A multi-car pileup in lap 53 brought out the red flag, with Pete Britten and Scagliotta spun in the front stretch and Michel Chicoine, Rauscher and Tim Currier also involved. With heavy damage incurred, Scagliotta’s and Britten’s rides were towed to the pits. Chicoine was able to continue racing, as was Currier after a brief visit with the pit crew. Not involved in the wreck, Jimmy Phelps took the pause as an opportunity to check his tires and pit under yellow.
Off the restart, Hearn found some speed off the topside, and battled side-by-side with Decker for the lead for a lap. Decker was pulled ahead and maintained his position.
On lap 57, Matt Billings had issues with the No. 74, but pulled into the infield early enough to keep the field green. Matt Sheppard was making his way forward from his eleventh starting position, passing McDonald and Dunn to fall sixth behind Planck.
Decker soon reached lapped traffic again, darting past Rauscher on the inside in lap 63. However, a caution in lap 66 brought by Tomkins, who had spun off the track in turn one, kept leaders from getting too deep into lapped cars.
The lap-71 restart brought Decker back into the lead before the yellow flag waved again in lap 75 for Bernard and Pat O’Brien, who made contact in turn two.
After the restart, Decker kept up his pace, and, by lap 79, established a good distance between himself and Hearn. Johnson also kept up, and in lap 80 slid under Hearn on the backstretch, racing side-by-side until he finally pulled ahead in turn three to usurp the second spot. In lap 84, Decker again lapped cars at the rear of the field, but the traffic didn’t slow the leaders. Decker stayed ahead, with Johnson, Hearn and Planck all nose-to-tail until the checkered flag.
“It was great to get another position,” Johnson reflected on the deft maneuver around Hearn that brought him a second-place finish. “He was tight, his car was tight. He was pushing going into turn 3. Once he pushed up a little bit, I was able to get my nose underneath him and he couldn’t get back down. He pretty much had to give it up.”
McDonald finished the race fifth after starting sixth. Sheppard finished sixth, Wight seventh, Dunn eighth and Pat O’Brien ninth. A hard-charging Erick Rudolph finished tenth after starting 17th.