Buddy Kofoid won the Ohio Speedweek finale at Wayne County
Now onto the dashes. I think PPM gets into the first dash because Palker didn’t transfer and ended up forfeiting his dash spot. The first dash finish is PPM, Foos, Blaney, McIntyre, Haud and Shaffer.
The second dash finish is Martin, Kofoid, Peck, Abreu, Wimmer and Conley.
Next up, the C, B and A mains! The top two C-main transfers to the B were Henry and Brubaker. The B-main transfers 4 to the A-main. Some big names in the B were Reutzel, Tony Stewart, Cole Duncan, Cap Henry, Lee Jacobs, Zearfoss and Stambaugh. The B-main lineup had Reutzel and Paulker on the front row with Harble and Stewart in row 2. When the green waived, Duncan and Hunter Lynch got together on the front straight at the turn 4 exit bringing out the yellow. At the same time Stewart is in the wall in turn 1, ending his night. When a complete restart was attempted, the All Stars didn’t like it and waived the yellow.
They did this two more times before sending Reutzel and Palker back a row to let someone else try a clean start! Okay, we get a start and Harble and Stiger get out to a lead, followed by Reutzel and Palker. On lap 4 Ruetzel breaks a motor I think, as he rolls to a stop at the turn 4 entrance to the track. On the restart Palker gets around Stiger for 2nd and T.J. Michael comes up from 14th to finish in the 4th and final transfer spot. Cap Henry had passed Zearfoss for 4th with a lap to go and then Zearfoss ran into Henry in turn 3 on the last lap taking them both out!...Handing the transfer spot to Michael. That’s two guys running into Henry tonight after Henry passed them. What’s with that?
Okay, onto the feature! PPM starts on the pole with Broc Martin alongside. In row 2 it’s Foos and Kofoid. Row 3 is Blaney and Peck. Reutzel and Eliason take a provisional and start at the back. At the start of the 35 lapper, PPM grabs the lead with Martin putting lots of pressure on. Martin slips up the track on the second lap and Kofoid goes by for the 2nd spot. The running order is PPM, Kofoid, Martin, Foos and Blaney. They run like this until a lap 8 flip for Mitch Harble, who flips over the turn 2 guard rail. He is okay. This would be the only stoppage as the race would go green the rest of the way. When the race resumes, PPM maintains the lead with Kofoid close behind. Buddy pressures the leader many times but cannot seem to stay close enough to pass. On lap 17 the leaders encounter lappers. Not long after, Blaney moves into third place, around lap 22 or 23. The dust is flying and vision is limited. I have goggles on and can barely see the cars in turn 1 and 2 from where I am sitting between turn 4 and the flag stand.
You could feel the pace of the race picking up as Kofoid and Blaney tried to catch the leader and at the same time navigate through traffic! Around lap 26 or so Kofoid gets into the turn 2 guardrail and allows Blaney to get past him for 2nd. Kofoid didn’t fade but stayed close to Blaney as Blaney set out after the leader. Blaney couldn’t close the gap on PPM but Kofoid worked his way back around Dale on lap 33 to regain 2nd. Carrying momentum, Buddy then gets a run on PPM exiting turn 2 on the last lap and races past the race long leader down the backstretch to take the lead and the win! The crowd let out a loud roar as Buddy passed the leader and won the race! I pumped my fist in the air too, man that was exciting!
Buddy “The Kid” Kofoid drove the wheels off the 11n! Wow, what a great ending to Speed Week. The top 3 were Kofoid, PPM and Blaney. Paulker was the hard charger, moving up 12 spots from 22nd to 10th. Congrats to Buddy on his first All Star win and also Dale Blaney, for winning the Speed Week Title, his 6th. Thank you All Stars and Thank you Wayne County Speedway!