Phipps Goes Back to Back in Front Wheel Drive Oval Action

By Ken de la Bastide

(August 19, 2013) - Paul Phipps continued his late season charge visiting the Tim Thompson Nationwide Insurance Winner’s Circle for the next consecutive week.

Paul Phipps took the lead from Kamden Creek on the fourth lap and went on to record his second consecutive Front Wheel Drive Oval Division feature.

After opening a comfortable lead Phipps saw it start to disappear as he battled lapped traffic with five laps remaining and the caution flag.
Phipps held off Elliott McKinney and Jerry Dane over the final four laps
to get the victory with Marshall Clark Jr. and Kevin Henson rounding out the top five.

There was plenty of jockeying for position among the front running cars as Dane and McKinney worked their way to the front of the pack.
For the second consecutive week, Dane was forced to a back-up car.

A week ago he suffered a mechanical problem and on Saturday made heavy contact with the turn one retaining wall during a practice session.

Creek won the first of the two heat races taking the lead from Henson on the eighth circuit with an inside pass coming off the fourth corner.
Henson lost positions to McKinney and Dane on the back straight on the final lap.

It was Creek’s second heat victory of the year. He was chased to the
checkers by McKinney, Dane, Henson and Mike Alley.

Brian McKinney recorded his first win of 2013 by passing Cody Riley on the fourth lap with an outside pass entering turn three. Riley had taken the point from Eric Willey with a similar move on the second circuit.

It appeared that JD Blankenship was headed to a second place finish when his car slowed on the final lap and limped across the finish line.
Following McKinney to the finish line were Riley, Jesse Thomas, Harry
Lashure and Willey.