An excited Alberson stood tall in Cedar Creek Beef Jerky Victory Lane and said of the win, “Last time I ran way too conservative here in the Slocum, and I knew I just had to go for it from the beginning and it worked out right there at the beginning getting some clean air. I actually liked racing in that traffic because the sticks were pretty big while we were in the traffic and I thought that might keep us all separated. I really didn’t want that caution because after that I didn’t know where to run. It was an awesome job on the track, it was just phenomenal and you could run all over it.”
Alberson said of his battle for the lead with his teammate, “I was having such a hard time getting around the 76 there and I needed to make speed because my car was getting kind of flat feeling, and I saw him (Hurst) down there and I told myself these have got to be the best five laps of your life right here. What an awesome run. We have been working for this for a long time and been getting really close, it just feels awesome."
Hurst collected his second MLRA runner-up finish of the year and was all smiles following the 40 lapper. “We have got speed,” said Hurst. "I just can’t thank Ken (Roberts) enough for giving us this opportunity. There ain’t no better car owner like I say than Ken Roberts.”
Hurst, who helped bring Alberson to the Roberts team in 2020 continued, “I think I’m the one that got Garrett on board here, so I’m kinda kicking myself in the ass right now for it,” joked Hurst. “I’m happy where were at and I’m happy for Garrett and all our people.”
For Moyer Jr. his third place run wrapped up a successful weekend that included a pair of podium finishes. “I just couldn’t circle that bottom as good as those guys and Garrett’s really good at that. Jeremiah did a great job too, we just couldn’t circle the bottom and really couldn’t go from right there to past the flag stand as good as we needed to.”
The 15th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals now awaits the stars of the MLRA on Saturday July, 17th at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. This single day $15,000 to win main event will be co-sanctioned with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS). One year ago Chris Ferguson scored the win and the coveted diamond ring that traditionally awaits the winner.