NSCA: Crawford County race report 2002-09-07

Dakota drivers dominate at Denison: Garner wins NSCA finale while Peters claims series crown DENISON, Iowa (Sept. 7, 2002) - Clint Garner of Sioux Falls, S.D., led a sweep of the top three spots as the NSCA Ethanol E-10 Sprint Series visited the...

Dakota drivers dominate at Denison: Garner wins NSCA finale while Peters claims series crown

DENISON, Iowa (Sept. 7, 2002) - Clint Garner of Sioux Falls, S.D., led a sweep of the top three spots as the NSCA Ethanol E-10 Sprint Series visited the lightning-fast Crawford County Speedway on Saturday. It was the first appearance of the season with Nebraska Sprint Car Association tour for Garner, who led the final 17 of 20 laps on the high-banked, half-mile clay oval.

After a third-place run in the second of five eight-lap High Plains Qualifiers, Garner found himself on the outside of the front row for the start of the main event after a three-car invert was decided via draw.

>From the pole, recent Brodix Tournament of Champions winner Josh Higday of Des Moines led the first three orbits of the Denison, Iowa speedplant before Garner slipped underneath to take the top spot. From there, Garner pulled away to a six-car-length advantage and appeared to be on his way to a comfortable win.

With three laps to go, however, TaxPlusNE.com Dash winner Gregg Bakker moved into second and closed the gap between himself and Garner. With two to go, Bakker showed the nose of his sprinter to his fellow Sioux Falls pilot, but that was as close as he would get as Garner shut the door and led the field to the checkered flag.

Finishing behind Bakker was another Sioux Falls speedster -- Jake Peters -- who secured the season points championship for the NSCA Ethanol E-10 Sprint Series. Nineteen-year-old rising star Billy Alley of Lincoln, Neb., held a 14-point advantage over "The Snake" entering the event, but fell to the runner-up spot following an eighth-place finish in Saturday's "A" feature.

Brian Brown of Higginsville, Mo. finished fourth in the 20-lap nightcap while Higday rounded out the top five finishers.

Winners of the High Plains qualifiers were Peters (who was clocked at 125 mph during the race), Larry Pinegar III, Bakker, Brown and C.J. Johnson. The TaxPlusNE.com dash went to Bakker, while Mitchell Moore and Ryan Anderson raced their way into the main event by winning the 10-lap "B" features.

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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Series Sprint
Drivers Brian Brown , C.J. Johnson