Jaiden Reyna and Olivia Murray secured their division championships at the Winter Nationals with victories in the rain-shortened final day of action at Citrus County Speedway on Friday.
Reyna made a last lap pass on Landon Rapp in a thrilling Young Lion Legends feature after the two had swapped the lead back-and-forth between them during the race. Reyna had already entered the race with a healthy points lead, but his victory on Friday clinched the Winter Nationals championship – the first of his career.
“I moved [Rapp] a little bit going into turn one and I was able to get under him coming off of turn two,” Reyna said. “When I originally came in here, I was just going out here for fun. I wasn’t really going for the championship, I was just trying to get more experience and do the best that I can. But, hey, I’ll take a championship.”
Olivia Murray had to race her way to the front from the rear of the week’s final Beginner Bandolero race after being involved in an early-race entanglement when pole-sitter Carson Brown’s car had problems taking off. Murray quickly raced her way back to the lead and held off a challenge from a hard-charging Karter Beattie to score the win and the championship.
“When I had to get put to the back, I thought I was going to get at least top-five,” Murray said. “I was able to get back in there and get number one. I was scared [on the restarts] because I thought I was going to mess up and probably destroy my car.”
After the race, Murray said winning the Winter Nationals championship had not set in yet.
Joshua Hicks scored the victory in the rain-shortened Pro Legends feature race over Bryson Ruff and Braden Langille. Langille clinched the division championship with Ruff finishing nine points behind him in the runner-up spot.
Tim Brockhouse was able to clinch the Master Legends championship by virtue of his fifth place finish on Friday afternoon. At one point during the race, it appeared Scott Mosely was in position to win the championship as he raced his way through the field and into the runner-up spot. However, Mosely spun in the closing laps while chasing down race leader Scott Anderson, and that allowed Brockhouse to take the title.
Tommy Good won the battle in the final Semi-Pro Legends race of the week, but Janson Marchbanks won the war. Good was leading the race over Marchbanks when the race was called after running past its allotted time window. Marchbanks’ consistency throughout the week, finishing in the top-two in every single Winter Nationals feature, ultimately propelled him to the division championship.
Aiden Garcia won the final Bandolero Bandit race of the week while Alex Meggs won the division championship, and Alex’s siter Whitney Meggs won the Outlaw Bandolero championship.