Story and photos by Drew Hierwarter
Regular readers will remember that I have often used this space to extol the virtues of attending the races at your local short track. So, in keeping with that philosophy, this past Friday I ventured down to Tri-County Motor Speedway in
The UARA is a great series that races all over the Southeast on tracks like historic Hickory Motor Speedway, Mrytle Beach Speedway, and even the popular Bristol Motor Speedway. And because they race throughout the heart of NASCAR country, the connections to NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup teams are inevitable. The driver’s roster contains many famous last names as the sons of former NASCAR drivers and crew chiefs populate the starting field. The UARA can also be a great training ground for future NASCAR stars as it was for Joey Logano, who spent part of his weekend off from the Sprint Cup series hanging out with his old friends at Tri-County on Friday.
Joey Logano and Coleman Pressely
Kyle Grissom, the son of former Nationwide Series star Steve Grissom, started the race from the pole but at the drop of the green it was Matt McCall who jumped into the lead from his outside front row starting position. McCall has been the hottest driver in the UARA this season and he left no doubt that he would be tough to beat on this night.
Brandon McReynolds brought out the first caution of the night when he tangled with two other cars and had to pit for a quick check out by his crew chief dad, Larry McReynolds. Then on lap 29 the field was stopped by a red flag to give officials time to clean up the rear end grease spilled from the JR Motorsports entry driven by Richard Boswell.
Even though the race was dominated by McCall and he led most of the way, there was plenty of side-by-side racing throughout the field. Chris Lawson and Coleman Pressley were making a charge to the front and by mid-race Lawson was in fourth and Pressley, who had to start from last due to having to make some post-qualifying repairs, had brought his car all the way up to eighth.
Scott Turlington and Paddy Rodenbeck race hard into turn 3
By lap 134 of 150, Lawson was pressing Matt McCall for the lead. He managed to overtake McCall and was scored as the leader for two laps before McCall regained the position which he held until the checkered flag. McCall and Lawson were followed across the finish line by Kyle Grissom, Jamey Caudill, Lee Tissot, Garrett Campbell, Coleman Pressley, Jamie Yelton, Brandon McReynolds and Owen Kelly who rounded out the top ten. The win was McCall’s fourth out of eight starts and extends his point lead over Jamey Caudill and Paddy Rodenbeck.
Matt McCall celebrates the win at Tri-County Motor Speedway
The next race on the UARA schedule will be on Friday, August 7th at Ace Speedway in