The first SRX weekend is in the books. It was the first time in these cars that it did take a bit for the drivers to get acclimated. But once they did, the stars shined. Michael Waltrip and Greg Biffle both got to the front, but the local legends track experience topped it all. Doug Coby fought through the superstars to take the first SRX win in history! Here is the SRX race at Stafford recap!
After a random draw, ringer Greg Biffle led the pack to green. Immediately, “The Biff” pulled away to a multi-car length lead. Although second place runner, Bobby Labonte didn’t let him get too far. The two raced for the entire 15-minute heat but in the end, Biffle was too strong running on the bottom line. Further in the back, Michael Waltrip and Paul Tracy got together, causing Tracy to spin and collected Marco Andretti. Tracy didn’t finish the heat but came back for heat two.
The local all-star Doug Coby wins Heat 2!— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) June 13, 2021
He has raced over 10,000 laps at @StaffordSpeedwy and he used that knowledge to take down racing legends in the second heat of @SRXracing action. pic.twitter.com/1TA8TdeXbG
For the second heat, Tracy and Willy T. Ribbs were upfront. Tracy pulled ahead and brought Waltrip (started row two) with him. The two battled for about a lap before Waltrip took his number 15 to the front. At one point, he had almost a half-track lead. But then the caution came out, bringing everyone back together.
On the restart, it was Waltrip and local legend Doug Coby who had made his way through the pack after starting 7th in the heat. The two were side-by-side until Coby got around Waltrip to take the heat two win. Giving him pole position for the feature.
“Well, my butt hurts, my foot hurts, my leg is cramping, I’m hot and I’m old. And I didn’t realize any of that until that guy passed me and all of it set in immediately.” – @MW55 pic.twitter.com/nj2DYipUIi— Camping World SRX Series (@SRXracing) June 13, 2021
Before the feature, Greg Biffle switched cars after his first got damaged in the late wreck in heat two. He started in the back. At this point, the drivers got a feeling for their cars and were ready to make some moves. Waltrip and Coby led the pack to green with Tony Stewart and Bill Elliott behind them. It looked like it was going to go to either Waltrip or Coby until Marco Andretti started making passes left and right. Even going three-wide to pass Coby and Stewart at one point. Unfortunately, he never got to the front. Out of nowhere came Greg Biffle to the front. Both ringer and local legend were fighting for the win. But after 100 plus laps of battling, it was Doug Coby who came out on top!
The SRX series has been two years in the making. From idea, to design, to construction. This series puts the racing back into the drivers’ hands. From the looks of it, these cars aren’t easy to drive. Cars were sliding and locking up all over the place. But when it came down to it, each racer fought hard. That’s is what this series is all about and I’m here for it.
Coming from someone who grew up watching NASCAR in the early 2000s, the commentary felt almost nostalgic. Hearing Allen Bestwick covering a race was something I didn’t know I needed. For the racing, it was great. I mean where else could we see a three-time NASCAR champ, a short track legend, and an Andretti racing three-wide? Not to mention the race had a sold-out crowd!
Overall, I have to say I’m hooked on SRX. It feels like what racing should be. Not which driver races for the best team or who has the most money. But who is the best driver?