Furr flies to victory at Watsonville Speedway. WATSONVILLE, CA (September 3) -- Brad Furr has gained momentum every time the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series has raced since the Mopar Parts Knoxville Nationals. Following five straight ...
Furr flies to victory at Watsonville Speedway.
WATSONVILLE, CA (September 3) -- Brad Furr has gained momentum every time the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series has raced since the Mopar Parts Knoxville Nationals.
Following five straight single-digit finishes and a late flat tire and crash that kept him from winning the Harvest Classic, Furr dominated Tuesday's "A" Feature at Watsonville Speedway.
"I'm just really glad to get a win in California for all the fans out here," said Furr, who lives in Pleasanton, CA. "I love the crowds out here. This will give us a little momentum heading to Chico (the 49th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway), but the big thing for me is winning so close to home tonight."
The flag-to-flag, $10,000 victory -- Furr's second of the season -- pushed him past Stevie Smith into eighth place in the point standings. He also led all 30 laps in the Southern Bleacher Classic at Texas Motor Speedway April 5th. Furr's #2 Sanmina/SCI Eagle blew 11 Don Ott engines during the first three months of the season, but the team has had no such problems since.
Furr, the sixth-fastest qualifier in Tuesday's 33-car field, finished third in the Third Heat Race and earned the right to start on the pole by winning his 13th O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash of the year. Furr won a front-straightaway drag race with Second O'Reilly Auto Parts Heat Race winner Craig Dollansky as the green flag fell in the main event.
Smith, who started outside the fourth row, started making his way toward the front almost immediately. The 1990 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year passed Danny Lasoski high in turn four late in the second lap and used an inside move between the third and fourth corners to pass Jac Haudenschild for fifth place two laps later. "The Dude" passed Haudenschild deep in turn two early in the fifth lap.
Furr was 10 car-lengths ahead of Dollansky when he entered lapped traffic six laps into the race. Lasoski steered NASCAR Winston Cup star Tony Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle to the deepest point in the second corner to pass Smith for fifth place several seconds later.
Dollansky, the 2000 World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion, narrowed Furr's advantage to five car-lengths in dense lapped traffic during lap 10 and was only two car-lengths behind midway through the race.
Smith, who won four of the five events during the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 1993 tour of California, charged from sixth place to the runner-up spot during the final 10 laps. Smith found the inside line to his liking and drove the #11H Vivarin Maxim past Lasoski for fifth, Tim Kaeding for fourth, Jason Meyers for third and Dollansky for second before finishing three car-lengths behind Furr.
"We got into traffic, and there were some guys I thought were my friends that I guess really weren't," Furr said. "That made it pretty tight for a while. I just tried to hang on and not make any mistakes."
Dollansky finished in third place, ahead of Meyers, Lasoski, fast qualifier Tim Shaffer, Haudenschild, Kaeding, Daryn Pittman and Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Steve Kinser.
Shaffer set quick time for the eighth time this season, driving the #83 Beef Packers Eagle around the high-banked, 1/4-mile oval in 12.025 seconds, an average speed of 74.844 M.P.H.
Randy Hannagan, who moved his racing operation from San Jose, CA, to Pittsboro, IN, a couple of years ago, overcame a late crash in the "B" Feature on his way to qualifying for the main event. The 1995 Rookie of the Year lost second place in the "B" when he collided with a lapped car and spun in the first corner with three laps remaining. Hannagan drove TH Racing's #1x K&C Drywall Eagle through the field, passing Tammy Wright late in the final lap to finish fourth, the final transfer position for the "A" Feature. Hannagan finished 18th in the main event.
Wright received a 12th-row starting position in the "A" Feature when Peter Murphy stopped in the third corner as the field was lining up for the 30-lap race.