McCall holds on for UARA win at BMS

Dave Ongie • Mar 21, 2009 at 12:00 AM

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- A poor restart on lap 68 cost Matt McCall the lead in the UARA 100-lap feature at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

But McCall got a second chance, and he made the most of it by pulling away on the final two restarts of the race to hold off Caleb Holman and go on to claim a victory during a green/white/checkered finish.

It was McCall’s first victory at BMS and the sixth UARA victory of his career.

“That’s pretty unique,” McCall said of his win. “It was a good opportunity to come here and race.”

McCall led the first 68 laps of the race before 2008 UARA Series champion Jake Crum got a good jump on the restart and pulled even with McCall. Crum edged into the lead as the two raced side-by-side for two laps before Crum cleared McCall on lap 70.

But Crum blew a right front tire seven laps later, putting McCall back into the lead ahead of Abingdon native Caleb Holman. On the next restart, he left Holman in his dust before another caution on lap 99 led to a green/white/checkered finish.

McCall blasted off again while Holman faded, clearing the way for McCall to pull away from runner-up Jamey Caudill to earn his first victory at BMS.

“Jake snookered me a little bit on that start,” McCall said. “I hate that he had that problem. At the end, we were going for it all. I held it wide open through 1 and 2 and it stuck.”

Richard Boswell II, Paddy Rodenbeck and Clay Rogers rounded out the top five.

Local racer Wade Day brought home a sixth-place finish while Kingsport native John King II stayed out of trouble and brought home a ninth-place result after starting 26th.

The race turned out to be a battle of attrition. Out of the 36 cars that started the race, just 17 were still running at the end of the hard-hitting event.

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