Jeffrey Abbey, 18 years old and a senior at Comanche, Texas, High School, became the first champion crowned at the 34th annual event when the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod division made its Super Nationals debut Monday evening at Boone Speedway.
Thirty-three Southern SportMods made the trip to Boone from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico. James Skinner started outside the front row and led the first 11 of 30 laps, pursued first by Abbey and then by Cody Smith.
Smith made his way from 12th starting and was pulling away from the rest of the field before cautions on laps 16 and 20.
Abbey made the most of the final restart, moving to the higher line to take the lead for good with nine to go.
A bobble by Smith gave Abbey some breathing room. Jake Upchurch, Rodney White and Mickey helms all advanced 10 positions or more to round out the top five; hard charger was J.C. Howell, who started 23rd and ended in eighth.
While he chases his own national championship, Abbey gave much of his credit for his success to older brother Dean, a two-time national king in the class.
Abbey is the first Texas driver to win a Super Nationals championship since Russ Fletcher won back-to-back Sprint Car crowns in 2002 and 3003.