LEWISBURG, Tenn. – Anthony Nicholson is making a habit of holding off seasoned veterans to win races.
Nicholson, the 2008 United Sprint Car Series filtercharged by K&N Rookie of the Year, rocketed out to the early lead from the K&N Filters Pole Position and then held 10-time series champion Terry Gray off in traffic to win Saturday night’s 25-lap Duel at the Duck A-main at Duck River Raceway Park, leading every lap of the caution-free feature in the process.
The victory was Nicholson’s third USCS win of the season, the most he has ever had in a single year on the tour, as well as his seventh career USCS triumph all-time.
“We had ran up top all night long and kept watching, kept watching, kept watching and the late models just knocked (the top) off. On the start of the race, we hit the bottom and the car didn’t feel real good down there, but it worked out for the best and we’re in Victory Lane so I can’t complain too much,” Nicholson said.
Gray had to settle for chasing Nicholson to the checkered flag and finished second. His teammate, Morgan Turpen, rounded out the podium in third. Jeff Willingham tied his career-best USCS finish with a fourth place effort and Aubrey Black completed the top five.
Fourteen-year-old Brandon Taylor won the companion USCS www.rockauto.com 600 Sprint Car Series event.
Anthony Nicholson, Terry Gray, Morgan Turpen, Jeff Willingham, Aubrey Black, Curt Terrell, Kyle Amerson, Terry Witherspoon, Jay Dunham, Bob Auld.