The race was hardly a lap old when the first yellow flew. Heading into one, Cicconi, who started fourth, dove into the first turn, actually assuming the lead. A trio of cars tangled behind him, front row starters James Santamaria and Paul Scally both eliminated.
“Don’t know how I missed it,” Cabral said, pointing out he actually made contact and initially believed he damaged the right front.
Officials called for a total restart and, with the front row gone, Cabral was now on the pole with Cicconi outside. Cabral got away but Cicconi was on his tail and was still there when the leaders got into lapped traffic shortly before the halfway mark. While admitting he “kind of peddled it in traffic,” Cabral car’s “actually got better” getting through the congestion.
“We were at the same speed,” said Cicconi. “If I was going to get him, it would be in traffic.”
Coby, who started ninth, took off from an early battle with John Zych to climb to fifth by lap 10 and sat third on the 18th lap.
“I saw the last caution and said to myself ‘this is now my race to lose,” offered Cabral. “’If that happened, I said, I was going to have to give up racing.” He need not worry about that.