If Sam Yarbrough played baseball, his batting average would be worthy of the Hall of Fame. The 2015 Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC) track champion showed up to the facility seeking a win, and he accomplished that goal in strong fashion.
Yarbrough had to deal with a restart with two laps to go, but he was able to beat Deac McCaskill to the checkered flag by almost 10 car lengths to score the victory.
While the race may have come down to a late restart, it was really all about managing the tires on an extremely abrasive racing surface. Yarbrough let McCaskill dictate the pace for much of the race before he made his move with 25 laps to go.
When Yarbrough did decide to make his move on McCaskill, he made it happen quick. Yarbrough went to McCaskill’s outside in turn three and had him clear by the exit of turn four.
From there Yarbrough led the rest of the way. He held off McCaskill on two restarts, using the outside each time, and got great jumps on each restart to keep McCaskill at bay.
“We just took our time,” Yarbrough told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We just rode behind the leader and let him set the pace that we were going to run. It got boring out there for a while, honestly. But it worked out great for us.”
Yarbrough said that saving tires for that long gets challenging, but he added that it’s the only way to win a long-distance race at this race track.
“It’s hard to drive these cars slow,” he said. “But it’s good for the tires on this surface.”
Yarbrough, from Shallotte, North Carolina won 13 of 18 races in weekly competition at Myrtle Beach Speedway this year en route to his third straight track championship. All in total, Yarbrough now has won 14 of 19 races this year, and he’s now one for one in CARS Tour competition.
When asked if anything less than a victory was acceptable at a track in which he’s so dominant, Yarbrough offered up a simple answer.
“No,” he said, with a smile.
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-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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CARS Racing Tour Late Model Stock 100
Myrtle Beach Speedway, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina