DELMAR, Del. — Jordan Watson utilized hometrack advantage to its fullest extent during the 44th annual Camp Barnes Benefit Race at Delaware International Speedway on Wednesday night.
Watson, a former champion in the NAPA Big Block Modified and AC Delco PSC Modified divisions at the half-mile dirt track, rocketed to his first Camp Barnes win in the Big Block Modifieds after leading the 30-lap feature wire-to-wire.
“I love coming here and racing,” Watson told Race Chaser Online. “We made the perfect adjustments and our team did a great job. You know, it is a hectic time of the season and I am thankful for the five or six people we have in the shop each week.”
“I had a big group of fans in the turn four stands tonight — friends I went to high school with. I had coworkers and family in the grandstands watching, as well. People that normally do not get to come to the races because we are racing five or six hours from home.”
Along with Wednesday being his first Big Block Modified win during Camp Barnes, the triumph also marked Watson’s fifth overall victory during the non-points night at Delaware– he was victorious in four previous Camp Barnes features for the AC Delco Modified division (from 2010-2013).
“You know, I was that kid that use to hang in the grandstands and watch a lot of great drivers win Camp Barnes,” Watson expressed. “I got to win this event four times in the AC Delco Modifieds and it was a dream to win it in the Big Blocks. This Camp Barnes win is a feather in the cap.”
Rookie Big Block Modified driver Carson Wright, who was making his Camp Barnes debut, finished in the second position, marking his career-best result at Charles Cathell’s half-mile.
Wright, a 16-year-old, Georgetown, Delaware native, was making just his sixth Big Block feature start at the track.
“I had a great race car tonight, I just ran out of laps,” Wright said. “Jordan [Watson] is a great driver and has been driving for a long time. I did not have quite enough to be able to go up there and contend with him.”
“This is amazing though. I never thought that I would be finishing this well in the big blocks. It is pretty tough racing against these guys. I am trying to keep my head on straight and just drive for the remainder of the season.”
Defending Camp Barnes victor Matt Jester finished third, with Scott VanGorder and Beau Wilkins rounding out the top five.
Watson started the event from the pole position after winning his heat race, and paced the opening laps in his No. 1w Will Brown’s Truck Repair modified. His pace was first slowed when the caution came out on lap five.
On the ensuing restart, Watson pulled from the field, identical to the opening start. From there, it was lights out.
Despite one more caution, thrown on lap 17 when Clay Tatman’s machine came to a stop, Watson cruised through to land in the winner’s circle and capture a $3000 check, the posted lion’s share of the purse.
Jordan’s brother Joseph Watson, filling for the injured Jamie Mills, finished in the sixth position. Behind him, six-time Delaware track champion H.J. Bunting, Howard O’Neal, Bobby Watkins, and Brad Trice completed the top ten in the finishing order.