42 drivers battle for the top-14 positions in the first Bepis 400 Heat. Rob Scarberry and Ben Geer pull off a miraculously popular front-row, both underdogs on the outside looking in with a full field of legends from behind. Scott Jackson, Matt Raboin and Ken Pettit all start outside the top-20 for the 50-lap heat.
Donald Stewart wastes no time flying through the field to take the lead from Scarberry in the early going. He comes into the qualifier 16th in points, building his season back around with two-straight top-11 finishes. He and Ben would battle side-by-side for the first 10 laps.
An unlikely top-4 puts Bink Lucas into the picture while powerhouse drivers Tony Pizzaro and John Tharp lurk in view of the excellent racing up front. Towards the 14th-place transfer spot, Scott Jackson and Matt Raboin found their way through the traffic, closing on the top-10 while other powerhouse names struggled. Lucas Racing drivers John Battista and Alex Crapser, as well as Craig Lee all raced towards the bubble spot.
Bink Lucas and Donald Stewart swapped the top-position several times before Bink took it away outright before the 10-to-go mark. He comes into this event 14th in the standings, with a league-record four 6th place finishes and leading in seven different events. He would lead 32 of the 50 in this race, 22 more laps than he's led in any event of 2022.
Bink crosses the start-finish line one car-length ahead of Stewart for the Qualifier victory. The transfer spot battle towards 14th place was won by John Battista and Craig Lee, who edged out Alex Crapser, Ken Pettit and Zakk Miller and put their cars safely into the show. Congrats to Bink, crew chief Kevin England and the entire Lifesaver Racing team for an excellent victory!
Bepis 400 Qualifier #1 Video