Anthony Perrego Cashes In At Accord

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Anthony Perrego celebrates his victory in Wednesday's Battle at the Bullring 2 at Accord Speedway. (Dave Dalesandro/RPW Photo)
Anthony Perrego celebrates his victory in Wednesday's Battle at the Bullring 2 at Accord Speedway. (Dave Dalesandro/RPW Photo)
Anthony Perrego celebrates his victory in Wednesday’s Battle at the Bullring 2 at Accord Speedway. (Dave Dalesandro/RPW Photo)

ACCORD, N.Y. – Dash-for-Cash disappointment set Anthony Perrego up for a huge victory on Wednesday night at Accord Speedway.

A failed fuel pump in the dash event reserved for top heat-race qualifiers forced Perregos’ car to slow and drop to the infield. The timing of the misfortune allowed the team to make repairs in time for the main event of the New York Truck Parts Inc. Battle of the Bullring 2 presented by Handsome Devil Barbecue LLC, Alex’s Marine Plus and D&D NAPA Auto Supply.

Perrego’s Gary Mann-owned No. 55 took over the lead with 10 laps remaining in the 52-lap Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP big-block/small-block modified event after starting eighth. The track regular earned $5,530 including the base purse of $5,200, plus a $100 bonus from Simplicity Design, $180 in lap money and Dash for Cash earnings ($50).

Perrego, a Montgomery, N.Y.-based 20-year-old sophomore modified driver who made his debut driving for Mann in the Battle of the Bullring a year ago at the Ulster County facility, won his second career BD Motorsports Media LLC event. His first, also at Accord, came last November in the post-Thanksgiving Gobbler special.

“We got lucky to find the problem with the fuel pump in the Dash for Cash,” Perrego said while holding his unique bullring trophy. “If we weren’t in the Dash, we wouldn’t have made five laps in the feature.”

The second annual Battle of the Bullring midweek special was postponed by 24 hours after rains hit the speedway Tuesday night during the Modified consolation events. A cool, dry night prevailed on Wednesday for the program to be completed in full.

Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP point leader Andy Bachetti picked the pole via a redraw of top qualifiers and led the 27-car starting field at the start of the main. Bachetti’s most prominent challenger during the caution-marred early laps was Tommy Meier, whose Jeff Behrent-owned No. 3 started from second position.