With a series high 5 top 5s and 7 top 10s, along with 3 victories on the season, it was not hard to believe that Brenden Butterbean Queen would be fighting for a title at the end of segment #1. But, what was shocking a bit, was that he was just sitting 1 lonely point ahead of Greg Netherwood, who while not near the top in top 10s, lead the division in wins with 4. With just a single point seperating them, it was sure to come down to the last handful of laps. They did not disappoint.
Charlie Ryan would moonlight in the series, picking up a single race ride at his best track, to try to knock off Netherwood and Queen from their pedestals. But it was Queen who would take the pole over Ryan. Ryan would though fight back and lead for almost the entirety of the first half of the race, over 50 laps in all. Green flag pit stops would come into play after an early case of yellow fever would whipe out the majority of competitive cars. Josh Kotten, Patrick Hahe, Chris Cable, Bruce Perry, Trevor Williams, Colton Harvey and Rodney Haack would all see their races end before they ever truly began as a result. However, the race for the points title was just heating up.
Netherwood would spin in his qualifying lap, thus having to start 16th in the event. But with the early yellow fever, he’d find himself fighting in the top 3 before too long. With 20 laps to go, a timely yellow would allow Netherwood and Jay Dee Callahan to take tires, while Queen and Ryan would duke it out up front on old ones.
With Netherwood desperately trying to get by Ryan, he would burn up his tires as Queen pulled away. Ryan ran him back down and would be all over his bumper as the laps wound down, but he could do nothing with him. Netherwood would fade, and barely be able to hold off Callahan for 3rd, thus losing the title to Queen by a mere 6 points!
Patrick Hahe would recover from earlier wrecks to take 5th.
Brenden Queen would take the title in Segment 1 over Netherwood by the afformentioned 6 points. Robert Barney would take 3rd, Shane Ewing 4th, and Mike King would hold on for 5th.
The series returns next week at Charlotte for segment 2, with the Perry Plumbing, Heating and Cooling 140, being broadcast live by CFI!