After Two Races, Crute Has Perfect Record At South Boston Speedway
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (April 18, 2017) – Two-for-two. That’s Tyler Crute’s race season so far. Two starts. Two wins.
It doesn’t get much better than that.
“It’s been very surprising,” Crute said recently after his second Budweiser Hornets win of the season at South Boston Speedway.
He’ll go for three in a row at South Boston this Saturday night. “Our main goal was to finish races. We had no idea we would start with two wins.”
It’s especially surprising and rewarding considering his rookie season a year ago when he had more blown engines – three – than top five finishes – 1.
“Last year was horrible,” Crute said.
So horrible he was ready to quit.
“I knew I wasn’t going to race again,” said the 25-year-old Crute. “Then somebody gave me a car.”
And it was a pretty good car that Sammy Simmons gave him, one that one of his daughters, Kirstin and Kaitlinn, raced a couple of seasons ago.
“Sammy told me I could have it as long as I kept it up and raced it,” said Crute.
And has he ever raced it.
He led the final 10 laps of the season-opener for his first career win. And then two weeks ago, he survived a fast and furious finish with Drew Dawson for the second win.
He started deep in the field and had to battle to the front for the second win. He led only one lap – the final one. And, actually he didn’t lead that until he got under Dawson leaving the fourth turn. The two tangled and Crute slid across the start-finish line sideways for the victory.
“I was excited after I found out I had won the race,” Crute said of the finish with Dawson. “I was hot before I found out I had won.
“He had led every lap until I got under him leaving four on the last lap and he came down on me.”
Crute is brimming with confidence these days and thinks he can continue to race at the front “as long as I can keep the car in one piece.”
Crute, who has sponsorship help from Blue Wing Creek Land and Timber, Dan and Mae Trucking, Tollerson Service Center, and JMS Volvo, has found it much more fun to race when he doesn’t spend every night putting motors and cars back together.
“It’s easier when you’re winning, that’s for sure,” he said.
Racing returns to South Boston Speedway Saturday with a six-race card featuring a 100-lap race for the competitors in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division. Twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races, twin 15-lap races for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division will round out the night’s action.
Registration and pit gates open at 2:30 p.m., practice runs from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and qualifying starts at 6 p.m. The first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages 7-12. Kids ages six and under are admitted free with a paid adult.