Ryan Redmon flipped the storyline Saturday night at Montgomery Motor Speedway.
A race that was shaping up to be a battle between familiar faces and recent victors was flipped upside down when Redmon fought through the field to win the Modifieds of Mayhem Tour season opener.
The win was the first of Redmon’s career on the Mayhem Tour, and his first of any kind in six years.
“We knew we had a good car, but that dang redraw gets me every time. We drew an eight, but (the win) makes it a little sweeter,” Redmon told Speed51.com after the race. We got through it clean. It’s a big day for us; it’s our first win in six years. It’s a good one.”
What was originally a see-saw battle between Jeff Letson and Zach Knowles ended when Knowles pulled away in the second half of the 50-lap feature. After Redmon got by Letson for second, a yellow flag with seven laps to go put Redmon on the outside of Knowles for the restart.
Knowles got what appeared to be a strong restart, but had a close call with Redmon in turn one. Immediately though, the yellow would fly again for a spin in the back of the field. Then a call was made, which changed the complexion of the race, as Knowles was ruled to have jumped the restart, giving the lead to Redmon.
“I didn’t pay attention to where he was on the restart. I knew he rolled up pretty quick, but I was not really caught off-guard,” Redmon said. “I was outside of him at the flag stand, he just drove up to the wall and I had to back out. Luckily I didn’t get the wall or from behind, it was crazy.”
Redmon led unopposed for the final laps, with the Florida driver finally capturing an emotional victory.
“It tastes like chocolate cake almost. I told the guys all winter if we could just get the first one at Montgomery and get it over with I think it will be a good year,” he said. “It’s a big deal, my dad passed away five or six years ago and it hasn’t been the same since. It’s a good group of guys to race with.”
Jeff Letson held on for second while Knowles recovered from the penalty for a third-place finish. Rocky Rogers and Gary Sanford rounded out the top five.
Before the next Modifieds of Mayhem race on April 14 at Crisp Motorsports Park, Redmon will compete in the Modified portion of The Rattler at South Alabama Speedway, a track that has been kind to him in the past.
“Opp is my home track. We had success there, but lost it for a while. We’ll definitely be there, always look forward to the Rattler. I’ve got two Rattler trophies, would love to add a third.”
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-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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