The inaugural Rowdy Energy Super Select Series season reached its conclusion at historic North Wilkesboro Speedway on Tuesday night. The first driver to win in the series also won the season’s final race, while a first-ever champion was crowned.
eRattler 250 winner Devon Morgan bookended the season by winning the finale at the virtual replica of the venerable North Carolina short track, while ARCA Menards Series East competitor Parker Retzlaff finished second to take the series championship.
Morgan started 14th in the event, but avoided an array of early incidents to pick up several positions and get in position for the win.
“I got very lucky with the early crashes,” said Morgan. “It weeded a lot of the field out and allowed me to get a lot of positions early. I got very lucky, I almost got right-hooked right off the bat on the first one. I was able to save it.”
A long green-flag run to end the race played into Morgan’s favor, as the track surface heated up and the high line developed.
“Whenever that top line came in, I knew I was going to have a very good shot at it. All the cards fell in my lap, and I was able to get the lead and hold off Parker on the restarts.
“I don’t know what it is, I can’t qualify here, and my short run speed isn’t that great. The long run speed is where I shine at this place.“
Retzlaff was also able to avoid the early carnage. His primary contender for the series championship, Alex McCollum, was not as fortunate, which gave Retzlaff breathing room in the race.
Nonetheless, Retzlaff knew survival was key and that his margin for error could evaporate in an instant.
“The beginning of the race, there was a lot of stuff happening and I was just trying not to get involved,” said Retzlaff. “Even after McCollum had his incident, that could still happen to me, so I was just worried about finishing the race.”
Once the battle for the win came down to him and Morgan at the end, Retzlaff tried several lines to find an advantage over Morgan, but could not find the secret to steal away the lead.
“I was just trying some stuff to see if it worked. I think me and him were the same speed if we ran the same line. I tried something else and he just beat me tonight. It was fun racing with him and McCollum all season, it was lots of fun.”
By virtue of winning the championship, Retzlaff pocketed $500 as the winner’s share of a points fund sponsored by PFC Brakes and Rowdy Energy. He did not have any immediate plans for the earnings.
“I’ll probably just keep it in case I need something.”
Retzlaff was far more interested in a prize without a monetary amount – the champion’s invitation to the Speed51 Super Select all-star event in 2020.
While not a Super Late Model regular, Retzlaff will be able to participate in the event if he can line up a ride and pass an on-track performance test conducted by event promoters.
“That’s a really cool race and it would be an honor to go to it. We’ll see if we can get something together and go to it.”
Ryan Doucette finished third in the season finale, with Kaden Honeycutt finishing fourth. Rafe Slate, entered into the race as a substitute driver for Chris Dilbeck, rounded out the top five.
Fans who missed Tuesday’s race can watch an on-demand replay of the event by clicking here.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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