Home State Driver Sweeps New Year’s Bash Poles

Saturday night was a good night for Ricky Locklair, Jr. at Dillon Motor Speedway (SC).  The Darlington, South Carolina native took the pole for both the Street Stock and Challenger AR features for the 10th Annual New Year’s Bash.


Locklair, Jr. will be pulling double-duty with a shot to win $3,500 tomorrow, with $2,500 on the line in the 110-lap Street Stock feature that has drawn racers from more than a dozen states across America.


Locklair, Jr. was surprised to see how fast he was in the Street Stock qualifying session, which locked 20 drivers into Sunday’s feature field.  The Palmetto State racer was unimpressed with his performance during the day’s practice sessions, but put together a fast lap when it mattered most.


“It’s surprising,” Locklair, Jr. told Speed51.  “We worked on these cars pretty much all day.  We struggled a little bit in practice, but come qualifying time, we laid down some fast times.”


Locklair, Jr. is excited to start up front for the race, which he previously won in 2016.  He knows staying up front and out of harm’s way is important, but so is saving tires during the marathon race.


“You definitely want to start up front in these long races like this, with all these cars.  It’s going to be hard.  With these tires, they’re really soft.  You’ve got to save the tires for later in the race.  It’s going to be tough to hang up front.”


While a local driver claimed the Street Stock pole, an outsider will start alongside him on the front row.  Ohio’s Josh Way qualified second, sporting a tribute throwback design featuring Tim Richmond’s Folgers’ colors.


Way was excited to qualify so well, especially after needing to transfer from the B-Main in the 2019 edition of the New Year’s Bash en route to a seventh-place finish.


“I didn’t think we were going to be nowhere near that quick,” said Way.  “I thought those guys were going to run 17.80s.  I guess that’s a pretty good upgrade.  Last year, we had to run the consi race.  This year, we came here and got second place.”


What will it take for Way to stay up front in tomorrow’s race and contend for a win?


“A miracle, I guess,” said Way.  “To make it through all these cars in this race.  They get torn up pretty bad.  We’ll have to see what happens.”


Greg Peterson, in a Folgers car designed nearly identically to Way’s, will start third, followed by Jeff Sparks and Averitt Lucas.


Curtis Peeples will start on the pole for Sunday’s Street Stock B-Main after qualifying 21st. Six drivers will transfer into the feature race from Sunday’s B-Main.


Racing will begin at 2 p.m. ET at Dillon Motor Speedway for the 10thAnnual New Year’s Bash. Fans unable to make the trip to Dillon can watch the action live on Speed51.  Click here for more information.


New Year’s Bash Unofficial Qualifying Results


Pos # Driver Time
1 12 Ricky Locklair, Jr. 17.971
2 25 Josh Way 18.101
3 54 Greg Peterson 18.166
4 7 Jeff Sparks 18.195
5 00L Averitt Lucas 18.195
6 44 Chuck Barnes, Jr. 18.235
7 32 Gary Ledbetter, Jr. 18.257
8 50 Ricky Locklair, Sr. 18.274
9 23G Kenny Gibson 18.290
10 56L Wayne Locklair 18.335
11 07 Mike Cooper 18.342
12 27T David Thomas 18.370
13 23M JR Moore 18.380
14 1 James Sweeney 18.425
15 27H A.J. Hyatt 18.455
16 9 Austin Somero 18.461
17 4R Chris Riendeau 18.475
18 00S Marcus Elliott 18.502
19 8 Greg Barnett 18.505
20 36 Corey Hutchings 18.532
21 42 Curtis Peeples 18.560
22 48 Sonny Schoffen 18.628
23 13O Brandon Oltra 18.700
24 2 Jim Boyle 18.711
25 39 Chris Douton 18.744
26 13W Steve Worthington 18.787
27 3 Ant Kohler 18.813
28 16S Jonathon Smith 18.848
29 17H Sterling Helm 18.893
30 28 Larry Isenhower 18.901
31 20 Rob Sullivan 18.926
32 22 Glenn Mappus 18.976
33 16L Kyle Lynch 19.015
34 03 Billy Williams 19.022
35 4T Chuck Barnes, Sr. 19.103
36 55 Justin Brown 19.146
37 21 Chris Flowers 19.426
38 17T Junior Torch 19.512
39 45 Adam Maynard 19.567
40 11 Terry Blackford 19.900
41 73 Pat Davis 19.936
42 18 Robert Filipiak 38.917


-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans

-Photo credit: Speed51 photo

Home State Driver Sweeps New Year’s Bash Poles