Dylan Newsome celebrates in victory lane after scoring his first Southern National Motorsports Park win Friday after taking the checkered flag in the Mini Stock feature.
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By Andy Marquis
Dylan Newsome has been something of a breakout star on the short track scene in 2017 with wins at four different tracks in just nine races — his latest coming Friday night at Southern National Motorsports Park.
The 19-year-old from Goldsboro came into Friday night’s race on a bit of a hot streak after scoring wins in recent weeks at Carteret County Speedway in Swansboro, North Carolina, Ace Speedway in Burlington, North Carolina and Florence Motor Speedway in South Carolina. He continued that hot streak when he rocketed past Joseph Pittman in the closing stages of Friday night’s Mini Stock feature and held on for his first Southern National victory.
“We’ve definitely been on a roll,” Newsome said in victory lane. “We’ve got a great car and a great team.I’m only 19, this is my ninth race and I’m definitely looking forward to getting some more action.It’s really exciting to win these races since my dad (Jack Newsome) used to race so that means a lot to me.”
Newsome’s victory was all the more impressive as he beat out names such as local drivers Joseph Pittman and Ronnie “Buckshot” Jones as well as Mini Stock standout Brandon Clements, a veteran driver who has scored wins all across the region.Pittman finished the race in second while Lynn Waller finished third.
Dylan Newsome wasn’t the only driver to score a breakthrough victory.
Justin Mitchell, a former multi-time winner in the Legend Cars division at Southern National, was able to capitalize on the misfortunes of the front row starters to pick up his first career Charger division victory in only his second start.
“I would have loved to get to race Robert tonight, he’s a heck of a wheelman,” Mitchell proclaimed after the race.“I guess he had his chance and we had ours.These cars are so much easier to drive than a Legend, I love them.It’s just, turn the wheel and step on the gas.Short Track Engineering does a great job setting this thing up.”
Zach Lightfoot picked up his first career win at Southern National, holding off Chris Stancil and Chris Floars.
The Mike Darne Racing’s Jonathan Findley a swept Friday night’s twin 40-lap races in Late Model Stocks, dominating in the first race but having to fight and claw his way through the field in the second.
Points leader Mason Diaz finished second in both races.Rusty Daniels came home in third in the first race while Paul Williamson scored the final spot on the podium in the second race.
Parker Frazier looked like he was on his way to his first Southern National win, but issues with three laps to go opened the door for Ethan Johnson and Cameron Murray to pass him. Johnson went on to score the victory, his fourth win of the year at Southern National over Murray and Frazier.Meanwhile, Dakota Tomlinson won in the Any Car feature race over Jake Martin and Jason Smith.