Chris Flowers Takes the Checkers at East Carolina in Grandstock Season Opener
We are two weekends into the season now at East Carolina Motor Speedway in Robersonville, NC and two Langley drivers have won races from the pole and lead every lap. Chris Flowers qualified with a 17.025 second lap beating out 2015 Langley Speedway champion Mark Frye by three hundredths of a second. Thomas Marks, Tim Wilson, Shawn Scovel, and Paul Lubno complete the lineup.
On the first lap Flowers almost lost it coming out of turn four causing the field to chec up. Everyone kept their cars going in the right direction. Lap six would be the first caution of the race with Marks getting into the back of Scovel and sending him around.
The field would stay close together and run green flag laps until lap eleven when Lubno gets around coming out of turn four by himself, a tough corner most of the night for the drivers.
On the ensuing restart Frye would get way loose coming out of turn two allowing Marks, Scovel, and Wilson to all get by him. Marks would keep the quick pace up and was able to get up to Flowers bumper on lap 16 and lap 22 but couldn’t hang with the leader’s enough to get under him on the tight 3/8th mile track.
A scary wreck would happen on the next lap with Paul Lubno having a right front go down simultaneously with his thorttle sticking coming through turn three and nailing the armco barrier in turn four. Lubno would put down the driver’s net quickly and was able to get out of the car under his own power. The red flag would come out for 31 minutes while the track officials repaired the damaged barrier. At this point they decided to cut the race five laps short.
Before coming to the green flag Frye and crew would take a chance to hit pit road and make some adjustments to try and make a final push.
The restart would allow Marks to get a decent run on Flowers coming out of turn two but his momentum was squashed by a pinch from Flowers. At this point Chris checked out on the field and left Marks and Scovel to battle for second place. Scovel would work his way by Marks on lap 27 and Marks would pull off a crossover to get second back for the last couple of laps.
In victory lane Flowers said he really enjoyed the track and appreciated East Carolina for hosting the series and said he plans on returning in a couple weeks for the next event.
1. Chris Flowers
2. Thomas Marks
3. Shawn Scovel
4. Tim Wilson
5. Mark Frye
6. Paul Lubno