It’s Thomas Again In Sprint Week


Darland’s No. 71p Phillips Motorsports/Racer’s Advantage DRC charged at Thomas again as they began lap 29, executing a strong slide job through the first turn to pull ahead, but Thomas turn back under and retook the lead as they raced off turn two. Taking the white flag just a foot apart, Darland dove to the inside to execute an even stronger slide job, but suddenly his machine spun around twice and slammed the outside wall.

Lining up for the green-white-checkered restart, Thomas had Ballou on his tail, with Bacon, Stanbrough, Stockon and Brady Short just behind. When Ballou slid high in turn two, Stanbrough’s No. 66 Daryl Tate/Shane Wade Marion Underground Construction DRC shot past, hoping for a chance to catch Thomas. But Thomas had victory lane in site, and took the checkers with a half-straightaway margin.

In the pits, Darland was examining his machine closely. Then he provided, “Well, it was a good run, these guys gave me a good race car again. We had a chance to win. Just going into turn one after taking the white flag, the throttle stuck, not wide open, but a quarter open. So it cost us a race car and a race. It cost us a lot.”

A couple of haulers away, Stanbrough was clearly disappointed with his second-place effort. Although they had been the fastest qualifier, starting sixth, he admitted that they were a too far off when the green fell.

“We were just really tight at the beginning,” Stanbrough said. “I knew that the car would probably come to me, but we didn’t want to lose that much ground on the leaders. We lost entirely too much and it would have been better for us to have a yellow a little bit earlier than what we did. I’m glad that we had the yellow because otherwise, we would have probably been a sixth- or seventh-place car. There just wasn’t enough time for me to make up all that ground on all of the cars, they were too scattered out.”