The Southeast Dirt Classic Triple Crown may have taken place at a virtual track in the Peach State of Georgia, but it was the Orange Blossom Special piloted by Kevin Dedmon taking the final checkered flag on Sunday evening.
Dedmon scored the Pro Late Model victory in the first-ever dirt sim racing event broadcasted on Speed51, as the North Carolina native won the 50-lap feature around Lanier Raceplex.
Dedmon took the lead just past the halfway mark of the main event with a three-wide pass of both Ryan Underwood and Davin Cardwell. From there, Dedmon held off Cardwell and Jacob Fields over several late-race restarts to take the victory.
“I hope that was a fun race to watch, because that was a tight race right there, man,” said Dedmon on the Speed51 broadcast post-race. “It was crazy. I knew it was going to be taking care of your car and being fast in the end.
“Those restarts at the end kept making me nervous. The field was timing there at the end, so I’m glad I was able to hold them off.”
Dylan Wilson was in position for a sweep of the night’s features after winning in the Street Stocks and IMCA Modifieds. However, an opening-lap incident with Howard Weaver relegated Wilson to the rear of the field.
Dedmon would have liked the opportunity to race Wilson for the victory in the Pro Late Model feature.
“I hated to see that happen to Wilson, because the dude drove his tail off in the first two races,” said Dedmon. “I would have liked to race him outright for the win.”
Cardwell ultimately finished second, displeased with some of the physical racing that unfolded on the tight Lanier oval.
“It was frustrating, for sure,” said Cardwell. “Having a fast car and being beat on, it was kind of disrespectful, but that was racing I guess.
“I’m glad they put it on. It was a fun event. I definitely thought we had a winning car, but we’ll move on to the next one.”
Jacob Fields finished third to complete the podium in the Pro Late Model feature. Dylan Wilson and Howard Weaver rebounded from their early contact to finish fourth and fifth, respectively.
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans