JACKSONVILLE, NC – Paul Williamson and Jason York picked up Late Model wins in Saturday night’s exhilarating opener at Goodyear All American Speedway.
Williamson, driving a car prepared by Wendell Davis, made a pass early in the race on Louis White to take the lead and never looked back en route to his second career Late Model win and his first since winning at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama in 2018. After the race, Williamson reflected on the long road back to victory lane.
“We’ve been waiting for it and getting closer and closer to it every single race,” Williamson said. “These guys are true family. I’m a little emotional, I’m not going to lie. They make it happen and for us to come out here today and do what we did was great, really great.”
Williamson finished on both sides of the podium, scoring a third place finish in the first of the two races.
In the first race, Jason York, who had struggled with the car and tires in practice, rocketed past veteran racer Louis White to take the lead and never looked back while a riveting battle for second took place in his rear view mirror.
“We threw everything in this car and got it right,” York said. “I couldn’t ask for a better car. All my crew, they worked their tails off. I appreciate what they’ve done. They could have been sitting at home in the air conditioning but they came out here to help us and it showed.”
White ended up finishing second in both races.
“We got a good car,” White said after the second race. “We started out with not a whole lot of tire and probably used a lot of tire in that first race, probably more than I needed to. Congratulations to Williamson, he just had a better right rear tire than I did and had more forward bite. He won, I’m second.”
Chris Burns, who had struggled for much of the season, finally began to get his season back on track a few weeks ago with a top-10 finish at Virginia’s Dominion Raceway. On Saturday, at Goodyear All American Speedway, he scored a season-high third place finish at a track he’s always loved to race at.
“We’ve struggled with some part failures here and there,” Burns said. “Really, this car ain’t ever been here. To come here for the first time in 10 years and on bump stops, just trying to learn everything. Pretty happy with it.”
After missing practice and qualifying, Curtis Lanier charged through the field to take the win over Ricky Houser, Jr. and pole-sitter Dustin Jolly in the U-CAR feature. Jolly’s pole was the first of his career, Lanier’s win was his third of the year.
In other divisions: Justin Thompson narrowly edged out Trey Massengill and BJ Thompson to win over a packed Champ Kart field. Jody Measamer dominated to score the victory in the Super Truck feature race over Adam Fulford and James Hardin. Joseph Bryant won in the Coastal Carolina Mini Cup feature with a late race pass on Carmen Odum while Steven Brewer rounded out the podium. Cassidy Holmquist won in Jr. Mini Cup over Blaine Mattice and Adam Mattice. Chase Singletary won in Legends competition over DJ Murphy and rookie Carsyn Gillikin. The Street Stock race was won by Kevin Benton over Mike Cooper and Travis Roberson.
Results will be made official later this week.
Action returns to Goodyear All American Speedway on Saturday, August 14th with the Carolina Mini Stock Nationals’ Summer Nationals, which will also feature racing for Bombers, V8 Pure Stocks, Super Trucks, Mini Cups and more. The full season schedule is available at https://goodyearallamericanspeedway.com/.
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-Goodyear All American Speedway Press Release
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