Lonesome Pine Twin 50's race notes

COEBURN-Michael Kidd and Chad Harris both had a victory this past Saturday night after racing in the Twin 50s Late Model feature races during the Kinzer Drilling 260. For the first Twin 50 race held that night, Kidd started from the pole and led...

COEBURN-Michael Kidd and Chad Harris both had a victory this past Saturday night after racing in the Twin 50s Late Model feature races during the Kinzer Drilling 260.

For the first Twin 50 race held that night, Kidd started from the pole and led the entire race from start to finish. After winning last week, Eric McClure was hoping to do the same thing again this weekend. McClure started on the outside pole and was able to remain there, with Harris challenging him for the second close behind.

Finishing third through fifth were Harris, Vicars, and Doug Mate.

"I think I may have gotten snookered in this thing. I went out and I ran hard, I don't know about Eric and Chad back there. They may have been saving some for the second race, but hopefully we got something left for the second one and maybe we can make it two in a row," said Kidd after the first Twin 50.

There were only two cautions brought out during the first Twin 50. The first came on lap 24. Kres VanDyke, who was running in fifth place at the time, was trying to advance his position to fourth. He made several attempts to get under Vicars, but his last was not successful. As Vicars and VanDyke were exiting turn 2 and entering the backstretch VanDyke tried to make the pass under Vicars resulting in a spin and hitting the inside retaining wall hard. He was forced to pit to change tires and restarted the race when the green flag dropped. As luck was not on his side, he was forced to pit again under the green on lap 29.

The last caution of the night was brought out by the cars of Doug Price, Matt Wolfe, Ronnie McCarty and Rusty Skewes all getting together as they exited turn 4 onto the front stretch.

The second Twin 50 was won by Chad Harris who was able to avoid the many cautions. "It feels good to be back in victory lane," said Harris after the last Twin 50.

Kidd said after the race that he felt he hurt his car by running the first Twin 50 too hard. This resulted in him running the second race on abused tires. As a rule, the drivers are to run the same tires for the second Twin 50 as they did for the first. They are not allowed to change and put fresh tires on their cars.

The first caution of the race, which eventually became a red flag, came on lap 2 as Stacy Vicars hit the outside wall exiting turn 2 hard and erupting into flames on the backstretch. After the race, Vicars said that he was fine, but that he is not sure what happened. The fuel pump was knocked off the car, which caused it to burst into flames.

After the track was cleaned, the race was restarted. Harris jumped out to the lead where he remained there for 20 clean laps of racing until lap 22 when the cars of Doug Mate, Doug Price, Ronnie McCarty, and Kirby Gobble provided a huge wreck exiting turn 2. Mate and Gobble got together as they were running off of turn 2 resulting in Mate's car driving over top of the hood of Gobble's machine. McCarty and Price got together as an after affect trying to avoid hitting the cars of Mate and Gobble.

The last caution was brought out when Skewes' car broke loose going into turn 4. He was unable to gather the car up and continue racing, which caused the caution on lap 44.

With six laps remaining, Harris quickly jumped out into the lead. Kidd was unable to challenge Harris for the lead, which resulted in him finishing in second place. Finishing third through fifth were Steve Blackburn, McClure, and Price.

This Friday, July 4th, is the U.S. Army 265 featuring all five weekly divisions plus the pro challenge series. Racing begins at 7:30 p.m. and all tickets are just $5, kids 12 and under are free.

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Drivers Steve Blackburn