MERCER, Pa. – Eric Williams registered a dominant performance in the nonstop 410 sprint car feature at Mercer Raceway Park Saturday night.
It was his first triumph of the season and it came just a week before he will tie the knot with Dayna Gainor.
“You should win when you start up front like that,” Williams said. “I had to run hard the whole way because I had no idea who was behind me or where they were.”
But, Williams did admit that be backed things down a bit with about five laps remaining when he saw the temperature gauge creeping up.
“It got a little hotter than I’d like, and I was fortunate that I had such a big lead at the time,” Williams said.
Dan Kuriger jumped out to an early lead in the Luxaire Heating & Coooling, McCrudden’s Heating & Supply 410 sprint car main. Williams rode in second, and he began to apply the pressure beginning on lap seven. As the leaders were getting into lapped traffic, Kuriger ducked low and that left the high side completely open for Williams. The former champion powered off turn two with a lead that he would never surrender.
Williams stayed hard on the throttle despite his advantage over Kuriger and company. By lap 19, Williams had a half track lead. He began to back things off a bit after that, as he saw the temperature gauge starting to rise.
Adam Kekich was running in the top five the whole way, and his car came to life in the second half of the event. By lap 20, he was in second and closing on Williams, but the margin was too substantial for the third generation driver to challenge for the lead. Jack Sodeman Jr. also made advances in the final laps, taking over third. Andy McKisson crossed in fifth, just ahead of Kuriger, who had to be pleased with his performance after a season full of mechanical woes.
In the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, Kyle Fink grabbed the lead on a lap six restart and he held command the rest of the way. The win moved him back to the top of the points standings by seven points over runnerup Jimmy Holden. Andy Feil took his third win of the season in the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Rusty Moore captured his third straight victory, and fourth overall, in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars. Steve Longwell Jr. returned to the winner’s circle in the Mini Stocks. The nightcap for the Rock Concrete Modified Lites was won by Rod Jones.