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By Bill Hennecy
Special to The Beacon
The fourth of the five Dash for Cash races took place Thursday, Aug. 29, at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway. These races are qualifiers for the season-ending Myrtle Beach 400 in November.
In the first of the two Dash for Cash races, Anthony Anders, of Easley, S.C., and Justin Milliken, of Shallotte, both former speedway champions, raced side by side in the first half of the race. Anders finally gained the advantage and went on to win the race and the guaranteed starting position in the big race in November. Milliken felt the pressure of fellow Shallotte driver Sam Yarbrough. He eventually took second, earning $600, and Milliken took third, earning $500. Austin McDaniel, of Hickory, was fourth and Brent Brinson fifth in the 12-car race.
The second race had the top six finishers in the first 50-lap race inverted. Brian Vause was on the pole, flanked by Brinson. Brinson immediately moved to the front and led the rest of the 50-lap distance to claim the victory. Matt Cox moved from the back of field to finish second.
Vause finished third but was overjoyed at claiming the invitation to the guaranteed starting position for the Myrtle Beach 400. Vause was the highest finishing non-invitation winner in the race, thus he qualified for the invitation. He had to race hard against Austin McDaniel, of Hickory, who also had hopes of winning an invitation, but he fell short of his goal. McDaniel finished fourth and Anders fifth. Yarbrough was sixth in the 11-car car race. Milliken, who is always a challenger, experienced problems and fell out of the race.
The Charger class has become a showdown between Chris Throckmorton and Ed Williams, both chasing a track championship. Williams is leading Throckmorton in the points. When the green flag fell, it was Throckmorton out front, where he stayed until the finish. Williams chased him to the end and finished second. Alex Hicks was riding third until he crashed coming out of turn four, sidelining his efforts for the night. Hicks was uninjured but will be faced with extensive repairs to the No. 88. Willie Grainger was third, Jackie Ward fourth and Eric Joyner fifth in the seven-car race.
In Mini-Stocks, Dub Fulford blew his Mustang’s engine during practice. He then used Gary Fulford’s car for the race. Michael McKinnon took the checkered flag in the five-car race but not the victory, as his car was protested. In the post-race inspection it was found the engine was in non-compliance with the rules. He was disqualified and the car impounded by the tech officials for further inspection. Adam Fulford was awarded the victory and Randy Hewett had his best finish of the year with a second-place finish. Dub Fulford was third and Mike Bowman fourth. All four are Brunswick County residents.
The final two regular races of the season will move to Saturday, Sept. 7, and Saturday, Sept. 14. The race Sept. 7 will feature NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Models, Chargers and Mini-Stocks. The Bell & Bell Vintage Car Series will also be there.
Pepsi-Cola passes available at the Pepsi retailers will be honored with the $15 per-car parking fee, with all occupants admitted free to the race. Coupons are also available on the speedway’s website, www.myrtlebeachspeedway.com. This promotion will run through Oct. 12. The track is near U.S. 501 next to the Tanger Outlet at Waccamaw Pines Drive.