The second annual Southern Street Stock Nationals at Mississippi’s Whynot Motorsports Park was jammed packed of some the biggest names in Street Stock racing, beginning last Thursday night with the first round of practice, where Ritchie ” The Rocket Man” Stephens ending up fastest overall. Early Friday, 63 cars had rolled into the pits for the second round of practice and heats which would set the field for the twin $1,000-to-win feature races.
The first of two $1,000 features was filled with door to door, three wide action Friday night with Justin McCree edging out Billy Robinson, Jr. and Calvin Cook for the win. In race two, Stephens dominated most of the race, only two be passed by Ricky “The Hippie” Idom in the closing laps.
After all the excitement of Friday night’s twin $1,000 features, crews began early Saturday morning preparing their cars for the main event. With an added bonus of $500 going to the highest finishing “topless” driver, many of the 55 cars that tried to win Saturday were taking the roofs off their cars while making their final adjustments for the $3,000 to win main event.
Calvin Cook set fast time early in time trials and held the top spot until last out Ritchie Stephens’ #20 Dog House Chassis owned by Jeremy Sexton rolled out and set fast time. Heat races and B-Mains followed full of three and four wide action with Stephens, Cook, Flurry, McCree, J. Idom and Bright winning their heats. Kevin Whittington and Tyler Hurst wining in B-mains one and two. Brian Cox won his B-Main followed by a close Jeremy Russell of Batesville, Arkansas. in the No. 23c owned by Cox. Stacy Robinson won the non-qualifier over Tony Anglon to set 29 spots of the 30-car field. The 30th position was auction off in the pits will all proceeds going to the Racing for Ayden & SIDS Awareness foundation. Jason Harrison’s No. 69 team won the auction and the field was set for the three-wide start of the Second Annual Southern Street Stock Nationals.
After a redraw of the top six drivers, McCree was the pole sitter with Cook second. Cook led the first lap, while Stephens and Trey Bright battled for fourth for several laps until Stephens’ brakes failed, hindering his chances of a win. Lap 11 brought a surprise to the entire crowd when the night for Jeremy Russell, who started 24th and had made his way to seventh place, came to an end with a broken lower A-arm mount.
At the halfway point, lap 20, Cook was still the leader followed by McCree, Bright and Flurry. By lap 24 Cook and McCree began to lap the rear of the field, but their charge through the field was ended by a caution when Kevin Mitchell’s car flipped in turns three and four. After the restart, Cook pulled away quickly and remained the leader the rest of the race to become the winner if the Second Annual Street Stock Nationals, bringing in a $4,250 payday along with a new steering donated by Driven Steering Wheels and a ton of contingency prizes. Second place Justin McCree came home with $3,000 along with a new nose piece donated by AR Bodies.
When asked how it felt to win a race like this, Cook’s reply was simple.
By Jody Salter, Street Stock Nation – Twitter: @StreetStkNation. Photo credits: Speed51.com/Street Stock Nation