PELETIER, NC – Jared Fryar is now two-for-two in the Solid Rock Carriers Fast Five Late Model Series at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway after another dominant performance on Saturday night.
The sequel act in the Solid Rock Carriers Fast Five Series played out very differently during the 100-lap feature race with a series of late-race cautions and a shootout to the finish. The result, however, was ultimately an encore presentation of the first with Fryar leading wire-to-wire and beating out Zach Lightfoot and Tim Allensworth for the win.
“Our car was really good,” Fryar said. “I don’t know if it was better than last time but it was pretty good. My guys gave me a good car. I’ve been racing the past couple of weeks and it’s been tough but I’m happy to be here and happy to race.”
The victory was not easy for Fryar. A series of incidents in the second half allowed Allensworth, who swept a doubleheader at Coastal Plains Raceway Park in Jacksonville a week earlier, to challenge Fryar on the outside. Fryar was able to prevail each time and drive away – but a caution with five laps to go when Chris Burns spun in turn two gave Allensworth one more shot.
“Tim seemed to be really good on that outside,” Fryar explained. “It was good racing with those guys. Luckily, I had a good restart there at the end. The last couple, I didn’t feel like I got a good jump on them, but there, we took off good and did what we had to do.”
Through two races at Carteret County Speedway in the Solid Rock Carriers Fast Five Late Model Series, Fryar has scored two poles, led 200 laps, won twice, and banked $10,000. If he wins in the third round on Sunday, May 30th, he will net a $2,000 bonus on top of the $5,000 for winning which would bring his season total to $17,000.
A series of incidents in the closing stages of the race swept up multiple competitors, including Burns, Jason York, Louis White, and Tyler Horne – all former Carteret County Speedway Late Model winners. Behind Fryar, the racing was full contact at times. Both the runner-up finisher, Allensworth, and the third-place finisher, Lightfoot, tangled during the race while a handful of other drivers got together without wrecking throughout the race.
“Had a pretty good car at the start of it,” Lightfoot said after his second-place finish. “Got into Allensworth there, didn’t mean to. Got freight-trained on a restart, got bunched up, made it three-wide, fell back to sixth, and was able to, with five laps to go, get up to second. I just got really tight, I don’t know what happened, and got into Allensworth again. I tried talking to him. I didn’t mean to get into him.”
Allensworth settled for a third-place finish but felt like he should have finished in the runner-up position.
“We had a good restart,” Allensworth said. “I didn’t want to see that caution with five laps to go. I knew I was going to get jacked up going into turn one. You could read the book before it was even written. We had a good run, should have finished second. I do believe Jared was just toying with all of us. It was fun, on those restarts, driving with him. We’ll go him and fix it.”
T.J. Barron finished in fourth while Chris Burns rallied from a late-race spin to finish fifth.
The next round of the Solid Rock Carriers Fast Five Late Model Series will take place on Sunday, May 30th during the Memorial Classic.
Other winners: Travis Miller (Mini Stock), Duane Walker (Bomber), Steve Sullivan (U-CAR), Shane Irving (Legends), Tyler Smith (Street Stock), Sean Wales (Champ Kart), and Adam Mattice (Jr. Mini Cup).
- Jared Fryar
- Zach Lightfoot
- Tim Allensworth
- J. Barron
- Chris Burns
- Brandon Clements
- Tyler Horne
- Jason York
- Dylan Newsome
- Louis White
- Chris Horton, Jr.