Keaton Wins First Franklin County Start

BARBOURSVILLE, WV :: Jake Keaton scored a victory in his first trip to Franklin County Speedway in Callaway, Virginia on Saturday night after recording the fastest qualifying lap.  Keaton’s win came in the first of two twin races.  He finished second in the second race.

Keaton unloaded with the fast car, recording a 14.09 second lap in time trial qualifying.  He started third in the first Late Model feature after an invert. Keaton worked his way up to second on the first lap.  Keaton reeled in the race leader and challenged for the lead for several laps while also facing pressure from behind.  Keaton finally took possession of the lead on lap 29 and went on to win the race.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Keaton said.  “We had a great car.  We came here our first time and didn’t know how we were going to do.  I was actually really surprised by how well we did.  I’m really happy with it.  It was a fun race.  Everybody drove clean.  It was a good time.  It’s a lot of fun here.”

After winning the first race, Keaton had to start the second race in the sixth position in accordance with track rules.  Keaton rocketed to the second position in the first lap of the race and spent much of the race trying to pass the race leader before seeing a challenge from a competitor for third.  Keaton fought to hold on to the runner-up position and that’s where he would finish at the end of the race.

“A win and a second, that’s not too bad,” Keaton explained.  “We’re pretty happy with that.  I think we may have used up the car just a little bit in that first race.  We had a really good time out here tonight.  It was a lot of fun.”

Keaton’s win on Saturday night was his third win of the season.  Keaton scored victories at Ona Speedway in West Virginia on May 25th at and Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, Virginia on July 20th.  Keaton has nine top-five finishes on the 2013 season at several tracks in various types of cars.

Jake Keaton’s next race will be on Sunday, September 6th when he attempts to compete in the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway.  The action gets under way with heat races at 12pm and the main event after the race.  RACE22.com will have Live Coverage of the race.

Jake Keaton is sponsored by Keaton’s Collision Center, Inc., Barboursville Mini Storage, Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes, Complex Pre-Owned Auto Sales and PerformanCenter Racing Warehouse.  You can follow Jake Keaton on Twitter at @JakeKeaton and “like” him on Facebook at Facebook.com/JakeKeatonRacing as well as on his website at www.JakeKeaton.com.