Will Bristle Prevails In Legends Shootoutby Press Release May 13, 2019 0 comments
PELETIER, N.C. – Will Bristle survived a series of late race restarts to pick up the victory in Saturday night’s Legends Short Track Shootout at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway.
Zach Miller, who won a race at Carteret County Speedway earlier this year, led in the early laps of the 35-lap, $2,500-to-win feature. Bristle was able to make the move, from the fourth starting position, to take the lead inside the first 15 laps and led from there out. It was not easy for Bristle, however, as he had to survive challenges from Miller, Spencer Saunders, Daniel Silvestri and others in a series of late race restarts.
After the race, Bristle said he considered this to be the biggest win of his career.
“Oh man, I’ve got to thank Dillon Spain Motorsports for building this piece for me,” Bristle said. “We work extremely hard on our stuff to make it this fast. It’s really showing. I’ve got to thank all these guys for racing me clean there except for trying to run over me that one time. I’ve just got to thank everyone that’s involved. It’s a huge win. I think we’re ready for the Nationals.”
Preparing for the Legends Asphalt Nationals, which will take place at Carteret County Speedway from October 17th through October 19th, was the main goal for Bristle and the 37 other cars in the event.
“This is the closest race to what compares to what the Nationals are going to be in October,” Bristle remarked. “Really stiff competition. Just a fun race overall. Came from fourth to the front and never looked back.”
Virginia driver Spencer Saunders finished in the second position for the second straight race at Carteret County Speedway. Despite coming up just short of a $2,500 payday, Saunders was ecstatic with the result.
“This one feels pretty good,” Saunders commented. “We had a good night tonight. Second place is a good run for us. This means a lot more than a couple weeks ago the first time here. Felt like we had a car to win, we just got to beating and banging there on those restarts. That’s just how it goes. When you’re stuck on the outside, you’re pretty much done.”
Zach Miller finished third while pole sitter Daniel Silvestri came in fourth and Caleb Heady rounded out the top-five.
Nick Woodall picked up the win in the Consolation feature, while Bryson Ruff and Brenton Irving scored heat race victories.
Chris Burns and James Horner swapped the lead back and forth throughout the duration of the Street Stock feature, but when the checkered flag waved, it was Burns picking up the win – his third consecutive victory in the Street Stock division at Carteret County Speedway.
Kris Hetu was able to capitalize on Brandon Clements’ misfortunes to score the victory in the Mini-Stock feature. Clements had dominated during the early stages of the race, but a mechanical problem sidelined him, allowing Hetu to take the win over Stephen Sanders and Gary Murphy.
Steve Sullivan scored the victory in U-CAR competition with a last lap pass while Andrew Jackson and Curtis Lanier rounded out the top-three. Sean Wales prevailed in a Champ Kart photofinish, while Justin Hall and Morgan Odum picked up victories in the Coastal Carolina Mini Cup Series Senior and Junior Mini Cup features.
Racing will return to Carteret County Speedway on Sunday, May 26th with the Memorial Classic, headlined by Limited Late Model racing and the Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club.
For more information about Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway, visit the track’s official website at www.carteretspeedway.com, “like” Carteret County Speedway on Facebook or follow @carteretcoswy on Twitter.
Source/Photo Credit: Andy Marquis/Carteret County Speedway