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WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (May 5, 2021) – Derek Hagar captured his first feature victory of the season last Saturday when he swept the Spring Fling Special at Riverside International Speedway.
“We drew on the front row of the heat race and started inside of Marshall (Skinner),” he said. “He pressured me and kept me honest every lap. We held on to get the win. We were in the third heat so that put us starting third in the feature. The polesitter crashed on the first lap so that put us on the pole for the restart.”
Hagar followed his heat race win by leading the distance of the feature for the victory.
“I didn’t feel like we were the best car,” he said. “The track was totally different from one end to the other. Turns three and four were slick and a little choppy and turns one and two were smooth and pretty heavy. We had to be free enough for turns one and two so it hindered my entry of how to get through the corner. That was the most uncomfortable that I’ve been lately, but we made it work.”
The triumph provides momentum entering the inaugural Melvin Holcomb Classic this Saturday at Riverside International Speedway.
“It’s shaping up to be a pretty big weekend with a big car count between all the classes,” Hagar said. “I think there will be between 18 to 25 cars for 360s. Hopefully we can carry some of this momentum from this race into Saturday and have another strong performance.”
QUICK RESULTS –
May 1 – Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. – Heat race: 1 (1); Feature: 1 (3).
SEASON STATS –
6 races, 1 win, 2 top fives, 4 top 10s, 4 top 15s, 6 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., for the Melvin Holcomb Classic
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