BRISTOL, Tenn. â Who doesnât enjoy short track tempers and a bump-and-run for the win? After all, it is Bristol, baby
A rivalry between championship contenders was ignited, a series veteran came oh so close to his first win in almost three years and a part-time driver surprised many with a top five run.
Here is everything we learned from the Bushâs Beans 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Lap One. Turn 3. Sam Mayer and Chase Cabre.
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The move thatâll be remembered for quite some time, as Mayer sent Cabre into the wall.
âI tried to get in there and move him out of the way, but I got in there too hard,â Mayer said. âI mean, he kind of deserves it for how heâs been racing me this year, but I didnât want to do it like that. I never try to race like that. But I mean it happened, Iâll take it. Like I said, I didnât want to do it like that at all.â
Mayer also admitted he did âflat out dump himâ but also said he doesnât want the two feuding to become a rivalry.
Too late for thatâŠ
âHe keeps racing me like you know what,â Mayer said. âI canât say the word that describes him right now, but he definitely does not race me clean and I didnât appreciate it all year. It started at Memphis. I waited until it really mattered to do something, and unfortunately I did it big. I wouldnât want to call it a rivalry.â
Cabre experienced lower back pain from the initial inpact which worsened throughout the event. It forced him to be helped from the car post-race and required him to be transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.
Mayer was unaware of Cabreâs medical condition at the time of his comments. As the 16-year-old wound up coming from the rear of the field back up front and earned his second victory at Bristol this season, he also extended his championship points lead to a whopping 22 over Cabre with just three races remaining.
âIâm ecstatic. The emotions, coming across the flag and going to get that flag this time really was special,â he said. âGoing two-for-two [âŠ] Iâm just here to have fun. The wins and hopefully the championship will come with it.â
But not if Cabre has anything to say about it.
As far as the race went, I got flat out wrecked on lap 1. Sickening to see the way @sam_mayer_ races, but that’ll happen when you have someone driving that doesn’t know what 9/16ths wrench is and will rely on dad’s money. Money doesn’t buy respect, or talent đđœ
â Chase Cabre (@CabreChase) August 16, 2019
After leading a race and career-high 137 laps, Spencer Davis left Bristol heartbroken, but with that Dawsonville, Georgia, smile on his face.
Well, itâs been a while since Iâve lead that many laps and didnât win, but we all found out how the 21 likes to race since early in the year. Glad Iâm not the one racing for a championship these last three races. Looks like Monday Iâll replace the back bumper and beef up our RF
â Spencer Davis (@SpencerDavis_29) August 16, 2019
The No. 30 JRI Shocks Ford for Rette Jones Racing was rooted out of the way with a patented Bristol bump-and-run by eventual winner Mayer with 13 laps remaining in the 150-lap event. Could Davis have done anything differently to hold off the 16-year-old?
âMaybe him getting another rough driving penalty before the end of the race,â he joked. âNo, you know that GMS cars are going to be the class of the field every time they show up, unfortunately, and you just gotta do your best. Weâre fighting pistols against fully automatics right here.â
Davis said the major handling problem with his car throughout the final 50-lap run was the right front being burned up. In hindsight, he said a right rear spring adjustment may have done the trick. Even so, he admitted what the rest of the field did: nobody had anything for GMS Racing and Mayer.
âWhen he got by, I knew my laps were numbered,â he said. âAnd I know how he drives, so when he got close, I was just preparing for what happened to Chase, pretty much. He spared me a little bit, just knocked us up the track and went on his way to winning another race how he does his thing. Couldnât hold him off, man. Tough to do.â
Donât worry, Iâm not in the championship run, but he is, Iâll remember that at gateway/Loudon& Dover đ. While heâs out on his boat Iâll be fixing the 30 to repay that harpoon favor.
â Spencer Davis (@SpencerDavis_29) August 16, 2019
âI can only get so mad because itâs Bristol. You expect it, but he gave me a little bit of courtesy, which Iâm thankful for. Because when he gets on his jet today, Iâll be driving home getting ready to fix this thing on Sunday if weâd junked this.â
Leading into Bristol, Davis had three straight top 10 finishes (seventh, ninth and eighth). Overall, heâs finished outside the top 10 once (Memphis).
Racing-Reference: Spencer Davis Career Statistics
Itâs been awhile since his only K&N Pro Series victory (Dominion Raceway, 2016), but confidence is high for Davis and the No. 30 camp moving forward, especially given the fact that their shop has only two members working on cars during the week.
âThey knew we were here,â he said. âWe had out first legitimate shot. Things just didnât play out. Take âem as I can getâ em, man. Led 130+ laps today. Nothing to really complain about, all smiles. Weâre working at it hard. We donât have the manpower like most people, but we make up for it in hours, ambition and the want.â
Mason Diaz took some time off following the South Boston Twin 100s, opting to reallocate funds at MAD Motorsports to the right places to improve their fleet.
They did it well, coming back at Bristol, qualifying fourth, running inside the top five for the entirety of the race and coming home with his first career top five finish in a brand new race car.
âFor the first time out of the box, with it being fast off the trailer, it was a great weekend getting to know the new car,â he said. âWe knew we had speed the whole weekend, so we just played the race smart. We were there at the end until the No. 21 (Mayer) and No. 17 (Ty Gibbs) got together on the frontstretch and the No. 6 (Ruben Garcia Jr.) blew us away. But if not, I think we wouldâve had a top three finish for sure.â
Diaz had the help of a familiar face in the series: Kevin Reed Jr. Reed parted ways with Bill McAnally Racing as Hailie Deeganâs crew chief earlier in the season, but made a big impact on the No. 24 Solid Rock Toyotaâs performance.
âHeâs very important, and same with Venturini (Motorsports),â he said. âThey help us and let us use the pull down rig. Mike Darne, he studies this stuff, his first year into it, third race under this belt now. Heâs made a great change into it. Kevin Reed Jr. helped giving his opinions in, he helped us a tremendous amount for this race.â