KINGSPORT — Lee Tissot scored an incredible comeback victory in Saturday night’s Southeast Tremendous Vehicles Sequence function at Kingsport Speedway thanks to Ashton Higgins’ heartbreak.
Tissot, who fell to the back of the field early in the race following reducing a electrical power steering line, place on quite a display screen of driving on the 3/8-mile concrete oval. Powering the wheel of the black No. 88 Chevrolet, he charged up to second position immediately after a daring a few-large pass for 3rd.
Even now, Higgins had a straightaway guide right before out of the blue slowing with a flat proper-entrance tire just 3 laps from the complete of the 75-lap characteristic race.
It allowed Tissot to go beneath and acquire the direct and established up a two-lap shootout for the earn. Higgins, who restarted fourth, manufactured his have intense shift to next, but it was too late to capture Tissot.
Tissot, an Asheville driver and previous Kingsport Speedway normal, discussed there have been a several nervous times in the cockpit of his truck.
“We busted a electrical power steering line and it sprayed up and caught on fire,” Tissot said. “I could not see very little. As soon as we figured out it was a electric power steering line and we could go back again out, we drained the oil out of it. We got a warning, was equipped to get by various of them. We ended up continue to down a 50 %-lap, but Ashton had a minor terrible luck and we prevailed.”
It was Tissot’s 2nd straight win in the SEST at Kingsport, pursuing a race final October when he led all 75 laps.
Higgins, another Asheville space driver and previous Kingsport Speedway typical, felt ill at his abdomen as Tissot passed him.
“The correct front tire went down. It appears to be like we just cannot catch a break these days,” Higgins claimed. “It looks like every thing that could have long gone mistaken, went wrong. I felt the tire heading down with about 5 to go and did not know what it was. I advised them I was going to limp it all-around. The moment it went flat, it was flat. We had the dominant truck and it would run whichever lap I desired it to run.”
The top rated two weren’t the only types to have problems.
Early chief Clark Houston broke a tie-rod on his No. 6 Chevrolet after get hold of on a number of occasions. The grandson of former NASCAR Busch Collection star Tommy Houston concluded sixth, when Clint King, a former Kingsport winner in the Tremendous Vehicles, had his very own mechanical issues and concluded 10th in the 11-truck subject.
With individuals contenders out of the photograph, South Carolina driver Jamie Barbery, a SEST winner at Kingsport in 2020, finished 3rd. Ga teenager Tanner Carter and Marty Ward, a 6-time champion at Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway, rounded out the major 5.
Tissot, who compelled Houston large to consider the guide in advance of the ability steering line broke, considers Kingsport one of his household tracks. He had a good deal of assurance coming into the race.
“I be expecting to acquire just about every time I arrive listed here,” he claimed. “I count on everybody to try their best to defeat me. Tonight, we bought lucky and had been able to bust one out.”
Constrained LATE Products
Higgins manufactured up for his before disappointment by winning the 75-lap Restricted Late Design attribute at the close of the night.
His No. 9 white and grey Chevrolet, which utilized the similar shade plan as his truck, established fast time in qualifying. Just after an inversion of the top rated 4 qualifiers, Higgins made his way to the entrance on lap 26, passing South Carolina racer TJ Lollis immediately after a few laps of them managing facet-by-aspect.
Higgins led the rest of the way with Lollis keeping off a really hard-charging D.J. Canipe to complete second. Chris Smith and John Gallman rounded out the top five.
Austin Thompson, driving a white No. 2 with blue numerals, raced to the acquire in the Legends function as Canipe experienced yet another runner-up complete. Bryce Applegate earned the other podium location.
Scott Smith grabbed the guide on the opening lap of the initial Carolina Classic element and led the rest of the way in his purple No. 44 equipment. Don Krietemeyer, driving a white No. 22 painted to the likeness of Bobby Allison’s 1983 NASCAR championship vehicle, finished next with Bob Wallace third.
Josh Weston received a 2nd Carolina Classic attribute with Robert Lewis and Pete Messina, second and 3rd.
Kaleb Bradley received the 20-lap Bandolero characteristic, holding off Neal Dulin’s bonzai try to acquire the direct with two laps to go. Bradley raced on to the acquire, whilst his brother, Jacob, obtained around Dulin to complete 3rd.