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3 Takeaways from the 3-Wide CARS Finish at Langley

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HAMPTON, Va. — The zMAX CARS Tour took to the four-tenths mile Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway on Saturday night (June 1), with only the Late Model Stock Cars on hand for the 125.

The CARS Tour drivers electrified the packed crowd with action from beginning to end before three drivers took the checkered flag almost simultaneously. Hampton native Connor Hall won in front of his home crowd in a three-wide finish, beating Brent Crews by 0.007 seconds, with Carson Kvapil 0.064 seconds back in third.

The finish provided a viral moment for the series, but it was far from the only highlight of the night. Here are three takeaways from the 125 at Langley.

It’s Gonna be a Drag Race

You can’t talk about this race without breaking down the finish and taking a look at the three players involved. On a restart with two laps to go in the 125-lap event, Hall led the field to green with Kvapil on his outside and Crews behind him in third.

Hall was able to clear Kvapil coming to the white flag, but Kvapil nudged the No. 22 coming out of turn 2. Kvapil got underneath of Hall entering turn 3, but due to the duo’s hard racing, Crews went under Kvapil with a head of steam. The three cars emerged from the final corner side-by-side-by-side, with no one in attendance knowing who crossed the start/finish line first until timing and scoring showed Hall ahead.

“I held it wide open, and I pretty much was already apologizing to the crew, because I knew I was probably going to put it in the fence,” Hall told Frontstretch. “But I’d rather put one in the fence and win than put one in the fence probably and not win. So I took that into my own matters and just pretty much had my mind made up. It was either going to be concrete with a win or concrete without one.”

Crews being in contention at the end was no surprise. The Orange County Speedway winner started from the pole Saturday night and held the lead for the opening 100 laps before getting shuffled out on a restart when Brenden “Butterbean” Queen took the top spot.

“The 03 [Queen] just kind of ran through me a little bit, but I mean, it’s Langley, right?” Crews told Frontstretch. “So it seems like everybody just runs through each other the last 25 [laps].”

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