iRACING: Total Domination; Axsom Rockets to Third Street Stock Series Win at Concord

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Thomas Axsom crossed the checkered stripe to win his third Short Track National Showdown Street Stock Series win on Monday. (Marshall Gabell photo)

Thomas Axsom crossed the checkered stripe to win his third Short Track National Showdown Street Stock Series win on Monday. (Marshall Gabell photo)

CONCORD, N.C. — Thomas Axsom rocketed to his third Short Track Showdown Street Stock Series victory in the EverGreen 100 at the virtual Concord Speedway on Monday, increasing his championship advantage as the division nears the home stretch.

Axsom, a 15-year-old, Bridgewater, Ma., native, paced 90 of the 100 scheduled laps en route to the dominating win for his No. 13 Axsom Trucking Street Stock team.

“Going into this race, I felt extremely confident,” Axsom said in the winner’s circle. “It is more of a driver’s track then just setup. Our car was great. We just hit our marks and remained consistent. I was real fast tonight.”

Axsom also moved into the championship lead, holding a one-point cushion over Blake Barney, who earned the Coors Light Pole Award for the event.

“It is great knowing that I have the points lead and a little cushion,” Axsom added. “Having to come from the back next week, should not be a big problem at all. We are just going to focus on picking them off one by one.”

Following his triumphs at USA International Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Oval earlier this season, Barney closed his up-and-down night with a runner-up finish in his No. 14 Street Stock.

“I think it was just a little more driver then setup [that cost us the win],” Barney explained. “I am not great this track. Thomas is really good here, however. I did miss the setup a little bit. I had a great short run car. But, our tires just went away in the closing stages.”

Ryan Lange, a 31-year-old veteran, rallied to close the podium in the event. After seven races, he is still searching for his first win in the Street Stock Series.

Calen Mohler and Dan Lafoe rounded out the top five.

Despite earning the pole award for the event, Barney began the event from the last position after winning the last series race at Thompson, per the division’s rulebook (last week’s winner starts from the rear the following week)

During the opening stages, Axsom set a torrid pace, rocketing to the top spot and maintaining the lead until the first caution on lap four, which flew when Mohler spun around on the frontstretch.

Following the initial stoppage, Axsom wasted no time powering to another large advantage over the field, lasting until lap 14, when Utt pushed around Lafoe in between turn three and four to bring out the second caution.

On the restart, Barney, looking to increase from the last starting position, jockeyed through a few cars — going three wide at one point — and forced race control to throw a manual caution for the aggressive driving.

Following that encounter, Barney would restart again from the rear after being penalized, and made contact a few laps following the restart with D.W. Jones, drawing the fourth stoppage.

One lap after the fourth caution ended, the field then turned into a parking lot as five machines crashed on the frontstretch — one car, Utt, came to rest upside down.

From there, Axsom led the closing stages, being slowed for just a couple of single-car incidents, and captured the checkered flag in dominating fashion.

Drivers and teams head next to the virtual Lanier National Speedway for the Digital Forge 125, the eighth race on the Short Track National Showdown schedule, on Aug. 29th . Practice will begin at 8 p.m. Eastern.

 

RESULTS; Concord Speedway; Short Track National Showdown Street Stock Series; August 22nd, 2016

  1. Thomas Axsom
  2. Blake Barney
  3. Ryan Lange
  4. Calen Mohler
  5. Dan Lafoe
  6. Jeremy Crandall
  7. Marc Laroche
  8. DW Jones
  9. Wesley Utt
  10. Cole Eastman

 

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Marshall Gabell is the Mid-Atlantic Correspondent for Race Chaser Online, and was also formerly the public relations director for NASCAR Next member Austin Hill. Gabell is currently attending Stephen Decatur High School in Ocean City, Maryland, completing his sophomore year. He is just 15 years old.

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