Through the first eight races of the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series season, eight different drivers have visited victory lane. This weekend, a new venue for the tour could mean a ninth different face holding the winner’s check on Saturday night at Lake View Motor Speedway (SC).
The regional touring Dirt Late Model series has produced an intriguing mix of winners in those eight events. In the season opener at North Georgia Speedway on March 2nd, Michael Page won in his home state for his fifth career ULTIMATE victory. Another hometown hero would win later in March, with Pine Level, North Carolina’s Dustin Mitchell taking the checkered flag at County Line Raceway in Elm City, North Carolina.
ULTIMATE kicked off April with its first big race of the 2019 season, with the $10,000-to-win “Spring Thaw” at Volunteer Speedway (TN). That event brought out a star-studded field, with Dale McDowell taking the win over Jimmy Owens and Brandon Overton.
Two nights later, defending ULTIMATE champion Zack Mitchell finally scored his first win of the year with the series, taking the checkered flag at Friendship Motor Speedway (NC) ahead of Trent Ivey.
Another doubleheader weekend followed in April, with trips to Laurens County Speedway (SC) and Dixie Speedway (GA). Ross Bailes was the Friday night winner at Laurens County that weekend, while three-time ULTIMATE champion Casey Roberts collected his 21st career series win on Saturday at Dixie.
The lone series race in May was the Jack Starrette Memorial at Modoc Raceway (SC). It was Fergy Time at “The Doc” as Chris Ferguson picked up the win over Johnny Pursley. In the series’ most recent event, the $20,000-to-win USA 100 at Virginia Motor Speedway, Brandon Overton took an emotional win in a photo finish with Rick Eckert.
Will we see a new winner once again Saturday, when the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series makes its first trip ever to Lake View Motor Speedway? It’s entirely possible.
While points leader Zack Mitchell has the Friendship win under his belt, the second and third place drivers in points are both seeking their first career ULTIMATE wins.
Daulton Wilson currently sits second in points during his first full season of Super Late Model racing. The Fayetteville, North Carolina racer finished second to Dustin Mitchell at County Line for his best run of the season, but has shown speed on several other occasions.
Anthony Sanders sits third in points, just ahead of Dustin Mitchell. While Sanders has been looking for speed, he has enjoyed strong runs with both the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series and the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series and could see a breakthrough performance this weekend.
As is often the case, tours such as ULTIMATE draw in local competitors looking to match up with the traveling stars. One such confirmed entry is Johnny Pridgen, who currently sits second in the Lake View Motor Speedway Late Model points standings as well as a win at the track this year with the Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Model Series.
The local drivers such as Pridgen will have the advantage in experience at Lake View in ULTIMATE’s first trip to the venue, but not all of the series regulars will be making their first trip there. Jeff Smith, the son of “Southern Gentleman” Freddy Smith, once raced alongside his famed father in a Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series event at the South Carolina facility in 1996, finishing eighth that day.
As Saturday’s race draws closer, more confirmed entries will be added, which will only add to the list of possible winners. Stay tuned for more updates and news ahead of the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series event at Lake View Motor Speedway, as well as coverage details for the event from Speed51, the Official Video Home of both the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series and Lake View Motor Speedway.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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