By Ken de la Bastide
6, 2014) –
Josh Tharp was subbing
for regular Front Wheel Drive Oval Division
driver Billy Hooten and he took the car to
multiple wins on Independence Day at
Tharp took the point from the fourth row
when Dylan Hoppes and Jared Keller got off
to a slow start on the opening lap. He was
chased by Jerry Dane and Jeff Williams.
Williams got inside of Dane coming off the
fourth corner and Randy Hoppes made a
similar move on the next circuit.
The first of two caution flags waved on the
third lap when Lawrence Kelly Jones spun in
turn four and a lap later the second yellow
flag waved for debris.
On both restarts Tharp was able to maintain
the lead over Williams with Dane fading
getting passed by the father and son duo of
Randy and Dylan Hoppes.
The finishing order got scrambled on the
final lap when Randy Hoppes and fast
qualifier Jared Keller got together in turn
one with both drivers coming to a halt on
the infield grass.
Tharp won by .4-seconds over Williams with
Dylan Hoppes, Marshall Clark Jr. and David
Powell rounding out the top five.
“The car was fast when we unloaded it from
the trailer,” Tharp said in the Tim Thompson
Nationwide Insurance Winner’s Circle. “I
appreciated the opportunity to drive this
Williams won the first heat race passing
Dane on the third lap with an outside pass
entering turn three. Dylan Hoppes, Jared and
Andy Keller rounded out the top five.
Tharp had to work his way up through the
field to capture the second heat race taking
the lead on the third lap when early leader
Lawrence Kelly Jones spun in turn one.
Following the restart Tharp drove away from
the pack for the victory with David Powell,
Devin Lane, Jones and Clark rounding out the
Jared Keller posted his fourth quick time of
the season and third in a row with a lap of