ARCA East rookie Parker Retzlaff captured his second victory of the season in the Speed51 Western Super Series presented by J2Racing.parts Tuesday night at the virtual Southern National Motorsports Park. Retzlaff stayed out of trouble early and took the lead from early leader Layne Riggs on his way to becoming the first repeat winner of the current season.
“I was just trying to stay out of the wrecks, seemed like everyone was trying so hard to get to the front and I was trying to stay out of the mess," Retzlaff said.
With his victory, Retzlaff gained ground in the fight for the season championship heading into a battle at the "Last Great Colosseum" next Tuesday night.
“I am trying to stay consistent every week and not do anything dumb to take me out of the points chase," he stated. "[Bristol] is going to be about saving tires there. I have not had a chance to run a Super there before so I’m excited.”
Northeast Late Model racer Ryan Kuhn crossed the finish line second to score yet another podium finish, but this time at one of his least favorite tracks.
“I had a great run there and the end. It was fun side-by-side racing. Good win for Parker, this is definitely not my best track," Kuhn admitted. "I told my teammate that I hate this track before the race, so to come home P2 I’m happy. I was not expecting the track to rubber up the way it did, especially with the top coming in the way it did. As the cautions kept progressing, the bottom was the way to go on the restarts.”
When asked about next week's race at Bristol, Kuhn lit up with excitement.
“I love Bristol, so I’m very prepared going into that race," he said.
Southeast Late Model Stock Car racer Layne Riggs, the son of former NASCAR Cup Series driver Scott Riggs, continues to improve as one of the new comers to the league with a season best third-place finish.
“It was a really fun race, tried to save some tires, maybe saved too much at times then ran too hard at times," Riggs said. "Congrats to Parker, he definitely blew all us out of the water, no one could really touch him. It was a very dynamic track tonight, it was almost like a dirt race trying to find grip throughout the night.”
Next Tuesday, March 3 brings the Speed51 Western Super Series presented by J2Racing.parts to the very well known Bristol Motor Speedway for 100 laps.
Watch last night's race and all of the Western Super Series races on Speed51 by visiting www.speed51.com/westernsuperseries.
-Story by: Kyler Hope, Speed51 West Coast Correspondent