Daum was hugging the inside. Felker had a strong run a couple of lanes up the track and passed him for the lead exiting turn four.
“Andrew showed me it was tacky above me,” Daum said. “I moved up a lane and the grip was there to get the lead back. (Turns) one and two were a crapshoot, very slick, but three and four were pretty tacky the whole race.”
Felker’s second place brought brightness into what had been a gloomy weekend. The 20-year-old wasn’t able to start the features at Tri-City and US 36 because of rear end problems that surfaced as he was pushed to the grid.
“After the way this weekend went, I’m happy to finish second,” Felker said. “I was happy to start the A main. We’d finished 22 of 24 features this year in the top 10 with no DNFs before the weekend. You know it isn’t going to go on forever like that in racing.”
Aitken was running second for a green-white-checkered finish at US 36 when his Fontana engine began sputtering from a lack of fuel flow and he finished seventh. The 17-year-old started 10th at Valley and, running the far outside, was up to third by the 22nd lap.
“I needed one more restart,” Aitken said.
Aitken didn’t get it. The final 11 laps were run under green.
“Third is awesome,” Aitken said. “We had some bad luck in the first two races this weekend, but third tonight made all the late nights working to finish our new Spike (which made its debut in the three races) worth it.”
Daum trailed Felker by 340 points entering the three-race weekend and cut the deficit to 80 with 16 of 30 races remaining on the schedule.
Zach Daum, Andrew Felker, Garrett Aitken, Parker Price-Miller, Tyler Thomas, Jake Blackhurst, Austin Brown, Daniel Adler, Alex Sewell, Seth Motsinger, Chad Frewaldt, Pat Schudy, Chett Gehrke, Todd McVay, Colten Cottle, Cody Ledger, Brian Reick.