(D.J. Canipe in victory lane for the fourth time in four career Legend car races at Kingsport Speedway on Saturday night / Photo Credit : Laura Ward / SELT)
KINGSPORT, TN : The 2020 Southeast Legends Tour season made the trip north into the Appalachian Mountains and “The Concrete Jungle”, Kingsport Speedway, over the weekend for round three of the season with double championship points on the line in the 3 Aces Media 25.
Jaiden Reyna clocked in the fastest time in qualifying among the 18 Legends that made the trip to Kingsport Speedway with a 16.916 second lap time. D.J. Canipe, who qualified in fourth would inherit the pole position for the feature after the roll of the dice invert of four.
Canipe and Tyler Lester brought the field down off of turn four to begin the 25 lap feature contest. Canipe jumped out to the lead as New Jersey’s Mike Alcaro and defending SELT champion Lester battled door to door for the runner-up position. Finally, after two laps side by side, Alcaro would finish the pass of Lester and go after his 860 Motorsports teammate Canipe for the lead.
Reyna began to work his way forward as he and Lester were in a battle for third behind the side by side lead with Alcaro on the inside of Canipe over the middle stages.
Reyna completed the pass for third with 9 laps completed, but out front it was all Canipe and Alcaro in a fight for the lead.
Alcaro would continue to look underneath the 29 of Canipe in each end of the track in a way to get around Canipe for the lead. The battle intensified as the lead duo ran across the back of the field and even a few bumps from Alcaro couldn’t upset Canipe enough to open the door wide enough to make a move.
“The Fallston Flash” D.J. Canipe led the 25 lap feature wire-to-wire to capture his third straight Southeast Legends Tour win at Kingsport Speedway in an all-green race that took just under 11 minutes to complete. Mike Alcaro finished a close second once again to his 860 teammate at “The Concrete Jungle”.
“He [Alcaro] had a faster car during the race and I know if I mess up, he was going to get there,” Canipe on the race with his teammate. “This is a hard track and we have been here four times and won all four of them.”
With his third place finish the 2019 series champion Tyler Lester has moved into the championship lead for the first time in 2020. Lester holds a 13-point lead over Lee Jordan after three events.