In a late race duel that may go down as one of the best finishes of the year in the CARS Tour Late Model Stock division, Bradley McCaskill edged Myatt Snider on the white flag lap to pick up his first CARS Tour win.
“CARS Tour is a huge deal to me,” Bradley McCaskill told Speed51.com powered by JEGS, “But on top of that, winning McCaskill edged Myatt Snider to pick up the win at Concord Speedway Saturday night.at Concord is like the track to win at, so I really feel like we’ve done something here.”
Snider, also the fast qualifier, jumped out to the early lead before relinquishing it to Deac McCaskill on lap 23. The caution flew two laps later, and on the restart Snider grabbed the lead back, while Bradley McCaskill worked his way into second and Deac McCaskill slid back to third.
Bradley McCaskill took his first lead of the day on lap 31, but six laps later the caution flew again. Snider got a good jump on the restart and reclaimed the lead with Bradley McCaskill settling into second and Deac McCaskill into third.
Snider and the McCaskill’s separated themselves from the rest of the field, running nose to tail around the triangle shaped Concord Speedway lap after lap.
On lap 64 Deac McCaskill stole the second spot from his cousin and closed in even more on Snider. The top three continued to battle within a car length of eachother for the next 30 laps.
Deac McCaskill looked to make a move on Snider for the lead on lap 94. He dove to the inside, but then spun going into turn one, bringing out the caution and relinquishing his runner-up position.
Snider chose the outside of Bradley McCaskill on the restart. The two battled door to door for the lead, with McCaskill prevailing for the top spot when the caution flew as Chris PaHud hit the inside wall on the frontstetch.
Now the leader, McCaskill stayed true and chose the inside, which worked for him before on the restart. McCaskill grabbed the lead once again, but the caution flew again before a lap was even completed. Jeff Oakley, Mike Darne and Chad Hudspeth were all involved in a big wreck on the frontstrech that brought out the red flag.
When clean-up was completed, it was McCaskill on the inside and Snider on the outside for a restart with five laps to go. This time it was Snider who got a good jump on the high side and was able to clear McCaskill for the lead.
Snider jumped out to lead by about two car lengths, but over the next four laps, McCaskill reeled him in. As the two came to the white flag, McCaskill got to the inside of Snider and the two raced side by side on the final lap. Coming to the checkers McCaskill inched ahead of Snider just before the line to claim his first ever CARS Tour win.
“It was just up in the air, I knew we had a little bit better car than he did on the longer run, we were just driving it for all we had,” said McCaskill. “I would rather be on the inside because I know turn one you can wash up pretty hard and like I said, we just went as hard as we could. We had the Chevy crate in our car versus it seemed like everyone else in the top half of the field had the Ford crates and we would shine after about five laps, but we had to really get them on the restarts. If we were door to door going into one we would be ok, but those Ford’s pull so hard from a restart and that last one he just got a little better jump than we did and like I said, five laps is what it took.”
“It was pretty hectic on those final restarts,” said Snider. “Especially with how worn out everyone’s tires were and everyone was getting loose, everyone was either tight or loose, but I was just trying to wheel it the best I could, but we ended up second. Still proud of the run my crew was able to give me and I was pretty proud of them.”
Unofficially, though, Snider’s runner-up finish edges him ahead of Brayton Haws in the CARS Tour point standing.
“It is the biggest picture here, obviously,” said Snider. “I want to win races, but if I can come out with winning more money than ever in a championship than a race, then I’d be pretty happy. Obviously you want to focus on wins because it gets your name out there, gets you known, but I definitely think we showed our stripes tonight and were able to show how quick we’ve been.”
-Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Midwest Editor, Twitter: @JWimm22
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