If you are going to get your first win you might as well do it big and do it in style. Grant Quinlan did just that after he came from a lap down to win the JEGS/CRA feature at Salem Speedway (IN) on June 21st.
The 15-year-old from Harrison, MI was leading the middle part of the race only to brush the wall and cut down a tire. Quinlan then lost a lap which he got back thanks to a free pass. From there he knifed his way through a talented deep field at Salem to pass for second on veteran Chuck Barnes, Jr. with three laps to go.
The white flag flew just as Quinlan was making the move underneath race leader Garrett Jones. Quinlan led the final two laps to complete the dramatic come back for his first Late Model win. The Chad Finley Development Driver also moved fourth in the JEGS standings as the momentum could make him a contender by season’s end.
For his big victory a panel of Speed51.com industry insiders has voted Grant Quinlan as the Quarter Master Clutch Performer of the Month for June.
Here are the drivers who also received votes:
Tim Brown (Modifieds) – Two weeks ago things look a little rough for Tim Brown who’s chasing the all-time wins record at Bowman Gray Stadium. When Junior Miller scored two earlier this year it looked like Brown would not catch him this year. Now, however, Brown has scored a pair of victories and has the momentum on his side in the second half of the Bowman Gray season.
Ben Rhodes (NASCAR K&N Pro Series East) – Has been dominating the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule with four wins in a row. The point leader heads to New Hampshire looking to continue his dominance.
Donnie Wilson (SSS) – Won the last two Super Late Model starts in the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco to earn his best season yet before the start of July. Wilson is also up to fourth in the season standings despite missing a race.
Donny Schatz (WoO Sprints) – Hard to top eight wins as the runaway point leader in the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series has a 93 point cushion as of July 1st.