On flip side, Osteen bags $5,000 Cherokee victory
GAFFNEY, S.C. (July 11) — Rebounding from a late-race flip the previous week, Owen Osteen of Woodruff, S.C., earned $5,000 for a Fastrak Racing Series victory at Cherokee Speedway.
Starting outside the third row, Osteen overtook polesitter Brandon "Cornbread" Haley on the 28th lap and never looked back in racing to the rich Crate Late Model victory at the 4/10-mile upstate oval. Osteen's previous Saturday night outing at a Fastrak event in Hartwell (Ga.) Speedway ended with him on his lid after breaking a wheel.
Haley, the Lavonia, Ga., driver led the first 27 laps, settled for second with Travis Pennington of Winston, Ga., in third. John Pursley of Clover, S.C., and Lee Cooper of Greer, S.C,. rounded out the top five in a race slowed by three cautions. Chris Steele of York, S.C., earned $100 from Kenny Lamb Racing Engines for his 23rd-to-10th hard charger run.
Fastrak @ Cherokee (unofficial): (1) Owen Osteen, (2) Brandon Haley, (3) Travis Pennington, (4) John Pursley, (5) Lee Cooper, (6) David Smith, (7) Ron Parker, (8) Billy Thompson, (9) Zach Mitchell, (10) Chris Steele, (11) Douglas Davis, (12) Larry Timms, (13) Steve Cooke, (14) Brent Dixon, (15) Royce Bray, (16) Brian Conner, (17) Gene Nasworthy, (18) Matt Long, (19) Joey Phillips, (20) Timbo Mangum, (21) Chip Brindle, (22) Johnny Pursley, (23) Bobby Mays, (24) Phillip Seifert. Fast qualifier: Haley, 16.844 seconds. Provisional starter: Nasworthy. Non-qualifiers' race winner: Bill Straight.