Mack Little celebrates in victory lane after winning a wild Lee Faulk Racing Limiteds feature at Tri-County (Photo: Jaden Austin)

Little Wins Lee Faulk Racing Limiteds Race in Controversial Finish

The first Lee Faulk Racing Limiteds race sanctioned under the CARS Tour ended in controversy when Mack Little III was declared the winner after a last lap crash eliminated most of the field.

With the race already cut ten laps short due to darkness, the Lee Faulk Racing Limiteds drivers began racing hard early, but managed to avoid contact during the first 30 laps of the race as Zach Bruenger, Zack Ralston and others battled hard for the lead. However, a multi-car accident on Lap 33 would bring out the first caution of the day and eliminate several contenders that included Mini Tyrell.

The following restart would bring more chaos, as Ralston and veteran Monty Cox tangled on the frontstretch as the field came to the green flag, which would ultimately put Cox out of the event with a broken radiator. Less than one lap later, another caution flew when Dillon Houser got loose battling Bruenger for the lead, which caused him to lose control and take Landon Huffman of the day.

The final restart attempt of the day would bring an end to the race, as the front row of Bruenger and Brody Pope made contact in Turn 2, which collected most of the cars remaining on the track, and forced CARS Response Energy Tour officials to call the race after only 34 laps. After a brief debate over who was in front, series officials reverted back to the last completed lap, with Little being declared the winner as he was the highest-scoring car that made it through the accident.

“It just got crazy there at the end,” Little said in victory lane. “The good Lord was smiling down on us. I really let my crew down in qualifying, but we had a really good car, and we were able to just get up on the top and just roll there. I have to thank Mountain Dew and the CARS Tour for putting this on, but most importantly I have to thank the good Lord.”

Amber Lynn, who protested the finish of the race after claiming she was in front when the caution was displayed, was placed in the fourth position after series officials sorted out the results. Tommy Neil came home in second while Eric Green was scored in third. Rounding out the Top 5 was Don Carlton in fifth.


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Brandon White joined Race22.com in 2017 and is a senior correspondent. White graduated from the University of North Carolina pursuing a career in journalism. Prior to joining Race22.com, he worked with the CARS Tour. He predominantly covers the CARS Tour for Race22.com as well as other races throughout the year.