It was a battle of epic proportions from start to finish as what expected to be a single-file bore-fest turned into a pretty good race, with 29 lead changes and a last lap pass for the win.
The race started horribly for Ryan Heuser. He started on the pole for the 7th time this season, but the engine would not crank and his car would sit out for the entire event.
There were several problems coming out of turn one early, with a lap-1 skirmish between Rick Jackson and John Battista nearly turning the field into grated cheese. Dave Miller came up on Tony Pizzaro a little later, damaging the #90 but saving it before any severe harm was done.
Tim McDonnell and Craig Lee battled it out early, swapping the lead a couple of times as the rest of the field, including the points leader, lurked behind.
The biggest incident of the day was caused by contact between Zakk Miller and Donald Stewart. Off of turn 1, the #55 drove deep into the infield grass and clipped the inside tunnel-turn wall. His car careened onto the racetrack, slamming into Mark Guthrie and ending his race. Mark would fly deeper out of the top-35 in owners points, while Donald dropped out of the top-10 in the standings after the race.
Bill Werkhesier was showing another strong run as the WASP Motorsports team continues to find it's youth again. It was 6 laps led and only a 17th place finish, but a future win for "Awesome Bill" may be in the works.
After a set of green flag pit stops, the unthinkable happened. Tony Pizzaro drove into turn three too hard and tagged Bill, who was battling Matthew Dominique for the lead. The both went for a tailspin and smacked the turn-3 wall while Pizzaro drove away as the leader. Neither would finish in the top-15, though Dominique kept his points lead.
The most dominating car of the day was Craig Lee's #101, leading 65 laps before his engine deteriorated, leaving Rick Jackson with the lead before his car finally blew up off of turn one on lap 132. he and teammate Ryan wold drop to 8th and 9th in points, despite easily having the two most dominant cars all week.
Rick Jackson and Ken Pettit had an easy three-second lead with 20 laps to go before the two started racing. They swapped the lead multiple times, giving Johnny Reed Foley, Zach Michael, Tim McDonnell and John Tharp an opportunity to race for the win.
Foley took the top-spot with 13 laps to go. Ken's tires disintegrated, and Rick's were not much better as McDonnell and Tharp were able to draft away from the others in time.
Tharp passed McDonnell with six laps to go, and with five took the lead away from the #18. Foley passed him back in lapped traffic with two to go, and kept the lead coming to the white flag.
Using the long straightaway draft, Tharp drove underneath Foley in the
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