The first Southeast Limited Late Model race of 2014 could have not gone any better for Bradley McCaskill.
Despite having never visited victory lane at North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway, Bradley McCaskill set fast time and led all 100 laps on his way to his first win in the series’ Pro division.
“I guess I can add Caraway to my favorite tracks list,” said McCaskill. “The car was awesome and it took us a while to get there. We really tried a lot of stuff in practice here on Tuesday and it worked.”
McCaskill has now won at three tracks this season with victories at Dillon Motor Speedway (SC) and East Carolina Motor Speedway (NC). The success is a blessing after years of selected starts in PASS South with mixed results.
“We were really trying to make it work without the funds we needed,” admitted McCaskill. “This Limited deal is nice because the races are not as long and the travel is not as far.”
One joke in the McCaskill pit prior to the event was that his car did not even have his name on the roof. McCaskill owns Grafix Unlimited, a decal and sign shop in Raleigh, North Carolina. He had not gotten decals with his name for the car before Wednesday’s race and its owner’s name, Louis White, remained on the roof from its recent races at East Carolina. Perhaps now a victory will change that.
“Maybe now I can,” said McCaskill about the name on the door.
The only major challenger for McCaskill came in the form of Ryan Shattuck, who started 14th and didn’t make it to second until the final 10 laps. However that was all he could muster as the laps clicked off too quickly for him.
“We needed maybe five more laps,” said an exhausted Shattuck in victory lane. “This was my first 100 lap race of the season and in this heat it was a challenge.”
Justin Hicks, Jimmy Wallace and Boo Boo Dalton rounded out the top five.
Michael Kitchin celebrated his post-honeymoon Fourth of July weekend with a win in the Southeast Limited Late Model Challenge division. Kitchin made the winning pass shortly before halfway and never looked back. In victory lane he celebrated with his bride Rachael who was all smiles after the win.
“I hope she’s not too mad at me for cutting the honeymoon short,” said Kitchin in victory lane.
Brandon McKenzie won the Legends division race, Jeremy Clay took the Street Stock feature, the UCar race went to Corey Rose, the Hornets saw Tommy Raino in victory lane and Brandin Wrisley captured the Truck feature Wednesday at Caraway.
– By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Operations Manager – Twitter: @ElginTraylor