Williams Notches 8th Season Win
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
“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
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.