Revolution Racing’s Michael Cherry headed into Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway’s season opening Twin 50 late model races with a year of competition at the historic speedway under his belt. Cherry used that experience to his advantage, scoring two top-10 finishes with a seventh- and fourth-place run, respectively, despite mechanical woes early in the first race.
Also for Revolution Racing, Becca Kasten (eighth and eighth) and Megan Reitenour (13th and 11th) made their season debuts in the twin Late Model features at Greenville Pickens.
“We ran good tonight, all things considered,” said Cherry. “We had the carburetor issue in the first race that really took us out of contention, so it was good to rebound in the second race and run up front with the leaders. I’m happy to get out of here with a solid top-five finish and the Distribution One late model in one piece.”
Cherry, driving the No. 6 Distribution One Late Model, qualified third for the first 50-lap event but knew early on that his car wasn’t running as it should. By lap 10, he had slipped to the tail end of the field. A well timed caution allowed Cherry the opportunity to bring his car in for the necessary repairs. He restarted 14th on lap 12 and worked his way back to a seventh-place finish.
Cherry started the second race where he finished the first, in the seventh spot. A long green-flag run spread out the field and Cherry knew a restart would be his only shot at picking off the leaders. A series of late race cautions bunched up the field, helping Cherry move from seventh to fourth. On the final restart, Cherry made the pass for third but couldn’t hold on to the position. He settled for a fourth-place finish.
Kasten piloted the No. 5 D4D Crew Member Development Program presented by Sprint Late Model to a pair of eighth-place finishes, despite trouble in qualifying.
“We had the car where we wanted it in final practice and I just messed up in qualifying,” said Kasten, who was competing at Greenville Pickens Speedway for the first time. “We had to start at the tail end of the field but I was able to pick up some spots and get some experience racing with these guys.”
Reitenour had limited practice time at Greenville Pickens Speedway on Saturday due to an engine change for the No. 1 Revolution Racing Late Model. Reitenour qualified 12th and finished 13th and 11th in the Twin 50 events.
“I was out there trying to get all I could out of it,” said Reitenour. “In the first race, I could catch [the field] in the corners but I had nothing for them on the straightaway. We picked up a little bit for the second race and I thought we had a shot at a top 10, but we came up just a little short tonight.”
Cherry, Kasten and Reitenour will return to action April 2 at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, N.C. Their Revolution Racing teammates – Jessica Brunelli, Katie Hagar and Jason Romero – will make their late model season debut at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway on March 20.
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