Martin Dominates, Inherits Win Post Race



The MRolfeDesigns Pro Late Model Series ran the fourth event of their season on Wednesday night as they visited the New Smyrna Speedway for a 100 lap feature event.

When time trials got underway, 34 cars hit the track in attempt to qualify for the feature, and it was Justin Brooks who ran his first event of the Summer and set the fast time. He brought the top 8 cars with him into the Qualifying Dash, and he would go on to lead all 8 laps and picked up the Dash win. The win would send Brooks back to 8th for the feature, while Bill Martin was inverted to the front.

Martin led the field to the green flag for the feature and controlled the race throughout the first half of the race. By the second half of the race, Martin still held the lead, but Brooks was able to work his way through the front of the field to challenge for the lead. Brooks was able to gain the lead off of a lap 73 restart, but had to give the spot back up to Martin. The two drivers had one last shot to duke it out for the win on a lap 96 restart, and Brooks was able to retake the lead, with the caution coming out just after to end the race.

After review however, race officials found that Brooks had jumped the final restart of the race, and stripped the win away from him, and giving the win back to Martin who dominated much of the race. Martin’s win was his first of the Summer Season, and his 25th career SARA victory.

After being stripped of the win, Brooks was moved back into a 2nd place finish. Casey Kelley and Cody Kelley both ran inside the top five all race long, and despite Cody holding the 3rd position during the late stages, it was Casey who was able to finish on the podium in 2rd, with Cody finishing 4th. Jarrid Boiros followed up his win from last week by finishing in the 5th spot, although his car looked worse than his finish.

Joe Schaffer Jr. finished just outside the top five in 6th, although he ran inside the top five for most of the race and challenged for the lead in the early stages. Ron Hagolin started the race in the 2nd spot but would get shuffled back early in the race, but was able to maintain and end up with a 7th place finish. Windell Stratton worked his way up into an 8th place finish, while teammates Davey Riendeau and Marc Gammack both crossed the finish line right behind him in 9th and 10th respectively, after they all started outside the top ten. Scott Dunlap was the biggest mover of the night, after starting 31st and finishing 13th.

With his 6th place finish, Joe Schaffer Jr moves into the points lead by 20 points, and currently leads the standings in three different divisions.