For the second straight race, defending series champion Brandon Wilkinson went to victory lane with the Speed51 Elite Modified Tour at Southern National Motorsports Park Tuesday night. Add his win at Langley Speedway two weeks ago, and the Rhode Island native already has won more races than he did during his championship season.
Wilkinson inherited the lead on lap six after polesitter Ryan Doucette was given a penalty, only giving up the lead to pit in the early stages.
He took the lead for good on lap 62 with a pass on Kyle Scisco. In what was a move opposite of what he did two weeks ago, Wilkinson said taking tires was an easy choice given the circumstances.
“Knowing I had the speed to win tonight, taking tires was the right call. I went a little hard between lap 20 and lap 40 on that run and made my bed,” Wilkinson said on the broadcast. “Knowing we were going to have more green flag runs and Chad was committed to not throwing more yellows tonight, I felt like tires were important.”
Wilkinson had to hold off a late charge from Joey Bailey in the closing laps to score the win. The two had a run-in at Five Flags Speedway in the previous season, and Wilkinson was happy to not see that come to light in the late stages of Tuesday’s event.
“Joey is a great competitor and I definitely owed him one after Five Flags last year. Just glad he was able to race with class and do his deal. I think he was happy to have a good run there considering what he’s had all year.”
Doucette, Kenny Kibbey, and Ryan Blanchard rounded out the top five.
The Speed51 Elite Modified Tour will be back in action next Tuesday, April 28 from the virtual Martinsville Speedway. Fans can watch a replay of Tuesday’s race by clicking here.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3