"Comeback Kid" takes 2nd at Myrtle Beach. Atlanta, GA, - In a dazzling display of driving ability, Steven Christian came from the back of the pack to finish second at Myrtle Beach last night. Christian had qualified the ...
"Comeback Kid" takes 2nd at Myrtle Beach.
Atlanta, GA, - In a dazzling display of driving ability, Steven Christian came from the back of the pack to finish second at Myrtle Beach last night.
Christian had qualified the #16 Monte Carlo 11th earlier in the day. When he failed to make the mandatory drivers meeting on time, Christian was sent to the back of the field for the start of the Lucas Oil 250. "For the first time in the 25 years I've been racing, I was late for the driver's meeting", said the young Sugar Hill, Georgia driver. "Starting in the back could have been devastating to our Championship hopes, but Haskell (Willingham) had the car dialed in and I was able to charge back up to the front. In addition, the Lucas Oil/Irmo Grading crew did a fantastic job of getting us in and out of the pits quickly", he continued.
Once the green flew, it didn't take Christian long to move into the top ten. By lap 63, the Lucas Oil #16 entry was running 10th. Christian continued to advance, showing 5th on the scoreboard by lap 116. When the team pitted at lap 149, they were 2nd. Coming out of the pits 10th, Christian utilized his fresh tires to move back up quickly, and by lap 201 was challenging Puryear for second. The two drivers battled for position until lap 204, when Christian was able to drive around Puryear to re-secure the spot behind race leader Jason Sarvis.
After an event that was marred earlier by constant yellows, the remainder of the race was caution-free as Sarvis paced the field for the win, with Christian coming in second. With two Championship events remaining, Christian is a solid 3rd in the points chase, only three points out of 2nd. The next event will be run at Steven Christian's home track, Peach State Speedway, on November 2, 2002. "Obviously, we look forward to being at home, and being able to have our family and local fans there to cheer us on", said Christian. "We've had good luck at this track in the past, so we'll hope for more of the same on November 2nd."
The Lucas Oil 250 will be aired on Speed Channel this Thursday evening at 9 p.m. (EST).