Heading into the 1st Segment Chase on a high note, Netherwood would pull off a win at Texas to close out his already strong start. Coming into Bristol, where typically he just survives at best, there was no indication he would be anywhere near a threat. And for 99.9% of the race, that couldnt have been more true.
Shane Ewing would start us off by grabbing his first career pole at the Can-Am Racing Series, and staying up front for the first handful of laps. Sunday winner Brenden Queen and Chris Cable put on a show up front, pulling away from the field yet again to show their dominance at the half mile high banks. Queen would lead 109 laps to Cables 14, and it appeared that even with Ewings early speed, it was a two horse race.
Just 3 cautions would slow the field, but the final one would come with just 9 laps to go in the event. Queen would dive to pit road as he and the field were on 70 lap old tires just barely hanging on. Cable followed suit, but Greg Netherwood, Bruce Perry, and Robert Barney rolled the dice, and stayed out. Banking on a short run to get them a good finish or a lucky W.
Netherwood would start on the high side and make a quick jump on the restart and pull away by half a straight as Barney and Perry slid their tires a bit off the start. Queen and Cable, starting 4th and 5th, would get tied up trying to pass the slower, older tires cars, and that extra time would cost them.
Finally clearing Perry with 2 to go, they set their sights on Netherwood, who was a straightaway ahead at that point. The new tires paid off, and as they took the white flag, Cable was on the bumper of the leader, Queen right behind him.
A poor exit to turn 2 for Netherwood allowed Cable to get underneath him and the drag race into turn 3 was won by Cable. He had actually fully cleared Netherwood on entry, but Brenden Queen would chatter the tires under braking, and barely nip Cables left rear as they came off the turn. Sending Cable sliding off the turn, barely holding on, Queen barely kept the tires underneath him as well. But the contact would allow Netherwood to sneak by once more on the top side and narrowly best the two for his 2nd win in a row and 3rd of the season.
Cable gathered it to get 2nd, Queen 3rd. Nick Leitz roared back for a 4th place spot and Bruce Perry would round out the top 5.
The series heads to Richmond, for the RacingAwareness.com 120, to be broadcast by Checkered Flag Interactive, next Tuesday night!