Jacob Borst has grown accustomed to racing with the leaders at South Boston Speedway.
In five starts this year at the track, Borst has placed inside the Top 5 on four occasions, with two of those runs being second place finishes.
Borst’s raw speed finally paid off for him on Saturday night, as he joined drivers like Philip Morris, Barry Beggarly, Ray Hendrick and others as a winner at South Boston.
An emotional Borst was in disbelief when he pulled his No. 25 Late Model into victory lane but he felt confident that the car would be strong enough to capture that elusive first win heading into Saturday night.
“We knew we had a good car for the race last night,” Borst said. “I think that was the longest time I’ve ever been in first. It felt like it was an hour. To come out and win against all of these guys is such a big deal.”
Borst anticipated that his car would be much stronger in the 100-lap feature during the evening as opposed to qualifying in the heat of the day.
Those suspicions proved to be correct for Borst, who would qualify seventh on the 14-car grid while veteran Thomas Scott took the pole.
Borst quickly worked his way up to third and tucked in behind Trey Crews, who was doing everything possible to try and overtake Scott for the lead.
An accident between Scott and Crews gave the lead to Borst, who proceeded to drive away and park his Late Model Stock in victory lane.
Borst admitted that the first win carried extra significance for him knowing that he was able to outrun a former track champion in Peyton Sellers.
“It just feels amazing,” Borst said. “Peyton [Sellers] won his first track championship back in 2005 and he has a lot of laps around here but I have to thank my mom, my dad and everyone else that helps us.”
Borst has a lot of ground to make up before he catches Sellers in the Late Model Stock standings but he now enters the doubleheader on May 15 with momentum as he looks to add more victories.
1. Jacob Borst
2. Landon Pembleton
3. Terry Dease
4. Carter Langley
5. Thomas Scott
6. Camden Gullie
7. Peyton Sellers
8. Chris Elliott
9. Jason Barnes
10. Raymond Pittman
11. Chris Denny
12. Trey Crews
13. Stuart Crews
14. Jordan Pickrel