BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Kyle Bronson’s dominance at Volusia Speedway Park’s Sunshine Nationals continued Saturday night with an unexpected win.
Michael Page was the apparent of the DIRTcar Pro Late Model feature, beating everyone to the checkered flag, but he was disqualified following a post-race technical inspection.
It was determined by DIRTcar and Crate Racin’ USA officials that Page’s car had a valve spring installation height infraction, nullifying his victory. Upon a passing inspection of Bronson’s engine, Bronson was awarded the $10,000 check and declared the Feature winner.
“Anytime you can make some money, it’s always good. You hate to win them that way, but we all know how these deals are going in. You’ve got to be 100 percent right,” Bronson said.
Mack McCarter was determined the overall Sunshine Nationals mini-series champion of the Pro Late Model division after back-to-back second-place finishes, beating Bronson 140 to 135 points over the two contested races.
Bronson began his charge to the front from outside the third row, using the early caution flags to his advantage by doing some of his passing work on the restarts. By Lap 6, he had cracked the top-three and was hot on the trail of second-place Joseph Joiner and leader Page.
Bronson was able to get by Joiner on lap 13, setting him up for a charge through lapped traffic in pursuit of Page, who was a few car-lengths ahead. Bronson was able to close the gap to just over .3 seconds before Page pulled away again, and a final yellow was displayed with just eight laps remaining.
When the checkered fell, Bronson was unable to get ahead of Page at the stripe, leaving him with a runner-up finish but only for a few hours. Page’s technical inspection wrapped up after midnight on Sunday; Bronson passed his and was declared the winner in the early morning hours.
This victory now makes four feature wins in five starts for the Brandon, FL-native in Sunshine Nationals Pro Late Model competition after sweeping all three features last year, and two total on the weekend after his World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series triumph Thursday night.
“We won $10,000, motor got torn down and was 100 percent right and everything passed. So, I’m more than happy with it. We won two races this week for $20,000 and it’s going to help us pay for Speedweeks a little bit,” Bronson said.
Twenty-seven-year-old McCarter put on a dazzling display of passing on both nights in his first-ever appearance, coming all the way from 20th to cross the line in third Saturday. He was later awarded a second-place finish following Page’s disqualification.
“Our race car is really good when [the track] blows off and gets kinda dirty,” McCarter said. “We qualified really well but the invert put us behind in the heat and we didn’t tighten-up enough. I think if we would have started up front, I would’ve had a good shot to run, and possibly have won.”
Feature (30 Laps) 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson [$10,000]; 2. 51-Mack McCarter [$5,000]; 3. 23-Cory Hedgecock [$3,000]; 4. O1-Jason Welshan [$2,000]; 5. 10-Joseph Joiner [$1,500]; 6. 385-Mark Whitener [$1,200]; 7. 14JR-John Baker [$900]; 8. 97-Cody Overton [$700]; 9. 66-Jake Knowles [$600]; 10. 30-Todd Cooney [$550]; 11. 83-Jensen Ford [$500]; 12. 121-Pearson Lee [$400]; 13. 7T-Trever Taylor [$400]; 14. 87R-Jake Rainey [$400]; 15. 5-John Collins [$400]; 16. 44C-Curtis Cline [$400]; 17. 33-Jeff Mathews [$400]; 18. 66K-Dylan Knowles [$400]; 19. K37-Drew Kennedy [$400]; 20. 2-Trynt Lloyd [$400]; 21. 7A-Corey Almond [$400]; 22. 6-Clay Harris [$400]; 23. OO-Richie Stephens [$400]; 24. T8-Steve Banal [$400]; 25. 66JK-Jody Knowles [$400] DQ – 18X-Michael Page  Hard Charger: 51-Mack McCarter [+18]