LEBANON, Mo. — Repeating his performance to start off last season, Mitchell Moore captured the WAR Sprint Series opener Saturday at Lebanon-Midway Speedway.
From his front row starting position, Moore showed he was the car to beat as he jumped out into the lead at the start. Before a lap could be completed, third starting Josh Stephens and Layne Himebaugh made contact in turn two with Stephens spinning to a stop. Himebaugh would end up going to the pits with damage from the contact. Stephens, meanwhile, would restart at the tail.
Moore again took off on the start and he would jump out to a big lead with Taylor Walton and Peter Palazzolo running behind him. Walton, Palazzolo, Chad Goff, and Bob Thoman had a good race going on behind Moore with Palazzolo moving up to second and Goff and Thoman working their way by Walton. Palazzolo and Goff would work their way past Walton with Goff then moving past Palazzolo. Over the next handful of laps, Palazzolo and Thoman had a very good battle for third as they continued to swap the position until a caution came out with eight laps in the books for Walton, who had stopped in turn two.
Moore continued to lead over Goff, Thoman, Palazzolo, and Stephens, who had worked his way back from the tail. The race’s final caution would come out with twenty three laps complete as Chris Desselle spun in turn four.
This would set up a green-white-checkered finish, but nobody would catch Moore in his Kelly Potter-owned XXX with Moore power under the hood. Goff would come home second in his B&D Racing DRC with Kercher-Mopar power. Thoman, who was the evening’s fast qualifier, came home third in his Cars Plus Credit DRC with Chevy power. Palazzolo was fourth in his Rolla Auto Salvage Covico-powered Eagle. Stephens was fifth in his Summers Bros. Farms Eagle with Gaerte power.