On a night of attrition and calamity, a surprise winner took the checkered flag in Round Two of the 2019 FASTRAK Racing Series East Coast Rumble. Morgantown, West Virginia's Brent Trimble escaped victorious at Tyler County Speedway (WV) on Saturday night for his first career touring series win.
Trimble is a routine competitor in the weekly Pro Late Model ranks at Elkins Raceway (WV). He was making just his first FASTRAK Racing Series start of the season, but proved capable of holding off the series' front runners on Saturday night, taking the win over Kyle Lukon and Tyler Carpenter.
“I am stoked, I mean just completely stoked," said Trimble. We ran our butts off. Good luck helped us too, I’m just pumped from this. We were so good but we had some tough competition to hold off like [Logan] Roberson, Lukon and Carpenter.”
The race was filled with excitement and calamity along the course of the 30-lap feature for the 24 starters taking the green in the A-main out of 40 entrants who attempted for the Saturday program. The top point leaders fighting neck-and-neck for the $10,000 FASTRAK National Touring Championship and $5,000-to-win FASTRAK VP Racing Fuels National Weekly Championship were major story lines with what seemed a monkey on their backs. Carson Ferguson, Nick Schlager, Logan Roberson, Michael Bland, Kyle Thomas and even defending FASTRAK World Champion Logan Roberson all suffered aggravation along the course of the night.
The race was filled with several cautions and was halted by the red flag for two multi-car accidents. One incident happened on the restart just before halfway, taking away Schlager's momentum from earning VP Racing Fuels QuickTime Fast Qualifier honors and winning Heat One to start on the pole. Schlager had difficulty spinning tires on the restarts, causing Henry Hornsby III to get into the rear end of his Rocket chassis and collecting several other cars in turn one.
Defending FASTRAK World Champion Logan Roberson also ran into issues during the event with seven laps to go. Roberson and Kyle Lukon were battling for the second position. The two made contact exiting off turn four, with Lukon’s machine spinning off the nose of Roberson's entry. Race Control deemed that Roberson was the cause of the incident, giving Lukon back the second position and sending Roberson to the tail end of the lead lap. Roberson, frustrated from this decision, exited off the track ending his night.
"It was a just racing deal between Logan and I, just a racing deal that race control had to make a rule on," Lukon said about the incident. "It could have went either way, we race each other hard. I had fun tonight, but the track got stupid slick from the center off out of nowhere for us.”
Lukon would come away with the second-place finish, unable to wrestle away the top spot from Trimble over the closing laps.
"Brent is tough to race with at Elkins," said Lukon. "We’re pretty close, it’s fun to finish 2nd to him. He’s fast, I hope they enjoy this special win. They deserved it.”
Tyler Carpenter, winner of the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series Butterball Memorial earlier this month at Richmond Raceway (KY), was ecstatic with a third-place finish as he was shaking down the Pro Late Model in preparation for the $50,000-to-win FASTRAK World Championship at Virginia Motor Speedway on September 13-14.
"Man, I really don’t know much about this FASTRAK stuff, but it was absolutely competitive with these guys," said Carpenter. "It felt like in an enduro gauntlet race. We have a top 3 tonight, I’m leaving with a smile, working on things. I want to really thank Chuck Longbrake. We are going for the $50,000 payday in Jamaica, baby."
TJ Salango, though damaged, would have a surprising 4th place podium and David Pangrazio rounded out the top five.
Race fans who missed Saturday's FASTRAK feature can watch highlights of the event now on the Speed51 Network by clicking here.
The East Coast Rumble concludes Sunday, September 1 with another $2,000-to-win feature for the FASTRAK Racing Series. Speed51 will once again be on hand to provide updates, highlights and more from the event.
Official Results - East Coast Rumble Round #2
Tyler County Speedway - Middlebourne, WV
1. 32 Brent Trimble
2. 184 Kyle Lukon
3. 27 Tyler Carpenter
4. 18 TJ Salango
5. 136 David Pangrazio
6. 15 Donnie Dotson
7. 10s Joe Martin
8. T17 Trey Watson
9. 2 Michael Bland
10. 45 Eddie Hambrick
11. 75 Brandon Weigle
12. 44 Sparky Davison
13. 99t Tyler Riggs
14. 11 Brian Frazee
15. 00f Carson Ferguson
16. 99 Patrick Solari
17. H20 Luke Hyre
18. 17 Logan Roberson
19. 57 Kyle Thomas
20. 22 Nick Schlager
21. 39 Henry Hornsby III
22. 03 Garrett Paugh
23. 27h Hayden Jacobs
24. 23 Easton Fortner
Did Not Start: 90 Michael Duritsky, 5 Cyle West, 457 Kenny Rucker, 27 Derrick Shaw, 0 Kaitlyn Frazier, 2* Logan Hitt, 5A AJ Spagnuolo, 29 Skip Hare, 34 Nick Scott, 01 Jarrett Spencer, K2 Kris Southern, 23g Garrett Jones, 10 Ronnie Mayle, 33 Alden Butcher, 702 Wylie Ford
Total Entrants – 39
VP Racing Fuels QuickTime Group Qualifying: #22 Nick Schlager 13.366 seconds
Heat Race winners, Nick Schlager, Brent Trimble, Kyle Lukon, Henry Hornsby III
B-Main Last Chance Qualifier winners – Joe Martin & Trey Watson
Provisionals – Hayden Jacobs & Easton Fortner
-Story by: Wesley Outland, Speed51.com - Twitter: @wesleyoutland
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