late Models feature at Caraway Speedway.

Causey was at the back of the 15-car field before making his moves.

Garrett Campbell, Coy Beard and Justin Hicks all held the lead at some point during the 75 laps.

Beard ended up second and Chase Murphy turned in his best finish at the track in third place, followed by Tristian McKee and Ronnie Riggs.

In the Mini Stocks race, Rudy Hartley roared to the victory as he avoided a wreck on the final lap.

Jimmy Crigger and Alex Whatley appeared poised to race to the finish line before Criggers got off line and crashed and Whatley had to stay out of the way. That allowed Hartley to move to the front.

Crigger gained a form of satisfaction by claiming the trophy in the Enduro 50-lapper.

In the Challengers, Brian Rose was the winner in the 35-lap feature. Top qualifier Fletcher Whaley was the runner-up, with Tony Housman, Anthony Bennett and Bobby Salisbury in the next three spots.

Justin Smith, bidding to repeat as UCAR champion, was the winner in that division’s 15-lap race for front-wheel drive cars. Teammate Daniel Hughes placed second.

Mason Vance and Josh Phillips were winners in the five-lap UCAR qualifying heats.

Clay Rogers rekindled memories at the speedway in the Grand National Super Series, winning a pair of 50-lap races in the new touring division. A.J. Henrickson was second in both races.

Rogers last won at Caraway Speedway in 1997 in the Hooters ProCup series. The Grand National Super Series will return to the track Sept. 10.

This week, there will be Carolina Monster Truck Madness on Friday and Saturday nights at the speedway. The next regular racing night at the track comes June 4.

By Randolph Record