The Limited Late Models also had an amazing fight up front and Tim Powers had the job of holding off Tyler Clem. Clem would not remove himself from Powers’ rear bumper, and driver No. 14 gave the fans a true feel-good story. In the end Powers did win, but admitted in Victory Lane that ‘The Kid’ was definitely coming. Clem finished second with Jason Pope, Devin Walker, and Chuck Jackson in tow.
William Gillam led the opening stint for the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and actually held on through two early cautions. On lap seven, Jason Gamble got loose and spun the Donnie Dobbins-owned No. 33 and made unfortunate contact with Tony Campbell. Both driver’s nights were over, but they were OK.
Gillam held the lead until lap twelve when Jeff Stalnaker, Jr. took over the point. Stalnaker held on through the final restart and went from worst-to-first to record his second win of the season. Gillam came across in second, Melvin Fockler finished third, James Erickson finished fourth, and Brandon Elwood rounded out the top five.
The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators also had an impressive finish with three cars on three different strategies. Kyle Moore was extremely aggressive on corner entry, Stephen Frankland was smooth, and Tyler Bryden was simply waiting and learning. Moore led the first two laps before handing the lead to Frankland. Frankland led Moore and Bryden until two-to-go, as that’s when Bryden called it go-time.
Bryden used the outside to get around Moore and gave it all he had in turn three on the final lap. Bryden came up a car-length short in the end, but he certainly showed Frankland, the winner, that more competition has arrived. Moore finished third behind Frankland and Bryden. Tom Sheehan finished fourth and Bill Southard completed the top five.