(Kyle Beattie celebrates the Tire Pro 25 race win at Tri-County Motor Speedway to open the 2019 RPM Pro-Formance Southeast Legends Tour presented by LJ Dezigns / Photo Credit : Race22.com)
HUDSON, NC : The second season of the RPM Pro-Formance Southeast Legends Tour presented by LJ Dezigns kicked off this past weekend at Tri-County Motor Speedway alongside the Southeast Super Trucks Series. A strong field of 21 of the area’s best Legend car drivers made the trip to Caldwell County for the Tire Pro 25 on Saturday.
In qualifying it was Kyle Beattie who collected the first Mr. E Performance Pole Position of the year with a qucik time of 18.186 seconds around the worn out surface. Ladyga Motorsports driver Tommy Good clocked in second with 2018 Anderson Motor Speedway track champion, Lee Jordan in third. Charlotte, North Carolina’s Tyler Lester and LaGrange, Georgia’s Jason Treschl rounded out the top five qualifiers in the 21 car field.
After the dice roll of five to set the field for the 25 lap feature contest that put Treschl and Lester on the front row. Treschl jumped out to the lead as the green flag waved to begin the Tire Pro 25 for the Southeast Legends Tour with Jordan quickly able to get by Lester for the runner-up spot.
Quick-timer Beattie and Good also began to make their way to the front of the field as they were able to follow the tire track’s of Jordan to get by Lester as well. Those three then were on the charge to run down race leader Treschl.
Just prior to lap 10, Beattie moved into the runner-up spot as he got inside of Jordan and brought Huntersville, North Carolina’s Tommy Good up to third as well.
As the race hit the halfway mark, Beattie and Good had caught leader Treschl and now the top three were nose to tail, while the fight for fourth was intense between Jordan and Lester.
On lap 19, Beattie moved to the inside of Treschl for the lead and was able to take away the top spot for the first time in the event. Good, who was right on the heels of Beattie, also got by for second and went after Beattie for the race lead.
Over the final five laps, the lead duo of Beattie and Good were in a spirited fight for the win as they negotiated slower traffic. In the end though, it was Kyle Beattie who came home with the victory in the first race of the 2019 RPM Pro-Formance Southeast Legends Tour presented by LJ Dezigns with Good, Treschl, Jordan and Lester the top five.
Tire Pro 25 – Race Results
Race Notes :
ZERO – The race featured no yellow flags as it went all 25 laps straight green
HARD CHARGER – Race winner Kyle Beattie also collected the U.S. Legend Cars International award by gaining the most positions, (4), during the race. The prize is one free Legend Car race tire
HARD LUCK – Dustin Coonfield had the unfortunate honor of being named the year’s first recipient of this award. A broken rear gear ended Coonfield’s day early and relagated him to a 21st place finish. He received a free Basset lightweight wheel from U.S. Legend Cars International as the prize.
NEXT UP – The series returns to the 3/8ths-mile bullring of Anderson Motor Speedway (SC) in just three short weeks on Saturday, April 20th for the running of the Praxair / Lucas Oil race with the Southeast Super Trucks.