(Aiden Garcia came away with his second feature win and as many starts on the 2020 Southeast Bandolero Tour on Saturday night / Photo Credit : Keith H. Anderson)
WILLIAMSTON, SC : The second race for the Southeast Bandolero Tour saw nine competitors take on the worn out and bumpy surface at Anderson Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s Kaleb Bradley qualified on pole with hometown hero Aiden Garcia alongside to begin the 15 lap feature contest.
Garcia would take the lead on lap as the two drivers came across the line side by side with Bradley on the inside. Bradley would continue the momentum and take over the race lead as the two drivers entered turn one to begin the second lap.
The race would be slowed on just as they completed lap two after Jonathan Pedano and London McKenzie crashed in the first turn. McKenzie would be done for the night as the car suffered too much damage.
The Bandolero feature would turn into the most exciting race of the night as the driver who would take the win would change multiple times over the final laps.
Kaleb Bradley broke away with the lead, but the driver on the move was Bryce Sanders as he got around Jacob Bradley and Garcia for the second position with five laps completed.
Sanders would then use the draft of race leader Bradley and the two cars behind him to close the gap on leader and was within two car lengths by the halfway point.
As the front three entered the second turn with four laps to go, leader Bradley wiggled and saved it, but in reaction Sanders also wiggled, but he lost control and spun out of the second position and brought out the caution flag as the race reverted back to five laps to go.
Bradley and Garcia broke away nose-to-tail and were set to the settle the race between them over the final five laps. However, everything changed once again with two laps to go as race leader Bradley’s car hit a bump in turn two, which upset the car and spun him out. Garcia would inherit the lead for a three lap shootout, but now had Kaleb’s brother Jacob behind him.
With two laps to go, Garcia bobbled in turn two and allowed Jacob Bradley to take the lead, but as Bradley slipped up the track off turn four, Garcia drove back to the inside and retook the race lead as the entered turn one.
Bradley made one more attempt to get underneath Garcia off turn two on the final lap, but Garcia threw the block and took home his second consecutive Bandolero feature win at his home track.