DUNDEE, N.Y. – For the consecutive Friday nights Donnie Lawson stayed patient, capitalized on every opportunity and drove underneath drivers hungry for a win to end up in victory lane.
Lawson won his second sportsman feature in as many weeks, his third win overall in 2013. The three-time track champion and current point leader took the lead from Ricky Newton coming to complete lap 15 and then held off some hard chargers on a late-race restart.
“The car was really good tonight, all the way up until that final restart,” noted Lawson in victory lane. “I’m not sure if the tired sealed over or what happened but thankfully the race wasn’t any longer.” Shortly thereafter, Lawson’s night got even better when he drew his own name in the American Racer Tire Certificate Giveaway.
Lawson started 12th in a loaded field and found it difficult to make major strides forward on the opening laps. Just before a lap six caution, he was able to scoot underneath a dense pack to crack into the top five as the yellow flag was revealed. Just after a lap 11 restart, he moved underneath Loren Lincoln for second and then set his sights on Newton, who had led since the start of the race.
On the race’s final restart with three laps remaining, Ron Cartwright Jr. began to make things interesting on the top of the track, but ran out of laps and came home in second, just edging out Newton at the line. Brady Fultz rallied from a spin on lap one to finish fourth, just ahead of Loren Lincoln. Donnie Lawson’s
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