BRL GN S8 R5 Recap
by Ryan Senneker
30 Oct 2021
Bootleg Racing League | Season 8 | Round 5
Grand National Series | South Boston Speedway
Kenny Kibbey took his Nocturnal Gaming Chevrolet to victory lane for the first time this season at the Bootleg Racing League Grand National Series 100 lap event around South Boston Speedway ahead of J R Shepherd and Mathew Thunhorst. Kibbey starting the race in 5th position and showed a lot of patience staying on Shepherd’s rear bumper and letting Shepherd use up his car gaining positions for both drivers for the first 50 laps.
Jeffery Hardin started on the pole and held the lead for the first 55 laps, but left just enough space on the inside for Kibbey to take advantage and run to the lead with Shepherd, Justin Morton, and Thunhorst following suit forcing Hardin back to 5th ahead of Bryan Dehn. A late race caution created a one lap shootout situation as the green and white flags came out together, but Kibbey was able to hold onto the lead from the restart for a memorable win.
With this win, Kibbey moves up to 3rd in the point standings with only 9 points separating himself from Shepherd in the lead. Thunhorst holds second place behind by 3 points. Justin Morton dropped down to 4th in the points trailing 11 points behind the lead. With the top 4 drivers this season all so close, this championship is still within reach of any one of these drivers.
“I came here kind of dreading it and I don’t really care for racing on this track and didn’t think it was one of my better ones, but here we are in victory lane.”, Kibbey commented about fighting his way around the track. “Hopefully this one opens the flood gates again because we really just needed to get that win, you know. Last week was a huge momentum boost getting second and we’re on the up and up so hopefully we can keep carrying this momentum.”