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Ryan Repko outduels Craig Moore in CARS Throwback 276

The 19-year-old held off a veteran ace to win the Throwback race

Andy Marquis

Ryan Repko picked a fine time for his breakthrough CARS Tour Late Model Stock victory, defeating Craig Moore in the Throwback 276 on Saturday night at the Hickory Motor Speedway.

Repko, who has enjoyed success in weekly competition at ‘The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars,’ trailed the veteran Craig but wasn’t able to make the pass until Lap 111 – 70 laps after Moore himself took the lead from Repko on a restart.

But once Repko retook the lead, he would not relinquish it and was crowned winner by the legendary Dave Marcis with the throwback open-faced helmet given to the winner of the prestigious CARS Tour event.

Even more special was that Repko was driving a paint scheme made famous by Marcis in the NASCAR Cup Series.

“I would say that’s the biggest win of my career, definitely the most memorable for sure” Repko said in Victory Lane.  “It’s an honor to be able to honor Dave Marcis and run his throwback paint scheme.  Any win here is special.  There’s a lot of history at this place and it’s kind of my backyard, my home track, so I’m really thankful to get my CARS Tour win here.  I just can’t believe it.”

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Josh Berry led the race from the pole for the first 11 laps and the current CARS Tour championship leader quickly faded from contention and finished a distant sixth driving a retro Dale Earnhardt Jr. Late Model Stock wrap.

For Repko, the win was special because it came in a Marcis inspired car and against Moore — a mainstay of Mid-Atlantic short track racing.

Repko raced like a veteran himself on Saturday.

“I think it was a pretty good battle for the fans because you could throw a blanket over those two cars,” he said. “They were so close. I think I was saving a little bit more than him and that is what paid off in the end.”

Moore brought a new car to Hickory and was proud of the way it performed, even in defeat.

“I put together in like nine days before this race,” Moore said. “We only got about two hours of test time on it. It bit us a little bit. I’m stocked with how it ran, man. I’m pumped up. It gives us a lot of momentum going into the last two races of the year. I really am thinking about going to Martinsville. With that run and sponsor money, we might consider it. We got too free off. Everybody was too free, but Ryan was better than we were.

“Some lapped cars got in the way there at the end, but to bring a new race car to this place and this being a hard track to get around, I’m really thankful everything happened the way it did.”

Defending CARS Tour champion Bobby McCarty finished third, with Layne Riggs and Sammy Smith rounding out the top-five.

The complete results can be found below.

  1. Ryan Repko
  2. Craig Moore
  3. Bobby McCarty
  4. Layne Riggs
  5. Sammy Smith
  6. Josh Berry
  7. Brandon Pierce
  8. Brody Pope
  9. Mike Darne
  10. Deac McCaskill
  11. Tyler Matthews
  12. Cole Glasson
  13. Adam Lemke
  14. Jacob Heafner
  15. Charlie Watson
  16. Mitch Walker
  17. Justin Carroll
  18. Taylor Gray
  19. Austin McDaniel
  20. Sarah Cornett-Ching
  21. Matt Leicht
  22. Camden Gullie
  23. Terry Brooks, Jr.
  24. Mini Tyrrell
  25. Ryan Millington
  26. Gage Painter
  27. Jeremy Burns
  28. Trevor Ward
  29. Ronald Hill

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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