WATCH: Sam Mayer Has a Lucky Escape at Bristol in ARCA Menards Series race

Published 09/19/2020, 6:00 AM EDT


During the Bush’s Beans 200 race at the Bristol Motor Speedway, race leader Sam Mayer had a small scare. Sometime during the race, his #21 car struck a piece of metal debris. It stayed wedged under the car and got dragged with the car for a brief period before dislodging itself.

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In the end, it was no harm, no foul, and Mayer was able to continue without much damage. Admittedly, it did make for a pretty firework show.

Sam Mayer lucks out as a large piece of metal jams into his bumper from NASCAR

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How did Sam Mayer perform in the race?

Despite the hiccup, he went on to win the race, beating Ty Gibbs to the finish by 2.572 seconds. He also grabbed the lead in the closing stages of the race and led the most laps. In addition to that, Mayer enjoyed a dream weekend, where he also won the Truck Series race at Bristol.

To make matters even sweeter, Mayer recently earned a promotion to JR Motorsports. The stars aligned for the youngster, with his first NASCAR National Series victory.

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The 17-year-old Wisconsin native got recruited to the Xfinity Series with JR Motorsports. As per his contract next season, Mayer will be running on a part-time basis.

It is also noteworthy that this win comes in his seventh career Truck Series start. Truthfully, nobody expected a driver making his fourth Truck start in 2020, to win, especially in the opening playoff race.

During the Truck race, Mayer managed to overtake title contender and teammate Brett Moffitt for the win. Both drivers race for GMS Racing in Chevrolet cars. In addition to that, Mayer is now the second-youngest truck series winner behind Cole Custer. As it turns out, Custer was 16-years old when he won at New Hampshire in 2014.

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Suffice to say, Sam Mayer was in utter disbelief when he crossed the line. He said, “What? Oh my gosh, Bristol, dude. I love this place. That feels so good.”

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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