Giarratana Tops Wacky Wednesday Winners
Out front, Giarratana stretched his lead over the remainder of the event to win by 1.5 seconds at the checkered flag. Kopcik finished in second and Stolte finished off a strong showing in third. Giarratana turned the fast lap of the race, the only driver to break the 17-second mark for the second straight event.
The conclusion of the 25-lap X-Car race had the fans on the edge of their seats. After a caution flag coming to the initial green flag left Chris Thomas with a bruised race car, he fought his way into second position and lined up on Shiffletts rear bumper during a long stretch of green flag racing that took the race through the checkered flag. Thomas stalked the leader for several laps over the end of the race to stage the exciting finish.
The two were mired among lapped traffic over the final laps. They successfully navigated the hurdle for multiple laps with Thomas still looking for any opportunity to challenge Shifflett for the victory. Exiting turn two on the final lap with two cars ahead, Thomas saw his chance. He tried a daring move inside of Shifflett and the two lapped cars that were side-by-side ahead.
Shifflett threaded the needle between the two lapped cars as Thomas was on the very bottom of the track. The cars went three and nearly four wide, with Shifflett holding his lead into turn three. He bested Thomas through turns three and four to get to the checkered flag first. Thomas settled for second after his crafty move came up just short. Larry Loomis Jr. put in a great performance to finish third.
Reiman picked up the career first victory with a solid outing during the 25-lap Super X-Car feature. He trailed leader Robert Goulet during a long green flag run following a lap-3 restart. During the stretch, the handles on Goulets car began to fade enabling Reiman to take advantage.
He ducked underneath Goulet exiting turn two on lap-19, pulling away until a final caution flag on lap-22 when Ed Reed Jr. made contact with the wall in turn four. Reiman got a great restart to lead the field to turn one and raced to the win. Ed Ryan and Ken Downing III rounded out the podium finishers.
The 20-lap INEX Bandolero feature went down to the wire for the win between French and A.J. Eastman. A final restart on lap-17 set up the exciting conclusion, however the field remained in tight quarters over the duration of the event. Eastman led throughout until the final restart, while French restarted the race in third. He quickly took second and darted to the outside of Eastman.
The two ran the final laps side-by-side. Eastman had a slight advantage through turn four but French powered ahead to the finish line to win by inches. It was the first win of the year from the Pennsylvania native.