The Southeast Super Trucks Series were locked, and ready to battle it out on Pediatric Brain Tumor / Jonathan Harris Sr Memorial night at Tri-County Motor Speedway. This was the 11th stop of the season for the drivers and with the points battles are tightening up, tempers were already flaring. Lee Tissot came into the event leading the points, six points over Matt Leicht.
Several drivers took advantage of the open practice the Friday before. As the drivers were getting set for the first round of practice on Saturday, there was a few drivers who had the look of determination on their faces, but veteran Tissot had the look of confidence. He went on to set fast time for round one followed by local competitor Jason Cochran in second. Kevin Leicht discovered mechanical issues during the first round and loaded up, went back to the shop in Asheville, NC changed engines and returned just in time for the race. First timer to the SEST Series Jared Fryar set fast time in second practice in Brandon Wrisley’s truck. In the final round of practice for the Super Trucks, Late Model veteran Wade Day set fast time.
The teams made final adjustments and went through pre race tech to prepare for qualifying. Jason Cochran qualified fastest out of the 14 trucks; however he went on to roll a five on the invert dice, now setting Ashley Huffman on the top spot with Ed Surrett starting on the outside.
As Huffman led the field down to the green to get the race started, series veteran Surrett wasn’t about to give up. The two raced side by side, door to door, lap after lap. Ricky Bowers was lagging back in third, but seen a opening when Huffman and Surrett were racing hard for the lead and slipped by the both of them. Bowers held onto the lead for a while, but Tissot finally slipped by Bowers for the lead. The first caution came out on Lap 31 as Wade Day and Ricky Bowers made contact on the track. Tissot led the field back to the green and tried to pull away, but before they could complete a lap, he got together with Kevin Leitcht, resulting in a red flag.
Surrett now inherited the top spot and
he paced the field back to the green with Fryar on the outside. Fryar finally took over the top spot and started pull away from the field until the caution came back out on Lap 40. This time Surrett and Cochran made contact in turn 2 resulting in Surrett spinning. Fryar led the field back to the green but couldn’t hold on to it as Tissot was on a mission and soared to the lead. Cochran was determined to win this race as he was half a straight away behind Tissot in second and within the last five laps, he had reeled down Tissot. Tissot took the white flag, but before he could complete the last lap the caution came back out as a couple trucks spun on the back stretch.
As a result, Tissot was given the win since he had already taken the white. He was followed by Cochran in second, Fryar in third, Matt Leicht in fourth and Jamie Barbery in fifth.
- 27 Lee Tissot
- 11 Jason Cochran
- 14 Jared Fryar
- 2 Matt Leicht
- 21 Jamie Barbery
- 4 Wade Day
- 88 Jeff Caldwell
- 80 Eddie Collins
- 8 Ed Surrett
- 61 Ricky Bowers
- 7 Ashley Huffman
- 25 Kevin Leicht
- 66 Bennie Davis
- 5 Toby Hollifield