MCCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. – Will Vaught was in the right place at the right time Friday night during the Lucas Oil MLRA King of the Hill event at Junction Motor Speedway.
While running second with nine laps to go, Travis Dickes’ engine expired and Vaught took over the top spot. He then held off Tony Jackson Jr. to score his first Lucas Oil MLRA win of the season.
Vaught fought a tight race car and carburetor issues, but overall was happy to earn the win.
“It was good,” stated Vaught. “We’ll take a win anyway we can do it. Tony (Jackson) had a really good car. It was unfortunate for Travis (Dickes) to blow a motor there. He was probably gonna win this deal. Tomorrow night hopefully we can beat them fair and square. We’ve got a little tweaking to do to this thing. If it slows down, we’re gonna be really good.”
Dickes led the first sixteen laps after earning the pole position through heat race passing points. Once in lapped traffic Jackson closed in and briefly took the lead, however a yellow wiped out his pass. On the restart with ten laps left, Terry Phillips and Jackson made contact which allowed Vaught to slide up from third to second.
Jackson raced Vaught tough and came up just a bit short at the checkers, finishing second. The podium was rounded out by Kyle Berck, who went from eighth to third in front of a lively fan base, who cheered his move forward. Jesse Stovall and Terry Phillips completed the top five.