LUCAMA, NC – Mini Tyrrell closed out night two of the 17th Thanksgiving Classic presented by Solid Rock Carriers by scoring the victory in a thrilling Limited Late Model feature.
The 13-year-old driver from Manassas, Virginia held back challenges from Clay Jones, Jacob Borst and Paul Williamson to score the win in the 75 lap Limited Late Model feature – the biggest of his career to-date.
“It was such an amazing win,” an emotional Tyrrell said in victory lane. “We lost a good friend who was pretty much a brother to me and Monday’s his birthday, so this one’s for him. I know he was riding with me the whole time. I was praying to him with five to go to get me to the end of this thing and, sure enough, we did.”
Tyrrell’s victory comes on the heels of a second-place finish in Friday night’s Dash for Cash. More importantly, Tyrrell was able to close the deal when the race was on the line.
“I couldn’t ask for a better weekend,” Tyrrell remarked. “I’ve learned a lot. Being able to race with some of these guys who are veterans here and work their tails off at this track and coming down here for my third time and being able to pull off something like this is pretty amazing. I’ve had such a learning experience as I grow and I look forward to coming back here next year.”
Clay Jones rebounded from a mid-race penalty to finish in second while Jacob Borst, Paul Williamson and Jason Myers rounded out the top-five.
Other winners: Gary Ledbetter, Jr. (Street Stock), Wil Smith (Mini Stock), Chris Johnson (Southern Lightning Modifieds), Wayne Goss (Any Car), Tommy Jackson, Jr. (Legend) and Emily Day (Bandolero).
Sunday will conclude the 17th Thanksgiving Classic with the 200 lap Late Model Stock Car feature and the 125 lap Super Late Model race. Green flag racing gets under way with the Last Chance Qualifier in Late Model Stocks at 12pm. Any Car racing will also take place after the Super Late Model race before the Late Model Stock Car race closes out the weekend.
Race fans can find on-demand coverage of Saturday's racing at Southern National Motorsports Park by visiting Speed51.com's Trackside Now.
-Southern National Motorsports Park Press Release
-Photo credit: Andy Marquis/SNMP
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS - LIMITED LATE MODELS
1. Mini Tyrrell
2. Clay Jones
3. Jacob Borst
4. Paul Williamson
5. Jason Meyers
6. Justin Gill
7. Karl Budzevski
8. Tyler Horne
9. Joshua Yeoman
10. Alex Fleming
11. Alex Champion
12. Dustin Yeoman
13. Robert Arch
14. Eric Winslow
15. Jamie York
16. Chris Elliott
17. Gerald Benton
18. Rusty Daniels
19. Kevin Jefferys
20. Akinori Ogata – DNS
21. Wayne Goss – DNS