Shawn Dancer timed in fastest followed by Spencer Bayston. They were the first two guys out to time and that made a difference as track conditions rapidly worsened. After time trials, the track was watered and run in again but it wasn’t near enough moisture. There were two water trucks. One truck showered waterfalls of water. Like a lot of water. They used this truck to water the pits and outside the track turns. The other water truck just misted water…that was the truck they used to water the track. Uggh! By the time the first NRA heat hit the track, the surface was getting dry again.
After the first NRA heat, they brought out the All Star heats. The top four would transfer to the A main. Chris Andrews won heat 1 followed by Aaron Ruetzel, Parker Price Miller and Bayston. In the 2nd heat, it was just ice skating around. Paul McMahon won heat 2 followed by Cole Duncan, Geo Scelzi and Dave Blaney. By the time the 3rd heat rolled around, guys were searching all over for traction. As a result of the dry track with no traction, the cars would slide up turn two.
Their momentum carried them over the turn….and they would slide over the banking and keep a foot in it. There was more traction on the backside of turn two, off the track, and this would launch guys down the back stretch! The heat 3 finish was Danny Dietreich, Kyle Larson, Ryan Smith and Rico Abreu. In heat 4, Macedo had a head of steam going into turn one down low and punted Josh Baughman in turn two of the first lap. Baughman was air born and landed with a damaged car. It was simply a racing deal….two cars trying to race to the same spot. Macedo had to start in the back. Bauman did not return but Macedo worked his way back to the 2nd spot at the finish! The finish was Chad Kemenah, Macedo, D.J. Foos and Mitch Harble. In heat 5, Tim Shaffer was patient and worked his way around Chase Baker for the win. Baker did a great driving job to secure 2nd and with it his first All Star dash. Third was Kasey Kahne followed by Tony Stewart. During the last heat, the track started taking rubber in turn two.