Dobson’s Chase McCormick made winning three in a row look easy at Friendship Motor Speedway.
After qualifying second for the SECA Late Model feature event, McCormick got a good jump when the green flag dropped, and never gave up the lead, although he did have a bit of scare toward the end of the race.
“My power steering was going out,” McCormick said. “I’m glad that it was over [when I finished].”
Perhaps overshadowing the victory was an incident midway through the race. The 30, 44, and 29 got together. It sent the 30 car into the catch fence. The fence did its job keeping the car contained, and no injuries were reported.
Lucky number seven for Anen
Elkin’s George Anen Jr. was a man on a mission Saturday night at Friendship Motor Speedway. Anen entered the weekend winning six straight, and per Friendship rules, had to start at the rear of the field.
That didn’t stop him from driving it like he stole it. Anen worked the high line incredibly well while some others struggled. He worked his way up to second place by lap nine when a caution set up the defining battle. On the restart, Anen and Shaun Robertson gave the fans a show racing side-by-side before Anen got a good run off of turn four on lap 12 and set sail to victory.
It’s Anen’s seventh straight win in the series, and while his mentality all season has been just to go for wins, he’s gone from being third in points to leading.
Ronda’s Jody Trivette grabs first UCAR win
Although he visited victory lane at Friendship Motor Speedway before, Ronda’s Jody Trivette had never won a UCAR race at the speedway. Saturday, there was a chance he wasn’t going to come at all, but he’s glad he did.
“I normally run up at Boone, but it costs too much to drive up to the mountains when I can go out here,” Trivette said.
Running in second to Wilkesboro’s Kenneth Miller all night, Trivette saw his opportunity. With two laps to go in turns one and two, he noticed Miller pushing up the hill. He plotted his move in turns three and four coming to the white. He zipped by Miller at the start finish line and held on for the win. Not bad for someone who didn’t know which track they’d be racing at that night.
Hamptonville’s Bray wins Modified Race; all other winners
Hamptonville’s Joel Bray was emotional after winning in the Open Wheel Modified race. Bray was strong all night and took advantage of other people’s mistakes. Bray has been running a Racing for Kira logo on his car to support his daughter who was injured in a crash last year.
Taylorsville’s Larry Martin was practically untouchable in the Xtreme Stock 4 series. While tempers were flaring during some big wrecks, Martin kept his car clean and pulled away for the win. Also, Mocksville’s Brad Mickalowski ran the logos of Twitch.tv streamer Shaylyn Gimby (known to his viewers as Kyente). It is the first known instance of Twitch, an interactive video gaming website rising rapidly in popularity. having a presence in real life auto racing. Supporters used #KyenteCar on social media sites like Instagram and Twitter to show their support for a tiny bit of history at the dirt track.
Unofficially, Travis Chatham did not give much of a chance to any of his competitors and cruised away for the victory in the Super Stock 4 series.
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