GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Sept. 18) – She’s racked up a lot of seconds and a lot of thirds in her three-plus IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car seasons.Michelle Melton now has her career first win in the class to brag about following the Friday night Sprint Series of Texas show at Mountain Creek Speedway.Melton passed Russell Shoulders for the lead coming out of turn two on the 19th of 20 laps.“It was awesome. I was ecstatic,” said Melton, who gave the trophy to her dad to put on display in their race shop.Making just her fourth SST start, Melton took the initial green flag from the 11th spot and steadily worked her way toward the front. She passed Kenny Elwood for second after a caution with three laps left.“I had to keep my line and stay on the bottom. I prayed I had enough laps to get to the front,” Melton said. “The car was set up perfect to get bite coming out of turns on the bottom.”Shoulders ended in second while Jerry Hammock, who had won the previous series race, started last in the field of 20 and finished third. Elwood and Adam Barr rounded out the top five.Feature results – 1. Michelle Melton; 2. Russell Shoulders; 3. Jerry Hammock; 4. Kenny Elwood; 5. Adam Barr; 6. Matt Etzelmiller; 7. Dustin Woods; 8. Cody Whitworth; 9. Jason Howell; 10. Rodney Henderson; 11. Chase Parson; 12. Mike Herring; 13. Joshua Hanna; 14. Carl Lamb; 15. Craig Woods; 16. Ronnie Henderson; 17. Gary Kelley; 18. Ed Keaton; 19. Matt Holt; 20. Drew Wright; 21. David Munden; 22. Bobby Graham.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor coach Boyet Fernandez, San Beda’s 96-91 defeat to Lyceum on Friday should be a huge eye-opener that the Red Lions’ title retention bid this NCAA Season 93 won’t be a cakewalk.“There are very strong teams ahead of us. We know that they’re looking at us, but as I’ve said, there are so many teams that has gotten stronger right now,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The veteran mentor, though, believes that the Red Lions can move on from the humbling loss as they learned the hard way that games will be won on the defensive end.“We know that Lyceum is a really good team. Giving up 96 points is not our defense, so if we want to beat LPU, we can’t play them offense-on-offense. We have to make stops. They really scored at will and I take the blame for that,” he said.San Beda will next brace for St. Benilde on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation PH volleyball team to avoid social media during Japan training camp End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano With CJ Perez leading the fight, the Pirates sent the Red Lions crashing back to earth as the former delivered on their hype to stun the defending champions.San Beda fell into Lyceum’s trap of letting Robert Bolick do everything for the squad and Fernandez said that supporting cast must do a better job of executing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I know they wanted Bolick to attack the basket, so for us, we really have to rotate the ball,” said the mentor.“We had 20 assists, it’s just a matter of making the shots for the other guys. We have to take those open shots when Bolick gives up the ball.” Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite