(Jaiden Reyna claimed the fastest time in qualifying and then dominated the 25 lap Legends Feature on Saturday night at Anderson Motor Speedway / SELT Photo)
WILLIAMSTON, SC : On Saturday night a record turnout of Legend Cars made the trek to Anderson Motor Speedway for the second round of the 2020 Southeast Legends Tour season with the Temco of the Upstate 25. Just two weeks ago the series was finally able to get their delayed season underway as Daniel Wilk won the feature race. With 36 Legend Cars on the property, the decision was made to lock in the top 22 in qualifying into the “A” feature race and then have 23rd on back race their own separate 25 lap feature race.
Jaiden Reyna threw down the quick time in qualifying earlier in the day with a time of 17.159 seconds, which was 0.12 faster than teammate Wilk’s time. After the invert of five it would be Austin Thompson and Colin Brown on the front row to begin the 25 lap feature race.
Unlike his early starts that sent him to the rear on the start two weeks ago, Thompson made sure to wait until the green flag waved before he put the accelerator pedal down. Thompson would lead lap one, but Reyna was quickly up to second and then was able to ease by Thompson in turn one on lap three to take over the race lead.
Brown brought out the yellow flag on lap four as he was sent for a spin in the second turn in front of the majority of the field. Luckily for everyone else, there was no contact and all cars that spun were able to get turned back around and rejoin the race.
Reyna and Thompson brought the field back down for a restart with 21 laps left to run. Reyna took command and brought New Jersey’s Mike Alcaro up to second around Thompson. Wilk and D.J. Canipe also were able to slip by Thompson to take over the third and fourth positions.
At the halfway point Thompson’s slide backwards continued as the defending Series Champion Tyler Lester moved by for the fifth spot as did Caleb Heady for sixth. Heady, who showed up just prior to qualifying after he raced two events earlier in the day in Atlanta, put down the sixth fastest qualifying time.
A caution for a spin by Brandon McKenzie in turn one on lap 14 would set up another double file restart and put Alcaro alongside Reyna on the front row.
Reyna got a great jump on the field and pulled out a quick five car length lead over Alcaro. Lester used a three-wide move off turn four to take third place away, but Wilk would retake that spot a few laps later.
Heady continued his work forward as he moved into fourth on lap 21 with a pass on Lester.
The race would be slowed with four laps to go after Austin Reed spun off turn two as he tried to stay off the 27MA of Luke LeBrun, who had to check up off the second turn just in front of Reed.
Reyna would continue his dominance on the restart and led the final four laps unchallenged to take the checkered flag in his Mark Nahrstedt prepared number 19 Legend Car and the $650.00 that went with it. Alcaro had to settle for second with Heady, Wilk and Lester the top five finishers.
“Man, I was the most nervous I had ever been in my entire life right when that caution came out. Mark Nahrstedt gave me a rocket and that is what really drove us to victory lane tonight,” a victorious Reyna in the winner’s circle. “I really have to thank Hendrick Kia of Concord for coming onboard for a third season. Also my mom and dad for letting me race. Thank you to all the competitors for racing me clean as they could have dumped me at any time.”