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County drivers win Vintage races

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By Bobby Williamson
Special to The Beacon
With Tropical Storm Andrea leaving, a storm of Vintage racers entered the Carolina Speedway June 8 for the third race of the 2013 Bell & Bell Vintage Modified Series season.
As a result of the series’ rules, fastest qualifier Cameron Norris III, of Sandy Creek, had to start the event 11th.
Jeremy Cumbee, of Supply, driving his new No. 36 ’39 Chevy coupe, started from the pole and led the first seven laps ahead of Dean Cumbee and Bobby Williamson until the field was slowed by caution.
When the green flag waved, Norris, who had been making his way through the field, passed Williamson for third. But the field was re-racked and restarted as a result of the second caution.
With time and laps quickly running out, Norris passed Williamson for third and Dean Cumbee for second. Norris and Jeremy Cumbee waged a spirited duel for the lead over the final laps with Cumbee clinching his first victory season.
Joey Babson, of Shallotte, started in fourth and drove his Bill Tripp-owned ’33 Chevy to his second victory in the 6-cylinder division. Sherman Garris, of Conway, S.C., worked his way through the field and finished second. He had started 10th as a result of his previous victory.
The Bell and Bell Vintage Modified Series’ next event is a Vintage exhibition June 20 at the Myrtle Beach Speedway. The series returns to racing action July 6 at the Carolina Speedway.
Bell & Bell
championship points
V8 Division
1. Cameron Norris, 58; 2. Jeremy Cumbee, 56; 3. Jay Royal, 38; 4. Bobby Williamson, 34; 5. W.C. Bell, 28; 6. Dan Bryant and Dean Cumbee, 20; 8. LaMar Pankey and Pete Corey, 16; 10. Perry Richardson and Noah Brockman 14.
 6-Cylinder Division
1. Joey Babson, 58; 2. Sherman Garris, 56; 3. Bill Tripp, 38.
4. Blaise Bryant, 28; 5. Louie Hill, 26; 6. Harold Floyd and Wade Skipper, 16.