Jennings Sweeps FWD Oval Action; Sets Another New Track Record

By Ken de la Bastide

(May 12, 2013) - Richmond driver Chris Jennings has been the fastest driver in Front Wheel Drive oval action during the past few weeks and that continued on Saturday.

During qualifications, Jennings became the first driver in the division to turn a lap in the 14-second bracket, breaking his own track record with a lap of 14.949-seconds.

Starting from the pole position for the Spring Championship feature, Jennings was never seriously challenged.

With Jennings opening a comfortable margin on the field, the action was for the third through fifth positions between Elliott McKinney, Marshal Clark Jr. and Paul Phipps.

Clark lost the fourth position to McKinney on lap eight entering turn three and four laps later Phipps slipped inside of McKinney coming off the second corner.

Jennings won for the second consecutive week by 3.181-seconds over Jerry Dane with Trevin Henson coming home third. Phipps and McKinney rounded out the top five.

In the first of two heat races, Jennings passed Kevin Henson on lap six entering turn one to record the victory. McKinney finished second with Trevin Henson credited with third. Kevin Henson was disqualified after failing the technical inspection following the race.

Jesse Thomas recorded his second heat victory of the year by passing Brian Slavey on the third lap on the back straight.

Mark Jennings and Joe Jennings both passed Peter Corsaro on lap six to move into the second and third spots.

Both Jennings’ cars failed post-race technical inspection which gave Corsaro second and Dylan Hoppes the third spot.