Was in the #111 pits of the Patrick Thomas/Harris Storage car, and things were…busy, so the recap is even more hit and miss than usual.
Saw the last part of the feature. Cody Stickler was leading with Josh Todd close behind. Very close. Get-Stickler-sideways close. It was was Dickie would have done, and what Josh should have been doing, and he always turned him loose and was not trying to dump him. But Stickler was a little stronger coming off the corner than Todd and is no lightweight himself, and handled the hits and went on to win the event.
The #111 required significant changes to work best with the American Racer tires, and we were busy dialing it in most of the night.
The car qualified third, and presumably after the draw lined up fourth. In the feature Thomas was hit in the left rear during “normal” Auburndale action. Later while lining up on the outside of the leader on a subsequent yellow, the left rear tire went flat, resulting in a restart from the rear of the field.
After a considerable amount of Auburndale’s usual “abnormal” action and general loss of sheetmetal throughout the field, Patrick brought the car home in sixth–and largely in one piece.
Sean Bass was taken out by the accordion effect in an early accident. but his teamate “Mr. Smith” (apologies, did not catch his first name), stayed clean and in front to win the event. Only to get T-Boned by the supersized Fire pickup truck following the race. It came in on the hook.
There are dozens, if not hundreds of additional stories and details regarding this event, perhaps others can add.
Overall, not a good, but a great night at the track!
ps–Ms. Dora Thorne was there in a good looking car, drove well, and came home with a top ten (I think). But even more important was her lone bumper sticker in the center of the rear of the car which simply read “Don’t Be a Dick!”. There ya go…