Warner Holds Off Jennings

Story by Ken de la Bastide
Photo by Dave Sink

(April 7, 2013) - For the second week in a row Nick Warner was in a dogfight in Front Wheel Drive oval action with the difference being this time he scored the win.

If the first two weeks of FWD oval action is any indication of what lies ahead for the season, the point’s battle could be tight among a number of drivers.

Warner took the early lead chased by Elliott McKinney, Chris Jennings, Paul Phipps and Marshall Clark Jr.

The front four drivers ran in a close formation throughout the early stages of the 20-lap feature.

Trevin Henson brought out the only caution flag in the fourth lap when he lost a right front tire for the second week in a row.

The tight racing in the front of the pack continued following the Aerco Heating & Cooling restart with Warner picking the outside line.

Jennings took the lead on lap seven on the front straight, but Warner was back out front on the next circuit, a position he wouldn’t relinquish.

Warner deftly used lapped traffic to hold off Jennings in the closing laps to record the victory. Jennings finished .172-seconds back followed by McKinney, Phipps and Clark.

“Lapped traffic helped me tonight,” Warner said. “We both had great cars and we raced each other clean.”

There was plenty of action in the first of the two heat races with Warner climbing from fourth on the first lap to take the lead from Jerry Swinford with an inside pass entering turn one.

The driver on the move was Clark who advanced from the fourth position to second following the lone caution flag for debris on lap six.

Clark followed Warner to the checkers with McKinney claiming the third spot.

In the second heat race Austin McKinney was chased the entire distance by teammate Jesse Thomas.

McKinney was black-flagged on lap eight for surpassing his qualifying time giving Thomas his first win ever. Dylan Hoppes and Brock Farmer rounded out the top three.

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