In the closing laps, Thomas lapped slower cars smoothly in his No. 17rw Rotondo-Weirich/Blackjack Oil Maxim and extended his lead to three seconds at the checkered flag.
The biggest mover was Bryan Clauson, who raced from 20th to seventh as he chases Darland for both the national series and Sprint Week points.
Tyler Hewitt was treated at a local hospital for a broken shoulder and ribs after a nasty four-car wreck in the first heat race, that saw both Hewitt and Gary Taylor flip down the frontstretch.“Really, getting through traffic and not hitting anything, that’s pretty critical in itself,’ Thomas said afterward. “Running the bottom just takes a lot of patience here, but most of the time it’s the fast way around. It’s not the most flashy, but it does get the job done. I worked and worked the bottom as long as I could and I saw somebody up top and it was my buddy, “WesMac.” So, I went to the top in three and four and I knew the bottom was still good in one and two. I never really saw anybody’s nose after that. I think that one move on the backstretch, going to the top, is what settled it for us.”
McIntyre spent nearly the whole race working on the top. He explained, “It was the long way around tonight. It was a finesse track tonight and that’s what we’ve been struggling with is my finesse. Finally I got it down and the cushion, it was up there and it was scary, but I really had to concentrate on my line and be as smooth as I could and I couldn’t let KT get in my head when he passed me. I just really had to keep my head on straight and finish the race out.”