NSCA: Boone County race summary 2002-07-12

NSCA field "Snake-bitten" at Albion. ALBION, Neb. (July 12, 2002) - Just having Jake Peters in the line-up is enough to make the rest of the field step it up a notch to have a shot at winning. Put him on the pole and you'd better have room for...

NSCA field "Snake-bitten" at Albion.

ALBION, Neb. (July 12, 2002) - Just having Jake Peters in the line-up is enough to make the rest of the field step it up a notch to have a shot at winning.

Put him on the pole and you'd better have room for a few more notches.

Friday night, Peters added another notch to his belt as he led every lap of the NSCA Ethanol E-10 Sprint Series main event at the Boone County Raceway in Albion, Neb. "The Snake" slithered onto the pole via the three-car inversion after finishing third in his heat, then drove away from the field in the 25-lap nightcap.

It was the second straight Nebraska Sprint Car Association victory for Peters, as well as the third straight year he dominated at the high-banked 3/8-mile oval.

As the green flag fell, Peters moved the Weseman-powered Folkens Bros. Trucking no. 57x Eagle sprinter to the cushion on the high side while fellow front row starter Jason Danley of Lincoln, Neb., took to the bottom groove. Peters, of Sioux Falls, S.D., quickly put four car-lengths between himself and his chasers before the first of four cautions waved on the first lap for Mike Gabelhouse's spin onto the opposite side of the turn 3 banking.

After a complete restart, Peters again jumped out to a sizable advantage, only to have his lead wiped out again when Tim St. Arnold of Des Moines, Iowa, launched his mount out of the park in turns 3-4. St. Arnold was unhurt in the tumble.

One more lap made it into the books after the restart before a spectacular four-car melee involving Kory Rawstern, Tim Fricke, Greg Bolte and Billy Alley brought a halt to the action. After a lengthy delay to untangle the four cars, only Fricke was unable to re-fire.

Back under green, Peters checked out again and left the battle behind him to be fought for second-place. For the next 15 laps, Danley watched from a straightaway behind while Peters drove flawlessly in lapped traffic. A final caution with four laps remaining was no help to the field as four lapped cars between himself and second-place Danley gave Peters clear sailing to the checkers.

The late caution did, however, help tenth-starting Mike Chadd close the gap on Danley. The two swapped position over the final few laps with Chadd getting the runner-up finish at the flagstand.

Danley finished third, with defending NSCA Ethanol E-10 Series champion Rick Ideus of Roca, Neb., coming home fourth. Second-generation racer Seth Brahmer rounded out the top five finishers.

With the victory, Peters also wrestled the Series points lead away from Billy Alley, who struggled to a tenth-place finish. A top-ten finish for the popular rookie from Lincoln, Neb., was a victory in itself as his crew had to perform extensive repairs to the front end of his sprinter following a crash in the second heat race, then again after the lap-5 pile-up in the main event.

The NSCA Ethanol E-10 Sprint Series moves on to the Thayer County Speedway for a Friday, Aug. 16 date at the Deshler, Neb., oval.

For more information about the Nebraska Sprint Car Association and the NSCA Ethanol E-10 Series, log on to www.nscasprints.com.

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