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Alex McCollum Drives to First Win of Season; D.J. Canipe Clinches 2020 SELT Championship at Kingsport Speedway

(Alex McCollum in Rick Hendrick Chevrolet victory lane at Kingsport Speedway after his first SELT win of the season / Photo Credit : Keith H. Anderson / SEST)

KINGSPORT, TN : The Southeast Legends Tour returned to the “Concrete Jungle” for the last points race of the 2020 season last weekend. The long and winding road that has been the year 2020 has finally brought two new champions at the end of the race weekend.

Championship leader D.J. Canipe laid down the fastest lap in group qualifying with a time of 16.619 seconds, which was a clear tenth faster than his 860 Motorsports teammate Michael Alcaro.

After the dice invert it was former Anderson Motor Speedway track champion Lee Jordan and Heather Hadley who brought the twelve car field to the green flag for the 25 lap feature race.

Hadley finally cleared Jordan on lap 3 for the race lead, but it was a five car battle up front with Alcaro, Canipe and Alex McCollum in the mix for the race lead.

Alcaro, Canipe and McCollum dropped Jordan back to fifth by lap five as the front group had gotten single file and broke away from the rest of the runners.

The caution flag waved on lap 7 for a spin that involved the 2019 Rookie Challenge winner Zach Helms in turn one and brought the field back together.

Alcaro grabbed the lead on the restart from his teammate Hadley and had McCollum follow him past into the second position.

At lap 11, the yellow flag waved for an incident in turn four that involved Helms and Roby Holt. Both drivers were able to get turned back around and rejoined the back of the field.

Alcaro and McCollum brought the field back down to the green flag with McCollum able to grab the lead as the field completed lap 12. However, as they worked their way around the first and second turns Alex Urbina made contact with the left side of Jordan and sent the 81 around for a spin. Other drivers were able to avoid Jordan’s car in turn two, but the third yellow flag of the feature was waved with still 14 laps to go.

McCollum got out to hold the lead on the restart in front of a trio of 860 Motorsports drivers. Canipe moved by Hadley just passed the halfway point for third as did Urbina after Hadley slid up the track in turn two.

With 7 laps to go Canipe was able to move around his other teammate Alcaro for the runner-up position as he then tried to hunt down the race leader.

Canipe spent the final laps in pursuit of McCollum for the lead, but it was the former LegendStock champion Alex McCollum who captured his first Southeast Legends Tour feature win of the 2020 season. Canipe would come home in second place, which was good enough to clinch the 2020 Southeast Legends Tour presented by RPM Pro-Formance championship. Alcaro, Hadley and Urbina rounded out the top five finishers in the Holder Performance Hoof Care 25 at Kingsport Speedway.

“It was pretty good in practice early on and then we struggled handling wise at the end. I have to thank everyone at Team 510 KBR for working,” a victorious McCollum in Rick Hendrick Chevrolet victory lane.

“This car was on rails in the feature. I made a few mistakes. Racing with Alcaro, Canipe, Hadley, L.J., they are the best in the business, so to beat them was pretty cool.”