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TC Daily Pit Stop: Queen, Pollard Victorious in CARS-ASA Doubleheader at North Wilkesboro; Taylor Making Xfinity Debut at Portland
TC Daily Pit Stop: Thursday, May 18th, 2023
Brenden Queen emerged victorious in Wednesday night’s CARS Tour Late Model Stock Tour event at North Wilkesboro Speedway, as he bested a field filled with NASCAR Cup Series stars.
After scoring potentially the biggest win of his young career, the 24-year-old was ready to celebrate in the only way fitting — with some damn waffles.
“This is nuts. I said all week to my guys we were going to ride the lift, and damn if we didn’t. Only thing we need up here is some Waffle House, and we’d be having a damn good time,” Queen shouted from the North Wilkesboro Speedway victory lane. “But we’re getting there. We’ll be at a Waffle House at some point tonight.”
Over the closing laps, nobody had anything for Queen, as he cruised to the finish line by 4.783 seconds over Ryan Millington, who finished in the runner-up spot.
Bubba Pollard is without a doubt one of, if not the, best short-track racers in the country. And if there was any doubt, Pollard put an exclamation point on things Wednesday night at North Wilkesboro Speedway as he held off William Byron to score the win by 0.309 sec.
While early in the race it looked like William Byron or Chase Elliott would go on to win on the night.
“We took off there, and we were pretty good. I let William by me there to see what he had, so I could see what he had so I knew if we needed to be better and make some adjustments. Then Chase came out of nowhere and was fast. I told them on the radio we don’t have anything for them,” Pollard said of his car in the early part of the race.
Pollard and his No. 26 team got the car tuned perfectly on the final Stage break of the evening, and his car was on rails in the final portion of the event.
Video: Suarez, Keselowski, Earnhardt, Jr. Sustain Minor Damage in Multi-Car Crash at North Wilkesboro
A multi-car accident just 30 laps into Wednesday’s CARS Late Model Stock Tour event at North Wilkesboro Speedway, has caused minor damage to NASCAR notables Daniel Suarez, Brad Keselowski, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. among others.
The accident started with a bobble at the exit of the fourth corner by Brandon Pierce, which caused Carson Kvapil, Jared Fryar, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to stack up, eventually delivering more damage to cars at the tail-end of that line.
Daniel Suarez, driving the R&S Race Cars No. 99, got into the back of William Sawalich, ultimately spinning the No. 43 on the frontstretch, which clogged the track and collected several other cars.
Brad Keselowski, driving the No. 6 for Hedgecock Racing, also collected some minor damage in the incident, while several other vehicles collected some more major damage in the early stages of the race.
Jordan Taylor, who made his NASCAR Cup Series debut at Circuit of The Americas in March, will compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Portland International Raceway, scoring a one-race deal with Kaulig Racing.
A native of Orlando, Florida, Taylor will pilot the No. 10 Chevrolet Camaro in the Pacific Office Automation 147, the second NASCAR Xfinity Series event on the 1.967-mile road course in Portland, Oregon.
“I am really pumped to make my first Xfinity series start with Kaulig Racing, a team that has shown it can dominate at road courses,” said Taylor. “I’ve been fortunate in my racing career to compete at so many different tracks, and I’m looking forward to checking Portland off my list.”
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