PORT ROYAL, Pa. — Spencer Bayston and CJB Motorsports fired one big warning shot on Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway.
The newly-minted partnership was dominant in only their fourth start together, making a statement as they prepare to go full-time with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series in 2022.
For the 23-year-old Lebanon, Ind. native, it was a victory that solidified his decision to join CJB, and in a way, was almost bigger than his first-career win which came earlier this summer at Ohio’s Attica Raceway Park.
With a 4.750-second lead at the checkered flag, Bayston beat superstars David Gravel and Donny Schatz to the line for a $15,000 payday in the Nittany Showdown at The Speed Palace.
“These guys did a flawless job all night,” Bayston said on his new crew. “We’re hungry for next year. They’ve been working hard and actually changing a lot of stuff to get ready. We’re re-molding this team back into the successful shape it deserves to be in. Hopefully tonight is the start of something new. Happy for Barry, Chad, our new partners at Signing Day Sports and JRC Transportation. Looking forward to the rest of this year, and especially next year.”
For Carlisle, Pa.-based CJB Motorsports, it’s their first World of Outlaws win in more than two years since Shane Stewart parked the No. 5 in victory lane at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. They were not to be denied on Saturday night, earning Slick Woody’s QuickTime in Flight A, winning their Team Drydene Heat Race, scoring the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, and dominating all 30 laps of the NOS Energy Drink Feature.
It was another big night for David Gravel who drove from eighth to second in the Nittany Showdown finale and cut another 20 points off Sweet’s championship advantage, sitting only 92 points behind with five races remaining.
10-time Series champion Donny Schatz earned KSE Hard Charger honors with a 12th-to-third run.
Friday’s winner Kerry Madsen finished fourth in the Nittany Showdown finale. Pennsylvanian Jacob Allen earned his third top-five finish of the season with a fifth-place finish.
Rounding out the top-10 on Saturday night were Lance Dewease, Logan Schuchart, Brent Marks, Logan Wagner, and Wooster, Sheldon Haudenschild in tenth.
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