Royce Bray “back to his winning ways” taking FASTRAK late model victory at Antioch Speedway!
Royce Bray or better know as “Rolls Royce” ,driver of the #21 Kenny Harris machine, made his way back to victory lane at Antioch Speedway. Bray started 2nd row outside behind the T1 of Mangum, 8P of Parker, 54B of Umberger but quickly made his way to the front and never looked back. Brays warrior chassis seemed to keep getting faster as the night went on. “This car was fast again” said Bray. “The crew did a great job and they hit the set up perfectly. The track kept coming to us and the car kept getting better and better. It is awesome to be back in victory lane”.
Timbo Mangum earned the pole and set a new track record in the process of doing so. It wasn’t the first time the T1 had broken the track record and by all indications won’t be the last. Mangum had overheating issues during the race and finally came to the pits. “It was Royce Brays night tonight” said Mangum. “His car was working and I did all I could but when we started running hot we had no choice but to come in”.
“Bray was fast tonight” said Ron Parker. “His car kept getting better and better as the race went on. I was glad to see Royce win one. Those guys have worked hard this year and it was their time. They earned every bit of it”.
Bray had won earlier events such as the Ice Bowl in AL. He also won a big event in Modoc SC. Ran well in both the Jimmy Thomas Memorial and also at the Deep South raceway but has seen some hard times since then. “We messed up a rear end at Deep South” said Bray. “Ever since then it just seemed as if the car wouldn’t go. My crew worked hard over the last three weeks trying to figure it out. Then at Antioch one of the guys looked under the car and found the problem. Once it was fixed, the car just flew. I am just glad to see the car fast again”.
Its looks like the rest of the field has another contender in Bray now. He will no doubt become one of the teams to beat throughout the rest of the season. His team is a staff of veterans that know how to get the job done and can easily move from track to track and make adjustments quickly. Bray successfully raced in both Southern All Stars and the Carolina Clash super late model classes before moving to FASTRAK. Bray said he is in it for the long haul and is making a run for the Regional Championship and also the $50,000 to win Grand Nationals at the end of the season. “We want both of them” stated Bray. “We want to win the Southeast Region Championship and the Grand Nationals too”.
Davenport won the first two races of the season. The third race of the 08 touring schedule was rained out. Young Ryan Gifford won the event at Cherokee and now Bray wins at Antioch Speedway. There is doubt the diversity of the FASTRAK late model program is proving to be successful as both veterans and a first timer have won events to this point. It should make for a very interesting balance of the season.
The series in the SE has enjoyed a couple of weekends of before returning to the hectic upcoming schedule. It gave the teams a little chance to recoup and repair and should make for great upcoming events.
May 3rd Toccoa Speedway, Toccoa GA
May 9th Carolina Speedway, Gastonia NC
May 10th Travelers Rest Speedway, Travelers Rest SC
Partners of the FASTRAK Racing Series Include: Goodyear Racing, GM Performance Parts, Sunoco Race Fuels, Modern Chevrolet, City Chevrolet, Heintz Performance, Duralite Wheels, Schoenfeld Headers, Mastersbilt Racing Chassis, TNT Racing Chassis, Rocket Racing Chassis,Goliath Racing Chassis, MK-Direct
*THE FASTRAK DIRT LATE MODEL SERIES is based on the GM crate engine program using both the 602 and 604 engine types. All teams utilize Goodyear Racing Tires as the “spec tire” allowing team’s tremendous savings in both engine and tire expense. The National Championship of the FASTRAK RACING SERIES is one of the largest in the United States.