There was a $500 bounty on his head, but nobody could stop Colt James’ dominance of Pro Late Model racing at Southern National Motorsports Park.
Colt James picked up a pair of victories at the 0.400-mile Lucama, North Carolina oval, sweeping twin-75 lap features to go three-for-three on the year so far at the track.
“I can’t believe it,” James told Speed51.com Powered by JEGS. “If you had seen this car three months ago, it had gone firewall-deep into a wall during a test at Bristol.”
Due to a rainy summer in the Mid-Atlantic region, the Pro Late Models had not raced at Southern National since April 22. After his testing incident at Bristol, the rain delays made for several months of anticipation and anxiety for the man with a bounty on his head.
“I prayed and prayed and prayed that I got it all back together,” James said. “It’s been three months, and every night I’ve been wondering, man, did I get it all right?”
Jonathan Findley started on the pole for the first Pro Late Model feature of the evening. However, James jumped out front on the opening lap, dominating the first 75-lap feature.
James started eighth in the second feature following an invert, but methodically worked his way through the field.
“I got a little worried there,” James said about the second race. “The right-rear tire was starting to wear out, and we were just maintaining.”
A lap 40 caution gave James the chance he needed to bounce back, taking the lead from Nick Robinson on the restart.
“We came out of the yellow clean,” James said about the restart. “150 laps is a long time on a set of tires. The car was a handful, but it was a lot of fun.”
For Robinson, the runner-up finish – as well as a third-place run in the first race of the evening – was cause for celebration. It was Robinson’s first time in the car in nearly a year.
“We were really good in the first race, and even better in the second race,” Robinson said. “We lost a lot of drive off, and we didn’t make an adjustment for the race that we thought we needed to make. Congrats to Colt James, he’s awesome.”
“First time in the car in a year, 150 laps in this heat will take a lot out of you,” Robinson added. “It’s good to feel finally at home. We’ve been at the house contemplating whether we wanted to come run. Everyone loves this sport so much in my family, everyone loves to be together. We haven’t had this chance in a while, so to finish second and third, everyone is happy and excited.”
Pos # Driver 1 15 Colt James 2 14 Jared Fryar 3 24 Nick Robinson 4 21 Jonathan Findley 5 98 Jody Measamer 6 83 Matt Sever 7 55 Hailie Deegan 8 49 Jeff Batten 9 98G Giovanni Bromante 10 91 Will Bristle 11 2 Ronald RenfrowRace 2
Pos. # Driver 1 15 Colt James 2 24 Nick Robinson 3 98 Jody Measamer 4 91 Will Bristle 5 83 Matt Sever 6 55 Hailie Deegan 7 14 Jared Fryar 8 98G Giovanni Bromante 9 49 Jeff Batten