The 2020 racing season at Five Flags Speedway began on Friday night with the race track's four local divisions taking the stage on Speed51. The Pro Trucks, Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks, and Pure Stocks each had extra-distance features, their first races at the half-mile since Snowball Derby Weekend last December.
Teenager Makes News After Winning Pro Truck Feature
Fourteen-year-old Grant Thompson kicked off the season at Five Flags by leading wire-to-wire for the Pro Truck win. Normally driving for his family team, the 49th pick in the recent 2020 Short Track Draft hopped in the Kurt Britt Motorsports No. 38 and was dominant.
“It’s a little bit faster than what we’ve got, but I just really appreciate him for giving me this opportunity,” Thompson said on the broadcast.
While in victory lane, Thompson dropped some news regarding next week’s scheduled Show Me the Money Series Pro Late Model race at Montgomery Motor Speedway.
“I’m running the No. 112 Augie Grill Pro Late Model for the 100-lap Montgomery race next Saturday night.”
Darryl Rudd, Cameron Weinberg, Alan Carter and Hunter Johnson chased Thompson under the checkered flag.
Lambert Overcomes Rain Delay for Sportsman Win
Mother Nature interrupted the Sportsmen feature, making an appearance with just seven laps to go. After track-drying commenced, Hunter Lambert held off a hard-charging Shanna Ard for his first Sportsman win at Five Flags.
“We’ve done a lot of work to it and it handles like a dream right now,” Lambert said in victory lane.
Shanna Ard, Jim Pokrant, Mark Barnhill and Chad Robinson completed the top five.
Touchtone Benefits from Early Leader Jinxes
The lead was the one spot you did not want to start during the 35-lap Outlaw Stock feature. Fast-qualifier Kody Brusso suffered mechanical issues and never started the race. Jay Jay Day then inherited the top spot to start the race, only to fall to the tail after a bad start.
Bill Touchtone would lead every lap to score the win, his second win since coming out of retirement last season.
“This was my old Super Late Model. Roy Ingram’s got it now. Oh man, it’s fast,” Touchtone said. “What’s funny is, this sucker was fast for the Derby and unfortunately the shock came apart and we didn’t get to show it. This has been a long time coming.”
Former Snowball Derby polesitter Jeremy Pate charged from his 14th starting spot to finish second, while Conner Sutton, Stuart Dutton and Todd Jones completed the top five.
Derby Pure Stock Winner Returns to Victory Lane
Jerry Goff, Jr. made the trip to Five Flags Speedway from Mississippi and scored his second-straight win after winning the Pure Stock feature at the Snowball Derby in December. It was his first checkered flag and his first time celebrating in victory lane, after inheriting the Snowball Derby win in post-race technical inspection.
“We won the Derby in the way we didn’t want to, this is our first win on the track, getting the checkered flag with these guys. I am so happy for this group right here, more for them than myself.”
Dylan Courtney, Daryl McDonald, Link Powell and Camron Leytham rounded out the top five behind Goff after 25 laps of racing.
Five Flags Speedway will be back in action next Friday night with their four local divisions.
Those who missed Friday night's racing can click here to watch a replay on Speed51. Highlights of all four divisions will also be available to Speed51 premium subscribers early next week.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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