PRESS PAST: Timothy Peters
Tony McGuire Wins; Schoolboy Sensation Thrills Crowd… – PRINTED: NRVS Official Program, April 22nd, 1995
Motor Mile Speedway is celebrating its twenty-fifth season as a NASCAR-sanctioned facility in 2013. As part of its commemorative program, motormilespeedway.com will be reprinting a selection of stories from our archives that highlight the rich history and heritage of the New River Valley short track.
Veteran Tony McGuire won the Late Model Stock Car feature but he shared the spotlight with a 14-year-old Legends Car driver Saturday night before a full house at New River Valley Speedway.
McGuire took the lead on the first lap and paced the 23-car field all the way to win the FM-94/Old Milwaukee 100-lap feature. For two-thirds of the race, the Roanoke driver was pushed by last week’s winner, Ronnie Thomas of Christiansburg. But as the laps neared 100, McGuire continued to build his lead over Thomas, winning by three seconds.
Perhaps the most popular win with the fans came when 14-year-old Timothy Peters of Providence, NC won the first 25-lap Legends Car race ever held at the .416-mile NASCAR oval.
Peters beat out 29 other drivers to earn the pole, but he drew the number 10 “from the hat” inverting him to the 10th starting spot. The five-time national karting champion worked his way to the front and took the lead on the 11th lap and never looked back. Horace Tabor of Bluefield, WV, was second, while David Jude of Kermit, WV was third. Royce Peters of Kingsport, TN, and Steve Mitchell of Bluefield, WV, claimed fourth and fifth.
A six-car pile-up on the first lap resulted in one of the little replicas of the old Modified cars on its top. No one was injured and three of the cars were able to continue the race.
Unlike last week, the Late Model Stock Cars race was run without major incident.
Defending champion Jeff Agnew of Floyd grabbed the pole with McGuire on the outside and Thomas sitting in the third spot.
It took time for Thomas to get by Agnew and begin applying the pressure to McGuire. Behind the top three, savage battles were being waged for almost every position.
At the halfway mark, McGuire, Thomas and Agnew were closely followed by Bassett’s Ray Young, Philip Morris of Ruckersville and Michael Ritch of High Point, NC.
Drivers kept applying pressure as Young took Agnew for third while Ritch held down fifth. Rodney “Six- Pack” Cundiff of Boones Mill had moved up from 10th to sixth ahead of Roanoke’s Tim McGuire. Rookie Rock Harris, who started 21st, moved up to eighth, dropping Morris back to ninth. Dicky Wilson of Salem ended up in the 10th spot.