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Matt Craig Dominates at Greenville for first CARS SLM Win

Matt Craig turned in a dominant performance in the Super Late Model portion of Saturday night’s Leftturns and Sunburns 200 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, picking up his first CARS Super Late Model Tour victory.

The sophomore racer, who currently leads the championship standings in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) southern tour, led 83 of the 100 laps in the inaugural CARS Super Late Model Tour race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.

“That car was amazing,” Craig said in victory lane.  “I can’t thank everyone that helped me enough.  All my guys for all the hard work and my dad for all the time spent at the racetrack.  It all finally came together.  I’d also like to thank Clay Rogers and Gary Crooks.  They taught me how to drive them and a little bit of luck, just had the field.”

Craig qualified on the pole but surrendered the lead to Cole Timm, who won at Tri-County just a couple weeks prior, on the opening lap.  He got back around Timm on lap nine.  An early race red flag erased his advantage and, on lap 38, Harrison Burton got around him for the lead.

Craig reassumed possession of the lead on lap 46 and then drove away from the field, winning by a margin of victory of over five seconds – the second largest margin of victory in series history.

“When I was behind Harrison, I was just playing with him,” Craig explained.  “I wasn’t even working and pushing him.  I probably ran 50 percent.”

Burton faded outside the top-five in the later stages of the event.  Cole Timm went on to finish second while former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Anthony Anders finished in third.  Zane Smith and CARS Super Late Model Tour points leader Raphael Lessard rounded out the top-five.

The victory at Greenville was Matt Craig’s third win of the season, but his first in the CARS Tour.  Craig has victories in the PASS South Super Late Model tour and in Southern National Motorsports Park’s Pro Late Model series.

Results:

  1. Matt Craig
  2. Cole Timm
  3. Anthony Anders
  4. Zane Smith
  5. Raphael Lessard
  6. Brandon Setzer
  7. Quin Houff
  8. Harrison Burton
  9. Kyle Grissom
  10. Gus Dean
  11. Tyler Ankrum
  12. Lucas Jones
  13. Jody Lavender
  14. Tate Fogleman
  15. Stephen Leicht

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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