When the second 75-lap Late Model Stock Car feature ended on Saturday evening at Dominion Raceway (VA), Jeff Oakley was celebrating his first CARS Tour victory. But now, according to a CARS Tour press release, Oakley has been stripped of his victory, and the victory has been awarded to another first-time winner, Jared Fryar.
Oakley was disqualified Tuesday afternoon when, according to a CARS Tour press release, Oakley’s engine was deemed to be illegal by CARS Tour rulebook standards.
Oakley had beaten Fryar on Saturday in a photo-finish by 0.074-second. Fryar was running his first CARS Tour event in a Late Model Stock Car. He had made a start in a Super Late Model with the touring series last season.
“It feels amazing to run my first CARS Late Model Stock race and end up with the win,” said Fryar. “It was cool to be fighting for the win there with Jeff. I hate that it happened like that because I usually don’t like to think people are cheating. But when it was that obvious on Friday and Saturday, it was kind of a given. When multiple competitors came up to me and told me they knew he wasn’t right, it was kind of in the back of my mind.”
Speed51.com powered by JEGS attempted to reach Jeff Oakley by phone, but at the time of publication, our attempts were unsuccessful. We will continue to reach out and update our story accordingly.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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