Whynot Motorsports Park
Breazeale cruises at Whynot, ends skid
By Bryan WimberleyDirtonDirt.com correspondent
MERIDIAN, Miss. (March 27) — Front-row starter David Breazeale of Four Corners, Miss., reached victory lane in a Mississippi State Championship Challenge event at Whynot Motorsports Park on Saturday night for the first time in 17 months. The 2005 MSCC champion cruised to a four-second victory over hometown driver Chad Thrash for his 16th career series victory and $2,500. | Slideshow
In a 50-lapper slowed by a few early cautions, no one had an answer for Breazeale as the final 30 laps ran green at the quarter-mile oval near the Mississippi-Alabama border.
"It has been a long time coming, I think it was October of 2008 the last time I won a race with any importance," Breazeale said. "This is not one of my best tracks, and it has been kind of hit or miss for us. We have won a couple of races here, but when we are off, we are in the back. We just happened to hit it tonight, good night for the team and I am just so glad to be back in the winner's circle."
Thrash, who started 10th, advanced eight spots by lap 21 but was never able to shrink Breazeale's lead late in the race while scoring his fifth straight top-three MSCC finish at Whynot.
Jeremy Broadus of Biloxi, Miss., posted a solid third-place finish in a new No. 88 car while 14th-starting Dane Dacus of Lakeland, Tenn., rallied to finish fourth. Fifth-starting Neil Baggett of Shannon, Miss., recovered from a first-lap tangle to finish fifth and hard charger Scott Dedwylder climbed 12 positions to finish sixth.
Shep Lucas of McKenzie, Ala., ran second early in the race but ended up 18th.
Notes: Breazeale's MasterSbilt Race Car has a Cornett Thunder powerplant and sponsorship from Henderson Motorsports, L&D Trucking and Hoosier Tires. ... His 16 career MSCC victories is tied for third all time. ... The 34-minute feature ended at 10:29 p.m. ... At the outset of the feature, a four-car tangle in turn two slowed the action with Keith Miller of Sumrall, Miss., getting the worst of the accident, altering the entire right side of his No. 291. Neil Baggett was also involved and restarted on the tail. ... Rick Rickman's nosepiece was damaged in an early caution. ... Jim McDuffie was the victim in an early scramble that sent him into the turn-three wall. ... Scott Creel climbed the wall at the end of the backstretch on the second lap, knocking him out. ... Last year's top MSCC rookie Steve Bryan of Collinsville, Miss., rallied from his provisional starting spot on tail to finish 11th. ... Drivers failing to make the feature: Michael Santangelo, Dewayne Morris, Cody Smith, Ed Guidry, Joseph Joiner, Stacy Caldwell, Frank Wilson and Chris Hoomes. ... The series takes a four-week break before April 23-24 action at Hattiesburg (Miss.) Motorsports Park and Jackson (Miss.) Motor Speedway.
MSCC @ Whynot: (1) David Breazeale, (2) Chad Thrash, (3) Jeremy Broadus, (4) Dane Dacus, (5) Neil Baggett, (6) Scott Dedwylder, (7) Brian Rickman, (8) Klint Byars, (9) Rick Rickman, (10) David Ashley, (11) Steve Bryan, (12) Wiley Williams, (13) Chase Washington, (14) Shannon Lee, (15) Keith Miller, (16) Alex Ashley, (17) Tody Ratcliff, (18) Shep Lucas, (19) Randy Boyd, (20) Leon Henderson, (21) Scott Creel, (22) Jim McDuffie. Fast qualifier (among 30 cars): Breazeale, 12.972 seconds. Consolation race winners: Miller, Thrash. Dash winner: Lucas. Provisional starters: Lee, Bryan.
Corrections: Fixes Dedwylder as hard charger sted Baggett; fixes Breazeale's MSCC title to 2005 sted 2004.