Kaden Honeycutt arrived at Langley Speedway both angry and determined.
After narrowly missing out on his first win at Caraway Speedway two weeks before, Honeycutt wanted to show the rest of the CARS Tour competition that his strong run that evening was only a preview of what he could accomplish in a Late Model Stock.
Honeycutt avenged the loss at Caraway in dominating fashion by leading all of the 125 laps to win from the pole on Saturday evening.
“Our plan was to kick everybody’s butts this weekend,” Honeycutt said. “Caraway was harsh and we wanted redemption. What an awesome way to do that by leading every single lap tonight but we’ve got several more races to win this year.”
In what was his best outing with Justin Johnson’s program prior to Langley, Honeycutt led 44 laps at Caraway and held a comfortable advantage when a caution came out with just three to go.
Contact with McCarty on the ensuing restart caused Honeycutt to lose the lead to Johnson and was forced to watch his car owner celebrate a win that had belonged to him to just a few minutes earlier.
Honeycutt made sure to keep Johnson and the rest of the 20-car field in his rearview mirror from the drop of the green flag and was relieved to see the race go green for 69 laps up until the finish.
Although Johnson believed that he had a car capable of challenging for the win, he praised Honeycutt for the progress he has made over the last few months as he continues his transition from dirt tracks to pavement racing.
“People don’t realize that Kaden has only run a few races on asphalt,” Johnson said. “In the CARS Tour, you are racing Deac McCaskill, Bobby McCarty and Layne Riggs, so none of these guys are slouches. This is a tough field, so I think it’s impressive that Kaden has won so early in the season.”
Honeycutt said that Saturday’s victory would not have been possible with Johnson’s guidance and the technical support that his program has received from R&S Race Cars, which had four cars place inside the Top 5 at Langley.
“We’ve all just started working together more,” Honeycutt said. “We were very different from Justin to start the year but venturing off to what Marcus [Richmond] and those guys had in store for us really turned a corner. Caraway was the first race that we did that, so I can only imagine how good we’ll be the rest of the year but we’re going to do this as a group.”
Honeycutt now enters the halfway point of the CARS Tour season with confidence on his side and is ready to put together many more dominating performances before the year concludes.
1. Kaden Honeycutt
2. Justin Johnson
3. Deac McCaskill
4. Layne Riggs
5. Jared Fryar
6. Mini Tyrrell
7. Sam Yarbrough
8. Jonathan Shafer
9. Daniel Silvestri
10. Conner Jones
11. Brandon Pierce
12. Sam Butler
13. Justin S. Carroll
14. Terry Carroll
15. Mason Diaz
16. Joe Valento
17. Bobby McCarty
18. Matt Waltz
19. Jonathan Findley
20. Timothy Peters