Oakes Scores First Feature Win
10, 2012) –
Frankie Oakes started the 2012 racing season by accomplishing
something he has never done before, winning a feature race.
Oakes not only won the WMDH Thunder Car feature, but he also recorded a heat
win during the Aqua Systems New Year’s Day Bash presented by EDCO Welding on
Saturday at Anderson Speedway.
Brad Cain took the early lead in the feature with Ronald Adams, Mike Peters,
Oakes and Nick Warner. Before one lap was completed, Oakes and Warner both
had gained positions.
On lap four Oakes got outside of Adams down the back straight to move into
the second spot, the running order remained unchanged until lap nine when
Warner and Phil Jenkins got outside of Adams in turn one.
For several laps Cain was able to use lapped traffic to his advantage to
hold onto the point with several times the front-runners splitting slower
cars entering the corners. On lap 12 Cain got trapped by a lapped car and
was forced high in turn one, which allowed Oakes to grab the lead.
The only caution flag waved on lap 16 when Jenkins lost an engine while
running fourth. At the finish it was Oakes, Cain, Warner, Adams and Jesse
Oakes won the first heat race, which saw plenty of passing among the top
five drivers, with an outside pass of Adams on the front straight with one
James Peterson led the first five laps before he was passed by Adams and
Oakes, both of whom slipped inside going down the back straight. Cain and
Sam Folsom both passed a slowing Peterson, who eventually pulled out of
competition on lap 9.
Following Oakes and Adams to the finish line were Cain, Folsom and Donnie
Phil Jenkins passed Jesse Bilbrey with an outside pass going down the back
straight on lap eight to record the victory in the second heat race.
Behind Jenkins and Bilbrey came Warner, Mike Yacullo and Thomas Paul.