There are some things that are certain in short track racing at Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC). The green flag will come out, cars will save tires and Sam Yarbrough will find his way to the front in a Late Model Stock Car race.
Yarbrough, a four-time track champion at Myrtle Beach, had yet to visit victory lane in 2019 after three events. Those three previous events produced three different winners.
Yarbrough took the lead on lap 48 of 75 and survived lapped traffic on the way to his first win of the season.
“Everything kinda went our way today,” Yarbrough said in victory lane. “I really just ran my own race. Those guys wanted to get up front and jockey for the lead so I just let them go. I tired to save everything I could. I had a game plan and I stuck too it.”
The first part of the race was caution free as Yarbrough saw Ryan Glenski and Ed Williams lead the early laps. A caution brought them all back together and the tire savers overtook the hard chargers.
After the caution, Glenski faded to seventh and Williams retired at lap 50.
At the finish, Tommy Lemons Jr. was second and Nick Sanchez was third. David Roberts finished fourth and Justin Milliken was fifth after running as deep as 20th during the race before charging to a top-five finish.
“Sam’s got a lot of laps around this place. We would have liked to have had a shot at him,” Lemons said. “Passing for second or third we made contact with another car and messed the toe up a little bit. We were never the same after that. We’ll go race Hickory next week.”
Thus far, there have been four races and four different winners at Myrtle Beach in 2019. However, Yarbrough doesn’t expect that to continue.
“I don’t think this is how the season is going to go,” Yarbrough explained. “We got to victory lane tonight and other guys like the 02 (Miliken) and others will get going. We are a little behind in the points right now, so we’ll try to get the points lead and hopefully keep the checkered flags for ourselves.”
Myrtle Beach will be back in action on April 20 with a doubleheader for the Late Model Stock Cars.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51.com