Singleton Claims First RUSH LM Feature


McClellan had opened up some ground before Singleton passed Satterlee for second, but on lap nine Singleton closed in. McClellan then dealt with the lapped car of Darin Henderson on lap 11. One lap later, Singleton ducked low on McClellan to take a peek at the lead. Singleton would make the winning move on lap 13 with an inside move of McClellan off turn four.

Meanwhile the battle for fourth continued with Troutman, 12th starting Mike Pegher, Jr., and Montgomery all getting by Ruhlman by lap 14. Pegher continued his forward progression taking fourth from Troutman on lap 16 with an inside move and bringing Elliott with him. Elliott was clearly the fastest car on the speedway just past the halfway mark and made quite the move to get by both Pegher and Satterlee for third on lap 18.

Elliott was more than a straightaway back of the leaders as the laps ticked off caution-free. Pegher made the pass of good friend Satterlee for fourth on lap 20. Singleton and McClellan were dealing with heavy lapped traffic as Elliott cut the margin to a half-straightaway with eight laps to go. Now with five laps from the finish, Elliott caught McClellan. Elliott then made the pass for runner-up on lap 26, while one lap later Pegher moved ahead of McClellan for third.

Singleton did a masterful job in lapped traffic in the final laps to garner the victory in the Clint Enyeart-owned #99*. After starting sixth, but dropping as far back as ninth, Elliott put on quite a driving display to earn the $1,200 runner-up position without a caution in the event timed in 11:209 minutes.