The Rowdy Energy Super Select Series has brought some of the country’s top Super Late Model drivers and short track sim racers together to race on a national stage every Saturday night. Sim racing specialists took the first two races of the season before Texas driver Kaden Honeycutt won one for the real-life stars this past Saturday at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Honeycutt joined “The Bullring” on Monday to talk about his win and competing in the Super Select Series during the pandemic. His win last Saturday came after a dismal run at the now-defunct USA International Speedway the week before.
“I thought it was really awesome, they really have a spec field of drivers in that Super Select Series and I’m proud to be the first one that’s actually been a real-life Late Model racer to take home a win. It feels really special, especially since I had a real rough week last week at USA,” Honeycutt said. “It’s truly an honor to be a part of the series because you have the best Super Late Model drivers in the country on iRacing racing against each other, and you have some of the greatest iRacers that are great at Super Late Models and everything else they compete in.”
The win came at a track Honeycutt has real-life experience at, having competed in an ARCA Menards Series race at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2018.
“It was awesome to go to Lucas Oil, back to a place that I’ve had experience at before a couple years ago back in the ARCA Menards Series, and take some experience into the sim and apply. Fortunately, all the stuff I tried work. It was a really fun night that night and something I probably won’t forget for the rest of this year.”
Among those in the field for Saturday night’s race was two-time NASCAR Cup Serieschampion Kyle Busch. Busch jumped on as a sponsor of the series before the second race at USA, and made his first start with the Super Select Series at LOR.
For Honeycutt, having Busch as part of the series and as a driver in the last race hasmade competing in the series even more special.
“A big thank you to Kyle for sponsoring the Super Select Series. I haven’t competed against him before in the Super Lates but I’ve competed against his cars before with(Raphael) Lessard and Chandler (Smith) and we’ve had great races. We’ve been able to beat them a couple times but they’ve beat us. It’s just really awesome to have Kyle there, it just makes that event more special.”
Honeycutt has sported a Donnie Wilson paint scheme in the last two races of the Super Select. He was asked about the connection to the “OKC Bandit” and what made him want to run the look.
“Him and my dad have raced back at home together and I’ve basically watched himmy entire life. Every time, growing up and going to Five Flags since I was five years old I’ve seen his race car and I just like the look of his race car. I don’t have a personal paint of mine and I just love Donnie’s schemes and his race cars are always really fast, I figured if I put on the paint it would give me an extra boost.”
“If I ever did have the opportunity to drive one of Donnie’s cars, I would definitely not take it for granted and do the best I can do. I know I can do that and maybe knock off a win if I ever get an opportunity anywhere we go to. If there’s ever any opportunity to race for him, shoot, I’d definitely take it. There’s no doubt about that.
”The winner of the Rowdy Energy Super Select Series title will get an opportunity to receive an automatic starting spot in the real-life Speed51 Super Select later this year. As the series continues to progress, Honeycutt has his eye on that invite.
“There’s a couple guys like Parker Retzlaff and Devon Morgan that have had really solid finishes three races in a row. I finished seventh at Lanier and I don’t even know where I finished at Lakeland. I think I’m still in the hunt for it, there could be acouple weeks coming up where some people may get into mayhem, have a catastrophe or have disaster that night, you just never know so you have to fight every night. If you can pull off consistent top-fives and knock off a couple wins in the rest of the season, I don’t think there’s a reason why you can’t be in the hunt.”
“I would love to be in that All-Star race at Lucas Oil. I love the race track and it’s such a great event that you put on,” he stated. “It’s such an honor to compete in it as well.”
Click here to watch a replay of Monday’s “The Bullring.”
Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3