Since moving to Ocala, FL, Citrus County Speedway has become a second home track for Jared Irvan. And while he had shown speed at the 3/8-mile oval in the past, the son of former Daytona 500 winner Ernie Irvan had yet to find victory lane.
That all changed Saturday night, as Irvan swept the night by setting fast time in qualifying and taking the feature win to open the Citrus County Speedway season. He took the lead from Mike Bresnahan on a late restart, then held off 2001 Snowball Derby champion Wayne Anderson for his first Super Late Model win since he won a PASS National event at Dillon Motor Speedway in 2017.
“It feels really good to finally get a win. We’ve had a lot of qualifying runs that were good but we could never put it together for the race,” Irvan said on the Speed51.TV broadcast. “We definitely had a car to win today and we put it in the right spot.”
Irvan encountered what normally would be considered a race-altering problem early in the going when the engine in his No. 28 dropped a cylinder. He was stuck on seven cylinders for the bulk of the race, making the majority of his moves to the front on one less cylinder than the rest of the field.
“We actually dropped a cylinder right before that long green flag run. I’m surprised we were able to drive back to the front but it still drove good.”
Irvan found himself in the infield following a restart with just over 10 laps to go. He and second-place driver Mike Bresnahan made contact coming to the green flag, causing both drivers to spin out of the front row. Bresnahan would tap out, taking blame for the incident and allowing Irvan to get his spot back.
“It seemed like he got a little loose on top and he came down and hit me in the right front,” Irvan described. “I was already spinning the tires; we were trying to go after it. I appreciate him tapping on the roof and letting me get back to the front.”
A full replay of Saturday night’s racing is now available on Speed51.TV, the “Official Video Home of Citrus County Speedway.” Fans can watch the full broadcast with a free seven-day trial.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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