The third time was the charm for defending Everett’s Auto Parts Sport 4 champion Mikey Lefort. In the first two weeks, the driver of the lucky No. 13 would finish third, and second, inching closer to Victory Lane. Friday, in week three, he found the top spot. Lefort started ninth on the grid and worked his way into the top five by lap five. It was on lap 16 where he passed leader and former champion Dave Westgate and never looked back in the caution-free affair.
Week three of Fast Friday kicked-off the same way as the previous two, with restrictions in place for COVID-19 issued by the state of Massachusetts. Proper social distancing and mask wearing was maintained by track staff and competitors alike, with no spectators in attendance due to restrictions given by the state.
Henry Lavalle and Taylor Bowser led the field to the green for the 25-lap feature, a distance that is up five laps in 2020 compared to the past due to the large car count. Lavalle would lead the first two laps, before Westgate, who started fifth, took the lead on lap three. Westgate would show the way until lap 16, when Lefort slid by. Jordan Lopes, who was back in the Sport 4 division after missing the first two weeks, worked right behind Lefort to the front.
Lopes would go by Westgate into second on lap 17, and set his sights to chasing down Lefort. However, as the laps wound down, Lopes couldn’t close the gap. Lefort would win by .888 seconds, followed by Lopes, Tyler Duhancik, Westgate and Tyler Almeida.
In Victory Lane, Lefort would thank AJ Manuel on the microphone — Manuel won the first two weeks, but elected to keep the No. 88 home for week three — and Lefort thanked him, jokingly, for giving him a shot to win.
David Simpson Jr. finished sixth, followed by Matthew Pion, Lavalle, Taylor Bowser and Daniel Hays. The Everett’s Auto Parts Sport 4 division returns to the track next Friday, August 7, with a 25-lap feature.