An elated Justin Schroeder took the first win of his career at the biggest race of the year – the Stan Yee Memorial 150. The twenty-one year old managed to find himself in the lead on the eightieth lap and never looked back. By the time he was done, he had lapped almost the entire field.
The day dawned with a bit of rain, which seems to be the norm at the Flack Rock Speedway, but the JMS Racing team didn’t seem to bat an eyelid. They managed to post the second fastest qualifying lap, just missing the fast qualifier award by split seconds. When the race finally started, Justin Schroeder found himself in ninth position on the grid. But it certainly wasn’t smooth sailing from that point. The 150-lap event had three starting attempts before the race finally got underway and Schroeder could start to eat his way up to the top of the pack. By lap seventy-one, a caution helped the young driver to whiz past Eric Lee, putting him in the lead and ultimately helping him to take the Stan Yee Memorial 150 winner’s trophy. Justin Schroeder has been racing for just two years and, judging by the way he drove during this race, this may be his first ever Outlaw Late Model win, but it won’t be his last.
After the race Schroeder noted that he’d really wanted the win and that both he and his team had come a long way since starting to race their cars. He said winning the biggest race of the year and the fact that this was his first ever win was “really pretty cool.” He also thanked his sponsors and his mother and father for their support. Schroeder will now be heading to the Dixie Motor Speedway where he will be taking part in the Port City Racecars Dixie Cup 100 next weekend. After that it’s off to Toledo Speedway where he will be battling it out for the Gold Cup championship. The youngster is already sitting in third place in the standings and will be looking to gain some ground on point’s leader Harold Fair Jr. when he takes to the track on August 8th. Justin Schroeder is no doubt a force to be reckoned with and fans should keep an eye out for this up-and-coming driver in the months ahead.