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Williams Notches 8th Season Win

(August 29, 2011) –  The close battle of recent weeks in the Front Wheel Drive oval division was renewed Saturday with Jeff Williams returning to victory lane for the eighth time in 2011.

Williams led from the start with Jerry Dane moving underneath Trevin Henson on the second circuit.

With the two front-runners pulling away from the remainder of the field, Williams opened a comfortable lead over Dane, but lapped traffic would have an impact on the race.

On the final lap Williams got trapped behind two slower cars which allowed Dane to again close. At the finish Williams took the checkers three-tenths of a second in front of Dane followed by Trevin Henson, Kevin Harmon and Elliott McKinney.

“I knew I had to get through the lapped traffic,” Williams said. “If he (Dane) got around me, I was going to be in trouble.”

Dane won the first of the two heat races when he passed Paul Phipps with an inside move on the fourth circuit coming off the second corner and a lap later Williams made a similar move to take the second spot. Phipps was black-flagged on lap six for turning laps faster than his qualifying time.

Following Dane and Williams to the checkered flag were Trevin Henson, Harmon and James Frawley.

There was plenty of action in the second heat race with McKinney taking the lead from Gene Carson on the third lap coming off the fourth corner. John Davis Jr. was the driver on the move moving from fourth to second in the space of two laps before being black-flagged for running faster than his qualifying time.

The lone caution flag waved on lap seven when Jeff Hopkins lost a tire and made heavy contact with the turn three wall.

At the finish it was McKinney, followed by Carson, Marshall Clark, Harry Schultz and Kevin Henson.

Dane set fast time during Herald Bulletin qualifying with a lap of 15.740-seconds, which was .013 seconds quicker than Williams with Sean Bragg posting the third best lap.