LUCAMA, N.C. – Jonathan Findley made a statement at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday night.
Findley swept both Late Model races and put himself in a tie atop the championship standings with teammate Andrew Grady, setting up an epic championship showdown. Findley led wire-to-wire in the first of the two Late Model races but had to race his way from the rear of the field in the second following a full field invert.
“It was pretty fun to come back through the field,” Findley said in victory lane after the race. “We had a dominant car all night long. There were no problems with it. It was flawless. On a rail. Can’t thank everyone enough.”
Findley has been riding a wave of momentum through what has been a breakthrough season for the teenager from Virginia who did not expect to even contend for the championship.
“We were not thinking this at all,” Findley remarked. “We were actually going to travel around more this year but it started to take over for points here and we just made the decision that we were going to try here and it seems to be taking its toll that this is going to go our way hopefully.”
Andrew Grady scored finishes of third and second which kept him tied with Findley for the points lead. Grady has scored four wins on the 2015 season. Grady entered the season as a championship favorite after scoring five wins in the Limited Late Model division in 2014 at Southern National – but coming up short against Haley Moody and Dillon Spain in the championship battle.
“First race, we were absolutely junk,” Grady said. “I really don’t know what we’re fighting with this thing. We haven’t ran this bad in two years. The second race, that was all my spotter right there. He was driving the car, I was just behind the wheel. The restart, he’s playing games. I don’t know if we could have held Jonathan off but we’ve got to figure this restart thing out. We might not have won the race but we had a shot at it. We’ll come back for the next two races and hopefully wrap up this championship.”
The headline race for the evening’s racing program was the Mid-Atlantic Street Stock (MASS) Championship Series – the sixth race on the region’s premier Street Stock tour. Saturday night’s 50 lap race had major implications in the championship battle when Greg Barnett, who entered as the points leader, dropped out of the race and Jeff Melton, who entered third in points, also had problems while Sonny Schoffen, who entered second in points, won the race.