“Only” 112 cars showed. This race used to draw almost, if not, 300 (or more) cars to make the (now) 30-car field.
This place puts on a show.
After time trials on Friday, the field was set into six heat races of nearly twenty cars each at 15 laps a piece. And only the top three from each heat made it into the “big show”. Positions 4-11 in the heats were in the B-mains, and positions 12th on back were done for the weekend.
The starting field was bumped up from 28 to 30 cars this year, with two cars from time trials who may have not made the field otherwise, getting into starting spots 19 and 20.
The purse for the heat races and B-features was also increased just a bit.
When guys like Eckert, Moran, Chubb Frank, Brian Birkhofer, Bart Hartman, Clint Smith, Jackie Boggs…don’t make the field, you know it’s TOUGH.
So, the polesitter for the feature was the sixth heat winner, Chris Madden. Madden dropped off a bit early on, and outside second row starter Jimmy Owens got out front and walked away in the first fifty laps. A few cautions bunched up the field late, and the last caution came out with 18 laps to go. Owens led Darrell Lanigan, Dan O’Neal, and Eddie Carrier with five to go. Owens’ tires started falling off, and the field started reeling him in in lapped traffic. O’Neal took a shot at Lanigan, but in the meantime, Carrier went to the bottom and got around both the 29 and the 71 with about two to go. Coming down for the white flag and diving into turn one, Carrier took another shot at Owens on the bottom, but couldn’t make it stick. Out of turn four for the checkers, Carrier took one last shot at the win, but came up just short. Owens won his second World 100 title (he won the 2007 edition), Carrier was second less than a car length back. Less than a second and a half in back of that battle, O’Neal got around Lanigan in the final corner for third.
Jeep VanWormer out of Michigan got the Best-Appearing car award for his Spider-themed/9-11 Tribute/American flag machine.
Scott Bloomquist, who was never really a factor in the 100-lap feature, was quick time on Friday with a 15.009.
I have two photo albums on FaceBook if anyone wants to check it out
Oh - and GREAT, cheap food (less than $5.00 for a burger, drink, and a bag of chips?!), CLEAN, LARGE-CAPACITY restrooms, a printed program for an event of this magnitude was only 5 bucks, more souvenir trailers tan a NASCAR race…parking was just as bad…LOL…but man…what a GREAT finish to a helluva race last night!