Corey Almond has enjoyed plenty of strong runs with the FASTRAK Racing Series, especially last year when the Appomattox, Virginia racer scored four top-five and seven top-10 finishes en route to a third-place finish in series points.
However, Almond is still searching for his first career win with FASTRAK. This weekend gives him six chances to claim it, with the FASTRAK Triple Crown taking place over Memorial Day Weekend.
The three-day event begins Friday at Friendship Motor Speedway (NC) before going north to Beckley Motorsports Park (WV) Saturday and returning to Friendship on Sunday. While all of the weekend’s action counts towards the FASTRAK Racing Series title, a Triple Crown Champion will also be crowned after racing concludes on Sunday.
Almond is excited entering the action-packed weekend, eager both to compete at Friendship for the first time and return to Beckley, where he has had plenty of success.
“We feel pretty good,” Almond told Speed51. “We normally run decent when we go down south. I’m pretty excited about going to Friendship. We haven’t had the chance to race there yet. We’ve been there one time and it got rained out, so I’m pretty excited about going back.
“We’ve ran well at Beckley. I’ve been there a few times. We’ve won there, so I’m pretty excited about the Triple Crown. Hopefully we can get around Friendship pretty good and put up a fighting chance.”
Almond hopes that one of those two venues will be the site of his first career FASTRAK win. He narrowly missed out on a win last November at Screven Motorsports Complex (GA), losing out to Travis Pennington in a late-race duel before finishing second.
“Man, we’ve been close so many times,” Almond said. “Last year we went to Georgia and I think I ended up losing with two laps to go. We’ve been right there at it, trying to get that win, but luck hasn’t been on our side yet.”
Like so many series along the Eastern United States, Mother Nature has been FASTRAK’s biggest enemy in 2019. Following another rainout last weekend at Volunteer Speedway (TN) for their third consecutive postponement of the season, FASTRAK officials declared all three Triple Crown events would be double-features, offering six points-paying races this weekend.
Almond knows this will make for an action-packed weekend, as well as a chance for drivers to gain or lose ground in the points chase. He currently sits eighth in series standings as the eighth-place finisher in the series’ lone event at Toccoa Raceway (GA) in April.
“It’ll make it exciting, that’s for sure,” Almond said. “I think it’s a good deal to make up these points races that we’ve missed. It’ll give us a chance, the guys that aren’t doing so good in points to make up.”
Over those six races, Almond knows consistency will be key, maybe even moreso than picking up that elusive first win, to take the Triple Crown title. He pointed to the consistency displayed by fellow FASTRAK racer Carson Ferguson when he claimed the East Coast Rumble championship belt over Labor Day weekend in 2018.
“I feel like if someone can come in there like Carson did last year; I don’t think he picked up a win, but he won that deal being consistent, staying in the top five throughout the weekend.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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