Posted: Tuesday, July 1st 2014 at 4:07pm
Rookie Lester wins first Pro Cup race at Myrtle Beach
By Chris Ragle
Tyler Lester picked up his first career CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series victory Saturday night at Myrtle Beach Speedway. / Photo: Courtesy Pro Cup Media
MYRTLE BEACH, SC - The history books show that there’s only been one “youngster” to have won a Pro Cup Series race at the ultra-abrasive Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, SC since the series’ first race there back in 1998. That came in 2007 when, now NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Trevor Bayne, took home the trophy at age 16. Now there’s a second.
Nineteen year old Tyler Lester did all he could to edge veteran Caleb Holman at the line by .0130 seconds to make it the closest finish at Myrtle Beach Speedway in series history. Lester then celebrated his first career win with several hundred fans that chose to join him in victory lane as the series showed their appreciation for the very impressive crowd that stuck it out through multiple rain delays throughout the evening.
“I thought we had him and then my spotter said outside on the white flag, so then I did whatever I had to do to win the race,” said Lester. “I only get to race a few times a year so I have to make the most of it when I do. This is big as it gets for me; a big thanks to all my guys, Econo Studios, BWP Bats, car owner Benny Gordon, and of course my mom and dad,” explained an excited Tyler Lester before taking a phone call from car owner Benny Gordon in Victory Lane.
Though dejected after the race thinking he had won, Holman did all he could in the closing laps making up a five car length gap between he and Lester when the pair caught Reid Wilson and Watkinsville, GA’s Brady Boswell battling hard for fourth place position and points. The group saw three wide chaos ensue with Lester sticking his nose through and squeezing Holman’s ride toward Boswell’s machine. Despite that Holman was still able to get inside of Lester by a nose down the backstretch. In an amazing move of racing talent beyond his years Lester then hit the brakes entering turn three letting the #75 machine sail high before sliding underneath him to complete the crossover move.
The two then drag raced to the finish line side-by-side with smoke and sparks flying almost wrecking one another before it was announced that Lester was the winner sending the diehard fans into a frenzy.
Gus Dean, the only South Carolina driver in the field, rounded out the podium a good distance back giving his sponsors something to be proud about at night’s end. Reid Wilson got back to his early season form finishing fourth, followed by Brady Boswell fifth to complete the youth movement up front.
Next up for the X-1R Pro Cup Series is the Precision Printed Products 250 at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, North Carolina on Friday July 11. For more information, visit carsprocup.com.
CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series
Myrtle Beach Speedway - Myrtle Beach, SC
Dean Custom Air 250 (Unofficial) - June 28, 2014
1. #25 Tyler Lester
2. #75 Caleb Holman
3. #56 Gus Dean
4. #66 Reid Wilson
5. #2 Brady Boswell
6. #23 J.P. Morgan
7. #88 Doug Barnes, Jr.
8. #15 Bill Plemmons, Jr.
9. #54 Matt Craig
10. #05 Codie Rohrbaugh
11. #29 Brian Keselowski
12. #6 Jeff Oakley
13. #22 Spencer Boy
Link: X-1R Pro Cup Series
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