By Steven Young
The opening night of the Bash From The Beach at the South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi, Texas is in the books, as William Gould, Jeffrey Abbey, Marcus Mikulencak, and Tryton Temple put their names in the history books as the first winners of this inaugural event.
William Gould and Cory Davis led the Modified field to drop of the green to start their forty lap main event.
The pair went door-to-door down the backstretch, but it was Davis that led the opening lap.
Cody Leonard moved into third as Gould took the lead with a big slider off of turn four on lap two.
The next handful of circuits saw Davis peek to Gould’s inside on a number of occasions to no avail, as the top three remained the same through ten trips around the South Texas quarter-mile.
The leaders caught the tail of the field shortly thereafter, but Gould worked well enough in traffic to build a five length lead before the first caution flag on lap fourteen.
Gould continued to win, as the lead trio pulled away from the rest of the field at the halfway point.
Leonard made a couple attempts for the lead as he and Gould reached traffic again three laps later.
Gould had no problems again navigating through traffic before a pair of cautions with sixteen rounds remaining.
A trio of cautions around ten to go gave Davis more looks at Leonard for second, which he took running the high side with nine laps left.
Leonard got a good run off of turn two with five to go, solidifying the pass exiting turn four with five laps remaining.
Gould continued on through a last couple passes in traffic to win over Leonard, Davis, Kale Westover, and Colorado’s Tripp Gaylord.
Ryan Gaylord and George Egbert lead the field to the start of the first ever Stock Car feature at South Texas Speedway during Bash from the Beach.
Egbert led out of turn two on the opening circuit as Jeffrey Abbey moved in on Gaylord for second.
Abbey moved up to the runner-up spot on the third lap, and began to reel in Egbert for the lead.
Initially using the cushion, Abbey eventually took the top spot utilizing the low side of the track eight laps into the twenty lapper.
As Abbey started to build a lead, Gary Kerr, Jr. moved in on Egbert for third near the halfway point.
Caleb Stone, Gaylord, and Colby Deming commenced a three car war for fourth, as Abbey pulled away by half a straightaway.
Egbert and Kerr remained glued at the hip for five more laps, allowing the three car battle behind them to turn into a five car battle for second through sixth.
Kerr was the first to improve, gaining second as the white flag flew. As Abbey went on to victory, Stone went from fourth to second in the final trip through three and four.
Kerr, Deming, and Gaylord completed the top five.
In the twenty-five lap Limited Mod feature, Kalif Sellier and Marcus Mikulencak started the race on the front row, with the latter leading the opening lap before an early caution.
Cody Beddoe used the restart to move past Sellier for second as Mikulencak started to build his first lead of the race.
Robby Crabtree joined Beddoe and Sellier in a three-wide battle for the runner-up spot through three laps.
Then Tommy Davis, Jr. joined the party for second, moving into fourth with four in the books, then third one circuit later.
The top three remained the same despite a few peeks by everyone inside the top three until another caution with ten rounds complete.
The leaders needed only five laps after the restart to approach lapped traffic, but Mikulencak continued to lead despite heavy traffic.
Crabtree was able to reel in the leader, however, making an attempt in three and four with four to go.
The pair reached the line side-by-side when a caution flag slowed the field with three remaining.
Crabtree briefly led in turns one and two on the restart, but Mikulencak took it back down the backstretch.
Crabtree then made contact with Mikulencak in three and four coming to the white flag, ending the former’s attempt to win.
Davis tried on the final restart to take the win, but Mikulencak picked up the victory. Maupin, Beddoe, and Cody Leonard completed the top five.
The twenty lap Factory Stock feature was the first feature of the evening, as Mickey Helms and Tryton Temple were the first to the drop of the green.
Helms led through the first trip through one and two, but Temple took the point down the backstretch.
Johnny Torres took the runner-up spot the following lap, before the first of a myriad of cautions with four complete.
Helms and Torres swapped second, with eleventh starting Steven Doty and seventh starter Dillon Gaithers wapping fourth with five in the books.
The third caution on lap ten saw Temple leading, with Torres and Gaither completing the podium.
Gaither tried to pass Torres for second in the next pair of circuits, but Doty moved past Gaither for third with six to go.
Doty took a shot at second after another caution, but was unable to advance further.
Torres caught the leader with two remaining, as Cameron Starry and Helms joined Doty in a three-wide battle for third before the final caution as the white flag flew.
Torres made one last attempt on the high side, but Temple continued on to win over Doty, Helms, and Starry.
The Bash From The Beach concludes on Saturday night, with racing beginning at six o’clock. You can catch all the action at racexr.plus.