Alex Yontz and his team rolled into Myrtle Beach looking for a little rest and relaxation. Yontz had really been looking forward to his trip down to the South Carolina shore. In fact, he stated, “We went down a few days early so we could take some time off, get rested up and play a little golf.”
He was able to get that in before the team began working toward their goal at the half-mile Myrtle Beach Speedway. And it’s a good thing he was able to get that relaxation in before the race, because after he took the checkered flag Sunday, victory was the only thing on his mind.
Alex Yontz picked up his first UARA race of the new year at Myrtle Beach on Sunday. (John Stas Photos)
Practice was held early Saturday morning, but unfortunately Mother Nature had something else in mind. The race was originally scheduled to be that afternoon, but showers began to fall on Myrtle Beach just before the start of qualifying.
“During practice we were probably a top-five or top-ten car,” said Yontz. “Then it started raining right before qualifying so they called the race off for Saturday night. We were pretty disappointed.
“We went back Sunday morning and went straight into qualifying. There were a couple local guys and they set down some fast laps and we couldn’t really touch them. We qualified ninth, and as soon as they dropped the
green flag, we had a really good car for the race. The car was perfect. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”
“We saved our tires and passed when we could. Then about halfway through the race, we were running second with Stewart Riggs leading. He is a local guy and he is pretty tough to beat,” added Yontz. “I think he abused his tires a little bit too much and on lap 120, I took the lead. You could tell his tires were pretty much done because after we passed him, we pulled away.
A Cinderella story would have Yontz cruising to the victory, but it wasn’t that easy. In fact, a caution with 10 laps to go set up a rumble at the beach.
“Jason York was running second and he’s always tough to beat. We had a good enough car and enough tires left to allow us to hold him off. It was a pretty sweet weekend.”
Yontz has run well in the previous two races this year, but Sunday’s victory provided a culmination for the hard work the team has put forth in the early part of the season. The victory also boosted Yontz in the UARA Late Model title chase.
“We have been running pretty good this year,” continued Yontz. “At Hickory Motor Speedway we were running
Yontz's #55 at the beach.
second and I got wrecked there on the last lap. We had a tough time at Southern National Speedway and got in a pretty big wreck on the last lap again. We just needed to get a little bit of luck on our side and I hope Myrtle Beach started a good streak for us.”
Alex takes to the track next on Saturday April 29th at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia. For more information on Alex Yontz please contact Amy Hayes at (704) 455–2051 and be sure to check out the all-new www.alexyontz.com coming soon.