Doubling up for Dobson’s McCormick
In one of the most entertaining races of the night, Dobson’s Chase McCormick fought his way to the front for his second-straight win in the SECA Late Model series at Friendship Motor Speedway Saturday night.
McCormick was not particularly strong in qualifying, and found himself starting in fifth place. One of his crew members, Lindsay Tucker, noted that especially in Late Models, the passing is tough.
“Most of the time when you start fifth, you got no chance at the win,” Tucker said.
However, that wasn’t going to stop McCormick from working his way up to second spot on lap 17. Polesitter Benji Hicks had been running strong all night, making it tough for McCormick to find a way around him. Entering turn one, McCormick made his move.
“Benji was really fast on the bottom, and I couldn’t catch him like that, and I said, ‘Well, it’s time for me to make a zero-or-hero move here,’” McCormick said.
McCormick then held it nearly wide-open entering turn one on the outside and made it stick to get past Hicks for the lead and would hold on the rest of the way for another win.
Six-pack for Elkin’s Anen
If there’s a Renegade series race at Friendship Motor Speedway, there’s a good chance you’ll see George Anen Jr. battling for the top spot.
A hometown favorite, Elkin’s Anen had to go through the field in exciting fashion cutting between the top and bottom lines before zipping by the 52 on lap 6 and never looking back from there on out. For Anen, it is his sixth-straight win in the series. When Anen started his run, he was sitting third in the points, but with a sizable points margin between him and the leader.
“I’m pretty sure after tonight we are the points leader,” Anen said. “As long as we keep winning we’re going to keep leading. I’m tickled to death, it’s been fun.”
Big wreck the main focus of Open Wheel Modified race
Bobby Jones came away with a big win in the Open Wheel Modified series, but a big wreck near the end of the race had fans and racers concerned.
Racing along the frontstretch, the 3 of Jerry Cochran and 23 of Greyson Stevens got together. Stevens car shot up to the wall and rode along side of it on its driver’s door, but the more terrifying event happened to Cochran. Cochran spun to the inside wall and flipped over, landing on his roof. Crew members rushed to the scene as the front of the car suddenly burst into flames as it ignited on some of the fluid that was leaking. Despite the hard crash, no fans nor racers were injured.
“It’s unreal,” Cochran said. “Families are close, but racing families are closer. I couldn’t count how many people were laying in the mud hollering at me making sure that I was alright. It shows how close everybody is regardless of what rivals you’ve got. There’s a lot of good people at the race track.”
“Mr. Excitement” Jeff Parsons lives up to nickname
Jeff Parsons made a late-race pass on Ronda’s Bryan Nance to win the Limited Sportsman race. Nance and Parsons were racing side by side from the moment the green flag dropped, and Parsons made a good move to get by with less than three laps to go. Nance would go on to finish third.
Uncharacteristic wreckfest in UCAR series
Wilkesboro’s Kenneth Miller kept his car clean throughout the night while many others did not to win the UCAR series race Saturday night.
Many cars were caught up in wrecks, including last week’s winner Ben Walker from Greensboro. There were over five cautions in the race. Typically in UCAR, they are able to keep the car from spinning around, with many of the past seven races going caution free. However, with the extra money on the line for the race, drivers were beating and banging for the top spot. It’s Miller’s second win in three weeks.
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