INVERNESS, FL : Mother Nature put a delay into the schedule for day one of the Winter Nationals at Citrus County Speedway, but feature races eventually took place. In the Young Lion feature it was Jak Crawford surviving the time-shortened race to claim the victory. Mason Maggio started in the top spot and led all 20 laps to claim the triumph in the Beginner Bandit A-Main. The Semi-Pro feature saw Sammy Smith grab the trophy while Landon Rapp was the winner in the Bandit finale for the day. Tim Brockhouse finished off the night with a hard fought win in the Masters A-Main. Thanks to the late start the features for the Outlaws and the Pros was postponed and will be made up later in the week.
The event started with the green flag waving on the Semi-Pro B-Mains. As the cars headed into turn one it began raining in turn three. As the field hit turn three it was a mad scramble to get slowed down. Fortunately only one driver, William Prouty made contact with the outside wall. The red flag came out and it was six hours before the race could resume. Prouty fixed his car but it wasn’t quite right and he finished in 10th place, while only seven cars transferred to the A-Main. Carter Weedon snagged the top spot ahead of Chris Honeycutt. Thomas Everson, Cale Grimes and Alex Braseth rounded out the top five. The second B-Main was captured by Casey Call. Davis Rochester chased Call to the line ahead of Tyler Hughes. Justin Maxwell crossed the line in third just ahead of Kenny Smith.
The Masters also had B-Mains to set their feature field. The first B-Main was won by Paul Golden in dominant fashion over Marty Griffin. Tony Moyer, Brian Schoch Jr and Chris Weddle rounded out the top five. The second B-Main was led by John Sossoman, who surprisingly didn’t make the A-Main in qualifying. Michael Anderson came home in second chased by Scott Wessel, Barry Kramer and Jeff Drimmie.
The first A-Main to take the green was the Young Lions. Crawford outdueled Daniel Silvestri and beat him to the finish line by .025 seconds. The feature was the only one of the evening that was cut short due to time constraints. Tyler Chapman was the third driver to cross the finish line, only .310 seconds behind. Will Lambros and Tommy Good rounded out the top five. The race was marred by a huge incident that resulted in Aaron Mulrooney Jr. climbing into the catch fence on the front straight. Fortunately the fence did its job and Mulrooney’s car stayed inside the racetrack and he walked away from the incident.
The Beginner Bandit Bandolero race saw Mason Maggio stretch his legs and dominate the race by 1.544 seconds. Sean McElearney was the runner-up. Whitney Meggs rolled home in the third position chased by Franny Pedano and Conner Weddell.
In Semi-Pro action Sammy Smith bested Drew Dollar for the victory. Harrison Halder rounded out the podium slightly ahead of Hunter Wright. Ryan Helm capped off the top five. It was an incident marred race that took 41 minutes and 39 seconds to complete 25 laps.
The penultimate feature of the evening was the Bandit feature. Landon Rapp took the victory in a photo finish over Grant Thompson. The margin of victory was .065 seconds. Zachery Miracle finished in the third position with the best view of the race for the win. Kade Brown beat Owen Mahar to the line to secure fourth.
The final feature of the night, which finished its full length of 25 laps took over 55 minutes to complete thanks to two red flags. Tim Brockhouse took his sixth consecutive checkered flag at Citrus County Speedway going back to 2017’s Winter Nationals. Shaun Buffington was the first loser ahead of James Edsall. Ira Laughy ended up fourth while Tom Gray finished the top five.
Tuesday’s activities have been postponed. The doubleheader races scheduled for Tuesday will be made up over Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Watch LegendsNation.com to learn the new schedule.