Johnny Brazier had something to prove Saturday night at Huntsville Speedway.
Two weeks earlier, the Lick Skillet Southern Super Stars driver had sat in victory lane with a trophy under his arm and cameras flashing of his winning car.
But that smile turned into a disappointing look when minutes later he was found to be illegal for using an 11-inch wheel.
Saturday night Brazier ended up in the same victory lane, but this time he was able to take home the Homecoming 100 trophy.
Brazier not only won the race, but he did it by leading every lap in another wild Super Stars event.
“I had something to prove tonight,” Brazier said after inspection. “I wanted to show everyone that the 11-inch wheel didn’t help us win the race. We put it on late in the race and it was a mistake, but I needed to show everyone that we could win anyway. I also felt like I had to win the race because (father-in-law) Moody (Knight) was celebrating his 76th birthday today.”
Thanks to young driver Chase Oliver, Brazier’s win didn’t come easy. The Crossville driver stayed glue to Brazier’s bump forcing the former track champion to use up his tires earlier than he wanted to.
“How about that Chase Oliver,” Brazier said. “He stayed on me and ran a tough race. He made me run faster than I wanted to. He’s becoming a real good driver.”
Oliver and his teammate Keith Cahela battled it for second place before the Boaz driver passed him near the end of the race.
“I just wished I had 15 more laps,” Cahela said. “I got loose at the end of the race, but I believe I could have given Johnny a run at the end of the race.”
Oliver, who is second in the SSS points, overcame a brush with the wall to finish third.
“Man that was fast,” Oliver said. “I just got into the wall a little, but the car was fun to drive.”
Hueytown’s John “Boy” Wilkinson took a hit in the points battle when he crashed his car on the 43th lap. Wilkinson was trying to pass Jeff Letson when his Bobby Ray Jones car got on top of Letson’s car.
When Wilkinson’s car came back down on the quarter-mile track, he slammed into the inside concrete retaining wall before he shot back across the track, hitting the outside concrete wall.
“It was just one of those racing incidents,” Wilkinson, who finished 13th, said. “It tore up the car.”
Official finish for the Homecoming 100:
1. Johnny Brazier - Lickskillet, AL
2. Keith Cahela - Boaz, AL
3. Chase Oliver - Crossville, AL
4. Brian Bentley - Athens, AL
5. Lee Hansard - Tyrone, GA
6. Brandon Hall - Helena, AL
7. Bobby Castleberry - Rossville, GA
8. Phil Renfroe - Mayesville, AL
9. Wesley Davis - Guntersville, AL
10. Jeff Letson - Madison, AL
11. Charlie Jenkins - Albertville, AL
12. Jay Robinson Jr. - Athens, AL
13. John Wilkinson III - Hueytown, AL
14. John Henegar Jr. - Scottsboro, AL
15. Scott Dunn - Morgan City, AL