WATCH LIVE: ULTIMATE Supers at Friendship Motor Speedway
Only five points separate the top four ULTIMATE Supers competitors to start the season, which continues this Saturday at Friendship Motor Speedway. All four drivers are seeking their first ULTIMATE championship as the title battle rages on.
Currently leading the title hunt is Anthony Sanders, looking to get back on track after a recent slump. Sanders started the season on fire, with four top-five finishes in the first five races. That stretch also included Sanders’ first Super Late Model win, coming at Cherokee Speedway. Since then, however, the South Carolina native has finishes of 14th, 13th and 20th in the last three races.
That string of performances has allowed the competition to close the gap on Sanders. Currently in second, two points behind Sanders, is Pine Level, North Carolina’s Dustin Mitchell. Mitchell won the season-opening event at Lake View Motor Speedway on April 10 to start the campaign on a high note. So far, he has two top-fives and six top-10s to stay within striking distance of Sanders.
Four drivers are separated by just five points atop the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series points standings after eight races in 2021.
Just one point behind Mitchell is ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series Rookie of the Year contender Cla Knight. Knight scored a win at Lancaster Motor Speedway, his first in a Super Late Model just like Sanders’ triumph at Cherokee. “The White Knight” also has five top-10 finishes, including a fifth at Natural Bridge Speedway the night before the King of the Commonwealth at Virginia Motor Speedway.
Veteran racer Jeff Smith sits fourth in points, two markers behind Knight and five behind Sanders. The son of National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame inductee Freddy Smith, Jeff Smith is a former Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series champion. However, he is still seeking his first ULTIMATE crown, with a best points finish of second in 2014 to Dennis “Rambo” Franklin. Smith is the only one of the four without a win in ULTIMATE this year, but has a pair of podium finishes at Lake View and Lancaster.
The season rolls on Saturday at Friendship Motor Speedway, with $4,000 on the line for the winner. Fans unable to attend the event will be able to watch live on Speed51.TV by clicking here.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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