Story by: Andy Marquis/Contributor

Manassas, VA(September 19, 2010) — Mike Darne held off a late challenge from Brandon Brown to score the victory in Old Dominion Speedway’s “Big One” 200-lap Late Model Stock Car feature on Saturday Night.

Doug Liberman and CE Falk led the field to the green flag, with Falk taking the lead on the seventh lap of the race. Falk, a regular at Langley Speedway was racing to win the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Virginia State Championship. He needed a win to make that happen. However, Darne got the lead on lap 30 using a little muscle to get by Falk and would hold the lead from there.

Some fireworks took place on the track just before halfway when Ernie Carlisle went around. When coming back up on the surface, he wrecked Roger Harris. Both cars went to pit road but Harris was done. He preceded to chase Carlisle’s car on foot as Carlisle went back on the track coming to the restart. Carlisle would be a factor in holding up Steve Darne and Steve Jenkins. Both cars wrecked trying to avoid the lapped car of Carlisle.

During the halfway point, teams were allowed to change one tire. There wasn’t a lot of positions changing hands in the top ten in the second half of the race, but Brandon Brown got around Falk for the second position on lap 144 and chased down Darne. Despite several restarts, he wasn’t able to do anything with him.

In the closing laps, Darne got caught in heavy lapped traffic allowing Brown to catch him. Brown could not take advantage and Darne went on to win by 0.262 seconds over Brown. The official time of the race was 1:12.02 with an average speed of 62.152 mph. The race was slowed by eight cautions.

By virtue of Falk’s third place finish, FDJ Motorsports driver, Justin Johnson, who was not in attendance was able to secure the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Virginia State Championship. Falk needed to win the race to win the championship and said after the race he was “disappointed” he was not able to clinch the title.

ODS “Big One” Results:
1 – Mike Darne #21
2 – Brandon Brown #68
3 – CE Falk #40
4 – Adam Brenner #22
5 – David Polenz #33
6 – Robert Bruce #25
7 – Doug Liberman #56
8 – Davey Callihan #41
9 – Kevin Hall #12
10 – Jimmy Hardin #92
11 – Paul Green #11
12 – Mike Southard #5
13 – Chris Hopkins #90
14 – Steve Jenkins #23
15 – Michael Arnold #10
16- Les Miranda #18
17 – Max Papis #81
18 – Jimmy Wills #42
19 – Rusty Poland #24
20 – Jeff Hease #66
21 – Roger Austin, Jr. #8
22 – Dave Moon #2
23 – Randy Monroe, Jr. #13
24 – Steve Darne #99
25 – Ernie Carlisle #3
26 – Ty Miller #95
27- Michael Kensey #7
28 – Roger Harris #05
29 – Ray Terczak #15