With eight laps remaining in the ULTIMATE Southeast Super Late Model Series event at County Line Raceway (NC) Saturday night, Dustin Mitchell led the way with a shot at his second career series victory. That winning bid nearly ended in turn four.
While battling with Daulton Wilson for the top spot in the 40-lap feature, the duo encountered a multi-car incident, which ended the night for Greg Clark and Spencer Liggon. Mitchell made considerable contact with another car in his attempt to miss the accident.
“I definitely thought we were probably done for the night,” Mitchell said about the incident. “That was pretty hard. I thought for sure we were going to have to pull in.”
Dustin Mitchell acknowledged the car wasn’t as fast as it had been before the accident, but it was fast enough to take the checkered flag.
“We were pretty decent in the beginning,” Mitchell said. “I don’t know what happened on that wreck right there. It definitely bent something on the front end. I was out there skating those last eight laps.”
Wilson hated to see the incident, as he had developed a rhythm on the high line around the 3/8-mile oval in Elm City, North Carolina.
“Nine times out of ten here, the guy on the outside has the advantage,” Wilson explained. “I held it in there as long as I could. I really didn’t want to see that last caution because I had that top down in one and two working pretty good.”
While Wilson had to settle for second place, he did take solace in the late-race incident not taking out Mitchell altogether, allowing them to race for the win.
“You don’t never want to win one like that,” Wilson said. “We had that top rolling there pretty good, I think we would have had a shot there. It is what it is, we’ll take second.”
Zack Mitchell took the points lead with his third-place run. The defending champion was pleased with his car’s speed, but felt he lacked what was needed to challenge Dustin Mitchell and Wilson for the win.
“We had a good race car tonight,” Zack Mitchell stated. “We weren’t as good as what they were. We might could have done a couple more things to give the car a little more drive. We’ll put it in the notebook and learn for when we come back next time.”
Race fans who missed the action Saturday at County Line Raceway can click hereto watch video highlights from the race on the Speed51 Network.
The ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series Southeast Region returns to action April 4 at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee for the Spring Thaw. That event will pay $10,000 to win, co-sanctioned by the ULTIMATE Heart of America Region.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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