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Connor Hall scores first career CARS Tour victory at Goodyear All American Speedway

Hall holds off late race charge from former series champion Deac McCaskill in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, NC – Connor Hall picked up his first career Solid Rock CARS Tour victory during Saturday night’s New River 125 presented by United Rentals, holding off a late challenge from former series champion Deac McCaskill.

After starting on the pole and leading the first 10 laps of the 125-lap race, Hall dropped back as far as sixth as he spent much of the middle stages of the race saving his tires.  The Hampton, Virginia driver began to methodically work his way back through the field as the laps began ticking away.

On a restart with 45 laps remaining, Hall worked his way around Andrew Grady and survived several late race restarts.  The biggest challenge came from 2016 series champion Deac McCaskill closed in right up to his rear bumper on the final lap – but Hall held on for the win.

Connor Hall leads the CARS Tour field during the early laps of Saturday’s New River 125 at Goodyear All American Speedway. (Andy Marquis photo)

“I’m very glad I was here in November because I came in already knowing the line and understanding what this place was about and helped pick our learning curve up and make it lesson,” Hall, who ran in the Battle of the Stars last fall, said.  “There’s so much good competition and so many good teams in the CARS Tour.  That’s what makes it enjoyable and that’s why we’re here.  You can’t be the best if you run from the competition.”

Deac McCaskill settled for a runner-up finish, a result in stride.

“Catching and passing are two different things,” McCaskill said.  “He had a really strong car.  3 and 4, I think I was a little better than he was and hoping to work myself under him but just ran out of time there at the end.  It seemed like, when I got to second, he fired off really strong there for a couple laps and then I was able to run him down a little bit.  It’s a good finish for us.  It feels good to be back.”

Chad McCumbee finished in third while Carson Kvapil was fourth and Diaz fifth.

Diaz led laps early in the race before power steering issues forced him to pit multiple times during the race.  Despite having a car that he felt could win, Diaz was content with his fifth place finish after the issues he had all race.

“We definitely had something for [Hall],” Diaz explained.  “I’m not used to driving these cars without power steering, so I wasn’t trying to do anything to put us in danger.  I haven’t finished a race all season it seems like so to have these issues today and still finish the top five, overall, one of the ones that got away from us, but we’ll come back and hopefully continue on this momentum we have.”

Conner Jones, Chase Burrow, Bobby McCarty, Kaden Honeycutt and Jacob Heafner rounded out the top-10.

After leading 54 laps, Grady was involved in a late race incident with Jones which relegated him to an 18th place finish.

The next stop on the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour schedule will be Ace Speedway in Alamance County on Friday, May 6, 2022.

Dustin Phillips picked up the victory in a stacked Champ Kart feature which saw 22 drivers take the green flag, while Tyler Stalls won in Bombers, Chase Singletary picked up another Legends victory, and Phoenyx Kimball once again dominated in Bandolero competition.

Goodyear All American Speedway will return to action next Saturday night with the Carolina Pro Late Model Series and Atlantic Turfscapes Super Truck Series.

Goodyear All American Speedway is Jacksonville’s Action Attraction featuring racing and other events.  For more information about Goodyear All American Speedway, check out the speedway’s websitelike/follow “Goodyear All American Speedway” on Facebook, or follow the track on Instagram.

NEW RIVER 125 PRESENTED BY UNITED RENTALS

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

CARS Late Model Stock Tour

  1. Connor Hall
  2. Deac McCaskill
  3. Chad McCumbee
  4. Carson Kvapil
  5. Mason Diaz
  6. Conner Jones
  7. Chase Burrow
  8. Bobby McCarty
  9. Kaden Honeycutt
  10. Jacob Heafner
  11. Jonathan Shafer
  12. Janson Marchbanks
  13. Bradley McCaskill
  14. Braden Rogers
  15. Tyler Matthews
  16. Hayden Swank
  17. Justin Johnson
  18. Andrew Grady
  19. Zack Miracle
  20. Brandon Pierce
  21. Jason York
  22. Carter Langley

Champ Kart

  1. Dustin Phillips
  2. Tommy Elliott
  3. Justin Tucker
  4. Joshua Eubanks
  5. Trey Massengill
  6. Corey Locos
  7. Kevin Elliott
  8. Aaron Layden
  9. Cameron Ham
  10. Tony Arnold
  11. Kenny Mills
  12. Lyndsey Bass
  13. Koty Nassel
  14. Brian Hutchinson
  15. Brandon Elston
  16. Josh Garner
  17. Tyler Foster
  18. Matt Broughton
  19. Sean Wales
  20. John Ottaway
  21. Jimmie Whitehurst
  22. Jacob Tingen

Bomber

  1. Tyler Stalls
  2. Eddie Humphrey
  3. Wayne Phillips
  4. Brian Gooden
  5. Tom Bonner
  6. Travis Miller
  7. Michael Withrow
  8. Ronnie Kropp
  9. Cornell Williams – DQ

Legends

  1. Chase Singletary
  2. Justin Mitchell
  3. D.J. Murphy
  4. Mike Ridenour
  5. Carsyn Gillikin

Bandolero

  1. Phoenyx Kimball
  2. Bryson Brinkley
  3. Joshua Lowe
  4. Delaney Gray
  5. Kaycey Black
  6. Carson Haislips

PHOTO CAPTIONS:

Connor-hall-vl.jpg – Connor Hall celebrates in victory lane after winning the New River 125 presented by United Rentals. (Liz Porter photo)

Cars-tour-hall-leading.jpg – Connor Hall leads the CARS Tour field during the early laps of Saturday’s New River 125 at Goodyear All American Speedway. (Andy Marquis photo)

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