Cain flawless in ARA win at Peach State

JEFFERSON, GA. - Mickey Cain turned in a flawless performance driving what he called "the most perfect car I've had in years" and thoroughly dominated the 125-lap American Racing Association (ARA) Southern Thunder late model race at Peach State ...

JEFFERSON, GA. - Mickey Cain turned in a flawless performance driving what he called "the most perfect car I've had in years" and thoroughly dominated the 125-lap American Racing Association (ARA) Southern Thunder late model race at Peach State Speedway Sunday night, July 8.

"I can run anywhere I wanted to on the race track," Cain said. "I haven't had a car drive like this in years. Winning is easy when your car is that perfect."

Cain, of Cleveland, Ga., scored his first Southern Thunder victory of the season with a dazzling display of restarts. He had started his Ford fifth, but was third by the fourth lap, second by lap 18 and then he took the lead for keeps with a high-side pass of Gary Helton on lap 21. Honestly, if it hadn't been for nine cautions that bunched 'em up, it would have been a runaway.

Cain led by as many as four seconds and was usually pulling away when another caution fell, but more importantly, he got the best of every restart and was never challenged.

"Mickey was unbeatable," said runner-up Todd Vanderford. "It took me five laps (after a restart) to get the tires under me, and by then he was gone. Plus, I lost my power steering on lap two, and my arms are flat give-out. If I had power steering and a better handling car, I might could win one of these."

Duane Baggy finished third, Michael Lance was fourth, Royce Berry fifth, Helton sixth and 14-year-old sensation Stephen Leight was sixth.

But nobody could challenge Cain on this hot, steamy Georgia night where cockpit temperatures reached 125 degrees before the start of the feature. The field sweltered under Cain's attack.

The most specatular - and scary - caution came on lap 83 when Jeff Gore had to swerve to avoid a lapped car and smashed into the side of John Lovett. Lovett's car climbed the outside retaining wall and came to a halt at a 45-degree angle, with his right wheels on top of the wall. Both drivers climbed out of their cars uninjured.

"Jeff had a run on me and I was going to let him pass," Lovell said. "Then, and I don't know why, that lapped car got in Jeff's way, and Jeff had nowhere to go but to hit me. That was a hard lick, a real hard lick, and it tore up both of our cars. I've been laps down before, and when you're laps down, you just get out of way. That's it."

-ARA-

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