Jamie York scored his first career win in the 40 lap Limited Late Model “Dash for Cash” on Friday night, holding off a challenge from Mini Tyrrell.
The 17-year-old from Reidsville, North Carolina dominated much of the race, but was passed by Mini Tyrrell with 18 laps to go but, four laps later, he regained the lead and never looked back. York went on to score the victory, the first of his career.
“It was close at the end,” York said. “He ran good and it was a close race. I’m real excited. I want to thank my dad and my crew for working on the car. They put together a good car today and hopefully we’ll have it for tomorrow.”
Tyrrell, once again leading laps in a Limited Late Model race at Southern National Motorsports Park, settled for second.
“It was a phenomenal night,” Tyrrell said. “Couldn’t ask for anything better. We were swapping with first place and third place and were all over the place. Great turnout. 40 lap dash, they’re always fun for little small races. Great race, car got a little tight at the end and battled for a second place.”
Alex Fleming finished in third while Ronald Renfrow and Jason Myers rounded out the top-five.
Emily Day, who is racing in four feature events during the 17th Thanksgiving Classic presented by Solid Rock Carriers, dominated in the Bandolero feature. She got the lead early and drove away for her second career win.
“We worked hard for this win and I’m glad we were able to finish it off good,” Day said. “This is one of my last races in the Bandolero so I’m glad it went well. The guys had my car right and I was able to just come out here and dominate.”
Day was on her way to a top-10 finish in a wild Legends feature, her first career start in the division, but she was involved in a late race incident which relegated her to a 13th place finish. That race was ultimately won by Dillon Spain, a man who has taken up a second residence in victory lane at Southern National Motorsports Park.
Spain beat out Will Bristle and Caleb Day.
Charger division champion Jonathan Kornegay bested the competition in the 40 lap Charger feature race to score the victory. Michael O’Brien finished second and Jeremy Bohne came home in third.
Day two of the 17th Thanksgiving Classic presented by Solid Rock Carriers gets underway on Saturday with qualifying to determine the top-12 starters in the Late Model Stock Car feature race, which headlines Sunday. Super Late Models will also qualify. Following qualifying, feature racing will get underway with Bandoleros, Legends, Southern Lightning Modifieds, Mini Stocks, U-CARs, Street Stocks, Any Cars and a 75 lap Limited Late Model feature.
Qualifying for Saturday’s races gets underway at 1:20pm, Late Model qualifying (for Sunday’s races) will begin at 2:30pm and Saturday night’s features will commence at 4:30pm.
LIMITED LATE MODEL RESULTS:
1. Jamie York
2. Mini Tyrrell
3. Alex Fleming
4. Clay Jones
5. Ronald Renfrow
6. Jason Myers
7. Jacob Borst
8. Eric WInslow
9. Alex Champion
10. Paul Williamson
11. Rusty Daniels
12. Brandon Jones
13. Chris Elliott