In a racing weekend that saw action from coast to coast, short track racing fans were treated to new faces in victory lanes all across the country. For some drivers it took a few years, and for some it was a long time coming. Now, we look back on the first time winners from this weekend.
Allen Tuner Pro Late Models: By our count, which includes Pro and Super Late Model events, Chris Davidson had over 70 starts at Five Flags Speedway (FL) before he scored his first win on the Gulf Coast on Friday night. Davidson won the first Allen Turner Pro Late Model event of the season and could be in line to win a track championship with solid finishes in the up coming races. Davidson has long been a supporter of Five Flags Speedway despite the long drives from Texas, but this time he got to drive home with a trophy.
CARS Tour: With the CARS Tour’s return to action postponed on Friday, Ryan Millington made the tough choice to stay at Ace Speedway rather than competing at his home track of Hickory Motor Speedway, where he led the track championship. By the end of the night, Millington was okay with that after he scored his first career CARS Tour win. Millington has only had a handful of starts in the series, but made a big splash at Ace Speedway.
Eldora Stream: Kyle Stricker went to Eldora as an alternate for the big Late Model invitational and he made the most of it with win on Thursday night going flag in the 30-lap event. For his efforts, Strickler earned $10,000 and got his name in the Eldora Speedway record books. It was a career win for the Dirt Modified ace looking to bring that success to the Dirt Late Model world.
Hickory Motor Speedway: With some of the regulars away, the rest of the field would play. In race one, it was Mason Diaz who etched his name into the Hickory Motor Speedway record books with his first series win. Diaz was looking for a sweep in race two, but it was regular Annabeth Barnes Crum made history with her first Late Model Stock Car winner at Hickory. She also became just the second female winner in Late Model Stock Cars at Hickory, with the first being Chrissy Wallace.
Show Me the Money: The writing was on the wall that Christopher Tullis was going to get the job done soon. After five top-five runs in 16 starts in the Show Me the Money Pro Late Model Series, he was due for a victory. Earlier in the year ,he led 46 laps at the Alabama 200 and showed his strength at Montgomery Motor Speedway. On Saturday night the Georgia driver put it all together in Alabama and won the Show Me The Money race. It was his first win in the series after two runner-up finishes.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Correspondent
-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo