York nabs Late Models win in Caraway winter event

Cory Rose was pumped up after winning Saturday’s Challengers race at Caraway Speedway. (Courtesy photo)

SOPHIA – Jason York pulled into the front spot when two other drivers couldn’t stay clear of trouble and he won the Late Models feature in Caraway Speedway’s Winter Heat on Saturday.

Coy Beard and Gary Causey were the front runners, but with two laps to go in the 75-lap race they bumped into each other and York emerged in the lead. York had the fastest qualifying time.

Chase Murphy was second, followed by Mason Ludwig, Lanie Bruce and Daniel Roberts.

The race event was postponed from late November because of weather concerns, turning it from a season-ending card to a kickoff for 2023 competition. Then it had been slated for Sunday, but was moved up a day because of rain in the forecast at the back end of the weekend.

In Challengers, Cory Rose was the winner in the 40-lap race, with Enoch McNeill in second and Tyler Johnson claiming third.

In Mini Stocks, A.J. Sanders was the winner in the 10-car field. Jonathan Brown was the runner-up as a fill-in for Adam Thomas. Chuck Wall had the best qualifying time, but engine troubles doomed him in the race.

There were 13 entrants in UCARs, with 2022 track champion Daniel Hughes capturing the victory in the 20-lap race. Fast qualifying Justin Smith placed second, with Ron Mock, Steven Collins and Jeremy Kidd rounding out the top five.

In Street Stocks, Brewster Baker was the winner. Kyle Lynch was next, followed by Mike Cooper, Larry Isenhour and Steven Sharp.

The official start of the track’s 2023 season comes March 12 with the Dogwood 250.

By Randolph Record