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David Latour Holds Off Eric Winslow for Limited Win

South Boston, VA – Fifteen limited late models took to South Boston Speedway to grab the checkers in the first race of the season.

Colin Garrett continued the trend of setting track records running a 15.140 second lap in qualifying, beat the previous limited record of 15.478 and even beating the old late model record of 15.314.

Trey Crews lined up to his outside and would lead the first lap before falling back to third with Ross “Boo Boo” Dalton getting by him on the inside with a driving style you’d see at dirt tracks all over the country. By lap 12 Garrett had a second and a half lead over Dalton. Three laps later Mike Jones gets some help from Daniel Moss and busts the radiator out of his car.

With the cone out Amber Balcaen decides to take the high line and challenge and beats him on the restart. Moss gets invovled in another incient and the yellow flies again with Garrett up front, Eric Winslow in second, and Balcaen in third. Coming to the green again they go three wide out of turn two and Winslow takes the lead and Balcaen gets some tire rub going from a collapsed fender. Dylan Saul was all over the rear of Balcaen until the caution flew again for Brandon Jones coming to a stop on the track.

Garrett decides to try the outside on Winslow and it pays off as Eric has trouble on the restart with a bad shift. Saul is able to get by Balcaen with a bump and run and Trey Crews follows. Shortly after that Balcaen and Dalton get into a wreck with Amber’s race ending. The next restart Garrett and Winslow come together with some big damage to the 24 of Colin.

Another lap, another caution. This time for debris on the track. Dylan Saul and Crews make up the front row and Trey leads them out of turn two. With some crazy three wide driving Latour and Winslow end up out front and Latour locks up the win in a crash filled fifty lapper.

It looks like there is gonna be a lot of good, regular competition in this series for the year and should be very interesting to watch.

Final Results

1. David Latour Jr.
2. Eric Winslow
3. Dylan Saul
4. Ross “Boo Boo” Dalton
5. Trey Crews
6. Chris Elliott
7. Billy Myers
8. Jason Myers
9. Colin Garrett
10. Brandon Jones
11. Amber Balcaen
12. Barry Beggarly Jr.
13. Bob Davis
14. Daniel Moss
15. Mike Jones

Philip Morris Doubles Down in South Boston

South Boston, VA – A strong field of national and state champions showed up for the spring opener at the historic South Boston Speedway for their 60th anniversary on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

By the time practice ended it was clear that the track record from 2007 would be broken by a large margin but what wasn’t clear is who would be breaking it. Qualifying rolled around and by the final group of drivers, the record had already been bested by nine cars. Philip Morris rolled out in the final group of cars and ran a 14.731 (prv. record 15.314)lap to claim the record over eleven other drivers. Bobby McCarty was the only other driver to get under 15 seconds with a 14.944.

South Boston is continuing the passing points system this season but with a small revision, you have to drop back at least two places in the field. McCarty took advantage of this by dropping from second to fifth in the first race of the day.

Morris had the car to beat all race long but second through fifth saw some great racing. From lap one to lap fifty Kelly Kingery, McCarty, Tyler Hughes, and Peyton Sellers traded positions routinely with clean passing. On lap 70 Kingery got knocked out as McCarty went for a pass and wrecked the 57 car. Sellers would also take damage from the incident that would lead to him falling through the pack as he had some tire rub issues. After sitting back much of the race Pulliam started to push through to the top-5, he would get up to third before a green-white-checkered restart where he fell to 6th position. Morris takes the win with Dominion Raceway champion finishing in second. McCarty finished third, Hughes took fourth, and Rev Racing driver Madeline Crane took 5th after some early race troubles.

In the second hundred lapper Sellers hopped back into his main car after the damage to his backup car took in the first race. A ton of changes in the original starting lineup on top of the eight car invert made for an interesting start. Lee Pulliam ended up on the pole as Dean Ward put his son in the car.

Thaxton led the first lap over Pulliam as the second line started to gain some grip. A big wreck involving five drivers, Pittman, Crane, Ward, Kingery, and Crews, happened on the second lap. On the restart, Thaxton goes low and Pulliam goes high after seeing what Thaxton did with it at the start. Behind him they go three wide for second with Smith able to pull off the pass and Thaxton would fall all the way back to eighth. A long green flag run rolled along with Morris eventually getting into the second place with Pulliam way out in front. On lap 49 as Lee lapped the ninth place car and had was almost a half lap ahead of second the RD decided a competition caution was needed.

For the restart, Lee goes high and Morris goes low, they race door to door for two laps until Morris is able to clear him for first. Pulliam fell back a little but in a few laps, he was right back to Morris to put some pressure on him. On lap 83 McCarty came to a stop between turns three in four with a flat RF tire setting up a late restart. This time Morris goes high and clears Pulliam quickly. Behind the two Smith, Sellers, Pierce, and Thaxton put on a great show for third through sixth. Morris held off a late push by Pulliam to sweep the twin races. “I didn’t expect much out of the weekend but awful thankful,” the winner said in victory lane, “It’s hard to get a car like that and it just drove itself, all I had to do was not make a mistake, not burn nothing up and just hold on and not get outsmarted by the possum [Pulliam].”

I asked about his move to the high lane on the last restart and Morris said, “I thought it was pretty smart of Lee I didn’t expect it that he would take the outside and it was a real smart move. That was a race winning move. He was obviously just as good as we were and if I had taken the inside you would have seen the 5 car come around and be in victory lane.”

 

Race 1 UNOFFICIAL Results:

1.Philip Morris
2. Nick Smith
3. Bobby McCarty
4. Tyler Hughes
5. Madeline Crane
6. Lee Pulliam
7. Austin Thaxton
8. Dean Ward
9. Raymond Pittman III
10. Macy Causey
11. Peyton Sellers
12. Brandon Pierce
13. Tyler Matthews
14. Kelly Kingery
15. Jason Barnes
16. Trevor Ward
17. Stuart Crews
18. Danny Willis Jr

Race 2

1.Philip Morris
2. Lee Pulliam
3. Nick Smith
4. Peyton Sellers
5. Austin Thaxton
6. Brandon Pierce
7. Trevor Ward
8. Macy Causey
9. Tyler Hughes
10. Bobby McCarty
11. Stuart Crews
12. Raymond Pittman III
13. Danny Willis Jr
14. Kelly Kingery
15. Jason Barnes
16. Madeline Crane

Layne Riggs & Jeff Oakley Split CARS Tour Late Model Stock Races

Thornburg, VA – Seventeen Late Model Stock Cars made the trip to Dominion Raceway opening their sophomore season with the CARS Tour Series. A beautiful, sunny, Saturday afternoon witnessed some of the best racing Dominion has seen in its growing history. For the first time in CARS Tour history, both series ran twin 75-lap features for a total of 150-laps. Race control used a qualifying format we were introduced to in 2016 with the driver’s first lap dictating where they would start in race one while their second lap determined where they would start in race two.

Brandon Grosso, a relative rookie to asphalt racing, set the fastest time of the day at 15.082 (95.478 mph) with his second lap to grab the pole for race two and bragging rights to the fastest car in qualifying. His 15.340-second first lap put him eleventh on the board for the first race – Myatt Snider would claim those honors with a 15.113 (95.282 mph) second lap.

When it came time to wave the green flag Myatt Snider showed everyone really quick why he was the pole sitter in race number one. Clearing Jr. Motorsports driver, Josh Berry, as the field exited turn two turned into a high-speed follow the leader chain race with Josh Berry and eventually Jeff Oakley. Oakley, one of the two home track drivers making their CARS Tour debut, got around last year’s tour champion Deac McCaskill and reeled in the top two with almost ease. With the help of a quick caution period, Oakley was able to get around the #88 machine of Berry and started to put a lot of pressure on Snider.

Just past the halfway mark is when things started to get really fun up front. Oakley was finally able to stick his nose under the #2 of Snider and the two would trade the lead of the race for a couple laps before Snider was able to get back in front of Oakley and somewhat put the cruise control button back on – for now. It was not like Oakley was out of it, though, battling back to the rear bumper of Snider – maybe backing off to allow the tires to cool down – got into the #2 car a little bit causing both drivers to chase their cars up the hill.

Things got incredibly interesting with just eight laps to go when Michael Hardin cuts a right front tire down forcing a caution over the field. On the ensuing restart Snider, as the control car elects to restart the race on the outside. This allows Oakley to gain the lead back in what was looking like to be his first CARS Tour victory. Oakley and the field would have to weather a few more restarts, one that would not serve so good for both Myatt Snider and Josh Berry who would make contact multiple times fighting for the podium finish. Snider and Berry would make contact in turn one that would send Berry around and to the back. Race control felt Snider’s efforts earned him a one-way trip to the rear of the field, effectively ending both of their chances.

The final restart would leave Layne Riggs and Jeff Oakley on the front row. Riggs was not messing around when the green flag was waved. Taking a look under Oakley and making brief contact. The contact was enough to send Oakley up the hill and allow McCaskill to get by. Deac turned up the wick in the closing laps reeling in Riggs and stuck his nose under the 99 out of four. Riggs, on the high line, seemed to get back to the gas a little quicker and beat Deac McCaskill to the line in an epic drag race.

 

Race 2

Jeff Oakley dives into turn three in final practice for the CARS Tour LMSC River City QDMA Duels at Dominion. A dominant performance in race two landed him in victory lane for the first CARS Tour appearance. (Photo: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Brandon Grosso, as mentioned above, was supposed to start the second race from the pole position but, due to an incident in the first race and some damage received, he did start the race from the back of the pack, handing the front row over the Josh Berry and Jeff Oakley. When the green flag was displayed Jeff Oakley wasted absolutely no time getting to the front of the field. Possibly using experience from his time here last year, Oakley powered around Berry on the high line finally taking over the top spot – something he tried so hard to do in the first race.

Finally running in the top spot with Berry hot on his tail the Prince George driver received some help when Berry pulled down to pit road and nose first into his stall ending his shot at a second consecutive week with a victory. This was the break Oakley needed and would eventually start pulling away from the field.

The battle for the second position stayed pretty interesting all race long with Jared Fryar working to off off charges from Riggs, McCaskill and even Myatt Snider. However, Sniders night would come to an end early due to a broken wheel stud on his machine.

Grayson Cullather, the youngster from Southside Speedway just a little ways south of Dominion, had a great showing early on in the race. Working his way into the top five running right in the tracks of Deac McCaskill hoping the two cars in front of him would slip up and he would find himself in the second position. A couple of late race restarts would regulate Cullather to a seventh place finish for the second race – two top ten finishes in his first CARS Tour appearance.

Things started to get really interesting when Brandon Grosso started to work his way through the field. Picking cars off one at a time as we reached the closing laps of the race. Working his way around Cullather then running down McCaskill, one could argue if the race would have stayed green he was going to be your second place finisher. However, just as he was working around McCaskill for the third positon the field was slowed after Craig Stallard got extremely loose out of two and came to a stop against the outside wall.

This set up a thrilling green, white, checkered finish that saw Jared Fryar give everything he had and then some to try and get Jeff Oakley loose to steal the victory. However, Oakley was the victor after a second drag race of the night to the checkered flag. Deac McCaskill looked to be the biggest loser of race number two and somehow ended up in the outside retaining wall between turns three and four and was unable to continue. With our vantage point of the race and the race to the finish, unfortunately, we were unable to see what caused that particular issue. Fryar and Riggs would finish second and third while the two biggest movers of the entire day, Brandon Grosso, and Anthony Alfredo would round out the top five.

The CARS Tour will take almost a month off before heading back to North Carolina for the Orange Blossom 300 on April 22nd at Orange County Speedway located in Rougemont, NC. For more information on race times and ticket prices please visit http://www.carsracingtour.com. For those who would like to see a replay of tonight’s race as well as future broadcast of CARS Tour races, head over to carstour.tv.

 

Race #1 UNOFFICIAL Results

1.#99 Layne Riggs; 75
2. #08 Deac McCaskill; 75
3. #11 Jeff Oakley; 75
4. #28 Chris Hudspeth; 75
5. #8a Anthony Alfredo; 75
6. #81 Jared Fryar; 75
7. #88 Chris Davis; 75
8. #44 Justin Johnson; 75
9. #74 Ronald Hill; 75
10. #22 Grayson Cullather; 75
11. #88b Josh Berry; 75
12. #2 Myatt Snider; 75
13. #8r Trevor Rizzo; 75
14. #42 Craig Stallard; 75
15. #32 Brandon Grosso; 68
16. #7 Michael Hardin; 67
17. #18s Evan Swilling; 67

 

Race #2 UNOFFICIAL Results:

1.#11 Jeff Oakley; 76
2. #81 Jared Fryar; 76
3. #99 Layne Riggs; 76
4. #32 Brandon Grosso; 76
5. #8a Anthony Alfredo; 76
6. #44 Justin Johnson; 76
7. #22 Grayson Cullather; 76
8. #28 Chris Hudspeth; 76
9. #18 Evan Swilling; 76
10. #88 Chris Davis; 76
11. #8r Trevor Rizzo; 76
12. #08 Deac McCaskill; 75
13. #7 Michael Hardin; 75
14. #42 Craig Stallard; 70
15. #74 Ronald Hill; 14
16. #2 Myatt Snider; 12
17. #88b Josh Berry; 3

Philip Morris Sets Track Record for SoBo Pole

South Boston, VA – Eighteen NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late models took to the fresh pavement at South Boston Speedway for the 60th Anniversary of the historic track for twin 100 lap races.

Philip Morris set fast time in the final round of euro qualifying running a 14.731 second lap with a top speed of 100.197 miles per hour to beat the previous record from 2007, a 15.314 second lap. Altogether twelves cars surpassed the previous.

Tyler Matthews, 2016 NC State Champion, makes a trip to Virginia to try his hand at the 4/10th mile banked track. Nick Smith, 2016 Dominion Raceway track champ, is also mixing it up.

Qualifying Order

1.Philip Morris
2. Bobby McCarty
3. Peyton Sellers
4. Lee Pulliam
5. Danny Willis Jr
6. Kelly Kingery
7. Tyler Hughes
8. Brandon Pierce
9. Nick Smith
10. Macy Causey
11. Tyler Matthews
12. Austin Thaxton
13. Jason Barnes
14. Stuart Crews
15. Madeline Crane
16. Raymond Pittman III
17. Trevor Ward
18. Dean Ward

Brenden Queen Turns Almost Nothing Into Something; Crowned Runner-up in 2016 Thanksgiving Classic

Brenden Queen finishes just behind Tommy Lemons Jr in the 2016 Thanksgiving Classic. (Casey Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Brenden Queen finishes just behind Tommy Lemons Jr in the 2016 Thanksgiving Classic. (Casey Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Chesapeake, VA – You know how they say that bad things come in threes? 2016 East Carolina Motor Speedway Late Model Stock champion Brenden Queen was all too familiar with that over the weekend.

Things started off early Friday morning when Queen’s rig broke down on the way to pick up the car hauler. This would effect the time the car would arrive at the track. After securing a new rig, hooking up, and heading down south they discovered a tire going down on the trailer which would effect the arrival time even worse. The issues didn’t stop there however, after arriving more than two hours into morning practice the crew discovered a noise coming from the engine compartment. A bad lifter was the diagnoses from pit road – their weekend was over before it really began.

If we have learned anything in previous interviews with the young Chesapeake, Va driver it’s that Queen Motorsports tends to never give. Team owner Mike Queen and Crew Chief Phil Warren had to go to work and find their driver a motor. Luckily for them fellow competitor Mike Darne had a Ford crate motor he was able to rent the team for the weekend. Spending the rest of the afternoon and evening swapping out motors. Trying to get parts and pieces and their chassis to match up was not the easiest thing they have done. However, when final practice rolled around Saturday morning the driver and crew were ready to roll.

“Really worked on making sure the replacement motor was running good,” Queen said about practice on Saturday. “We couldn’t find any drive off. Just kept working at it.”

Work on it they did as they qualified tenth out of twenty-eight cars that took time Saturday afternoon (31 cars would eventually start the feature). A small victory for a team that has already been through so much in just 24 hours. It proved they had a solid piece with them and with patience and good driving they could be there at the end.

The first half of the race was relatively calm. Drivers getting into their rhythm, figuring out their lines, and trying to save tires. Queen had his work cut out for him the first half of the race trying to work his way up through the field. At one point he had fallen to almost the twentieth position trying to make the high line work on a restart. Doing what he has done some many times throughout his championship run, Queen leaned on the guidance from his crew chief, spotter and mentor – Phil Warren. We asked Brenden once all the dust calmed down and things were back to normal we asked Queen to just put into words his emotions going into the race after having what seemed to be the weekend from hell.

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Working through the afternoon to change motors. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

“To be honest with you it was the same attitude we had Friday that we used in the race,” Queen would answer. “Just kept a never give up attitude. I thought we were going home early after the motor broke Friday afternoon but my dad stepped in and made it happen. Can’t thank him enough for everything he does for my team.

The halfway break occurred around lap 106 where teams could come down pit road and make minor adjustments, add fuel and change up to two tires. The top six drivers were also inverted before they were set loose for the final one hundred laps – or so we thought. Queen knew it was time to get up on the wheel and make things happen as this was going to be the hardest part of the race.

“We never adjusted anything,” Queen commented on the halfway break. “The race started and we were good just couldn’t get the track position. Left it alone at halfway just had to fix damage where the 51 missed a shift. We really kept fighting and worked our way up to about sixth. We got lucky on one of those restarts and ended up getting to third. That last restart there I gave Tommy a run for his money and gave him a little shot going into three on the final lap but didn’t want to spin him for the win. I would hope to be raced the same way if it was the other way around. Congrats to those guys but man we were so close.”

The second place finish would be the highest finish Queen has recorded at Southern National as well as the highest finish in the big post season races of 2016 (10th at Martinsville, 7th at Myrtle Beach) and put a cap on the 2016 season for Brenden. When asked about this season and what it has meant to him and his crew all he could tell The Weekly Racer was it was unbelievable.

“It’s a unbelievable feeling to look back at how far we have come since last December,” Queen went on to explain. “Lots of hard work and dedication. We came into this season with our mind set on one thing, to win a race. Here we are going into Christmas having won four times, earned our first track championship in a Late Model and competing with some of the biggest names on the biggest stages.  I’m very thankful for everything and don’t take it for granite.”

Brenden was not able to give an exact idea on what the plans were for 2017 but one could only imagine after having a break out year like they had in 2016 – who knows what is in store for them when the green flag drops next February.

Tommy Lemons Jr. Wins 2016 Thanksgiving Classic in Over Time

Tommy Lemons, Jr. celebrates in victory lane with wife and daughter after winning 2016 Thanksgiving Classic.

Tommy Lemons, Jr. celebrates in victory lane with wife and daughter after winning 2016 Thanksgiving Classic.

Lucama, NC – An overtime win in any sport is intense. Going an extra twenty-nine laps in an advertised 200 lap race can wreck havoc on the mind and patience of any driver and crew chief. Tommy Lemons Jr. however, was able to do just that and survive the mayhem that ensued behind him. Lemons started fourth when the green flag flew and immediately worked his way to the front of the field. With a little bit of good luck and great restarts Lemons was able to survive multiple late race restarts and a rather long overtime period.

Lemons, who looked strong all day long, stayed toward the front of the field battling the likes of Lee Pulliam, Justin Johnson and Josh Berry – who coincidently did not finish the race. A few cautions early in the first half of the race bunched everyone up creating some pretty interesting restart. McCaskill & Lemons would trade positions a few more times before the halfway break – which was extended to lap 106 due to an extended caution for clean up.

A six-car invert after the ten-minute break put Nick Smith on the pole for the restart and Tommy Lemons Jr. sixth for the final 100 laps. Feeling good about the car Lemons slapped two fresh tires on the right side of the car and kept the car the same and got at it for the final half of the race. Lemons got settled in line when the green flag waived letting things get worked out. It didn’t take long for things to get wild again after Lee Pulliam, who took total control of the race, went to pass the lap car of Maddy Mulligan and second place Justin Johnson had to split her going down the back stretch. Mulligan pushed up slightly out of four upsetting Johnsons car who eventually looped it.

This put Lemons second on the first attempt at a green, white, checkered with Matt McCall third. That is when things got really interesting. On the restart Pulliam looked to get a bad jump and got a pretty big shove by Matt McCall, who lined up directly behind him into turn one, which sent him for a ride as well as tore up some other racecars. When the dust settled and cars got back to the line Tommy Lemons Jr. was able to make it out of the mess and assume the lead.

Took three attempts at a Green-White-Checkered and twenty-nine extra laps but Lemons was able to hold off three restarts and a shot from 2016 East Carolina Motor LMSC champion Brenden Queen to win the 2016 Thanksgiving Classic. We caught back up with Tommy Lemons in victory lane to talk about his strategy after the break and what the team needed to do to survive overtime.

“Yea we were really good there in that first half and decided not to make any changes,” Lemons said in victory lane. “It worked out that we are here in victory lane but if we had it to do over again we probably would of made some adjustment. Our car was just a little bit off putting just those two tires on the right side. We probably had a third place car if it hadn’t been for those late race cautions but everything worked out for us.”

In one of the longest over time attempts The Weekly Racer has ever experienced, we asked Lemons what was going through his headset and if the extra laps changed what he needed to do to win the race.

“It was pretty quiet on our radio,” Lemons explained. “I think the only conversation was between me and one of the race directors about the sun getting into one, other than that it was pretty quiet.”

Tommy Lemons Jr., a two time Martinsville Speedway winner and 2014 SNMP track champion, had a strong 2016 spending the season battling McCaskill for the championship in the CARS Tour was excited to finally get a Thanksgiving Classic title under his belt after letting it slip though his fingers eight years ago.

“One of them [Thanksgiving Classic] got away from us back in 2008 and its been a tough road getting back here,” said Lemons. “We’ve had plenty of good cars here and just couldn’t cap it off. To finally get it back here in victory lane is great, I am the only one who gets to sit all off season, or at least till February and say I am the winner and that’s a good feeling.”

Lemons was pretty excited to go into the off season with victory as well as looking forward to having a few more customers come on board to Jumpstart Motorsports.

“We don’t really know just yet,” Lemons went on to explain. “Things are still kind of up in the air. We got a few customers come on board for next year and we will just see where it takes us.”

 

 

1) #27 Tommy Lemons Jr; 229
2) #03 Brenden Queen; 229
3) #51 Matt McCall; 229
4) #08 Deac McCaskill; 229
5) #4 Jonathan Findley; 229
6) #55 Mark Wertz; 229
7) #38 Ricky Jones III; 229
8) #99 Lyane Riggs; 229
9) #21a Tim Allensworth; 229
10) #8 Tyler Hughes; 229
11) #77 Connor Hall; 229
12) #7 Michael Hardin; 229
13) #M3 Shelton McNair; 229
14) #8 Josh Oakley; 229
15) #10 Maddy Mulligan; 229
16) #82 Mike Ganoe; 229
17) #19 Bubba Johnston; 228
18) #17 Stacy Puryear; 216
19) #44 Justin Johnson; 201
20) #5 Lee Pulliam; 200
22) #50 Haley Moody; 194
23) #9 Charlie Watson; 152
24) #88 Josh Berry; 129
25) #19 Cameron Bowen; 88
26) #1g Andrew Grady; 86
27) #21 Mike Darne; 63
28) #29 Paul Williamson; 63
29) #2 Myatt Snider; 62
30) #28 Jason Barnes; 49
31) #12 Austin Thaxton; 34

Bradley McCaskill Sets The Pace In The Limited Late Model Finale Saturday Night

Bradley McCaskill celebrates in victory lane after winning Saturday nights Limited Late Model feature with car owner, mom, and crew. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Bradley McCaskill celebrates in victory lane after winning Saturday nights Limited Late Model feature with car owner, mom, and crew. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Lucama, NC – It was Bradley McCaskill’s race from start to finish in Saturday nights 75 lap Mini’s Mission “Burn Rubber to Help Another” Limited Late Model feature. McCaskill, 27 from Knightdale, North Carolina, was second fastest earlier in the afternoon only to Alex Fleming. McCaskill and Fleming would be the pair to watch for most of the evening, as the two were in a league of their own.

“We got a great jump there at the start and got the lead,” McCaskill said after the race. “Our plan was to get up there and kind of set the pace and do what we need to do to save tires. Alex definitely ran us a lot harder than we anticipated and pushed me a lot harder than I wanted to go. I think he hurt his stuff there a little to much and we ended up getting back by him.”

Give credit to Alex Fleming, who will look to start his Super Late Model Sunday afternoon, for keeping young Bradley McCaskill honest all race long. The first half of the race Fleming applied plenty of pressure to the leader until he was able to get under and around McCaskill and even hold off an attempted cross over move. Fleming would hang onto the lead for about ten laps when McCaskill decided it was time to go and regained his spot at the top of the leader board with twenty-four laps to go.

Once he got around Fleming there it was nothing more than navigating his way through some lap traffic and staying smooth. Behind them was also some great racing for the final positions within the top five as well. Karl Budzevski, driver of the #26 was practically in a league of his own while Kenneth Mercer & Tim Allensworth had some fun.

It was clear by the end of the race that McCaskill had the car to beat Saturday night. In the car that won the 2016 Ronnie Barnnett Memorial at East Carolina Motor Speedway with Louis White behind the wheel, we asked Bradley if the cold weather had anything to do with the teams strategy going into the 75-lap feature.

“I think that’s where we had a little bit of an advantage,” said McCaskill. “The track gripped up a little more than I anticipated, I thought we were going a little to hard there for the track temperature but I guess it had a little bit more grip in it than I thought.”

Bradley went on to tell us that he might make the needed changes on the car and start the Late Model Stock race that will roll off the grid approx. 2:00 PM Sunday afternoon. Telling us that car owner Louis White said he could drive it if he wanted to. Grandstands are set to open Sunday morning around 9:45 AM with an on track driver autograph session scheduled for 10:15 – 11:30 AM. Pre race ceremonies should kick off at 11:45 followed by the green flag for the Super Late Model feature at 12:01 PM.

 

Mini’s Mission 75 Results
1) #7 Bradley McCaskill
2) #05 Alex Fleming
3) #26 Karl Budzevski
4) #24 Kenneth Mercer
5) #21 Tim Allensworth
6) #24 Colin Garrett
7) #M3 Shelton McNair, Jr.
8)  #87 Mini Tyrell
9)  #61 Michael O’Brien
10) #00 David West
11) #21 Gerald Benton
12.) #29 Bian Obiedzenski
13) #31 Wayne Goss
14) #82 Mike Ganoe
15) #91 Chris Elliott
16) #28 Justin Gill
17) #07 Ronald Renfrow

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