Brandon Umberger Takes Beckley

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Brandon Unbererger in Victory Lane at Beckley - photo courtesy of Peeping Dragon Photography

Prosperity, West Virginia – The FASTRAK City Chevrolet Touring Division made its first foray of the young season to Wild and Wonderful West Virginia for a pair of $2000 to win events on Friday and Saturday. The FASTRAK City Chevrolet Touring Division has also enjoyed great parity thus far boasting 5 winners in the last 5 events dating back to the 2 final 2011 Grand Nationals events. Heading in to the weekend, David Smith of Inman, South Carolina sat atop the series standings with five drivers all within no more than 18 points of his lead.

Friday night marked the first time in history that the FASTRAK Racing Series had ever visited the 3/8′s of a mile Beckley Motorsports Park  in Prosperity, West Virginia.

Brandon Umberger asserted himself early on as the man everyone would have to beat when he picked up the VP Race Fuels Race for the Pole Award with his overall fast time of 17.353 seconds topping the field. Umberger was followed in time trials by former FASTRAK Southeast / Mid-East champion David Smith, FASTRAK Rookie contender Trent Ivey, 3-time FASTRAK champion Lee Cooper and local favorite Mike Faykus.

On the initial start Umberger grabbed a hole-shot to take the lead but Smith got crossed up in turn 4 and collected several cars, including Ivey who was forced to retire. The second start had very similar results as Umberger sailed to a lead. Smith gave chase as Cooper and Faykus battled for the 3rd position. The event was plagued by several early caution flags with the most serious eliminating Aaron Barley, Tate Hughes, Nathan Harrison and Jeff Lilly. But out front it was all Umberger as Smith was never able to mount a serious challenge. Smith held on for second while Faykus, Cooper and Eddie Hambrick rounded out the top five finishers.

“We had just a great race car tonight. We have raced over here at Beckley quite a bit over the years and we have always been pretty successful. My car-owner / crew chief Jason Short and all the people that work on this car deserve all the credit for how well it runs. I am just the lucky guy that gets to drive it. They work on it all week and get it ready to go. I appreciate all of their hard work and I am glad that we could give them another win tonight. Thanks to Beckley for giving us a good smooth track to race on and thanks to FASTRAK for putting on the show.” Umberger said in FASTRAK’s VP Race Fuels / Hoosier Tires Victory Lane.

FASTRAK City Chevrolet Touring Division Unofficial Results

Beckley Motorsports Park – Prosperity, WV 5/11/12

1 – 54b Brandon Umberger – Rural Retreat, VA

2 – 11 David Smith – Inman, SC

3 – 6 Mike Faykus – Prosperity, WV

4 – 57 Lee Cooper – Woodruff, SC

5 – 45 Eddie Hambrick – Beckley, WV

6 – 07 Dale Timms – Hodges, SC

7 – 68 Tyler Cox – Beckley, WV

8 – 84b Jeff Maxwell – Prosperity, WV

9 – 18s T.J. Salango – Glen Daniel, WV

10 – 27 Ashley Brewster – Kegley, WV

11 – 15a Barry Arnold – Max Meadows, VA

12 – 33 Shane Greco – Midway, WV

13 – 22 Jordon Dill – Landrum, SC

14 – 25 Chad Justice – Beckley, WV

15 – 58c Bill Connard – Glasgow, WV

16 – 28 Aaron Barley – Mount Hope, WV

17 – 22c Tate Hughes – Daniels, WV

18 – 95 Nathan Harrison – Kenna, WV

19 – 17 Jeff Lilly – Beckley, WV

20 – 86 Jeff Cox – Beckley, WV

21 – 7 Clinton Cook – Radford, VA

22 – 88 Trent Ivey – Union, SC

DNS: 18s Steve Adkins (engine)

Integra Shocks Hard Luck Award: Trent Ivey

Genesis Racing Shocks Thrill of Victory: Umberger

VP Race Fuels Fast Time: Umberger

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