In victory lane, Perry erupted in celebration screaming to heavens, saluting friend and racer Norm Wrenn III who passed away in the offseason. Greeting Perry in victory lane was an ecstatic crew along with car owner Jack Bateman, who put Perry in the seat of his No. 47 during the 2020 season.
“I can’t even describe this feeling, I’ve been waiting a long time for this one. We’ve had a lot of big ones and I’ve run a lot of races, but this has got to be the most special. Driving for Jack Bateman, this my favorite racetrack I’ve ever come to, and I’ve kept telling them I’ve got a good feeling,” Perry told Speed51.
But, in the heat of a hot afternoon it seemed as though Perry’s chances of victory were over early in the day’s practice session.
“Our day started off with all the negatives. We lost oil pressure in practice and we were grinding for hours trying to get this thing back and make sure we could compete. We almost missed the scuff session, we put together a good piece in the heat race and I knew we had a good piece for 100 laps.”
After passing both Russ Hersey and early race dominator Kirk Alexander on a single pass from third to first, Perry first had to deal with Ronnie Williams in his mirror; up until Williams spun after contact with a hard-charging Brian Robie. Then, it came down to Perry and Tommy Barrett, who played tire conservation after starting in 21st position. In the end, Perry had enough to keep Barrett’s No. 5 at arm’s length.
“I knew Ronnie and Tommy were going to be coming, those are two of the best guys in the business. To beat them at Monadnock is pretty awesome. This is my 21st ever Tour-type race and my old number has been 21 my whole life. Everything just lined up, I had a feeling Norm Wrenn III was looking out for me tonight, I kept looking the mirror, trusted my spotter. I knew with 10 to go, I wasn’t giving this thing up and it was going to be wide.”
Going forward, Perry is confident that it will take less than 21 starts to score win number two.
“I finally got this one off my shoulders, the next one should come to me a little easier. I hope.”
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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