Fonntaine AACA Desoto race notes

Chris Fontaine finished in third place in the AACS 125 lap race at Desoto Speedway last Saturday night. Chris had qualified third out of 21 cars, his best qualifying effort ever, but the roll of the dice inverted the first two rows to start ...

Chris Fontaine finished in third place in the AACS 125 lap race at Desoto Speedway last Saturday night.

Chris had qualified third out of 21 cars, his best qualifying effort ever, but the roll of the dice inverted the first two rows to start in front of thousands of fans there for Memorial day festivities.

Chris got a two car length jump on the pack at the start of the race and led for two laps before the #12 got underneath him in turns one and two.

On lap 29, the #5 car got underneath Chris in turn four and bumped him up causing Chris to spin. The officials made the #5 go to the back of the pack and put Chris in 2nd place again for the restart.

Twelve laps after the restart, Chris had pulled away from the pack with a two second lead over the third place car, and was running only one second behind the leading #12.It took the #7 car 40 laps to catch Chris and two laps to get by him to take the second spot.

Four laps later, the #5 car, who had made his way from the back and had been following Chris for at least 10 laps, finally got by him on the frontstretch.

It looked like Chris was going to the fourth spot until the #7 pulled into the infield on the same lap coming out of turn four, giving up the third spot to Chris.

At lap 100, the #18 car began getting close to Chris and nipped on his heels for the last 25 laps, but Chris held onto the third position to the checkered flag for his first visit to the front stretch since 2000.

"I thank the crew and my family for their great support", Chris said during the front stretch interview.

The finish gives Chris seven top 10's and four top five finishes out of 18 races in 2003.

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