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Brent Crews, Tristan McKee Win On Wild CARS Tour Night at Caraway

Brent Crews and Tristan McKee picked up zMAX CARS Tour wins during an action-packed Firecracker 265 at Caraway Speedway Wednesday.


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The zMAX CARS Tour provided plenty of drama and excitement on Wednesday night at Caraway Speedway. Both divisions saw dramatic finishes, with Brent Crews winning in the Late Model Stock Cars and Tristan McKee winning the Pro Late Model 100-lapper.

Brent Crews Muscles to Late Model Stock Victory

A restart with seven laps to go turned the 125-lap Late Model Stock feature on its head, and the fight for the win came down to the final corner.

In the end, Brent Crews executed a bump-and-run on Connor Hall in turns three and four and raced to the checkered flag in the Kevin Harvick, Inc. No. 29.

“I was racing some really good race car drivers,” said Crews. “I just want to thank the good Lord above. None of this would be possible without him. This whole KHI crew for what we’ve been through. I’ve got a new crew chief, Shannon Rursch, so thankful to have him here.

“It is what it is, right? That’s hard racing, that’s short track racing. I got moved up to the third groove probably more times than I can count on my hand. I would expect the same for him to win.”

“The best car doesn’t always win,” said Hall after finishing third. “My Autos By Nelson Group and I showed the car we prepared and brought. As far as an organization, we’re making leaps and bounds. We say we want to be one percent better every week. I think we’ve been picking it up more than that lately.”

As Hall wrestled to regain control of his car, William Byron slipped by to finish second in his first CARS Tour event since 2015. The 2024 Daytona 500 winner hopes to make more appearances in the series with JR Motorsports moving forwardd

“The racecraft is really good,” said Byron. “It’s bound to get physical at the end, especially at a track like this. It’s kind of like Martinsville. You’re parking the center of the corner, so it’s easy to get to somebody.

“I’ve watched some of these races in the last couple of years, and the racecraft is really good. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to do some more. I’d love to talk to Dale and maybe do a few a year. That would be a lot of fun. I enjoy doing the Cup stuff and Xfinity, but it’s fun to come mid-week and run something like this.”

There was an extensive red flag during the race after a wild ride for Corey Heim that ended with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitor upside down on the frontstretch.

Heim made contact with Jacob Heafner, ultimately pinning Heim’s car on its side against the outside wall. The car then rolled over onto its roof as Heafner pulled away from the incident.

Heim climbed out of the car under his own power.

“I was falling back there for the most part,” said Heim. “I think I got my left-rear cut down the straightaway previous, and I was a little off pace. I guess the guy to my inside didn’t see me.

“I’m fine, just hanging upside down for 20 minutes, I was a little light-headed. I probably yelled at some people I shouldn’t have. All good. I feel fine, I’m just ready to go home.”

Tristan McKee Wins, Tensions High After Pro Late Model Feature

Tristan McKee and Conner Jones also traded paint during the Pro Late Model portion of the Firecracker 265. Ultimately, McKee took the win, while neither young driver minced words about the on-track altercation.

The decisive restart played out with 18 laps to go. McKee gained the upper hand and pulled away for the win. In victory lane, the two drivers exchanged words before offering their respective sides during post-race interviews.

“I wasn’t excited to see that caution,” said McKee. “Coming to green, he started dooring me under caution for no reason. He showed me he didn’t really care, so I drove him hard and came out with the win.

“He wasn’t very happy, but there’s nothing for him to be mad about.”

“I don’t know why he said I doored him under caution,” said Jones. “I never did that. It’s a tough restart. I felt like he spun the tires a little bit and I got ahead of him. I got almost by him and then going into three, he doored me. Coming down here, he just drove clean into my left front.

“I just told him if he wants to race like that, his stuff will be junk next race. That’s basically it.”

Caden Kvapil finished third, followed by Jimmy Renfrew, Jr. and T.J. DeCaire.

-Photo credit: CARS Tour

zMAX CARS Tour Firecracker 265 Unofficial Results

Late Model Stock Cars
129Brent Crews125---
224William Byron1250.270
322Connor Hall1250.479
414Jared Fryar1250.716
58Carson Kvapil1250.790
662Layne Riggs1251.067
728Connor Zilisch1251.212
87Dylan Ward1251.485
904Ronnie Bassett, Jr.1251.557
1015Ryan Millington1252.000
1177Treyten Lapcevich1252.163
1244Conner Jones1253.130
131Andrew Grady1256.654
1495Jacob Heafner1241 Lap
1508Deac McCaskill1223 Laps
166Bobby McCarty1178 Laps
1716Chad McCumbee10619 Laps
182Bandon Pierce10223 Laps
1945Bryce Applegate9827 Laps
2071Katie Hettinger7946 Laps
2197Jason Kitzmiller7748 Laps
2281Mini Tyrrell7352 Laps
2303Brenden Queen6956 Laps
2455Corey Heim6956 Laps
2523Kade Brown6956 Laps
2659Heath Causey6461 Laps
Pro Late Models
16Tristan McKee100---
244Conner Jones1001.811
335Caden Kvapil1001.987
400Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.1004.702
596T.J. DeCaire1004.938
629Spencer Davis1005.764
751Kaden Honeycutt1006.192
824Jake Bollman1006.604
915Jonathan Shafer1007.099
109Ashton Higgins1007.407
1116Tim Sozio1008.359
1203Kyle Campbell1008.996
136BBrandon Lopez1009.400
1488Max Reeves10017.374
1543HJoshua Horniman991 Lap
162Amber Lynn7030 Laps
1797Dylan Garner4852 Laps