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Timm rallies to win PASS race

It was a racing storybook script.

Fifteen-year-old Cole Timm saw his lead in Saturday night’s PASS (Pro All Stars Series) Super Late Model race at South Boston Speedway erased by a late-race caution. When the race restarted with three laps to go, his closest challenger, veteran racer Preston Peltier, who had been closing in fast, was just outside of him for the double-file restart.

Peltier grabbed the lead, but the teenager made a savvy move, climbing to the outside lane. He found grip and momentum there, battled back to retake the lead with two laps to go, and edged Peltier by .205-second to score his first career PASS Super Late Model win.

“I’ve never run that many hard laps in my life,” Timm remarked of the last 22 laps of the race over which he had to fend off Peltier.

“I’m glad we were able to pull it off.”

Peltier, of Concord, N.C., who was bidding for his first win at South Boston Speedway and finished second for the third time at the .4-mile oval, gave credit to the young driver.

“I’m glad for Cole, and that team works hard,” Peltier pointed out.

“He just took it to the outside, and my car wouldn’t work well up there. If I went up there and took his line I was going to be in his way. I let him have the top and he just flat out-drove me up there.”

Timm, who resides in Mooresville, North Carolina, almost lost the race when he spun his tires on the last restart. 

“I really thought we had lost it,” Timm remarked.

“I spun the tires on the restart. As soon as my spotter cleared me, I went to the top. Luckily, the top line was loose tonight and we had enough grip in the car.”

Trevor Noles of Charlotte, North Carolina finished third, with Harrison Burton, the 13-year-old son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and South Boston native Jeff Burton, finishing fourth. Jared Fryar of Trinity, North Carolina rounded out the top five finishers.

Timm took the lead from Burton on lap 114 following the race’s first caution, and was in front when the race’s second and final caution came out on lap 146 when PASS South points leader Tyler Church spun in the fourth turn, the circumstance that created the late-race drama.

Burton took the lead from pole-starter Noles on lap 48 and stayed in front for 65 laps, the most of any driver in the race. He lost second place to Peltier on lap 128 and got shuffled back to fourth place in the battle that followed the final restart.

“It was just a matter of saving tires better,” Burton said.

“I need to do a better job of slowing down the car a little bit and saving tires. It seemed like every time I slowed down they’d get right up on my bumper. They did a good job of messing with me that way, and made me not save my tires very well. 

“It was a really good race for us,” added the young Huntersville, North Carolina resident.

“We just need to be a little bit better.”

Tate Fogleman of Durham, North Carolina, Church, of Hickory, North Carolina, Trey Jarrell of Kannapolis, North Carolina, Jared Irvan of Midland, North Carolina and Brandon Setzer of Newton, N.C. completed the top 10 finishers.

There were four lead changes among four drivers, with Burton leading 65 laps, the most of any driver. Timm led twice for a total of 35 laps.

Timm averaged 73.698 mph in the 150-lap race that took 48 minutes and 51 seconds to complete.