First Win for Barrett Jr.
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on August 20, 2014 | 8:10 P.M. EST
Barrett Jr. celebrates his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory. (Photo: Getty Images)
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. went from third to first with 11 laps to go to win Wednesday’s Bush’s Beans 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway, scoring his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory.
The 19-year-old Barrett passed pole-sitter Justin Bonsignore and Bobby Santos for the lead on the same lap and survived a late restart to earn the win in the 150-lap race.
“It hasn’t even sunk in yet,’’ said Barrett, who started 18th in the 39-car field. “To come here and win at this venue with the (Sprint) Cup guys here is amazing.’’
Barrett admits he was “getting nervous” late in the race and made his move as the handling on the cars of Bonsignore and Santos went away. Barrett didn’t have as bad an issue with his handling.
“The car was really good on the bottom and it just stuck,’’ he said. “We were driving away. We didn’t want to see that last caution but got a good restart and drove away again.’’
Santos finished second with Silk third. Doug Coby placed fourth and Ryan Newman, a two-time winner of this event, placed fifth.