Clanton picks up a win in Tri County’s opener
Shane Clanton captured his third career Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series victory on Friday Night March 16th at Tri County Race Track in Brasstown, N.C.
Clanton led from flag to flag for the $3,000 payday. In his post-race interview, Clanton addressed a controversial rule change series promoter Ray Cook implemented in the off-season which limited the ride height for the competing cars. “He’s trying to be the innovator of the sport for safety and put racing back in our hands. It’s pretty exciting to come and win a first race with the chains on.”
Three cautions slowed the 40 lap feature event. Shanon Buckingham brought out the first caution as he slowed in turn four with a flat tire. Robby Moses spun his car in turn four to slow the pace for the second time. The final yellow flag came out on the restart as Austin Smith spun in turn four and collected Chicky Barton. Canada’s Ricky Weiss finished second followed by Casey Roberts in third. Shawn Chastain and Jamie Oliver rounded out the top five.
In other action, Michael Harper won a race of attrition in the Street Stock division. The most spectacular moment of the race came after Jacob Lynch returned to the track following a flat tire. After completing a couple of circuits Lynch’s new wheel/tire combo left the car and made its own path down the front stretch. Jay Lynch finished second and Ronnie Gill took third.
Mark Wilbanks was victorious in a clean Modified Hobby race. Several division regulars were not in attendance which gave competitors plenty of racing room. Greg Suddereth took second with Kenny Taylor on his heels in third.
The Crate and Limited Late Models were combined to form a field of 17 ground pounding cars. Jason Deal jumped out to the lead early as he used the outside lane to clear Kenny Collins. Jacob Anderson followed Deal and took over the second position. As laps started winding down, Anderson began cutting into Deal’s lead. Suddenly the leader slowed on the backstretch, handing the lead and the win to Anderson. Collins wound up second and Hayesville’s Brett Shook finished third.
In the final events of the evening, Marty King took first in the Pony division, Josh Deese was victorious in the front wheel drive race and Jacob Hamby crossed the line first in the 602 Rookie race.
Tri County will host more racing action on Friday, March 30 when they open their gates for a full racing program plus bicycle races for the kids. Gates open at 5 p.m. with cars hitting the track at 7:15 p.m.