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By Bill Hennecy
Special to The Beacon
The Myrtle Beach 400 will wait until March 22 to get the checkered flag. Rain on Sunday postponed the Southeast Limited Late Model 100 and the Myrtle Beach 400.
The racing action Saturday was highlighted by the first Dash for Cash for 100-lap feature winners this season. Five drivers made up the field for a $2,500, winner-take-all 20-lap race.
The front-row starters from the Myrtle Beach 400 qualifying were Matt Cox , who earned the pole, and second-place qualifier Tommy Lemons Jr. Race winners were Coleman Pressley; Justin Milliken, the 2011 speedway Late Model champion; and Sam Yarbrough, former winner of the 400, made up the rest of the field.
Yarbrough, driving for owner Chad McCumbee, proved he was the man who could race with the best as he went to the front and beat Cox, Pressley, Lemons and Milliken in the first Dash for Cash field to run at the track.
“I am happy with the first of these events,” track owner Bob Lutz said. “I am thinking of some new twist for the 2013 race.”
Many drivers said winning a 100-lap special event during the season can save a team $2,000 in tires for the Myrtle Beach 400.
March 21-23 schedule
Because of rain, Myrtle Beach Speedway track officials postponed Sunday the running of the SELLM Limited 100 and the Myrtle Beach 400 to March 22. The track also will run four new races on March 23. March 21 will be an open practice day for all divisions racing March 22-23. Below is the preliminary schedule.
11 a.m-5 p.m.: free open practice, hauler parking.
7 a.m.: Pit gates open, hauler parking.
9 a.m.: Rotating practice
5:30 p.m.: Last-chance qualifying races for racers taking available starting positions 7 p.m.: SELLM Limited 100 (the postponed Nov. 18 race), $3,000 to win.
8:15 p.m.: NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model Myrtle Beach 400 (250 laps, the postponed Nov. 18 race), $10,000 to win.
Pit passes and tickets from the Nov. 18 Myrtle Beach 400 will be honored for the March 22 races.
7 a.m.: Pit gates open and hauler parking with new sign-in for all pit passes.
9 a.m.: Rotating practice, followed by SELLM Challenger, 50 laps, $1,000 to win; Mini-Stock, 50 laps, $1,000 to win; SELLM Limited 100, $3,000 to win; NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model 150, $5,000 to win. Times to be announced.