CENTER LISLE, N.Y.– Brent Wilcox is now two-for-two.
The Whitney Point, N.Y., native scored his second 30-lap Modified feature win in as many weeks Saturday night at Thunder Mountain Speedway.
Wilcox rides a wave of momentum into Tuesday’s huge Olum’s ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ at the Center Lisle, N.Y. track.
The two-division program Tuesday is headlined by the National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Modifieds competing for $30,813 in prize money plus Sportsman in a 25-lap, $1,000-to-win event.
Even Wilcox is surprised by his early success that kicked off with a $1,992 payday in the May 10 grand reopening special.
“If you asked me earlier today if I would win two in a row, I would have said no way,” Wilcox said.
Wilcox led a one-two sweep by the Chris Clark-Tom Coar team across the stripe in the Modified event. His teammate, Brian Malcolm, briefly challenged him for the top spot in the race’s mid-portions and settled for runner-up pay.
After countless hours of work during the week by track owner Karl Spoonhower, a smooth-and-wide racing surface greeted the 98 competitors signing in for competition Saturday night at Thunder Mountain.
Can Wilcox defeat a talented field of invaders on Tuesday with a $5,100-plus winner’s share on the line?
“With the right circumstances and draw, I feel confident we can run with those guys,” Wilcox.
By virtue of a redraw of top heat-race qualifiers, Wilcox launched off the pole in the main event. A nine-car skirmish in turn one drew a yellow and restacked the field for a second attempt at the feature start.
Wilcox again shot into the race lead. Malcolm, who started the event fourth, raced into second spot on lap two. Chad Cook climbed to third from his ninth starting position on the third tour of the three-eighths-mile oval.
Malcolm and Cook pressured Wilcox following the race’s final restart on lap six, but Wilcox gradually opened a half-straightaway advantage and negotiated late-race lapped traffic flawlessly.
Malcolm improved upon his third-place finish in the opener by earning a second-place finish on Saturday.
“I’m really happy,” said Malcolm, who is racing regularly at Thunder Mountain for the first time in his career. “We’ve got a good car right now.”