Edwards Wins Third of the Season
Lorain, OH – by: Tim Church
It wasn’t a dominating win for Kyle Edwards, but it definitely was a spectacular one. Edwards came from seventh to first on a last lap restart to take the victory at Lorain County Raceway Park on Saturday night. Kyle was just a tenth a second off from the track record during qualifying, but said they had missed the set up for the feature.
The field was led to the green flag by the 36 of JJ Henes and the 32 of Moe Lilje with Moe quickly building a healthy lead on the rest of the field. Point leaders Edwards and 19 Trent Stephens were battling it out in the middle of the pack while 22 Mike McVetta was on the move taking over second place.
McVetta could only come within a few car lengths of the Soule Racing 32, but Moe seemed to be up for the challenge. While McVetta was working on trying to find a way to the lead, 30 Talon Stephens who had missed the last race at Oswego Speedway, was on the move and had found himself in third place. With no caution flags during the race, things suddenly changed on lap 29 when the 22 spun coming out of turn two and ended up in the infield and missing out on a podium finish.
On the restart the cars of 64 Jim Paller and Trent Stephens came together both making hard contact with the front stretch wall and sliding off of the track. The 19 had heavy front end damage, but would return to the track. While the 64 of Paller would be out for the night with heavy front and rear end damage to his car.
With just one lap to go the field was given the green flag and Kyle Edwards from his third starting spot was able to get by for the win! Kyle said in victory lane they had missed the stagger on the car, but used the red flag to his advantage as his tires had cooled down enough that he was able to get by for the win.
The season finale will be at Lorain Raceway Park on SUNDAY, August 29th. Pits open at 10, Hot Laps at 12 with Racing at 3. We will crown a Champion on this day, so mark your calendars as you will not want to miss it! Only 11 points difference between current first place points leader #11 Kyle Edwards and second place #19 Trent Stephens. Only two points difference between third place #22 Mike McVetta and fourth place #88 AJ Lesiecki.
Fast Qualifier: 11.878 #11 Kyle Edwards
Heat #1 Finish: 1. #64 Paller 2. #32 Liljie 3. #22 McVetta 4. #92 Lehnert 5. #36 Henes, 6. #88 Jonathon Lesiecki 7. #38 Evans
Heat #2 Finish: 1. #11 Edwards 2. #19 Trent Stephens 3. #88 AJ Lesiecki 4. #30 Talon Stephens 5. #55 Reid 6. OZ Ehrhart
Feature Finish= 1. Kyle Edwards (11) 2. Moe Lilje (32) 3. Talon Stephens (30) 4. Mike McVetta (22) 5. JJ Henes (36) 6. AJ Leseicki (88) 7. Trent Stephens (19) 8. Jim Paller (64) 9. Jonathan Lesiecki (8) 10. Larry Lehnert (92) 11. JD Evans (38) 12. Rich Reid (55) 13. (OZ) Cord Ehrhart (DNS)
$200 James Valentine goes to #11 Kyle Edwards
$100 4th Turn Crazies Hard Charger – #11 Kyle Edwards
$150 Quest Restoration Last Car Running – #88 Jonathon Lesiecki
#OZ – Ehrhart – DNS – Oil Leak
#55 – Reid – Vibration
#38 – Evans – Mag Issue