latemodelamerica.com - May 29 - Wythe Raceway Fastrak
LateModelAmerica.com by Sam Holbrooks

 
 

Fastrak: Smith and Umberger Score Twins at Wythe

series report

RURAL RETREAT, Va. - May 29. With inclement weather winning out on Friday at 311 Motor Speedway, Fastrak series officials traveled north into southern Virginia, and after consulting with Wythe Raceway officials, redesigned their Triple Crown format by scheduling twin races at Wythe. David Smith and Brandon Umberger came away the winners.

All of the 34 participating teams were allotted two laps of qualifying. Lap one was assigned to Twin Race #1 and lap two was assigned to Twin Race #2.

When the time arrived for the feature, many of the teams were not on the grid for Race #1. Those teams, including fast qualifier and SE Touring leader Brandon Umberger, were reassigned to starting positions behind those on the grid. David Smith and Bobby Mays led the field to the green with Smith taking the early advantage.

Caution flags flew on laps three and five before teams settled into the event. Smith, the defending SE Touring Champion, paced the field up front as many of the higher qualifying teams attempted to work their way to the point. Umberger made a huge charge through the field, making it up to the fourth position before experiencing mechanical failures. Smith took down race one and was followed to the line by former SE Touring champion Lee Cooper, Donald Bradsher, Trent Ivey, and Chad Hale.

Race two brought additional intensity to the starting grid as fast qualifier Umberger and Bobby Mays shared the front row. Mays vaulted into the early race lead, only to have Umberger make the pass shortly into the event. Mays then battled with Lee Cooper behind Umberger as the race neared the halfway point. The last half of the event saw Umberger increase his lead while Cooper, Mays, Kenny Peeples, Jr., David Smith and Vic Chandler ran two by two for multiple laps. In the end, Umberger, who set a new track record during time trials, would continue his assault on the field in capturing Race two. Peeples Jr, Smith, Cooper, and Ivey rounded out the top five.

 

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