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Kirby Wins Street Stock Battle; Poore, Peters Grab Heat Victories

(January 10, 2012) – The 2012 EDCO Street Stock season opened with a five-car battle for the lead with Jimmy Kirby recording the victory.

During the Aqua System New Year’s Day Bash, five drivers raced nose to tail for the top position for 19 of the 30 laps, with the outcome decided when the leader and second place driver tangling in turn two.

Josh Carroll took the lead at the start of the feature and was closely chased by Kirby, defending champion Josh Poore, Nigel Peters and Billy VanMeter. Several times Poore attempted to use the high groove to move into the second spot but to no avail.

The first of only two caution flags waved on lap 17 when Danny Adams spun in turn three. The double file restart brought side by side racing with Kirby challenging Carroll for the lead with Poore and Peters running in lock step behind the leaders.

In turn three Poore and Carroll made contact with both drivers spinning and collected the car of John Botts, who was running sixth at the time. Kirby and Peters slipped past unscathed on the outside.

Poore was parked for the remainder of the raced for unsportsmanlike conduct for hitting Carroll’s car during the caution period.

On the restart, Kirby got the jump on Peters and went on to win by .357-seconds with Van Meter, Adams and Missy Perry rounding out the top five.

“I didn’t know where he was at,” Kirby said of Peters after the win. “Since I didn’t see a bumper, I figured I was safe.”

Poore won the first of two heat races starting from the pole position. Kirby was the driver on the move after running fourth after the first lap he passed VanMeter coming off the second corner on the eighth lap and then went outside of Frankie Oakes on the back straight for the second spot.

At the finish it was Poore, Kirby, Oakes, VanMeter and Potts.

Peters led the entire distance to win the second heat race with Carroll passing Jonathan Morgan with an inside move entering turn three to claim the second spot. Morgan, Adams and Jason Trimmer rounded out the top five.