Last Thursday night, The Button Box Shop Super Series reached the halfway point in their season with a 150-lap feature event at Southern National in the Toxic Meltdown 150. Derek Holzhausen improved his track record in qualifying with a lap of 12.931 seconds for his 12th career SARA pole, but a 9-car invert would drop him back.
Jeremy Adams benefitted from the invert and led the field to the green. Adams would lead the opening 51 laps of the event before Matt Kocher powered by on the outside following a restart and took over the lead. With Kocher out in front, he would continue to run the outside groove before Joe Schaffer Jr. starting making progress in the lower groove and would take a peek to the inside for the lead.
The two drivers battled it out for nearly 50 laps with multiple attempts from Schaffer, up until a caution would come out on lap 121, with Schaffer having a nose out in front which would give him the lead. For the remainder of the event, Schaffer would set sail and went on to pick up his 26th career SARA victory.
Despite missing the event, points leader Derek Robinson would hang onto the top spot in the standings with the help of the season’s first drop race, and Robinson will lead the field into the second half of the season on March 16th at the Milwaukee Mile.
Dean’s Satellite & Security Pole Award – Derek Holzhausen – New Track Record 12.931 seconds
Hard Charger – 25th to 12th (+11) – Matt Eddy
Rookie of the Race – 3rd Place – Matt Kocher