Chuck Barnes, Jr. became the first and only two-time Short Track U.S. Nationals winner Sunday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway.  Barnes parked his No. 44 Street Stock in victory lane after winning the CRA Street Stock feature for the second year in a row in Thunder Valley.

 

The Louisville, Kentucky native set fast time out of nearly 70 Street Stocks in qualifying and took the lead from Brett Hudson late in the race to pick up another Bristol sword.

 

“It was a hell of a race,” Barnes told Speed51.com.  “The 00 (Hudson) is strong wherever he goes.  We ran him so hard, he’s just a wheelman.  I can’t run that hard for fifty laps.  I just saved my car, saved my tires, and tried to step it up when it counts, and we got lucky tonight.”

 

Brett Hudson took the lead on Lap 2 of the 50-lap race and was the class of the field early, having built his lead to over three seconds at one point.  However, Barnes kept pace with Hudson on the final restart with 17 laps to go before wrestling the lead away.  Unlike last year’s last lap bump-and-run, the two drivers raced clean all the way to the checkered flag.

 

“I just did what I needed to do and let him run his stuff down,” Barnes stated.  “We just took care of our equipment and thank God he raced us clean.”

 

Hudson was forced to settle for a runner-up finish after putting on a dominating performance for the second year in a row.

 

“It feels like about the same as last year,” Hudson said.  “It’s not quite as bad though.  It was getting a little tighter throughout the race and it just got too tight at the end and couldn’t hold it on the bottom.  I still think I was better if we had a longer run, but I was too tight.  Just bad luck, I guess.”

 

Meanwhile, it was a family affair for the Barnes family, as father Chuck Barnes Sr. came home in third and had a front row seat for all the action.

 

“It’s great,” the elder Barnes stated.  “He was putting on a pretty good show there in front of me and I had a front row seat.  It was great.  He’s worked hard for it and there was so much controversy the last time we were here, so I’m glad to see him do it.”

 

“It’s awesome,” said Barnes Jr. “The only thing that could be better is that my wife and kids are at home watching.  I wish they could be here.  But me and my dad got a 1-3 finish; I’ll take that.  It’s a pretty good day.”

 

James Kirby and Skeeter Crum rounded out the top five.

 

You can watch the full on-demand broadcast of the Street Stock feature at Bristol Motor Speedway now on Speed51.com.

 

-By Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3

-Photo credit: Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

 

Short Track U.S. Nationals CRA Street Stocks Unofficial Results

Bristol Motor Speedway (TN) – May 20, 2018

1             44          Chuck Barnes, Jr.

2             00H       Brett Hudson

3             5             Chuck Barnes, Sr.

4             11          James Kirby

5             22C        Skeeter Crum

6             21P        Calvin Parham

7             24W      Jeremie Wiggins

8             9             Jake Hinton

9             73          Jason Atkinson

10          54G       Nathan Greene

11          29T        Mike Todd

12          28S        Dayton Sidner

13          84          Andrew Teepe

14          17L        Josh Lank

15          68          J.J. Schafer

16          42          Curtis Peeples

17          3M        Jacob McElfresh

18          1             Jamie Whitt

19          66          Justin Oberlin

20          03E        Kevin Eby

21          17C        Kevin Claborn

22          89          Josh Sage

23          00M      Sam McCord

24          55J         Phil Jenkins

25          74          Josh Brading

26          22K        James Kirby, III

27          23S        Thomas Skiles

28          51X        Baden Stewart

29          95          Brian Hopkins

30          26B        Jeff Berg

31          10          Dan Banker

32          35R        Andy Rutherford

33          51          Lee Schwartz

34          03          Joe Quinn

35          32          David Bayens

36          72          Nick Pressler

Barnes Becomes Two-Time Short Track Nats Winner at Bristol