Matt Wallace won his first career Super Late Model race on Friday night at Concord Speedway, beating one of the best in the business right now in the process.
The second-generation racer out-dueled Harrison Burton over the final 20 laps to win the Old Glory 125 for the Pro-All Stars Series. The impact of the accomplishment wasn’t lost on the 22-year-old son of NASCAR veteran Mike Wallace.
“I don’t know how we did it tonight, the 12 car [Burton] is definitely one to beat right now, they’re the best short track car in the country basically,” said Wallace, after climbing from the Unkers Theraputic Products Chevrolet in Victory Lane. “It’s truly an honor to race side-by-side with these guys and win. There was actually a lot of momentum up on the outside and my dad kept me pumped up. This is awesome.”
Burton set a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 15.703 seconds around the triangular-shaped half-mile triangle. After the top-10 qualifiers redraw their positions, Preston Peltier would move to the front of the field with Burton falling to eighth.
That allowed Peltier to lead the initial laps over Lucas Jones, while Burton methodically worked his way through the field. The 17-year-old son of NASCAR veteran Jeff Burton moved into fifth by Lap 15, roughly around the same time that Wallace took second from Jones.
He would take the lead on Lap 24 — but not for long.
The first caution waved on Lap 39 when Wes Burton slowed on the track. Jones took the top spot from Wallace on the Lap 41 restart, but relinquished it back to Wallace just seven laps later. The race remained green until Peltier spun on Lap 75.
That’s when Burton began to challenge for the lead, even taking the lead from Wallace on Lap 80. The dynamic of the race shfited when Corey Heim crashed hard in the dogleg with 25 laps remaining.
Wallace then beat Burton into Turn 1 for the final restart of night and never looked back, holding the younger prospect off despite several side-by-side duels over the remainder of the race.
Completing the top-five were Ryan Moore, Irvan, and Jeff Fult. Kodie Conner, Bronson Butcher, Jones, Dustin Dunn and Roy Hayes were the remainder of the top-10. The complete results can be found below.
- Matt Wallace
- Harrison Burton
- Ryan Moore
- Jared Irvan
- Jeff Fultz
- Kodie Conner
- Bronson Butcher
- Lucas Jones
- Dustin Dunn
- Roy Hayes III
- Gracie Trotter
- Matt Craig
- Joe Graf Jr.
- J.P. Josiasse
- Corey Heim
- Preston Peltier
- Dan Speeney
- Wes Burton