With the lead in hand, Swindell went with 11th-starting Bruce in tow. Distancing from the No. 18 on the restart, Bruce wasted little time catching up. Again, slower traffic would come into play for the lead as the pair dashed toward the tail of the field. Taking several looks, Bruce finally saw his opportunity on Lap 24 only to see the caution out for the stalled No. 4pm of Whit Gastineau as he went side by side for the lead.
Like before, Swindell would take off to a near half-second advantage on the restart, forcing the Lubbock Wrecker Service No. 18 to play catch-up.
Catching Swindell more, and more, Bruce pulled to the back bumper of the Hammers No. 94 at the white flag. Sticking to Swindell’s tire tracks through turns one and two, Bruce dove to the inside of Swindell, cocked sideways with the wall approaching in a true all or nothing bid for the lead.
Leaving just enough room for Swindell to turn the car down the track, Tony Bruce, Jr. would have to settle for second as Jeff Swindell doubled down.
“I really wish we could have stayed in traffic there, but that’s the name of the game. I knew he was getting tight in the cushion really bad but every time he messed up, it seemed like I messed up,” commented Bruce. “When I saw the white flag I said well, it’s time to earn my paycheck. Unfortunately it didn’t stick.”
Brad Loyet stormed from 18th to complete the podium.
“We used up a lot of our car coming from the back like that,” said Loyet. “We had a really good car coming out of the B and toward the end I thought I may have a shot at this. I just wasn’t sure if they were going to wipe each other out on the last lap.”
Johnny Herrera crossed fourth after starting 12th followed by Cole Wood from 20th to complete the top five.
Jeff Swindell, Tony Bruce Jr., Brad Loyet, Johnny Herrera, Cole Wood, Jonathan Beason, Brandon Hanks, Seth Bergman, Morgan Turpen, Mike Goodman, Christopher Bell, Logan Forler, Kyle Clark, Alex Sewell, Zach Pringle, Jamie Passmore, Miranda Arnold, Brandon Hahn, Whit Gastineau, Jason Johnson, Tim Crawley, Tony Stewart, Matt Covington.