The FAST format was used and I like it. It’s simple and the program moves along. Three sprints at a time took to the track to hot lap and then qualify. The fastest qualifiers were 1.70-Carson Macedo, 12.128; 2.11N-Craig Mintz, 12.208; 3.57X-Andrew Palker, 12.276; 4.83-Rob Chaney, 12.294; 5.17-Dale Blaney, 12.320; 6.45L-Brian Lay, 12.363; 7.97-Broc Martin, 12.367; 8.23-DJ Foos, 12.378; 9.5R-Byron Reed, 12.395; 10.68G-Tyler Gunn. Macedo was driving the Pete Grove blue 70 car and Dale Blaney was in the Josh Baughman 17 car. Josh was unable to get a flight from Texas because of the hurricane so Dale drove his car all weekend. All the drivers used the top of the track and rather quickly a tall cushion developed. The track was tacky and stayed that way all evening…helped by the cool temperature no doubt.
The heats were pretty good and featured some rough driving. The top 5 transferred into the feature. In heat 1, the finish was Jody Keegan, Cap Henry, Justin Peck, Brady Bacon and Cole Duncan. Dean Jacobs had a transfer spot but Henry played rough and “bumped” Dean out of his line and Jacobs ended up missing the transfer. Bacon and Peck also battled back and forth for a few laps. Heat 2 finish was Travis Philo, Tim Shaffer, Chris Andrews, Dan McCarren and Duane Zablicki. In heat 3, there was a torrid battle in the middle of the pack as Brian Lay ran away for the win. The finish was Lay, Tyler Gunn, Dale Blaney, Joey Saldana and Stuart Brubaker. On the last lap, Macedo slowed as he ran out of fuel and missed a transfer spot. The heat 4 finish was Rob Chaney, Broc Martin, Craig Mintz, Andrew Paulker, and Byron Reed. The B main was won by D.J. Foos, who was followed by Macedo, Dean Jacobs, Shawn Valenti and Lee Jacobs. There was some rough driving in this one too as Foos used a slide job and some contact on Dean Jacobs to get by him on his way to the front. The track was still tacky so aggressiveness was often the only way to make a pass.