Don’t be surprised if there is a little more pep in Bruce Mayo’s steps Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.
The Halifax resident broke a three-year winless streak by winning the second race of a twin 15-lap event for the Pure Stock Division on July 27 at South Boston Speedway.
That victory was a big accomplishment for Mayo, one of the Pure Stock Division’s more long-standing competitors and a competitor who tackles the overwhelming majority of work on his car himself.
“It’s a huge monkey off of our back,” Mayo said following his victory.
“We’ve been working on this thing week-in and week-out. We get close, and we just can’t get this win. The chips just fell in our direction.”
That they did.
Mayo started the second race of the twinbill on the front row and got a great start when Jarrett Milam’s car encountered engine issues at the drop of the green flag and other competitors lost ground when they go bottled up behind him.
“That (Milam having the engine issue) worked in our favor, because I was able to jump out on the outside, get around him and get away from the others before they could get sorted out and get back up to me,” Mayo pointed out.
At the end, Nathan Crews, a six-time winner in the division, was rapidly closing in. Mayo had enough, however, to hold on for the win.
Picking up the win is a big confidence booster for Mayo.
“It means a ton because these guys that are with me come down and help me out at the track every week,” Mayo noted.
“During the week, it’s pretty much me at the house working on this thing and trying to get it better. We’ve been due (a win) a bunch of times. We’ve come close a bunch of times. We’ve gotten robbed sometimes. Now, we finally have a win.”
People that have been keeping watch on Mayo have seen that Mayo, who sits in third place in the division point standings, get a little better, a little stronger every week.
“We’ve been plugging away at it,” Mayo pointed out.
“These guys including my good buddy, Chris Crosby, have been helping me. We’ve been trying different things. Sometimes we’ll hit something that will make it better, and sometimes it makes it worse. We hadn’t been winning, so we’ve trying something different every week trying to find something. We’ll keep trying for the next race.”
Mayo will get another opportunity to chalk up a win Saturday night in the Davenport Energy NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program at South Boston Speedway.
Twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division, a 50-lap race for the Limited Sportsman Division, a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race and a 15-lap event for the Budweiser Hornets Division comprise Saturday night’s five-race card.
Grandstands open at 5:30 p.m., qualifying starts at 6 p.m., and the first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.
Admission is $10 for adults with children 12-and-under admitted free with a paying adult. Also, all Halifax County School System personnel will be admitted for $5 with proper ID.