Things got off with a bang at Bristol in the Nuff World Iracing Shootout Series.
150 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway with only two cautions for a total of 9 caution laps. Average lap times for the race
was 18.923 including caution laps. We had three different leaders.
Stephen Mahannah took the pole with a qualifying time of 16.728 seconds. That however would not help his effort toward the win tonight. Thinks kicked off quickly when on lap 1 Stephen Mahannah and
Jeremy Enochs tangle coming down the back stretch and bring out the first caution of the night. This incident also collected Malik Koonce, Travis Williamson, and Joey Kirk. Big mess on lap 1. Douglas Sargent
who saw this happening right in front of him shot to the apron to miss the mess and leads the first lap.
Back to racing on lap 7 when Travis Williamson and Ed Kathan get tangled together coming down the back stretch bringing out the second caution of
the night collecting Kyle Hewins also. This would prove to be the final caution of the night. Benjamin Brittian took advantage of this caution
and hit pit road for four new tires and a full tank of fuel.
After going back to the green Douglas Sargent and Benjamin Brittain fought things out for the second place position for more than twenty
laps while Kyle Hewins moved out to a 4 second lead. Sargent finally settled in behind Brittain and they decided to chase down the leader.
Kyle Hewins however would succomb to an engine failure on lap 46 and hand the lead over to Benjamin Brittain who never looked back.
Mean while Stephen Mahannha would rejoin the action after some serious pit road time to fix damage. He would be running 18 laps down. Jeremy
Enochs would rejoin the action as well coming back on the track 50 laps down. This however would prove that getting on the track and making laps
can help especially in the chase. Mahannah would end up finishing in 3rd place 17 laps down while Enochs would finish the race in 4th 77 laps
Congratulations to Brittain who led 110 laps total on the night after getting away from Sargent who did not pit the entire race and just did
not have the tires left at the end to make a difference in the fight for the win. Headache of the night award will definitely go to Stephen Mahannah
who would start the night on the pole and was the current points leader but would run into big trouble on lap 1. With the comeback to finish third Mahannah now has a 4 point lead in the points.