Jeremy Burns had the comeback of the night as he recovered from a lap one caution and worked his way to the front during the UARA-STARS Triangle Construction 150 at Anderson Motor Speedway on Friday night. Sunoco Pole winner Ronnie Bassett, Jr. crossed the finish line first, but he was later disqualified in post-race inspection for a camshaft infraction.
The race is unofficial pending the outcome of an appeal from Jamie Yelton / Fat Head Racing. The UARA and FHR will each have one person to represent them before an appeals board. Once a decision is rendered by the appeals board, it is final and binding and no further discussion will take place. The decision will be announced when finalized.
Sporting a new sponsor, Roof Shampooing, on the hood of his car, Bassett put on a driving clinic from the drop of the green flag. Although he didn’t officially claim the win, he did however lead flag to flag from the pole and claimed the Marlowe Racing Chassis Halfway Leader Award.
When the green flagged waved, things got chaotic in turn one. Jeremy Burns made contact with Scott Turlington resulting in a spin for both cars. Luckily, neither car suffered major damage and both were able to continue. Having to start at the rear due to the first lap caution, Burns was on the prowl and worked his way into the top ten by lap 70.
To bring out the second caution of the night, Kaleb Pressely spun in turns one and two with some help from Brennan Poole. Pressley came to pit road and soon retired from the event due to damage from the incident. Grant McGinnis also spun in the same spot, just a couple of laps later, to bring out the final caution of the race on lap 45.
Following the restart, Burns worked his way methodically through the field, passing a car for position every few laps. As the field strung out and the race began to take shape, Burns quickly caught the eye of the fans and competitors. His drive through the field became the main focus of those at the speedway. He worked his way by outside pole-sitter Garrett Campbell within earshot of the finish but was unable, on-track, to catch Bassett.
“Our car was just awesome,” said Burns after the event. “Matt McCall just did an awesome job on our car and we're still looking for sponsors in case anyone wants to come on board. To the fans here at Anderson, thanks to them for coming out and I'm sure we put on a great race for them tonight.
“It definitely knocked the toe out and tightened the car up through the center, which I think might have actually helped it,” continued Burns when asked about the opening lap skirmish in turn one. “I was just driving the heck out of it and driving it a bit free. In the long run, it could've helped the car.
Bassett’s teammate, George Miedecke scored another Rookie of the Race title. The local contingent of drivers in the field also had notable runs, using their track knowledge to exact where to pass and where to fall in line. David Roberts and Randy Hawkins finished in the top ten, one of Hawkins’ career best runs in UARA competition. Other local contenders such as Anthony Anders, Ralph Carnes and Justin Sorrow saw the balance go away on their machines as the race wore on. Trey Gibson had a mechanical failure while running sixth.
With his win, Jeremy Burns claimed the Holley Performer Award by gaining the most positions from his starting spot of 13th. Brennan Poole followed Burns in the final finishing order, followed by Garrett Campbell, Miedecke and Kyle Grissom.
“We got close to the one hundred lap mark and I lost oil pressure and started running really hot,” said point-leader Poole who extended his lead over Grissom and Roberts. “It made it tough to pass and I had to follow people through traffic to get spots once someone got to the high side. The car really had some speed in it, though, and I can't thank my crew and sponsors enough.”
“We were pretty good all weekend. I just overdrove at the beginning of the run,” said Campbell, a winner earlier this season at Newport. “My mother even said it was driver error since we finished fourth. But we've done very good this year and we have a clean racecar after the race. I tried to keep up with Burns and Bassett but they had really good cars and were consistent every lap. They gained a lot of respect, there.”
Triangle Construction 150 Unofficial Finish
2204Ronnie Bassett JrDQ'd
The next event for the UARA-STARS will be June 25 at the Hickory Motor Speedway for the Banjo Matthews Memorial 150. Special events for fans will take place honoring the life and influence of Banjo Matthews and representatives from the Buncombe County, NC, schools will also be on hand to accept donations towards the Banjo Matthews Memorial Scholarship Fund.