Tyler Chadwick led 148 of the 150 laps in Thursday night’s Sid’s View Modified Series The Big 150 at the virtual Stafford Motor Speedway. After being the victim of a ‘chrome horn’ on the second-to-last lap, his efforts would be thwarted and he ended the race in 13th.
Brandon Wilkinson provided the bump to the former Waterford Speedbowl SK Modified champion, sending him around in turn two with two laps to go. Wilkinson then held off Keith Jeffery on a green-white-checkered finish to take the win on the series’ debut on Speed51.com.
It was a thrill for Wilkinson to go toe-to-toe with a driver he has considered a hero for several years in the real world. He wished the race with Chadwick would not have ended in the manner that it did.
“Tyler was a guy that when I was a kid I was watching him race in the SK Modifieds at the Speedbowl. I’d watch him either at the track or on YouTube on Monday mornings and he was always the one to beat. It was crazy that The Show 150, all of a sudden Tyler just rose to the top again,” Wilkinson said on the broadcast. “It was an honor to race a childhood hero of mine and I really hate how it ended.”
Wilkinson was the biggest challenger to a dominating run by Chadwick in the 150-lap event, using multiple late yellows to keep the gap close. With the two cars so close in speed, he did what he felt he had to do to get the lead, but with an unfortunate result for Chadwick.
“It’s hard, we were so even and after so many heat cycles, especially coming through the field there we were really, really close speed-wise. I took my run into one and I felt like I was there throughout the entire way to the apex, and the rest was history there. What a race there.”
The late yellow allowed Keith Jeffery to have one final shot at Wilkinson and steal a win, but he came up just short of the goal.
“I tried to sail it in a little high and see if I could turn under him. I wasn’t going to move him but I thought I could just get in there going down the backstretch. Coming to the white flag I tried to make him think I was going to sail it on the bottom and try to get overdrive,” Jeffery said. “I tried to enter high and turn it under him just a little bit but didn’t quite get there. Brandon had a great car all night, we raced pretty much all night together and had a lot of fun with him. I’m happy to see him win, I obviously would have liked for that to have been us but we’ll take it.”
Dave Bodio, Kyle Odaynik, and Chris Forester rounded out the top five.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3