Wednesday, September 20, 2023

UPDATE: William Byron DQed, Jeremy Doss Named Winner in Pensacola

William Byron super late model win 5 flags speedway ASA Southern Super Series 2023 Anthony Campi Racing
William Byron was initially scored as the winner Friday night in the ASA Southern Super Series race at 5 Flags Speedway, but he was disqualified in post-race inspection. Jeremy Doss was named the official winner of the race.

UPDATE: Saturday, July 22, 2023 at 12:21 AM ET —

William Byron, who was initially scored as the winner of Friday night’s ASA Southern Super Series event at 5 Flags Speedway, after taking the lead from Jeremy Doss with 37 laps to go, has been disqualified.

ASA officials found something that was not up to spec on the No. 24 Anthony Campi Racing super late model in post-race inspection.

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As a result, Byron will forfeit his first career win at the short track in Pensacola, Florida. Doss, who finished second, has been named the official race winner of night one of the PepperJack Kennels Double Header weekend.

Doss, who started from the second position, was the leader for the majority of the event but lost the lead in the closing stages of the race to Byron.

Official race results:

FinSt.No.DriverLapsDiffBest Lap
1244Jeremy Doss1002.61617.325
21222rGio Ruggiero1004.58717.533
337bJackson Boone1006.09217.543
4118Hunter Robbins1006.72117.477
572sWilliam Sawalich1007.62817.801
61651nStephen Nasse10011.10917.530
72850Jett Noland10012.73117.711
8159Travis Braden10013.56317.764
92323Billy VanMeter991 lap17.791
102508Tony Elrod991 lap17.937
11854sMatthew Craig991 lap17.529
122069Michael Hinde937 laps17.641
13626Bubba Pollard8416 laps17.335
141353Boris Jurkovic6436 laps17.589
151037Michael Goddard6337 laps17.866
162632Stuart Dutton6040 laps17.825
172254sConner Sutton5842 laps17.862
182115Jordan Riddick4357 laps17.643
192422hRyan Herbert4060 laps17.739
20112bJohn Bolen991 laps17.725
21551tDerek Thorn595 laps17.663
229112Augie Grill595 laps17.519
231428Timothy Watson595 laps17.764
241829Hunter Wright595 laps17.666
251933Dustin Smith595 laps17.793
26177cJustin Crider595 laps17.872
272711Clint Folsom496 laps20.416
28424William Byron100DQ17.559

ORIGINAL STORY: Friday, July 21, 2023 at 11:47 PM ET

William Byron has done a lot in his young racing career, but he had never won an event at 5 Flags Speedway — that is until Friday night in the ASA Southern Super Series event that makes up part of the Blizzard Series.

Byron started the race from the fourth position, and on Lap 5 the driver narrowly avoided disaster. As he was running in fifth position, a massive 17-car pileup ensued behind Byron after Derek Thorn and Matthew Craig made contact.

After a lengthy red flag for cleanup, Byron and the remainder of the field went back to work. As Byron let the race come to him methodically, Jeremy Doss opted to go for the jugular.

As Doss led the majority of the 100-lap race, Byron — the NASCAR Cup Series star — caught and passed Doss with 37 laps remaining. After another caution with 36 laps remaining, Byron would get a great restart, and it would be all she wrote for Doss and the field.

Byron would go on to score the win in the No. 24 Anthony Campi Racing super late model. Byron, who has a couple of other Super Late Model wins this season in various starts, credits his team for bringing a great car to the track on Friday night to help him finally score a win at one of his worst tracks.

“It was good. Our car was really good. These guys did a great job all weekend — or all day — just preparing a good car,” Byron explained. “We have been inching up and working on some things. Just proud of the whole team, Anthony, all of the guys on the team. It was a really good win. Hard fought. I have never won here, I feel like it’s one of my weaker tracks.”

The 25-year-old will now head to Pocono Raceway for NASCAR Cup Series practice and qualifying on Saturday, and then he’ll attempt to score his fifth victory of the season in Sunday’s 400 at the 2.5-mile triangular speedway.

While Friday night’s race was a tune-up session for Byron’s bid to win the Snowball Derby at 5 Flags Speedway in the Winter, he hopes he learned some things in Friday night’s race that he can use in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono.

“It was fun tonight. Hopefully, a little bit of it translates. These cars are tough when the tires get worn out. It gets really slick off the corner. Hopefully, we have a good weekend in Pocono,” Byron said.

Heading into this weekend, Byron trails Martin Truex Jr. by 17 points for the NASCAR Cup Series regular-season championship lead.

ASA Southern Super Series PepperJack Kennels Double Header Race 1 Unofficial Results

FinSt.No.DriverLapsDiffBest Lap
1424William Byron100--17.559
2244Jeremy Doss1002.61617.325
31222rGio Ruggiero1004.58717.533
437bJackson Boone1006.09217.543
5118Hunter Robbins1006.72117.477
672sWilliam Sawalich1007.62817.801
71651nStephen Nasse10011.10917.530
82850Jett Noland10012.73117.711
9159Travis Braden10013.56317.764
102323Billy VanMeter991 lap17.791
112508Tony Elrod991 lap17.937
12854sMatthew Craig991 lap17.529
132069Michael Hinde937 laps17.641
14626Bubba Pollard8416 laps17.335
151353Boris Jurkovic6436 laps17.589
161037Michael Goddard6337 laps17.866
172632Stuart Dutton6040 laps17.825
182254sConner Sutton5842 laps17.862
192115Jordan Riddick4357 laps17.643
202422hRyan Herbert4060 laps17.739
21112bJohn Bolen991 laps17.725
22551tDerek Thorn595 laps17.663
239112Augie Grill595 laps17.519
241428Timothy Watson595 laps17.764
251829Hunter Wright595 laps17.666
261933Dustin Smith595 laps17.793
27177cJustin Crider595 laps17.872
282711Clint Folsom496 laps20.416
Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is an award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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