Alumbaugh Sprints To WAR Score
WHEATLAND, Mo. — Rebounding from some tough luck early in his season, Austin Alumbaugh picked up his first Wingless Auto Racing win of the season Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway.
Chad Shields led at the start as he was chased by Chad Goff and Alumbaugh over the first three laps.
On lap four, Alumbaugh was able to slip by Goff in turn three and he set his sights on Shields for the top spot. Shields would continue to lead Alumbaugh over the next handful of laps as Goff began to be pressured by Josh Stephens for third.
By lap ten, Shields was still in control, but Alumbaugh, Goff, Stephens, and Mitchell Moore were all within a few car lengths of one another. This group would remain this way until lap thirteen when Alumbaugh got by Shields for the top spot. Alumbaugh started to build a lead as Shields would receive pressure from Goff for the second spot on lap seventeen.
With seventeen laps complete, the race’s first caution would come out for Robert Black, who spun in turn one. Aaron Kuhn was left with nowhere to go as he slid into Black. Kuhn would go to the work area for a quick repair and would restart while Black was done for the evening.
The caution would give Goff another shot at Alumbaugh, but on the restart Alumbaugh resumed control of the race. Behind the lead duo, Moore and Stephens were able to work their way past Shields as the yellow would again come out on lap twenty one for a Cody Baker spin in between turns three and four.
Once green, Alumbaugh again jumped out to a lead with Goff not far behind. Goff was given one last shot as the yellow came out for the final time with twenty three laps in the books as Will Register spun in turn two and P.J. Grimes spun in turn four.
On the restart, Alumbaugh would not be denied as he drove Rick Smith’s MRP with Engine Connection power to his third career win in the WAR Series presented by Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps. Goff was a strong second in his Triple X with a Kercher Racing Engine. Moore was third in the Kelly Potter owned Eagle with Denny Moore power. Stephens was fourth in the Summers Farms Eagle with Stephens power. Rounding out the top five was Taylor Walton in his John Hillman Gambler with Hillman power.