In his final asphalt race before shifting his focus over to the dirt racing ranks, 2018 Greenville-Pickens Speedway (SC) Limited Late Model track champion Devon Morgan scored one of the biggest wins of his career Saturday afternoon. Morgan capitalized on his final run with Hawk-McCall Motorsports by winning the Greenville Meltdown and the $6,000 check that came along with it.
The Greenville, South Carolina native used patience and attacked at the right time to take the lead from his teammate Jeremy Burns with just seven laps remaining.
“It was a lot of waiting,” Morgan said. “This Hawk-McCall team is the best. They give us great cars to drive and this is a good way to go out. I’d love to run more asphalt, but our budget is not there to do both.
“We ran together all day and I followed Burns most of the day until we ran him down. He got the wall on the inside and that took him out.”
Burns came to rest on the front stretch and was done for the night. He was credited with a 10th-place finish in the final rundown.
The issue prevented Hawk-McCall Motorsports from securing a sweep of the top three after dominating the event. Despite the tough luck for Burns, the team still finished one-two with Austin Somero crossing the finish line in second.
Ironically, the top two finishers battled tooth and nail for the Limited Late Model title throughout the 2018 season.
“I was worried because I didn’t fire off so well on that last restart and Somero was right there,” Morgan admitted. “It was a good finish for the team.”
Unofficially Ralph Carnes, Tony Black and Riley Gentry rounded out the top five.
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- Despite the fact that the race was not a Super Late Model show, that did not prevent some Super Late Model faces from being in attendance. 2017 Meltdown winner Kyle Plott was in the pits working with Ralph Carnes.
- The Limited Late Model portion of the Meltdown has a way of sending off the drivers who wins. In 2017, Ty Gibbs got his career rolling with his first win. Carson Kvapil won last year before moving up to Super Late Models, and now Morgan is the victor before going full-time dirt racing.
- A 40-lap Late Model Stock Car race was held before the Limited Late Model main event. Neil Meredith took the win over Randy Porter and Taylor Satterfield. The front three swapped the podium spots several times before Meredith got back to the point in the final 15 laps.
- Bigger things are set to come out of Greenville-Pickens Speedway in 2019 as Anthony Anders has renewed the lease and is also working on events at the Fairgrounds on the backside of the main grandstands.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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