(Jaiden Reyna captured the checkered flag for the second time in the 2020 Southeast Legends Tour season / Photo Credit : Keith H. Anderson)
HUDSON, NC : A full field of Southeast Legends Tour competitors made the trip to the multi-groove Tri-County Speedway for the fourth round of the 2020 season.
Yorktown, Virginia’s Jaiden Reyna continued his impressive season with another CamCo Landscaping Quick Time Award in pole qualifying with a lap of 17.850 seconds around the 4/10ths-mile oval. Daniel Wilk, Bryson Ruff, and Legend rookies Sean Abell and Nikita Johnson rounded out the top five.
After the dice roll invert of five it would be the Young Lions of Johnson and Abell that brought the field of 30 cars down to Timmy Hutson and the green flag to begin the 25 lap affair.
Ruff would get by the two drivers on the initial start to lead lap one, but the caution quickly flew after Tyler Garretson spun and caught the wall on the frontstretch.
Ruff and Reyna lined up on the front row for the restart and Reyna would power underneath Ruff off the second turn to take the lead as they completed the second lap.
Wilk would take away second from Ruff on lap 4 as began he chase on the race leader Reyna as Ruff fell into the clutches of Johnson and D.J. Canipe.
Johnson continued his breakout day with a move into the third position just passed five laps in the feature, but Ruff and Canipe did not let him get away.
As Ruff tried to retake the third spot, it opened the door for Canipe to get around the Indian Trail, North Carolina driver for fourth as the top five had broken away from the remainder of the field.
Reyna had built up almost a two second lead by the halfway point on Wilk and was in the process of going through the back of the field.
Lap 16 saw Canipe use his experience in traffic to get around Johnson for third just as a caution flag waved for a spin by the 45 of Daniel Edwards in turn one.
The field doubled back up for the restart with 9 laps to go with Reyna and Wilk on the front row. The restart was quickly turned back to yellow after Scott Dinan went around in the second turn.
The field would restart single file, but that didn’t stop Wilk from a chance at the lead as he made a move to the inside of Reyna, but the 19 or Reyna was able to hold serve and maintain the lead as they completed lap 18.
Rookie driver Logan Drumheller spun off of turn two on lap 20 to bring out the final caution flag of the race to set up a 5 lap dash to the finish.
Jaiden Reyna would hold off Wilk over the final five laps to grab his second Southeast Legends Tour win of the season. Nikita Johnson was able to get around Canipe on the restart to capture a career-best third place finish ahead of Bryson Ruff and Canipe.
“I really have to thank Mark Nahrstedt for giving me a fast car this whole weekend. He builds a rocketship every time we come to the race track, said Jaiden Reyna in Rick Hendrick Chevrolet victory lane.”
“That was a long race. I need to drink more water before these races.”
A field of six AK Performance Bandolero Tour drivers made the trip to Tri-County Speedway for the fourth stop of the season for the youngsters. Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s Jacob Bradley and Kaleb Bradley qualified on the front row to begin the 12 lap feature race.
The Bradley brothers lined up one-two up front and tried to get away from the field, but local driver Joshua Horniman was right on their bumpers and made it a three-car fight for the win.
Kaleb Bradley led all 12 laps and held off his brother Jacob by half a car length to win his first AK Performance Southeast Bandolero Tour feature race.
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