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Yarbrough opens season with victory in chilly Icebreaker

Morgan Odum/Race22

MYRTLE BEACH, SC – Sam Yarbrough broke the ice on the 2020 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model Stock Car season with a victory in the Icebreaker at Myrtle Beach Speedway on Saturday night.

After being delayed for three hours due to rain, much of the race came down to a battle between Austin McDaniel and Dexter Canipe, Jr., until Yarbrough raced his way to the lead for the second time on lap 102 and never looked back.

“Man, what a weekend,” Yarborough said after the race. “We should have had a better qualifying effort. That was my fault. Car was just real great, solid all weekend. This thing was a rocket ship today, especially when it counted there at the end. I can’t thank everyone enough.”

Yarbrough, a former track champion, paced himself for much of the race and saved his tires for the end of the race after qualifying in sixth.  In the closing laps, he began to make

“It’s always a chess match and you try to keep yourself in a good position but not use too much up,” Yarborough remarked. “We made a really long run on Friday and our pace was quite a bit quicker than that, so I wasn’t concerned with the pace at all, just making sure I was in a good spot.”

Austin McDaniel ultimately settled for a runner-up finish while BJ Mackey, Sammy Smith, and Jason York rounded out the top-five.  Mackey won later in the evening in the Super Truck feature race.


  1. Sam Yarborough
  2. Austin McDaniel
  3. J. Mackey
  4. Sammy Smith
  5. Jason York
  6. Austin Hill
  7. Peyton Sellers
  8. Nolan Pope
  9. Justin Johnson
  10. Brandon Pierce
  11. Michael Faulk
  12. Ryan Millington
  13. J. Barron
  14. Lucas Williams
  15. Kevin Parsons
  16. Jacob Heafner
  17. Dexter Canipe Jr.
  18. Anthony Adams
  19. Chris Throckmorton
  20. Jason Tutterow
  21. Jessica Cann
  22. David Roberts
  23. Travis Powell
  24. Bobby June
  25. Jamie Weatherford
  26. Bryant Barnhill
  27. Todd Bradburry
  28. Jimmy Wallace
  29. Austin Somero
  30. Bob Saville
  31. Will Burns
  32. Ryan Glenski
  33. Stuart Ricks
  34. Rajah Caruth
  35. Corey Heim




Marquis comes from St. Charles, Maryland and has a widespread background in journalism, having covered politics in Washington and Maryland as well as nearly every form of auto racing, including NASCAR, IndyCar, AMA Motocross and IHRA Drag Racing. Now living near Emerald Isle, North Carolina, Marquis covers Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Models in the Carolinas and Virginia.

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  1. Kristofer Barrows

    February 4, 2020 at 11:32 am

    It was a chilly day, but the racing was hot. For most of the event, you could cover the top twenty with a blanket. Excellent side by side racing. Yarborough hung around the top five all day and saved his tires until the end. I drive in from Charlotte every year for this event, and it never disappoints. Worth the trip.

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