It was a night of triumph for Ryan Repko Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway as he outdueled a strong field of Late Model Stock Cars to win the 42nd Annual Bobby Isaac Memorial.
“It’s just incredible to be able to win here,” Repko said after scoring the biggest win of his career. “Hickory was kind of where it all started for me. We ran here and at Motor Mile when I first started in my career. This is one of those tracks that I really struggled to learn and to be able to pick up my first win here last week and to come back this week and win this big of a race, man I can’t even put it into words.”
Repko started Saturday night’s racing festivities on a high note by claiming the pole for the 150-lap feature event. California native Jagger Jones had a strong showing in qualifying and started on the outside of Repko, making up the front row.
At the drop of the green flag, Repko took the early lead and current NASCAR Whelen All-American Series points leader Philip Morris moved into the second position. The two Reynolds Racing drivers duked it out early for the lead before Morris made the pass for the lead on lap 15. The battle intensified up front a few laps later as Austin Green and Charlie Watson put themselves in the mix.
Charlie Watson made a hard charge to the front and quickly placed himself within striking distance of the leaders only 50 laps in. A hard-fought battle for the lead between Watson and Morris took place for 50 solid laps before contact on a restart took both drivers out of contention for a win. That created a new front row, with Repko once again on the inside with Austin Green to his outside.
Repko went on to hold off a late-charging Ryan Millington and Austin McDaniel to pick up his first career Bobby Isaac Memorial win.
“We never fell back further than fourth, which was our game plan all along and it paid off tonight,” Repko stated. “We have a lot of momentum going for us. We were able to pick up our first two wins of the season at South Boston a couple of weeks ago, a win here last week and now this. I can’t thank my guys and the Reynolds Racing team enough for this.”
Race fans can find on-demand Trackside Now coverage of Saturday's Bobby Isaac Memorial on Speed51.com.
-Story by Madison Mabry, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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