Tommy Lemons Jr. is one of the most respected and established drivers in Late Model Stock Car racing right now. That’s why so many people have been surprised at how long it’s taken Lemons to score his first CARS Late Model Stock Tour victory. But now those people are silent thanks to Lemons’ performance on Saturday night at South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway.
At a lap 92 restart, Lemons lined up outside of the No. 95 of Chad McCumbee and had his best opportunity to take the lead.
“I knew my car was on the loose side and all those late cautions it would give my competition too many opportunities and I knew if we got to racing we were going to be in trouble,” McCumbee said afterwards.
On lap 92 Lemons drove his No. 27 car past McCumbee and into the race lead which he would never relinquish. Lemons lead the final eight laps at Greenville-Pickens to pick up that ever elusive first CARS Tour win.
In victory lane, Speed51.com powered by JEGS spoke with Lemons about the struggle of getting his first CARS Tour win.
“It’s always hard to get your first win,” Lemons said. “But as stout as this competition we run against week in and week out, a win is going to be hard to come by and we need to keep our heads down and keep working.”
Deac McCaskill started the race from the top spot. It was the eighth time in 15 career starts that McCaskill started from the pole position. He led the first 30 laps of the 100-lap affair before McCumbee made his presence known.
McCumbee powered by McCaskill off turn two to take the lead on lap 31. McCumbee held the lead until Lemons went by and was forced to settle for second.
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-By Tom Ryan, Speed51.com Digital Manager – Twitter: @RyeBreads5
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CARS Tour LMSC 100
Greenville Pickens Speedway, Greenville, South Carolina
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