The second Bepis-400 would start with an extremely unlikely front row. Kevin Corbat won the pole over Dan Johnston, with speedway superstars Bill Werkheiser and Jimmie Stevens taking over their normal positions towards the rear of the field. The Extravaganza elite shall devour these unlikely heroes to the Bonanza wolves. At least that's the consensus.
Kevin Corbat's #46 Auto Value machine led the field into turn-1 to commence the second 50-lap qualifier. Rick Jackson made it by him immediately as Matthew Dominique and Ryan Heuser followed his course. Corbat and Dan Johnston remained inside the top-14 transfer for most of day. Unfortunately, Dan's engine would explode running in 6th with less than 10 laps to go.
Dave Butterworth, Adam Crapser and Tim McDonnell banged fenders on lap 1, coming up to speed on the backstretch. The slowed #4 machine was tagged by Geno Sphere a couple laps later, triggering a devastating crash involving Jonathan Skrabacz, Ben White, Bill Werkhesier, Two Finger Davis and Peter McDonnell. All would either retire or limp to the finish, with only Bill and Jonathan eligible for the final qualifier.
Ryan Heuser, Rick Jackson and Dave Miller dominated the final 40 laps of the event while William Perry, Stephen Lowe and Tim McDonnell battled for the final transfer spot. McDonnell had worked from near-last to 14th position by lap 40, only to get re-passed by the #70 and #24. Heuser would cross the line as the leader coming to the white flag lap.
A last lap pass by Rick Jackson exiting turn-2 gave him the victory. CFM Teammates Johnny Reed Foley and Kevin Corbat finished inside the top-14 to advance to the big show while McDonnell lost the final transfer spot to William Perry. Congrats to Rick, crew chief Falco Lombardi and the entire Race-2-Win Motorsports crew for an excellent victory!
Bepis 400 Qualifier #2 Video