Yarbrough, Setzer Lead CARS At The Beach

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Sam Yarbrough, a former Myrtle Beach Speedway track champion, pulled an upset during the CARS Late Model Stock Tour event at his home track and bypassed polesitter Deac McCaskill in the final laps to motor to victory in his first tour start. (Kyle Tretow photo)
Sam Yarbrough, a former Myrtle Beach Speedway track champion, pulled an upset during the CARS Late Model Stock Tour event at his home track and bypassed polesitter Deac McCaskill in the final laps to motor to victory in his first tour start. (Kyle Tretow photo)
Sam Yarbrough, a former Myrtle Beach Speedway track champion, pulled an upset during the CARS Late Model Stock Tour event at his home track and bypassed polesitter Deac McCaskill in the final laps to motor to victory in his first tour start. (Kyle Tretow photo)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Brandon Setzer (Super Late Model) and Sam Yarbrough (Late Model Stock) both played the tire strategy game to perfection on Saturday night to win their respective races at Myrtle Beach Speedway in the CARS Tour Bakerdist.com 200 presented by Sports Radio 100.3 The Team.

For the second time this season, Setzer claimed the Mahle Pistons Pole Award and led the field to the green flag. Steve Wallace jumped out to the early race lead from his second-place starting spot as Setzer slowly began to drop through the field.

The race saw its first lead change when Kyle Grissom, who started 11th, bypassed Wallace in turn one. The field settled into mostly single file formation as Grissom and Coulter Motorsports driver Clay Rogers contested the lead several times with Grissom retaining the top spot until a lap 46 caution flag for fluid leaking from the car of top-five runner AJ Frank.

Once the race resumed, the lead battle was the most intriguing fight of the night with Grissom, Rogers, Kaz Grala, Cole Timm and Wallace all swapping spots each lap around the notoriously abrasive .538-mile track.

Tyler Church spun on lap 78, bringing out the event’s final caution period and setting up a dash to the checkered flag. Brandon Setzer, who was running outside the top ten, clawed his way into the top three by lap 90. With ten laps to go, Setzer moved past Wallace for third and quickly reeled in the race leader, Kyle Grissom.

On lap 93, Setzer moved around Grissom with ease and checked out by over ten car lengths. He was unchallenged for the final seven circuits and crossed the line to take his second win of 2015, becoming only the second CARS Tour super late model driver to make a repeat visit to victory lane. Grissom, Wallace, Rogers and Quin Houff rounded out the top five finishers.

“I didn’t think we were all that good in the middle of the race but I can’t thank these guys enough to give me a racecar to go do this,” said a relatively speechless Setzer in Edelbrock Victory Lane. “I never really did [think I had a car that could win the race]. It just happened that way and we got lucky, I guess.”