Walker closed to Barton’s rear bumper over the final pair of circuits, but Barton was up to challenge and denied Walker a weekend sweep in the process. Behind the lead duo, DCRP points leader Jeff Kaup slipped underneath his brother Don Kaup for the show position in the final corner with Toby Witthuhn rounding out the top five.
Making just his second DCRP start of the year, defending IMCA Stock Car track champion Perry Misner battled past Ron Hartman for the lead on the 17th lap en route to becoming the eighth different winner in as many Stock Car feature events this season.
While Misner started seventh, Hartman gunned into the lead from the pole position at the drop of the green flag and held off Keith Riley and Sonny O’Hair in the initial circuits with Misner making his way to third by the fourth lap.
Misner was up to second by the sixth lap and pressured Hartman over the next ten laps before finally making the winning move stick on the 17th lap. Hartman kept the heat on over the final three rounds but had to settle for second as Misner claimed the checkered flag. Michael Pepper was a close third, with Tyler Tipton and Sonny O’Hair rounding out the top five.
As the laps wound down in the Thunder Car main event, Matt O’Hair looked to be a likely third place finisher. But a turn of events as the white flew in the 20-lapper opened the door for the Laverne, Oklahoma driver’s second win of the year.
As O’Hair worked his way forward from the ninth starting position, pole starter Adam Duesing jumped into the lead at the outset and held a commanding lead until heavy smoke began billowing from his machine just as the white flag flew.
At the same time, debris in turn four forced a caution to set up a green-white-checkered dash to the line. With Duesing forced pitside with engine woes, Michael Penrod assumed the lead in front of O’Hair.
Penrod held off O’Hair for a lap, but O’Hair was able to battle past Penrod on the backstretch on the final lap to take the win with Penrod in second. Bryan Habiger claimed third with W.D. Matteson and David Shumard rounding out the top five.