Baker Edges Stephens At Midway
LEBANON, Mo. – The Wingless Auto Racing sprint cars made their first appearance at Midway Speedway Saturday night, with Cody Baker edging Josh Stephens for the victory.
Peter Palazzolo and Chris Parkinson led the field to the green with Baker making a big run on the bottom to take command early. Just behind Baker, Stephens was also showing his muscle as he moved from the third row up to second.
With drivers slicing and dicing throughout the field, point leader Austin Alumbaugh was able to maneuver into third by lap three.
Stephens, who has consistently been one of WAR’s fastest cars throughout the season, was hoping to put a string of bad luck behind him as he set his sights on Baker for the top spot.
Baker’s lead would dwindle by lap nine as Stephens moved to within a couple of car lengths. On lap 10, Stephens would zip by Baker down the front stretch to take the lead.
Over the next few laps, Stephens would extend his lead as Baker and Alumbaugh tried to stay within striking distance.
It appeared as if Stephens was well on his way to his second win of the season as he continued to lead, but by lap 25 Baker had moved up to within a couple of car lengths.
On lap 28 Stephens and Baker would trade the lead three different times with Baker leading at the stripe. Baker also edged Stephens to lead lap 29 and on the final lap, Stephens made one final run at the Lone Jack pilot.
With Stephens running high and Baker low, Baker slid in front of Stephens coming off of turn four with Stephens turning underneath and coming a couple of car lengths short at the checkered flag.
The win was the first for Baker in WAR competition in his grandpa Ted Hall’s No. 38. Stephens was a very strong second in his Summers Farms Eagle. Alumbaugh ran a solid third in his Rick Smith owned MRP.