Gustin held on to the lead until misfortune struck on lap 55. He got into the back of Kyle Berck’s car, causing significant damage to his car and bringing out the caution flag for Berck. Gustin fired into turn number one on the restart, but his ill-handling car rammed into the concrete wall causing even more damage, which ended his night after a magnificent run. Gustin was dejected in the pit area as he let a golden opportunity slip away.
“I followed him (Berck) for a lap or two and he came down the track and I got into him. When you have Jimmy Owens behind you, you have to go.”
“I have to thank Mike Reece, Reece Monument Company, Gantte Appraisals, Cornett Racing Engines, and Bloomquist Race Cars,” said Owens, who recorded the 41st win of his LOLMDS career.
Jackson had his best career finish in LOLMDS competition and thought he had a shot at the end on Owens.
“I thought I could catch him late in the race when he got into traffic a little bit. I was gaining on him, but he was just too fast. If we keep running like this, hopefully we can get out and run some more national shows with these Lucas Oil drivers. They are great to race with.”
Blankenship maintained his points lead in the series after taking home third.
“We went out and hot lapped and broke an oil line. Thank you to my amazing crew for all of their hard work. We had a new Jay Dickens engine in and it ran really well here tonight. Congratulations to Jimmy and Tony.”