Varin Overcomes Bridgeport Carnage
On lap 50, another yellow flag waved as Horton suffered a flat tire. During the same caution period, Hearn ducked into the pits and retired from the race with a mechanical issue. On the restart, Friesen was still in control with Johnson, Varin, Duane Howard and Ryan Watt in pursuit.
On lap 54, with Johnson closing in on Friesen, Pat Ward’s tire issue brought the race to a yellow condition. As action got back underway, the top three remained in order. With two circuits remaining, Danny Johnson’s shot at a victory ended with a flat tire and the race entered another caution period. When the green flag waved, Friesen was still ahead of the pack with Varin in second and Howard in third.
With one lap to go, a flat on Frank Cozze’s car resulted in the final caution flag and it would set up a memorable finish. As the green flag waved for the last time, Friesen was still on top. As Friesen entered turn three, he began to slow as his car ran out of fuel. On the exit out of turn four with Friesen off the pace, a mad scramble began for the lead and Varin outraced Howard to take the checkered flag.
Richie Pratt, Jr. rebounded from two visits to the pits and wound up in third. Sheppard came back to finish fourth with a limping Friesen holding on for fifth.
The wild ending included an accident on the front straightway with Ryan Watt being uninjured after his car rolled over near the finish line.
Travis Hill won the Crate/Sportsman Poker Series contest with Bill Liedtka grabbing the victory in the Bill Reynolds Memorial for the Outlaw Stock Cars.