The green wasn’t out for long when Bobby Pifer III got low into the yuke tires on the backstretch bringing out the caution. When green replaced yellow, King and Dellinger moved past Lunger for positions three and four respectively. Lunger would slow and bring out the final caution of the event with 11 laps scored.
Back under green, John Waters got back by Dellinger for fourth. While Blair pulled away, it was a four-car race for second with Latta trying to hold off King, Waters, and Dellinger. King ducked under Latta on the backstretch heading into turn three to take the runner-up spot away. By now, Blair had a near three-second lead on King at the halfway point. On lap 15, Waters slipped high in turn four allowing Dellinger to reclaim fourth.
Blair slowly increased his lead every lap and when the checkered flag was displayed, Blair crossed the finish line ahead of King by a whopping 4.6 seconds. The win was Blair’s fifth of his career in Sweeney RUSH Tour action.
“Any time you win a crate race it’s an accomplishment,” said Blair. “The competition is so good, especially with this Tour deal. To come here at Expo and win in front of the great crowds they always get means a lot. I love to come here and race every year. Hopefully we’re back next year, and we’ll be here if we can be. Ray and John (Dawson) own this car and it’s great to win with them here. They are some the greatest people I’ve ever met. Hopefully this deal lasts a long time and we can go places together.”
King, Latta, Dellinger and Waters completed the top five.
Max Blair, Russell King, Matt Latta, Alan Dellinger, John Waters, Ryan Montgomery, Cody Dawson, Jamie Wrightsman, Jason Rider, Chad McClellan, Eric Wilson, Ralph Morgan Jr., W.L. Stile, Dennis Lunger Jr., Bobby Pifer III, Josh Double.