The CARS Tour Late Model Stock championship picture started to come into focus Saturday night after the Orange Blossom 300 at Orange County Speedway.
With a win and runner-up in the first two events, Deac McCaskill takes a commanding lead in the standings with eight more events remaining on the schedule. He takes a seven point lead over Josh Berry and eight over Tommy Lemons.
The decent sized margin could prove to be beneficial to McCaskill as the former NASCAR Virginia state champion expects to struggle at the next event at Hictory Motor Speedway. And he’s already starting to count points after finishing third to Brayton Haws and Myatt Snider in last year’s closely contested points battle.
“It was a good day for the big picture,” McCaskill said after the race. “Josh is right there behind us and we were able to lead a lap so it was a good night for us all in all, especially with Hickory next on the schedule.”
Even though he was satisfied with second-place, McCaskill was still somewhat dissapointed. He led the most laps but just got beat on a late restart by his long-time friend and NASCAR Truck Series regular Timothy Peters. Beyond the pride standpoint, McCaskill knows he could have used the win bonus points too.
“It’s tough to lead so many laps and still lose,” McCaskill said. “I’ve lost a bunch of them that way and I’m know I’ll lose a few more of them the same way. So yeah man, we’re off to Hickory. I suck there, so I can only get better from here.”
Here’s a quick glance at the championship standings after Round 2 of 8.
1. Deac McCaskill Ldr.
2. Josh Berry -7
3. Tommy Lemons -8
4. Myatt Snider -9