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Adam Fulford, Yarbrough clinch speedway titles

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By Bill Hennecy
Special to The Beacon
Racing Saturday, Sept. 7, at Myrtle Beach Speedway saw new winners in the Late Model and Mini-Stock divisions and a tight battle continue in the Chargers for a championship speedway title.
This Saturday, Sept. 14, will be the last points race for the 2013 season. Sam Yarbrough, of Shallotte, has wrapped up his second Whelen All-American
NASCAR Championship at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Chad McCumbee is the car owner. In 21 starts, Yarbrough has nine victories and eight second-place finishes.
Mini-Stocks belongs to multiple champion Adam Fulford, of Shallotte. In 17 starts, he has five victories and four second-place finishes.
It is still a battle between Ed Williams and Chris
Throckmorton in the Charger division. The NASCAR champions will be crowned Saturday as the regular season closes out at the track.
Last Saturday, 13 Late Models took the green flag and Justin Milliken appeared to be on his game moving to the lead. Clay Thomas in the No. 28 Tommy Byrd car was in pursuit of Milliken as they moved away from the rest of the field. The race was heated as they battled nose to tail and it appeared they were going to be the class of the field.  
On lap 17, Clay Thomas lost control in turn four and the yellow flag flew, tightening up the cars. Thomas retired to the pits and was out of the action. It was now Milliken and Ryan Glenski, of Mooresville, racing side by side and putting on a show. Behind them, everyone else was putting on great racing.  Notable among those chasing the leaders was Sam Scarpelli, holding down third and showing strength in the blue No. 96.
Glenski eventually made his move after going side by side with Milliken to make the pass. The field started shuffling positions and Yarbrough passed Scarpelli, as did Brent Brinson. When the checkers waved, Glenski was first. Sam Yarbrough, on his way to the track championship in Late Models, was second and Milliken was third. Brinson ran fourth and Scarpelli garnered fifth.
Williams, racing Throckmorton for the track title in Chargers, finished first and Throckmorton second in the Chargers’ race. Ed Ray was third. Alex Hicks, in a repaired No. 88 from a crash in the last race, was fourth. Willie Grainger finished fifth. Andre Bauer failed to start the race after experiencing fuel starvation problems.   
In Mini-Stocks, Michael McKinnon was on the pole after being disqualified in the last race for a non-compliant engine. The fresh engine was just as potent as the last one and he led from the start. There was a caution as McKenzie Farmer looped into the inside retaining wall on the back stretch, destroying his No. 01. McKenzie suffered a possible hand injury.
On the restart, McKinnon faltered and lost power on the restart as his shifter handle broke off in his hand.  Earl Farmer, Andrew Sanders and points leader Fulford put on the show for following laps. Nearing the end, Farmer and Fulford made contact. Fulford made a remarkable recovery after sliding sideways in cloud of tire smoke.  
Farmer won the race and Sanders was second. Fulford finished third.  Newcomer Daniel Yates took fourth with Willie Fulford was fifth.  Thirteen Mino-Stocks raced, the most since the Mayhem race in March.
The Vintage cars of the 1950s and ’60s delighted the fans. Johnny Pick took the lead in the early going and outran Mark Hale, both of these drivers in ’55 Chevrolets.  Joe Evans, of Anderson, S.C., the reigning national and Anderson Speedway champion in Vintage cars, was on hand in his ’57 Chevy.
Next Saturday the Bell and Bell Vintage Series will be racing with two special showdown races for pre-1955 and post-1955 models, along with another exhibition run for the classic racers.
It’s Bell and Bell night this Saturday with Late Model, Charger, Mini-Stocks and Vintage Cars to close out weekly racing.  On Oct. 12, another of the Dash for Cash races will be run, along with the other classes, as a prelude to the Myrtle Beach 400, scheduled for Nov. 20-24.
 Pepsi-Cola free passes for the grandstands are being honored and are available at Pepsi retailers. There is  $15 parking fee per car. For more information and specials go to www.myrtlebeachspeedway.com. Myrtle Beach Speedway is next to the Tanger Outlet at Waccamaw Pines Drive at U.S. Highway 501.
McCumbee eighth in sports car race
Chad McCumbee and Tyler McQuarrie finished eighth in the Street Tuner class in the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival Sept. 8 in Salinas, Calif.
They were driving a Mazda MX-5 for C.J. Wilson Racing. This was their first top-10 finish in seven races. For the season, they have three top-10 finishes.
The race will be televised by FOX Sports 1 at 4 p.m. Sept. 15.
The final race of the 11-race season is Sept. 27 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.