Every Late Model Stock Car driver except for Deac McCaskill at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC) on Saturday night was racing for second-place. They didn’t know it when they rolled through the gates, but they soon learned that none of them were going to be able to do anything with McCaskill’s blue no. 08 machine.
McCaskill set fast time in qualifying and led every single one of the 125 laps around the 4/10-mile high-banked oval in Lucama, North Carolina.
“That was awesome,” McCaskill told Speed51.com powered by JEGS at the end of the night. “That was a good driving race car.”
The only times anybody was even close to McCaskill were on restarts, but he was able to drive away from Tyler Ankrum each time.
In fact, the only time McCaskill really struggled on Saturday wasn’t even in the race, and even then he still finished the second round in second.
“We weren’t really that great in practice,” McCaskill said. “We were real loose on long runs and had to work on that. But we hit on a good setup and within about 25 or 30 laps I realized we had a really good piece.”
Right around the time McCaskill realized he had a “good piece” was when he started to really drive away from the field. For much of the race he led Ankrum by at least seven car lengths and it didn’t take long to get his big lead back after restarts.
McCaskill beat Ankrum to the checkered flag by seven car lengths to take his first win of the season. Todd Gilliland, Jamey Caudill and Mike Darne completed the top five.
At the CARS Late Model Stock Tour season opener at Southern National back in March McCaskill had the dominant race car, but he lost the race after 15-year-old Todd Gilliland got by him with just three laps to go. Remembering that fact made winning this race in the return to Lucama even sweeter for McCaskill.
“It makes it that much more special,” McCaskill said. “That was a good night, but this was a great night. This is really cool. I’ve been doing this a long time, but I was real emotional when I crossed the line. This win means so much to us. We’re such a small team and $4,500 just means so much to us.”
To relive all of the day’s action with our Trackside Now coverage from Southern National Motorsports Park, click here: http://speed51.com/trackside-now-cars-tour-at-southern-national/
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor -Twitter: @RobBlount
-Photo Credit: Speed51.com Photo
CARS Late Model Stock Tour Official Results
Southern National Motorsports Park
Lucama, North Carolina