GIBSONTON, Fla. – Shane Burrows picked up his second modified victory in four days of racing on Friday evening at East Bay Raceway Park during the annual Winternationals.
Friday’s night of racing was pivotal for competitors, as the top-six in weekly points would earned guaranteed starting positions in Saturday’s finale. After three nights of racing, Burrows was on the outside looking in and had to win if he hoped to lock into Saturday’s A-Main.
Kevin Adams took the early lead in Friday’s feature, holding a slight margin over Jason Hughes in the first two laps. The caution was displayed twice in the first five laps before the field could start to get momentum. The lap-five incident was a multi-car pileup that left the racers idle on the track while safety workers addressed the incident. When the race went green, Burrows began to make his move, vaulting to second by lap 11 and seeking the lead from Adams.
The leaders encountered lapped traffic, forcing Burrows from the high line to follow the leader. As Adams approached Donnie Moran on the bottom, Burrows determined the best way to go would be back on the top. Adams had difficulty getting past Moran and that was all of the opportunity Burrows needed to grab the lead on lap 24.
Adams tried gamely to get the lead back after a couple of late race restarts, with Spencer Hughes factoring in for his best run of the week. When the checkered waved, it was Burrows dashing across the line for his second feature win of the week.
The victory was enough to move Burrows solidly into the top-six in points. Devin Dixon’s fifth place was enough to secure the top point spot. The racers who earned places in Saturday’s feature are Dixon, Adams, Burrows, Tyler Nicely, Jason Hughes and Tait Davenport.
Thomas Pratt won the companion street stock feature.