Rowdy Energy Super Select Series points leader Alex McCollum extended his points lead with his third win in five races Saturday night at Southern National Motorsports Park. However, the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series regular was the beneficiary of a collision between the leader of the race and a lapped car in the final laps of the race.
eRattler 250 winner Devon Morgan took the lead away from McCollum with 40 to go and quickly pulled away. He appeared to have the race in hand late before the lapped machine of Carson Hocevar made contact with Morgan. Morgan hit the wall hard on the backstretch and was knocked out of race contention with just over 20 laps to go.
Morgan was unhappy with Hocevar for his role in the incident, which relegated him to a 17th place finish one lap down. After leading the points through the first three races of the season, Saturday night was the second straight race Morgan ran into problems that costed him in the points battle.
“He just flat-out intentionally crashed me,” Morgan said of the incident. “It’s the second week in a row he’s ruined my race and my chance at the points.”
Hocevar saw the incident pan out a different way than, ultimately chalking it up to a racing incident.
“I just got loose and it snapped. I wasn’t going to save it without getting into him,” Hocevar stated. “I hadn’t gotten loose before that and wasn’t expecting it to get loose, when it did it snapped right away.”
With the second half of the Super Select Series season still to come and now a sizable margin to make up, Morgan laid out what he thought would have to happen to get back into the thick of the points hunt.
“McCollum and the others in front of me would have to be destroyed and I win the race.”
McCollum inherited the lead after the incident and ran away in the final laps. After starting 13th due to his two previous wins heading into the night, he found himself in the lead by lap 60, taking the spot away from polesitter Rafe Slate on a restart.
He felt confident he could have gotten back by Morgan in the closing laps, even if it had to be done on track.
“I felt really fast tonight, I felt like I was the car to beat all night. I think I saw somebody flip in front of me, I don’t know if he actually flipped but I was told they were wrecking and I thought the yellow came out so I checked up,” McCollum said on the broadcast. “That’s what happened with Morgan, he got side-by-side with me.
“I saw him run the top so I knew he was going to burn his tires up so I went into full save mode when he was doing that. I don’t know what happened with him but it sucks.”
Saturday night’s triumph was added to wins McCollum had earned at USA International Speedway and the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. If three wins in five races weren’t enough for McCollum, the Rowdy Series heads to Five Flags Speedway next Saturday, where he picked up an eSnowflake 100 win last December.
“It’s probably one of my best short tracks on here, so I feel pretty confident. We’ve got stout competition so it’s not going to be easy, we’ll have to go to work.”
Northeast racer Ryan Doucette fought hard with Max Cookson in the closing laps to score a series-best second. It was redemption night for Doucette, after failing to make the main event at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway one race ago.
“It was a great rebound week after the Bullring last week. I didn’t even make the show, I choked on qualifying there,” Doucette said. “I made sure to have a good qualifying effort this week.”
While racing for second in the closing laps, Doucette was battling more than just Cookson.
“I had to do everything I could to not burn off that right rear tire. You spin that right rear once and it’s got to cool down for the next five laps and you’re just hanging on to dear life.”
Cookson, Treyten Lapcevich, and Parker Retzlaff rounded out the top five.
The Rowdy Energy Super Select Series heads to Five Flags Speedway next week. Click here to watch a replay of Saturday night’s race at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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