Dane Three Peats; Thomas Wins Heat

By Ken de la Bastide

(August 5, 2013) - Jerry Dane made it three feature wins in a row and six this season in the Front Wheel Drive Oval Division leading the entire distance during Murat Shrine night at the races.

Dane set fast time, won a heat race and the feature for the second time this year.

With the starting line-up based on qualifications, Dane and Paul Phipps shared the front row.

Dane jumped into the lead at the start but was unable to shake the car of Phipps, who stayed within striking distance of the lead. Phipps got his chance for the win on the final lap when Dane encountered a slower car on the back straight. Dane elected to go high while Phipps went low, splitting the lapped car. Dane was able to maintain his momentum and maintained the lead entering turn three.

Kamden Creek, Marshall Clark Jr. and point leader Elliott McKinney rounded out the top five.

McKinney was running eighth after the first lap and the recovered to score a top five finish as the point chase continues to heat up with Phipps and Dane.

“He (Phipps) was much quicker this week,” Dane said of his closest
competitor following the win. “On the last lap I just didn’t want to

In the first of two heat races, Kamden Creek took the lead at the start
followed by Mike Alley, Dane, Clark and Phipps.

By the end of the third lap Dane was on the point by making an outside
pass of Alley and then an inside pass of Creek entering the first corner.

Phipps used the low groove entering turn three on lap five to pass Creek.

Dane picked up the win followed by Phipps, Creek, Elliott McKinney and Clark.

Jesse Thomas recorded his fourth heat win of the year in the second
preliminary race followed to the checkers by Austin McKinney, Dylan
Hoppes, in a new car, Jeremy Allen and Johnny Davis Jr.