It would appear that Johnny Reed Foley may take claim of the regular season crown after 8-straight top-20 finishes. Tony Pizzaro and Zach Michael have handed the lead over despite having a 170-point advantage over the rest of the field only 10-races ago. These two will start 13th and 18th in hopes of reclaiming their early-season momentum down the remaining seven-race stretch.
Rookie Bink Lucas earned his first Extravaganza Series pole and carried the field to the green. He led the first several laps before an attack by Alan Nesfeder sent the #78 to the front with a QSM tow-line from behind. It would only be his third lap led since his victory at Texas.
Nesfeder was able to cross the line at the helm four times before a re-pass by Lucas for the lead. The constant battling brought Ryan Heuser towards the front, passing ten racecars in thirteen laps to score the advantage. In typical "Rocket Man" fashion he would remain there for quite some time.
Several engine failures would demise some competitive cars due to the long straightaway RPM's. The first to go was Cristian Torres with a blown piston, dropping him from 18th to 20th in the standings and nearly out of chase contention. A camshaft took out Matt Raboin 50 laps later, earning his 11th 27th-or-worse place finish in 2022 and also out of contention.
Lap 124 brought out the first caution flag of the event. Michael Henson and Dan Johnston tagged entering the front-straightaway, sending Michael into the inside wall front-end first. He would limp to 21st after the devastation, with Dan finishing inside the top-20 for the fourth time in five weeks.
It took Craig Lee eight laps to burrow from 5th to take the lead after the restart. He, Heuser and Dave Miller would pull away from the rest of the pack, proving the Quick-Silver setup package was in full demand at New Hampshire once again. They would pull to a three second advantage over the Pizzaro-Jackson teammates.
Steven Spears endured a multitude of complications coming to the 100-to-go mark. A flat tire on lap 197 forced him to park against the turn-2 apron to bring out the second caution. The third yellow flag came out one lap after the re-green, with Spears finding himself against the inside wall on the backstretch after contact with Rob Scarberry. He would finish 37th.
Craig Lee would remain at the helm for 20 more circuits before Dave Miller took his first lead with an inside pass exiting turn 2. He would remain there for a decennium, unable to pull away from his teammates and earn his second flat-track victory of the season. Ryan Heuser was on the charge at took it away with 64 laps remaining.
Completely out of nowhere, John Battista had been easing his way from his 38th starting spot to finally reach the lead group. Once he did, he was able to pass them all and maintain the advantage over the hot-streaking Heuser and his entire brigade. He took the spot with 36 laps remaining in hopes of earning his long awaited first victory of the season.
Between the two, Heuser entered his final pit stop a couple of laps earlier and endured only 3.5 seconds of gas before high-tailing it back onto the track. Battista's stop was just over 6 seconds, dropping him to eighth coming out of the pits with less than 10 laps to go. Heuser had narrowly edged out teammate Dave Miller, while the top-10 from behind was within five seconds of each other battling for the win.
Heuser was able to maintain a duel car-length advantage and pull off another miraculous victory thanks to the gas man. It is his third-straight and fourth in the past five events with an average finish of 1.2 in that span. He has gone from 35th to 18th in the standings in only five events, putting him in possible chase contention after being counted out with five DNF's and three missed races during the first 13 weeks. He has also led in 12-straight events starting from Bristol in mid-April. Congrats to Ryan once again, crew chief Mustard Mahoney and the entire Quick-Silver Racing crew for an excellent victory!
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