PELETIER, NC – TJ Barron outlasted the competition in Saturday’s Clash at the Coast to score his first career victory at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway.
Barron made his move late in the race, passing Brandon Clements on lap 48 in the 60-lap race and driving away for his first Carteret County Speedway win. The victory was special for Barron. He was able to snap a winless drought that dated back to 2013 when he last won at Coastal Plains Raceway in Jacksonville. After the race, he was given the winner’s trophy by his youngest son, Colton.
“This is pretty special,” Barron said in victory lane. “We worked our butts off man. This place has eluded me for last year and the first part of this year. We had a good car. It’s been since 2013 since we last won. We finally won somewhere else besides Coastal Plains. That’s pretty special.”
Chris Burns dominated for much of the first part of the race, but Clements was able to get in position to make a run at the lead when electing to start on the outside after a lap 35 caution. On lap 37, Clements was able to make his way around Burns before eventually surrendering the lead to Barron. Clements settled for second.
“I don’t know why everybody’s scared to jump out there, you can make it happen,” Clements remarked. “We’re chipping away at it, little at a time. It’s getting better and better. I think we’ll come back out next time and we’ll have the heat for them.”
Eric Winslow finished third while Chris Burns and Rusty Daniels rounded out the top-five.