Some races mean more than others.
For Rev Racing’s Chase Cabre, this weekend’s WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100s at South Boston Speedway have been “circled on the list to go out there and win” for about a year now. Coming off a career-best finish of second at Bristol Motor Speedway, the Tampa, Florida, native is optimistic heading to the 0.40-mile track.
“We’ve had a really really good start to the season and I’m excited about it,” he said. “We had an issue at New Smyrna that kind of set us behind the Eight Ball, but rebounded at Bristol, which obviously helped us in points. Hopefully at South Boston we can go there and knock out a couple wins. Wins are so important when you’re going for a championship, plus the bonus points that go along with the win. You’re making up six points on second place every time you win.”
Last season, Cabre finished 13th in the first race after being involved in a Lap 23 crash. His team was able to rebound for a dominant second race, leading 48 laps. It looked like he was well on his way to win No. 1 in his K&N Pro Series East career.
“I took the lead on Lap 30 something and led the majority of the race,” Cabre recalled. “Anthony (Alfredo) was running me down, running me down and my spotter was telling me and I’m praying the laps — just come on, get done with this thing — I knew he was way faster than we were. I could hear my spotter. 25 back, 20 back, 15, 10, 5 and I was pushing everything I had, it was just way too tight to go anywhere.”
Ultimately, Cabre was caught by Alfredo and bumped for the win.
“He ended up getting to my back bumper and used me up down there in (Turns) 3 and 4. The rest is history. We ended up getting together into (Turn) 1, down the backstraightaway, I spun, he went on to win. But that’s behind us now; that was behind us the moment we left South Boston last year. We’ve gotta keep our head pointed. Our results don’t speak for the speed we’ve had there. We’ve been one of the quickest cars every time we go to that place, I’m really pumped to go down there and see what we’ve got.”
Cabre’s asphalt racing career began at Hickory Motor Speedway, a facility he says resembles South Boston almost to a tee. In four career races, he has three top 10 finishes and is always a threat to win.
“It’s super fast, you don’t really have to wait to get in the throttle,” Cabre said. “It’s got so much grip you can hammer down in it. Another thing that helped was Mark Green my crew chief giving me a really fast car down there the past two years and this year hopefully we go there, find a bunch of speed and get a little more.”
He’ll also have two teammates this weekend, as Nick Sanchez will make his series debut in the No. 2 Toyota for Rev Racing. Sanchez, 17, calls South Boston his favorite track from his time racing in a late model.
Cabre will look to get that elusive first career victory on Saturday at South Boston Speedway for the Who’sYourDriver.org Twin 100s. If he does, he may be sporting a different hairdo, in the best possible way.
My crew and I made a deal, if I win South Boston, they get to give me a haircut that I have to keep for an entire week until I can go get it fixed. pic.twitter.com/IZ05D5kbWA
— Chase Cabre (@CabreChase) May 1, 2019
The green flag is scheduled to fly for the first race at 7 p.m.
WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100s NOTES:
- Spencer Davis’ first season with Rette Jones Racing is off to a solid start, scoring back-to-back top 10 finishes at New Smyrna and Bristol. Davis finished inside the top 10 in both twin 100s last season at South Boston.
— Spencer Davis (@SpencerDavis_29) April 29, 2019
- Colin Garrett’s second trip to his home track is slated to be a good one. The Elmo, Virginia, native and driver of the No. 18 Sam Hunt Racing Toyota finished third in the first twin 100 last season in only his second start and has also finished inside the top 10 in both races this season.
— Sam Hunt Racing (@Team_SHR18) April 30, 2019
- Three K&N Pro Series West regulars (Derek Kraus, Hailie Deegan and Travis Milburn) will make the trip to South Boston this weekend.
- Kraus will be pulling double duty, competing in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday at Dover International Speedway before heading to South Boston on Saturday.