Story by Ken de la Bastide
Photo by Dave Sink
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
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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