(Isaac Bevin races at speed around the new asphalt at Lonesome Pine Raceway on his way to victory lane Saturday night / Photo Credit : Keith H. Anderson)
COEBURN, VA : The Southeast Super Trucks Series windy road in 2020 had another schedule adjustment this past weekend as the Tour returned to Coal Country in Southwest Virginia and the newly converted back to asphalt Lonesome Pine Raceway after several years away. Along with the Trucks and Limiteds, it was the seventh stop of the season for the Southeast Legends and Bandolero Tours as the championship battles have begun to heat up and double features were on the card.
Andrew Tagliamonte and Mike Alcaro led the field of 22 Legend Cars to the green flag in the first of two 25 lap features in the return to “The Pine”.
On the green flag to start the race, Cameron Murray and Tagliamonte bumped going into the first turn, which sent the 12 car of Tagliamonte up the track and into the steel guardrail. Alcaro was sent for a spin without contact, but Alex Urbina couldn’t get stopped before he ran into the crashed car of Tagliamonte against the guardrail. The accident ended the night for rookie Tagliamonte and the first feature was over for Urbina.
After a lengthy fluid cleanup in turn one, the field lined back up to try and get the first feature under way. Caleb Heady and Isaac Bevin made up the new front row after the first lap incident cars were sent to the rear of the lineup.
The restart would be quick again after contact in turn four from Walker Yates to Boston Oliver sent the 88 of Oliver around for a harmless spin, but the caution flag was forced to be waved once again on lap one.
Heady would get the jump over Bevin on the next restart and those two put a gap on the third place battle between 860 Motorsports teammates of Heather Hadley and D.J. Canipe.
The action was slowed once again after Lavar Scott spun off the second turn on lap four.
With the time limit being approached, the restart was single file with 21 laps scheduled to complete in the first Messer Heating & Air Double Dare Challenge.
Heady built up almost a one second lead over Bevin as the race finally settled into a green flag run. Hadley and Canipe were back after the third spot as Nick Morabito, Alcaro and Blake Lothian were in a battle for the fifth position just behind them. A spin in turn four by rookie competitor Nick Baity on lap 11 slowed the race once again.
On the restart, the middle of the field was three wide in turns one and two, which forced Brandon McKenzie up the track off turn two into the path of Walker Yates. The car of Yates ran out of room and hit the outside wall hard, which knocked the right front suspension off and put out another yellow flag in the first feature race.
The field was given the green flag one final time with 11 laps scored complete in a time declared feature, which meant next flag would end the race.
Alcaro had moved from the rear of the field to fourth around Canipe on the restart, but his progress forward was halted after a spin by Josh Speas in turn four and the race was checkered official after 14 laps. Caleb Heady crossed the line as the unofficial winner over Isaac Bevin and a trio of 860 Motorsports drivers, Hadley, Alcaro and Canipe.
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Later in the evening the Southeast Legends Tour drivers took to “The Pine” for their second scheduled 25 lap feature event. Mike Alcaro and Heather Hadley made up row one after the dice roll from the first feature race finish.
Alcaro took the lead as Hadley, Canipe and Isaac Bevin were in a dogfight for the runner-up spot. On lap 3 Bevin moved by Canipe for third and then got by Hadley for second on the next lap.
As Alcaro’s lead was slowly being eaten into by Bevin, it was an 860 Motorsports party behind them with Hadley, Canipe, Cameron Murray, Conner Jones and Nick Morabito.
By lap 7, Caleb Heady, who opted to start last for the Messer Heating & Air Double Dare Challenge, was already up to the eighth position. By lap 8, it was Heady around Morabito for seventh as he was on the move from the back to the front quickly.
Bevin had run down Alcaro for the lead by lap 9 and there was no distance between the front two cars.
Bevin dropped his Miller Performance Motorsports car to the inside of Alcaro in turn three on lap 11 to take the lead away from the New Jersey driver.
A four car battle for third saw positions get shuffled as Jones moved by his teammates Canipe and Hadley, which opened the door for Heady to get by them as well.
The race would be slowed for the only time on lap 15 for the spun car of ninth place runner Lavar Scott at the inside of the backstretch.
The field doubled up for a restart with ten laps to go as Bevin and Alcaro brought them down to the green flag.
Bevin got away with the lead as Jones got by Alcaro for second. Heady used the high line to move around Canipe and then Alcaro to take the third position away.
On lap 20, Heady got to the inside of Jones off turn four and took the second position away and was in pursuit of his MPM teammate Bevin for the win.
Bevin opened the door off turn four as they were coming to the white flag, which allowed Heady to take the lead away and come across the finish line unofficially in first place.
After post-race inspection, there was deemed to be a technical infraction with the rear brake drums on the car of Caleb Heady and he was placed as a DQ in the final results of both features, therefore both feature race wins went to his MPM teammate Isaac Bevin. The wins were the first two on the Southeast Legends Tour for Bevin.
D.J. Canipe’s solid night gave him a comfortable point lead over Mike Alcaro and Tyler Lester, who opted to not compete in the twin features this past weekend.
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The next stop for the Southeast Legends Tour will be Saturday, September 19th at Anderson Motor Speedway as the series continues to be forced to shuffle race dates around due to other events and state restrictions. A detailed race day schedule will be released in the upcoming days for the TriStar Racewear 25.