Twenty-four cars took the green flag for the I-CAR All-Star Modifed Tour Short Track U.S. Nationals feature event at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday. Fast qualifier Kyle Purvis made his way through the field and took the lead on a restart with nine laps to go to score the biggest win of his career at the Last Great Colosseum.
The win was sweet redemption for the Marion, Ohio native after being involved in the same vicious wreck that saw Stephen Klinect fly over another competitor one year ago.
“It’s definitely one that we’ve wanted to check off our bucket list here for the last couple years,” Purvis told Speed51.com. “Last year, we came down here and got tore up. I want to thank everyone that comes down here. My dad and family, Kyle Jones and Kyle Jones Racing, DG Performance, Derrick Griffin, and I also want to thank all my sponsors. It was a really good race with Doug Meyer and everybody through the field. Everybody ran a smart race and we were just taking our time to get up through the field, and we had a really good car at the end. It feels really good. We now got a sword to play with!”
After a restart that was called off, Purvis and Meyer made contact on the final restart of the race. Meyer immediately fell off the pace and was unable to finish the race, while Purvis celebrated in victory lane.
“We had a little contact,” Purvis said. “We just kind of bumped there on the restart. I don’t feel like I ran up into him or anything, but it was just good hard racing. We both had really good cars.”
Meyer had led the race from the start after starting on the pole and had leads of over two seconds during longer green flag runs. Although disappointed with the result, he also believed it was a racing deal.
“It was just a racing deal, I guess. He kind of pinned me up against the wall and hit me hard in the left front and broke the shock mount,” Meyer explained. “It’s kind of a shame, he’s a good racer. It would’ve been fun for me and him to go at it there. I had a really good car, I was just kind of pedaling it when we got out front to save fuel and save tires. It just kind of sucks. It’s a big race and we’re trying to both win. I guess it is what it is.”
Indiana’s Damon Breedlove came home in second place, followed by the Florida trio of Bruce Bennett Jr, Doug Moff, and Kyle Bookmiller rounding out the top five.
The ICAR All-Star Modified Tour will be back in action on Saturday, June 2 at the Auto City Speedway in Clio, Michigan.
Race fans who missed the Modified feature from Bristol Motor Speedway can watch an on-demand replay of the race now on Speed51.com.
-By Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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