The FASTRAK Racing Series powered by Chevrolet Performance continued their weekend double header after the successful Charlie Mize Memorial July 4th at Lavonia, GA Speedway returning back to "America's Baddest Bullring" Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, WV for the Inaugural $7000 to win #GreatAmericanCrateRace in front of a capacity crowd in the Mid Ohio Valley of "wild and wonderful' West Virginia.
The night would get kicked off 39 drivers from 8 states from Pennsylvania to Florida in action around the 1/4 mile under prestine weather conditions, sunny skies and low 80's greeted the fans and teams as the action was absolutely phenomenal, when the evening concluded it was the #184 from Burgettstown, PA of Kyle Lukon to score the biggest win in his racing career so far taking the $7000 Great American Crate Race. Heat racing action would get the evening kicked off for the show and saw #6 Dillon Brown, #79 Ross Bailes, #39 Henry Hornsby and #25 Zack Dohm take the action. #12 Daryl Charlier and #0 Troy Frazier would go on to take the very eventual 12 lap last chance B-Main races, provisionals of the 12th row would go to #184d Derek Doll and #12 Ryan Payne for the 39 car field dwindled down to 24 of the best in pro late model racing for the inaugural event. After the spectacular FIREWORKS display and the 4 wide salute with the drivers waving the "old glory" to officially put a close the independence day weekend and the race was on for $7000 dollars at Tyler County Speedway.
The initial start would ensue THE BIG ONE when #17 Trey Watson got turned entering turn four blocking the path and piling in several top contenders including, #7 Corey Almond, #75 Brett Hamm, #44 12 Ryan Payne and #184 Derek Doll. The call was made that the #17 Watson was the start of the wreck being sent to the rear. On the second attempt of green the race would kick off with #79 Ross Bailes taking the hole shot pulling away from the pole car of #6 Dillon Brown. The field would get slowed with 10 laps in after the #75 Brett Hamm limped off the pace off turn four and dropped to the bottom of the track then the top surface, this caused the #184 of Derek Doll in his Rockket chassis to plow hard into the rear end of Hamm's Longhorn chassis helping assist the car to the infield. Caution would come out again after #17 Trey Watson would stall then spin exiting turn three. All the while Bailes would be the man out in front try the best he could to maneuver lap traffic and open up the lead on Brown, Lukon, Dohm and others.
Just after the halfway mark the Rocket of Lukon would make his move for the lead, he'd sneak as Bailes got hung out by lap traffic entering turn one to take her three wide using the lap car as a pick for the P1 spot. Lukon would lead for just about a handful of laps until Bailes was able to return the favor using lap traffic to take the top spot back. The racing in the back of the pack was intense through the entire field as they we're 3-4 wide and yes even 5 wide for the positions around "the bullring". With Lukon back to the whip on the back stretch, he'd make his move just like Lukon to take the top spot back for the lead.
The final caution would come out causing a 6 lap shootout for the finish in the $7000 to win event with the fans on their feet loving the action , Lukon would force one final move to take the lead boxed in by lap traffic that allowed Bailes to get stuck up top and Lukon would take the lead for the final time making it the biggest win of his FASTRAK Racing Series powered by Chevrolet Performance in his career coming off the FASTRAK weekly track win at Elkins, WV Raceway Friday evening and the defending track champion of "America's Baddest Bullring".
Bailes would then hold off the hard charge efforts by #25 Zack Dohm, #55 Matt Long and #13 Jacob Hawkins to round out the top five when the field roared to the checkerd flag to put a closeure of the 4th of July weekend 2018 for the best pro late models drivers, from Georgia to West Virginia entertainin the crowd to giving them a standing ovation at night's end.
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS of the Great American Crate Race at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, WV (pending tire results and post race technical inspection)
1st #184 Kyle Lukon, 2nd #79 Ross Bailes, 3rd #25 Zack Dohm, 4th #55 Matt Long, 5th #13 Jacob Hawkins, 6th #5w Mark Whitener, 7th #6 Dillon Brown, 8th #39 Henry Hornsby, 9th #12 Daryl Charlier (Basey Site Equipment Hard Charger Award) 10th #30 Tyler Bare, 11th #2 Michael Bland, 12th #75 Brandon Weigle, 13th #32 Brent Trimble, 14th #15 Donnie Dotson, 15th #7a Corey Almond, 16th #14 Brandon Dillenger, 17th #0 Troy Frazier, 18th #21 Billy Beachler, 19th #K2 John Over, 20th #4 Matthew Nance, 21st #184d Derek Doll, 22nd #12 Ryan Payne, 23rd #t17 Trey Watson, 24th #75 Brett Hamm
The NEXT event for the FASTRAK Racing Series powered by Chevrolet Performance Tourng Series will be this Friday July 27th with continauion from Memorial Day weekend of the 14th Annual FASTRAK Triple Crown with the return of the series at the Beckley Motorsports Park in Prosperity, WV for $2000 to win and the $3000 to win event and the finale for the Howard Miller grandfather clock on Saturday July 28th at the Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, VA.
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