This year’s season of racing at Friendship Motor Speedway concluded Saturday night, sending fans off with one last night of fun.
From high-speed late-model racing, to a 40-lap endurance race using beat-up sedans, there was plenty for the fans to enjoy.
Jeff “Mr. Excitement” Parsons is one of the weekly fan favorites, and there wasn’t much of his time that wasn’t in a car all night. Parsons started off the night in the Renegade series, finishing with a dominant win. Then, he was just as dominant in the Open Wheel Modified race, leading all 50 laps with the win.
Dobson’s Landon Mitchell was also dominant in his race, starting on the pole of the SECA Late Model race, and never looking back. Last time out, it was Mitchell who got his first win of the year on a last lap pass, but this week, he started where he left off, then took off.
Larry Martin won the Xtreme Stock 4 event, while Jimmy Eldreth surprised everyone by winning the UCAR event over some drivers who had dominated all year long.
Finally, the racing ended with a 40-lap endurance race. The rules were similar to a demolition derby, but going around the 3/8 mile dirt oval. In the end, it was Jason Welborn who came away with the win.
Other notables were Mount Airy’s Mitchell Coble, who grinded for second-place finishes in both the Late Model race and Open Wheel Modified race; his teammate Slade Parsons, who in only his third race on dirt, continued to impress before getting caught up in someone else’s mess late.
So that’s it. Another year of dirt racing in the books. For Friendship Motor Speedway this year, attendees have gone through the sorrows of the death of a fan, pulled together as a community to support that family, as well as another through a battle with cancer. Above all else, nobody would say that at the end of the night, they didn’t have fun, and that’s what dirt track racing’s all about. If the weather cooperates, they’ll be back racing by March.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.