Kyle Bronson shows off his $10,000 check in Ocala, Fla.
What won the race: Kyle Bronson of Brandon, Fla., slipped by early pacesetter Hudson O’Neal on lap 24 and led the rest of the way to win Saturday’s Chevrolet Performance World Championship, repeating his 2017 victory in the annual event at Bubba Raceway Park. Seventh-starting Tyler Bare of Rockbridge Baths, Va., finished second, while O’Neal, of Martinsville, Ind., finished third after starting second.
Quotable: “My car was really, really good all weekend long,” said Kyle Bronson, who won Friday’s feature also. “In the feature we had a lot left in the tank I think. We went with a soft tire and I was just taking it easy. I slowed down and my (spotter) kept telling me I was getting further and further away.”
Key notes: Kyle Bronson won by 2.729 seconds. … Tyler Bare passed Hudson O’Neal for second with eight laps remaining. … Bronson is the event’s second repeat winner and the first driver to win the event in consecutive seasons. Jimmy Owens is the only other driver with two victories. … Fourteen cars finished; nine completed 100 laps. … Five cautions slowed the race, the most serious when Ronnie Johnson was clipped by another car, collecting six cars total. … Walker Arthur rallied to fifth after pitting for tires. … There were three lead changes in the first 25 laps, none in the final 75 laps. … It was Bronson’s third Late Model victory during Speedweeks. Bronson won a $12,000 Lucas Oil Late Model Series race at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla., on Feb. 10 to go along with a $2,000 NeSmith victory at Ocala Friday night. … Former Lucas Oil champ Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., piloted Tyler Clem’s car all weekend.
On the move: Walker Arthur of Forest, Va., improved 15 positions from 20th to fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Bronson’s Longhorn Chassis is sponsored by Brandon Collision, All Florida Real Estate Group and Brandon Ford.
Points chase: Jimmy Elliot of Cleveland, Tenn.,led the miniseries points entering Saturday's race.
Car count: 46
Fast qualifier: Jeff Mathews
Time: 14.772 seconds
Polesitter: Jeff Mathews
Heat race winners: Jimmy Elliott, Jeff Mathews, Hudson O'Neal, Kyle Bronson
Consolation race winners: Sam Seawright, Ivedent Lloyd Jr.
Provisional starters: Ronnie Johnson, Andy Picklesimer
Next series race: March 9, Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, TN) $2,000