Eighteen late models took the green flag for the first of the two 60 lap Easter Bunny Twins tonight at Dominion Raceway. Tyler Hughes in the number 8 Row 6 machine took the pole in qualifying and after the invert started P4 on the grid.
When the green flag dropped, Michael Hardin, the pole sitter, led the field into turn one before pulling away for the early lead, followed by Timmy Phipps and Hughes. By lap 8 the top eight cars were single file and on lap ten, Hughes passed Hardin to take the lead until the only caution of the night came out at lap 14 to bunch the field back up with a restart.
Hughes would start on the inside of row one, take the lead going into turn one, and never look back. Hughes stretched out his lead by almost half a straight away until Jeff Oakley was able to come from fourth place after the restart to try and reel in the leader, but there was just not enough time left in the 60 lap sprint.
When asked before the race what it was going to take to get to victory lane tonight after the bad luck 2 weeks ago, Hughes said “I think it is just racing smart tonight and staying out of trouble. We did have a stretch of bad luck last week. Staying out of trouble and keeping it out front will be key”.
The rest of the top five were Oakley, Doug Barnes, Hardin and Grayson Cullather
Tyler Hughes started the second 60 lap twin in P6 after the invert, but drove through the field and put the Row 6 machine in Radley Chevrolet Victory Lane for the second time tonight.
Alex Brock started on the pole after Sergio Pena had to go to the rear of the field due to starting the race in a different car. Brock led the field to the stripe but it was Mike Ganoe that took the early lead followed by Grayson Cullather.
Several lead changes took place, including Hughes taking the lead on lap 17, before the first caution flew on lap 24 when Ganoe found the outside wall coming out of turn four. The restart saw Hughes, Cullather, Doug Barnes and Jeff Oakley as the top four. After the restart, Hughes and Barnes were able to pull away leaving Cullather, Oakley and Michael Hardin to battle it out for third through fifth.
The second and last caution came out with 27 to go. Much like the last one, Hughes would jump out to the lead and never look back. With 15 laps to go, the only way the field would catch Hughes was if a third caution came out and but never did allowing Hughes to take his second checker flag of the night. Barnes, Oakley, Hardin and Cullather rounded out the top 5.
“We came through the pack pretty quick. The outside lane was working really there good off the restart and we picked up quite a few spots” Hughes said afterward. “Great run for this Row 6 Ford. Can’t thank my guys enough”.
After swapping the lead twice in the final 10 laps, Pete Sullivan was able to make a pass with only four laps left to win the any car feature at Dominion tonight.
Sullivan made a move with 12 laps to go passing two cars to take the lead and John Andrews followed in his tire tracks. Andrews started ninth out of nine on the grid and was able to come home with second place finish.
Ten cars took the green flag for the American Family Fitness Dominion Stock feature that saw Andrew Condrey come from third place to take the feature win tonight.
Condrey took the lead from Travis Weber and on the first lap and was pulling away when the first of 2 cautions came out. On the restart, Condrey was challenged for a quarter lap and then pulled away and had a ten car lead with 30 to go.
With 24 laps to go, the second caution came out when Ryan Paul hit the outside wall in turn two bringing out the red flag.
When the green flag dropped to resume racing, Condrey Todd Ruggles would start side by side. Condrey pulled away going into turn one and never looked back taking the feature win over Ruggles, Weber and Tommy Smith.
Seventeen cars took the green flag for the 25 lap UCAR feature tonight that saw Jimmy Pritt drive off to an early lead, but saw Daniel Thomas take the checkered flag in the MN Upholstery feature.
Thomas took the lead from Pritt when he started back pedaling through the field with what appeared to be an issue with the nine car.
Caution number two of four came out with fifteen to go and the restart had Thomas, David Gonce, Cameron Ruggles and Michael Frazier making up the first two rows. When the green waved, Gonce took the lead but with thirteen to go Gonce dropped back to third and Thomas took over the lead with Ruggles in between the two for second.
The fourth caution came when the restart saw multiple came come together on the back stretch. Since it was the fourth of the feature, laps started counting under the yellow setting up a green, white, checkered. The restart had Thomas, Gonce, Ruggles and Ryan Pritt making up the first 2 rows. The green flag dropped and Thomas led the way while Pritt went from fourth to second, but he didn’t have enough time to catch Thomas. EJ Kenny finished first in the import division.
“Been working on this thing for two years now. Couple years ago it wouldn’t run right and finally figured out the problem. Come up here two years ago and just got beat that night and decided to come play tonight and it all worked out for us” Thomas said in victory lane after his first win if the year.