Horton Overcomes New Egypt Cabin Fever


With six laps remaining David Van Horn charged into third only to roll over the cushion and flip in turn one, and with three laps remaining Piazza broke while running third.

This final caution set up a wild restart with Rick Laubach making a move that many described as one of the best they have ever seen, going from seventh in turn one to second by turn two as he drove right down the middle between five cars.

Laubach quickly chased after Horton, but Horton drove away for his 20th career victory at the speedway.

Laubach ran second until he lost the handle in the final turn, causing a collision and then a mad scramble the final 100 yards to the finish line. Jimmy Blewett finished second with Godown completing an impressive comeback in third. Laubach crossed the line fourth with Von Dohren taking fifth.

Ken Hammond captured his first win at New Egypt in the 30-lap Race of Champions Sportsman Tour race. Hammond raced in or near the top five the whole race before finding grooves that worked in each turn and charging up to challenge the leader.

He passed early race leader and teammate Eddie White for second with five laps remaining and then got by New Egypt regular D.J. Ruppert with less than two laps remaining to post his second career Race of Champions tour win. Ruppert had to settle for second for the second straight year in this race, while White crossed the line third.