Action Is The Attraction For Brown at Tri-County Speedway by Celita Turner
Late Model Veteran Grabs UARA Checkers
RA Brown earned his first UARA victory at Tri-County Speedway on Saturday night. (51 Photos)
A multi-lap battle for the lead and a green-white-checkered finish were only a small part.  Several mad drivers and torn up racecars provided the rest of the action.
Missing all that action was race winner R.A. Brown.  After stating on the pole, falling back immediately, and then making a tough pass back for the lead, the veteran got his first-career UARA win. 

“Winning this race is big,” Brown said after celebrating with his team, friends and family.  “It’s been a long time coming.  We’ve run a lot of races in this series and we’ve run good.  We’ve gotten top 10s and fives, but to get a win here tonight is big.”

When the green flag, Brown was shuffled to the back and gave the lead to Mark Setzer.  However, Setzer would soon succumb to young gun Jake Crum.  Crum took the lead on lap 11 and stayed there until lap 126, when Brown finally passed him after racing side-by-side for more than five laps.

“My car rotated so good through the middle, it just drove up off the bottom.” Brown said.  “We were catching him (Crum) pretty good.  We were just patient and worked hard.”
Crum was loose as the laps started winding down.
“I kept on getting loose,” said Crum.  “I didn’t feel my tires. I just slid around for the last three laps.”

The high line seemed to be the place to be and drivers were fighting for it.  Ross Furr, B.J. Mackey and Matt DiBenedetto were all racing hard for fourth place, but found it hard to pass.  The three drivers had been racing hard for the spot as the laps wound down, but a green-white -checkered situation provided a lot of contact between the drivers. 

“My car rotated so good through the middle, it just drove up off the bottom.” Brown said.  “We were catching him (Crum) pretty good.  We were just patient and worked hard.”

Crum was loose as the laps started winding down.

“I kept on getting loose,” said Crum.  “I didn’t feel my tires. I just slid around for the last three laps.”

The high line seemed to be the place to be and drivers were fighting for it.  Ross Furr, B.J. Mackey and Matt DiBenedetto were all racing hard for fourth place, but found it hard to pass.  The three drivers had been racing hard for the spot as the laps wound down, but a green-white -checkered situation provided a lot of contact between the drivers. 
When walking through the gate at Tri-County Motor Speedway, the words “Where Action is the Attraction” are painted on the tower for all to see. 

Those words never seemed more true that in Saturday night’s Bad Boys Mowers 150 for the UARA Late Model Stocks. 

“We were one of the first ones to get up high and start running up there,” Mackey said. “It was just getting down to the end of the race there and we were trying to gain a position.  I wasn’t trying to taking (Furr) out or nothing, I was just trying to get him up out of the way a little bit. It didn’t work so we’ll take a fifth.”

DiBenedetto was in the cat bird seat watching Mackey and Furr fight for fourth, hoping one would make a mistake so he could capitalize. 

“I dreaded that green-white-checkered finish,” DiBenedetto said. “I was just gonna sit in sixth.  I was as fast as the leader and everybody, but it was just one line around the top, so it was kind of follow the leader.”

“I was kind of hoping (Mackey) was going to get stuck under (Furr) and I’d be able to go around him,” he said.  “When I got on the outside he kind of pushed me up in the
marbles and I didn’t want to take the chance of wrecking the car so I pulled in behind him.”

Furr wound up fourth, Mackey got fifth and DiBenedetto got seventh after Roger Lee Newton made a last ditch effort to gain a position and slide DiBenedetto out of the groove.

If the racing action was intense, then the wrecks were almost unbearable.
On lap 22 Alex Yontz and Clay Greenfield tangled.  Yontz hit the inside retaining wall hard and crushed the front end, ending his night.  Yontz was pretty upset with Greenfield and showed him his displeasure after he climbed from his car.

“I don’t know,” Yontz said still frustrated after the race had ended.  “You try to run some of these guys clean and you just can’t pass them clean.  I think we had a top-three car.
“(Greenfield) swerved down at me when I got out of my car so it just kinda made me mad, spur of the moment deal,” he said of his sending Greenfield a message while they were still on the track.  “I’m a little bit calmer now, but I won’t be when we start fixing the car.”

Greenfield saw things differently.

“(Yontz) just flat out ran over me, that’s all there is to it,” he said.  “He was on the inside of me and I was out against the wall, I don’t know what else I could do, when your going straight and someone runs over you hard enough to turn you that’s just stupidity.”
The accident with Yontz hurt Greenfield’s car, but he was still able to run.  His night ended with on the backstretch that involved the number 31 of Junior Franks.  Coming off of turn two the cars got together and Franks climbed the wall and then rolled three times before sliding down to the apron of the racetrack.  

“I had a vibration and off of turn two the right front tire went down,” Greenfield said.  “I was trying to get slowed down as much as I could before I hit the wall and Junior Franks was the car behind me and he didn’t have time to slow down.  We both wrecked pretty hard.”

Both drivers were okay. 




Brown's #60 at speed at Tri-Conty.
Matt DiBenedetto's No. 41 was part of the wild action late in the race.