Travis Cope dominated the Bright House Networks Challenge Series-sanctioned 100-lap feature at New Smyrna Speedway Saturday Night. Cope led every one of the 100 laps on his way to capturing the checkered flag at the half-mile oval.

 

With 33 laps to go, Anthony Sergi passed Brad May to claim second-place, though Sergi later failed post race technical inspection and was disqualified. Sergi’s disqualification moved May up to second and Daniel Keene, Jr. to third in the final finishing order. Bret Holmes and Tyler Scofield rounded out the top-five.

 

“It feels great to win tonight,” Cope told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.  “I’ve been out of the car for five months now. It’s the first race we’ve ran since the Red-Eye (100). We’ve been traveling with the Trans-Am Road Racing Series. I was anxious to get back to New Smyrna. Qualifying didn’t work out so well, but the race worked out just like we wanted it to. It feels good to be back in victory lane.”

 

For much of the race, May appeared to have the only car able to hold even with Cope’s No.26. In the end, the 80-lap green flag run that concluded the race took a toll on the Bobby Sears Racing No. 9’s brakes and May had to back up the corner to hold a podium finish.

 

“I feel happy. I wanted to run good tonight for Bobby’s team. We need to run good and get a sponsor on this thing,” said May.

 

Pole sitter Tim Russell finished 12th after being involved in one of two wrecks in the first 20 laps.

 

The next race on the schedule for the Bright House Challenge Series is June 20 at Showtime Speedway in Pinellas Park, Florida.

 

-By Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

-Photo credit: Speed51.com

 

Bright House Challenge Series Unofficial Results

New Smyrna Speedway, Saturday May 30

 

  1. 26 Travis Cope
  2. 9 Brad May
  3. 11 David Rogers
  4. 5k Daniel Keene
  5. H2 Bret Holmes
  6. 07x Tyler Scofield
  7. 47 Chris Fontaine
  8. 51 Michael Atwell
  9. 00 Anthony Cataldi
  10. 30 Noah Cornman
  11. 28 TJ Duke
  12. 36 Tim Russell
  13. 20 Anthony Sergi (DQ)

Cope Victorious at New Smyrna After Five Month Break