Big wreck, big features the theme for last Saturday at Friendship


By Ryan DeCosta - rdecosta@civitasmedia.com



Jeff Parsons qualified for the Renegade series race Saturday night, going on to win later that night.


Ryan DeCosta | Elkin Tribune

With only a few races left in the season for the classes at Friendship Motor Speedway, things are heating up.

George Anen Jr. of Elkin was leading in the Renegade series after a phenomenal run, but despite starting on the pole Saturday night, an engine failure might change the points system with only two points races to go in the series. Shaun Robinson made the most of the situation, finishing second overall and tightening the points margin. Robinson had a driveshaft break weeks prior, but kept grinding. Now, they’ll have a chance to overtake Anen with only two to go.

Jeff Parsons isn’t running for points, but was able to dominate for the win.

In Xtreme Stock 4, it was Taylorsville’s Larry Martin getting a six-pack of his own, winning his sixth straight at the speedway. Martin had to hold off Mocksville’s Brad Mickalowski, who was breathing down his neck lap-for-lap.

In Open Wheel Modifieds, it was Mocksville’s Richard Clew who looked like he was in the same form he was when summer started. Nobody could get a clue on Clew’s driving style, and by the time some racers started to gain on him, it was too late.

Super Stock 4 saw Sandy Martin have a strong run, but Roger Nance wanted his run to be stronger. Nance took advantage of a late race caution to overtake Martin and drive off to the end.

SECA Crate Late Models had car parts flying and tempers flaring. Chase McCormick and Steve Blackburn were rubbing against each other’s cars under caution. The last time McCormick won a race, his motor was protested by Blackburn. McCormick’s engine was later found to be legal, as was the apparent rift between the two drivers.

During one restart, McCormick got turned leaving his competition behind him with no place to go. The wreck took the initial starting grid of 18 drivers and whittled it down to seven very quickly.

Only two races remain in points racing. Tune in later this week to see the points series breakdown.

Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.

Jeff Parsons qualified for the Renegade series race Saturday night, going on to win later that night.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_IMG_5791.jpgJeff Parsons qualified for the Renegade series race Saturday night, going on to win later that night. Ryan DeCosta | Elkin Tribune

By Ryan DeCosta

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