After a day off thanks to Mother Nature, the Winter Nationals were in full swing again at Citrus County Speedway. Activities began with the final two features from Monday being made up. The Outlaw A-Main saw Ethan Norfleet run away and hide from the field, winning by almost two seconds. Alex McCollum followed up in the Pro feature with a much closer win over Cory Hall. In the first feature scheduled for day two, Whitney Meggs eked out a win over Conner Weddell by under a tenth of a second to take the Beginner Bandit race. Landon Rapp continued his winning ways, taking his second win in as many races this week. The Young Lion A-Main was won by Jak Crawford for the second race day in a row. In the second Beginner Bandit event of the day Conner Weddell improved his finishing position by one to score the victory. The Semi-Pros were up next and Harrison Holder won the race that ran green from start to finish. The Bandits saw a three time winner as Landon Rapp was victorious for the second race day in a row. The Masters saw an upset winner when Shaun Buffington took the win over Tim Brickhouse, who’d won six races in a row dating back to his sweep of the week last season. Sam Rogers snared the triumph in the Outlaws second feature of the day while Cory Hall improved his lot by one in the second Pro A-Main of the day and took home the win.
After waiting for Mother Nature on Monday, races ran into the night and two features were unable to be contested because of the 11:00 PM curfew. They were the first two races held on Wednesday after Tuesday was a washout. The first feature was the Outlaws. Ethan Norfleet ran away and hid from the field, taking the victory by almost two seconds. Carson Ramsey was the runner-up another three tenths of a second ahead of Justin Gaeris. Sam Rogers and Jason Chapman rounded out the top five.
The Pros made up their Monday feature next and Alex McCollum held off Hall to grab the victory. Over a second behind Hall was Alex Pacheco in third position. Zach Miller ended up in the fourth spot with Noah Korner chasing him to the line in fifth. That concluded the features that were scheduled for day one.
Day two races started out with Beginner Bandits taking to the track. Meggs defeated Weddell by 96 thousandths of a second. Sean McElearney crossed the finish line in the third spot. Alex Meggs continued the good day for the Meggs family with a fourth place run and Kenton Case was the final driver in the top five.
As part of the record car count on hand for the Winter Nationals, the Semi-Pros and Masters have to run B-Mains to set the field for their A-Mains. The first B for the Semi-Pros on Wednesday had Casey Call grab the top spot over Tyler Hughes. Nick Vanwinckle, Connor Mosack, Justin Maxwell, Michael Neary and Cale Grimes were the remaining drivers to advance to the A from the first B-Main. The second B ended up going to Chris Honeycutt. Mike Hadley finished runner-up ahead of Waylon Farrell. Alex Braseth, Thomas Everson, Taylor Hosford and Kenny Smith were the rest of the drivers who transferred to the A for the Semi-Pros.
Following the Semi-Pro B-Mains the Young Lions ran their feature for the day. Jak Crawford took the win for the second race day in a row. Daniel Silvestri crossed the line in second ahead of Derek Debbis. Leland Honeyman ended up in the fourth position with Holt Halder rounding out the top five.
Bandits hit the track for the next race of the day. After taking the win on night one of the Winter Nationals Rapp made it two-for-two with a victory over Kade Brown. Owen Mahar capped the podium ahead of Jaiden Reyna, and Grant Thompson who filled the top five.
Next on track was the Masters B-Mains for day two of the Winter Nationals. John Sossoman was in a B for the second day in a row but grabbed the top spot. Kevin Foisy finished second ahead of Michael Anderson. The rest of the drivers transferring to the A out of the first B-Main were Kevin Yeatts, James Vanwickle, Chris Weddle and Rusty Mallett. The second B for the Masters was won by Paul Goulden. Ernie Strouse was second and Marty Griffin ended up third. The other drivers transferring to the A were Barry Kramer, Tony Moyer, Jeff Drimmie, Brian Schoch Jr. and Tom Searles.
Beginner Bandits feature for the day was up next. After finishing second in the first feature of the day Weddell improved his position by one spot and wrested the win away from Whitney Meggs. McElearney finished third for the second feature of the day. Alex Meggs notched another fourth ahead of Jonathan Pedano to round out the top five.
The day two Semi-Pro feature filled the next slot in the schedule. Halder narrowly defeated Drew Dollar to take the victory. Hunter Wright slotted in third on the podium. Sammy Smith bested Midas Vincent for fourth as they rounded out the top five of the feature.
As the day began to wind down the Bandits hit the track for a final time. Rapp grabbed his second win in as many race days ahead of Zachary Miracle by four tenths of a second. Reyna was the third driver to cross the line. Thompson was unable to get around Brown at the end and had to settle for fifth while Brown was credited for fourth.
The Masters (Crazy Old Men) had a full field of 28 cars. Tim Brockhouse had won six races in a row at Winter Nationals so the race organizers put a $200 bounty on his head. When the race finished, Shaun Buffington was in the first place and beat Brockhouse to the line by .154 seconds to snatch the win and the extra $200 smackeroos. Ira Laughy was behind Brockhouse. James Edsall and Scotty Edwards came home fourth and fifth respectively to complete the top five for the Masters.
The penultimate event of the night was the Outlaws for the second time on the schedule. Sam Rogers beat Jadyn Daniels for the triumph. Danny Chisholm filled in the this level of the podium. Gaeris snagged his second top five of the day while Josh Speas fulfilled the top five.
The final race of the day also went green from beginning to end. Cory Hall and Noah Korner put on a whale of a show at the front along with Braden Langille to finish first, second and third respectively. Hudson Halder finished in fourth while William Plemons was fifth across the line.
Points and full results will be up on LegendsNation.com shortly.