Saturday night at Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC) was a good night for two drivers looking to claw their way back into CARS Racing Tour championship contention. Kyle Grissom and Deac McCaskill both finished second in their races, and gained valuable points on their championship competitors with one race remaining for the series.
Grissom led most of Saturday night’s 100-lap Super Late Model race. While he may have been beat in the end by a hard-charging Brandon Setzer, Grissom still was able to finish five positions ahead of current points leader Cole Timm.
An identical situation played out for Deac McCaskill in the Late Model Stock feature. McCaskill led a majority of the race, but was passed late by eventual winner Sam Yarbrough and was forced to settle for second-place. But, McCaskill also finished five positions of ahead of LMSC points leader Myatt Snider who finished seventh.
“It isn’t over now,” said a confident McCaskill at the end of the night. “We’ve still got a long ways to go.”
Unofficially, McCaskill gained eight points on Snider. He should be heading to the season finale at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) on November 1 tied with Brayton Haws for second in the standings, just three points back of Snider.
And McCaskill is aware that Hickory will be tough for him. It’s the only place that McCaskill has gone with this series that he didn’t finish strong. McCaskill finished 13th at Hickory back at the start of May.
“I’ve got to go test there,” said McCaskill. “That’s my worst track that I’ve been to. I think I’ve learned a lot though these last few weeks for the next time we go up there, but I may go run the Fall Brawl just to get some extra track time. It would be really killer to win this inaugural CARS Tour title.”
Grissom heads to Hickory nine points behind Timm in the standings, after gaining a few points on him on Saturday night.
“It would be really cool to win the inaugural championship,” said Grissom. “But if nothing else, I’d like to get a win at Hickory and then we’ll feel like we finished the year off strong.”
Even though being able to call himself the inaugural CARS Tour Super Late Model champion would mean a lot to Grissom, he really just wants a race victory. That’s why losing the race in the final laps on Saturday stings so much for Grissom.
“It’s really frustrating,” said Grissom, who is winless in CARS Tour competition this year. “You definitely want to get a win. But we’ve still got one more chance left at Hickory, so we’ll see if we can get it done.”
The CARS Racing Tour official championship standings should be available later this week.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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