Scott Carlson in back to back NASCAR Elite Division, Southeast Seres wins at Kentucky Speedway SPARTA, KY. (June 13 2003) - No one can say Scott Carlson is superstitious. A full moon or Friday the 13th were not factors at Kentucky Speedway ...
Scott Carlson in back to back NASCAR Elite Division, Southeast Seres wins at Kentucky Speedway
SPARTA, KY. (June 13 2003) - No one can say Scott Carlson is superstitious.
A full moon or Friday the 13th were not factors at Kentucky Speedway for Carlson as he rolled his Advance Construction Services/Hamer Engines Pontiac into victory lane for consecutive wins with the NASCAR Elite Division, Kodak Southeast Series in the Lexington Herald-Leader presents The Kentucky 150.
In 2002, Carlson rode to victory in the 84 WHAS 150. Not only did Carlson record back to back wins but he also recorded back to back Bud Poles at the 1.5-mile superspeedway besting 36 other drivers with a fast lap of 34.729 Secs (155.489 mph). Randy Gentry started outside front row with Carlson.
Carlson's win was significant for three reasons. The race was run in record time of 58 mins. and 43 seconds, his winning speed of 153.278 mph was the highest average speed of 12 stock car races held at this facility and it was the first racing event ever at Kentucky Speedway to run caution free.
"We started out a little slow but once we got some air pressure built up we were able to pull away from the field," said Carlson in victory lane. "I like this track and Kentucky has been great to me. I am sure I will be back next year to try and make it three in a row."
"We do not race the full schedule with the Kodak Southeast Series but do like to enter the speedway events," continued Carlson. "We have been successful here twice and also at Mobile for our three series wins." Carlson has earned Bud Pole honors in his three wins.
Finishing behind the winner was Erik Darnell with his All Modes Transportation Chevrolet, 18 year old Joey Miller making his first series start with his Great Clips/Country Joe Homes Chevrolet, new series points leader Charlie Bradberry in his Bradberry Racing Chevrolet and Ray Skillman with his Dupont/Kendall Oil Ford.
The first four cars finished on the lead lap with Skillman one lap off the pace.
Carlson dominated the 133.3-mile race giving up the lead only on lap 77 when he pitted for fuel. He led 88 of 100 laps. Victory Circle Chassis ROY points leader John Wilkinson III took over the point but his stop on lap 91 for a splash of gas put Carlson back out front.
Carlson's dominance was evident with his 7.283 secs margin of victory over Darnell.
It was tough night for defending series champion Jeff Fultz from his seventh starting position. He had his C & C Boiler/Cleaver Brooks Chevrolet up to second when he dropped off the pace on lap 51, taking his car to the garage with rear end trouble. His early exit dropped him to third in the series points standing, 70 markers, behind Charlie Bradberry.
Rounding out the top ten finishers were Wilkinson who lost track position when he pitted for fuel, Brian Smith, Travis Geisler making only his third series start, David Reutimann and Roger Parker.
Wilkinson was the top finishing rookie contender and he maintained that lead over Cecil Chunn, Terry Mason and Jason Wakefield.
Three drivers advance 17 positions in the event with Jason Hogan earning the $750 POWERAde "Power Move Of The Race Award" by finishing highest in the final race standings.
The next event for this series will be the Southern Pride 150 on June 28 at Kentucky Motor Speedway in Whitesville, Ky.
Time of Race: 58 Mins. 43 Secs
Winner's Average Speed: 153.278 mph (NRR)
Margin of Victory: 7.283 Secs
Caution Flags: None
Lead Changes: Two Lead Changes Among Two Drivers
Lap Leaders: Scott Carlson, Provisional Pole - 78; John Wilkinson III, 79-90; Carlson, 91-100.
PowerAde "Power Move Of The Race Award" Jason Hogan
Victory Circle Chassis Rookie-of-the-Race: John Wilkinson III
NASCAR Elite Division, Kodak Southeast Series Top 10 Points Standing: As Of June 13 2003; (Unofficial) 1. Charlie Bradberry, 579; 2. John Wilkinson III, 569; 3. Jeff Fultz, 509; 4. Cecil Chunn, 506; 5. Jason Hogan, 504; 6. Brian Smith, 502; 7. Terry Mason Jr., 484; 8. Steven Howard, 477; 9. Johnny Brazier, 474; 10. Greg Pope, 471.