Colt James Wins at Concord; Newton & Snyder Steal the Show
Victory to James While Roger Lee Newton & Trent Snyder Hold Demo Derby
By Allison Fulson
Although Colt James was once again the first car across the finish line at Concord Speedway this weekend, it was the battle to the end between Roger Lee Newton and Trent Snyder that proved to be the real show.

With three laps remaining in the ASA Late Model Series Super Sonic 100 Newton and Snyder were in a tight race for the third when things turned ugly.  The two tangled while racing aggressively and were both sent to the rear of the field under caution.  However, race control reviewed the incident under the subsequent caution and deemed only Newton to be at fault and allowed Snyder to regain the third position. 

As the race concluded and Colt James took the checkered flag, Roger Lee Newton still had some unfinished business to take care of.  Newton quickly located Snyder on the front straightaway and informed him of his distaste with the outcome of their scuffle by slamming his #33 into Snyder’s #188 with such force that all attention was turned from victory lane to the demolition derby on the front stretch.  Newton proceeded to use his Newton Construction Chevy Monte Carlo as a bulldozer against Snyder’s Chevrolet until both cars had suffered significant body damage.  From there, Newton exited his vehicle and began pounding his fists on the Snyder’s car until law enforcement authorities as well as track officials intervened.   

“I’m tired of him getting away with racing people like that,” explained Newton.  “He hit everybody on the track and I’m tired of it.  He can’t just go around doing people like that.  This whole ASA Late Model Series is chicken sh_t.  I’m done with this chicken sh_t series.”

Snyder was then ordered back into his racecar before making his way back into the pit area as Newton’s car was towed out of the speedway.

Meanwhile, Colt James celebrated his second Concord Speedway victory in two weeks as he was also the winner of the Mobil1 Hutch BSR $5,000 to win event two weeks prior.

“We’ve really been on a roll here lately and we had a great run out here tonight,” said James.  “They were telling me to back off a little towards the end when I was out front but I kept going and the car was awesome.  I guess now we’re going to head to Pensacola (for the Blizzard Series race at Five Flags Speedway September 25th).”

The ASA Late Model South division season will conclude after “The Best Show in Town 100” on October 3rd, at the Charlotte County Speedway in Punta Gorda, Florida.

Newton (#33) and Snyder's (#188) lay crashed on the Concord Speedway frontstretch as the drivers and crews continue the fracas post-race.  (Russ Calabrese photos)
When the dust settled, Colt James was in Concord's Victory Lane.