QUERY READY TO RENAME BIG 10 SERIES by Jeremy Troiano
Freddie Again Dominates Slighted 17-Car Field
When it was announced that the Big 10 Series was returning to action at Concord Motorsport Park, a lot memories of the glory days of Short Track racing was brought back. People thought it was going to be awesome! Finally, there was a Super Late Model series where all the big guns will show up on a regular basis.
Well, so much for ideas.
The series has lacked in big name drivers and produced low cars counts in each of it's six races thus far this year. The case was no different on Thursday night.
This time around, it was again Super Late Model superstar Freddie Query winning his third-straight Big 10 Series race at Concord, leading all 150 laps in taking the checkers from the pole position.
"What an awesome car," said Query, who still trails Eddie Massengill in the series point standings. "This car was on a rail tonight. I was able to draw away from Eddie on the longer runs because we were set up for the long runs tonight. That is why I was surprised I got the pole. But I love qualifying."
It was almost a carbon copy of the last Big 10 race just weeks ago, when Query again started on the pole and led all but eight laps. The only difference this week was Query had to last an extra 50 laps.
"I like theses longer races. I would have liked to seen us run even longer under green. I think we could have really pulled away had that happened."
Had Query really pulled away, the night's promising fireworks show might not have been enough to keep the people in the stands. With cars being so close, second-place Massengill couldn't close in on Query, but was able to easily stay ahead of the third-place runner Mark Reedy.
"Eddie Massengill is a hell of a racer," continued Query. "I didn't know if he was just saving his car for those last 10 laps or what, so I had to get as good of a start that I could and just run my race."
Query had to worry about several late restarts thanks to several late cautions. As has been much of the case since the first Big 10 Series race earlier this season started out with a nine-car pileup at the green flag, attrition was a big deal on Thursday night.
Query was able to hold off a Massengill car that appeared to be getting looser as the race went on to collect the money.
"It gets to the end of a race and I can pick it up too," added Query.
Point leader Massengill came home second after starting second. Reedy, the biggest mover of the night on the track, improving six positions, finished third. Shelton McNair Jr. and Mark Ketteman each moved up only a few positions to round out the top-five.
A total of 17 cars started the race with 10 taking the checkered flag.
Eddie Massengill ran second all night and is still the Big 10 Series points leader.
Freddie Query is unstoppable in Big 10 racing at Concord.