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By Bill Hennecy
Special to The Beacon
MYRTLE BEACH SPEEDWAY—Racing action Saturday night at Myrtle Beach Speedway saw a new winner go to victory lane. Former track champion Sam Yarbrough was back in form and on his game after taking the lead from early leader Anthony Anders.
Anders, chasing the Whelen All-American national championship by racing at Hickory, Kingsport, Tenn., and Greenville-Pickens, S.C., appeared to be the man to beat. He took the lead at the waving of the green flag and ran side-by-side in the early going until Yarbrough passed him on the inside going into turn three. Rick Smith and Clay Thomas were involved in a skirmish early, bringing out the caution and sidelining Rick Smith.
Yarbrough was not driving his own car but Chad McCumbee’s. McCumbee, a Supply native who has raced in NASCAR’s truck and Sprint Cup series and won in ARCA, raced the previous night in the Grand-Am series Elkhart Lake, Wis. (See story on this page.)
Yarbrough set the car up a little loose, anticipating the track tightening up during the cool of the night.
“The car was a bit loose but was fast,” he said, “and once I got the lead it was a matter of being smooth.”
Second place went to Justin Milliken of Shallotte, who added to his points lead for the track championship in Late Models and has three victories too his credit this season.
Anders rolled to third followed by Jeremy McDowell and fifth went to Stuart Ricks.
Mark Hale was the winner in Chargers and posted his third win of the season over Scott Buff and Lucas Williams. Kevin Barnhill and Joe Armakovitch finished in the top five.
The Fulfords were back in the groove with Adam Fulford, the defending champ in the Mini-Stocks, finally getting a win this year. Brother Willie, who won last week, was second and Michael McKinnon, the points leader, was third. Randy Hewett finished fourth and David Ward ran fifth.
There is no racing this Saturday. Coming up on the Fourth of July week will be plenty of action for five straight nights. On July 3 will be a 100-lap qualifier for the Dash for Cash guaranteed starting position to the winner in the Myrtle Beach 400. Mini-Stock and Chargers will also race.
July 4 features the “Wheels of Destruction” followed on Thursday and Friday with the Monster Truck show for two nights. All four of those nights will feature Zambelli Fireworks.
July 7 is Sensational Seniors Night with all those at least 60 admitted free. That night will be the regular race night with NASCAR Late Models, Chargers and Mini-Stocks.
Points as of June 23:
Late Models: Justin Milliken, 209, 3 wins; Anthony Anders, 164; Sam Yarbrough, 151, 1 win; Jamey Lee, 142; Jeremy McDowell, 135, 1 win; Rick Smith, 124; Matt Cox, 114; Randall Roberts, 110; Jake Engle, 100.
Mini-Stock: Michael McKinnon, 110, 2 wins; Willie Fulford, 83; 1 win; Adam Fulford, 77; 1 win; Eric McKinnon, 62; Randy Hewett, 53; A.J. Sanders, 51, 1 win; Dub Fulford, 48; Kevin Jackson, 33, 1 win; David Ward, 30; Gary Fulford, 30.
Chargers: Mark Hale, 99, 3 wins; Joe Armakovitch, 48; Scott Buff, 48; Lucas Williams, 45, 1 win; Kevin Barnhill, 43, 1 win; Eric Joyner, 40, Wade Skipper, 25 1 win.