Race fans were treated to a show Friday night under the lights at Five Flags Speedway, as Kyle Plott broke through in the Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series and picked up his first career victory at the Pensacola, Florida oval.
“In qualifying I knew we had a really good car,” Plott told Speed51 in Victory Lane. “I was just kind of biding my time. We had a really good car last time we raced here. We just had some mechanical issues with this being a new car. So, we finally got it dialed in. Last night I was really good in practice. I was happy with it. Then today we had to make a lot of changes because it wasn’t there and we weren’t going to be a contender if we didn’t change something. So, we kind of swung the kitchen fence at it and it worked out.”
Plott made his winning move on Lap 64 of the 100-lap Pro Late Model race, moving his way past early race dominator Jake Garcia for the top spot.
“I thought I was burning up my right rear there behind Jake (Garcia),” Plott stated. “He was setting a fast pace there. I kind of backed off of him in the middle of the race to kind of cool my stuff back down. I just waited for him to slip up and he slipped up that time and I just got him. I just came away with it. I can’t thank Senneker Racecars, my dad and my mom, and all the crew guys. You know this wouldn’t be possible without them. It just feels really good to get a win down here.”
Connor Okrzesik finished second on the evening while trying to back up his recent Southern Super Series victory at Crisp Motorsports Park.
“I guess second is something,” Okrzesik said. “It’s not first. It’s not where we want to be. I mean we’re definitely the best in the country at finishing second. So, that just means we can only go forward from here I guess. We had a win at Cordele. We’re starting to knock off a couple wins every here and there. It’s just a lot of second places.”
While second is good, it is now the third consecutive runner-up finish for Okrzesik in the Pro Late Models division at Five Flags. Now, he wants a win at Five Flags more than ever.
“I want to get a win here,” Okrzesik continued. “It’s crazy I haven’t gotten a win here yet. This is the best track. This is the track I want the win at the most. I just want to win here so bad. It’s my home track so it’s a little bit disheartening for this Metro Glass crew that we just keep finishing second. I just know we’ll eventually get there and win races.”
Jake Garcia wound up third on the evening after only allowing Plott and Okrzesik to slip by him.
“It was a good race overall,” said Garcia. “I have to thank my sponsors Arrow Creek Investments, they had a couple people come out and watch tonight, so that was good. As well as Ricky Turner for all he does on the racecar.
“I just kind of slid up into one there. He just kind of got up underneath me,” Garcia said of Plott’s winning move. “I tried to hold him off but I just couldn’t really do it.”
Fans of the Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series can watch a replay of Friday night’s live broadcast on-demand. The Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series heads back to Five Flags Speedway September 21 for the series finale Night of Champions.
-Story by: Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com National Correspondent - Twitter: @AJorgensen24
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Five Flags Speedway – Pensacola, Florida – August 16, 2019