Morgan Sweeps WAR Sprint Program
WHEATLAND, Mo. — After setting quick time and winning his heat from the tail of the field, Dustin Morgan completed the sweep by winning the Friday night portion of the Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillian Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway with the WAR non-winged sprint cars.
WAR point leader Mitchell Moore took control early as he was followed by Layne Himebaugh. Morgan wasted no time in getting to the front from his seventh starting position as he was up to fourth after one lap. By lap two, Morgan set his sights on Moore as he moved into second. The yellow flag would come out with four laps in the books as third-running Austin Alumbaugh got into the front stretch wall. Alumbaugh would roll to a stop in turn one with a flat tire, which ended his evening.
Moore again set the pace on the restart with Morgan in tow. Himebaugh would feel the pressure of Casey Shuman for third as Shuman worked his way past on lap five. Moore would hold on to the lead until lap nine when Morgan used a slide job in turn one to take the lead. Moore turned down and attempted to move back under, but Morgan would not be denied as he motored down the backstretch.
The yellow would come out a short while later for seventh-running Josh Stephens and eighth-running Eric Todd who became lodged together and came to a stop on the front stretch.
With Morgan now setting the pace, Moore would feel the pressure from Shuman for the runner-up spot. Shuman would get by a lap later as Tim Crawley and Derek Hager worked their way into the top five.
Shuman started to reel in Morgan for the top spot as the laps wound down. By lap 17, he had worked his to within a couple of car lengths. On the white flag lap, Shuman made one final attempt as he dove to the bottom in turns three and four.
Morgan had too much momentum on the high side as he went on to his first career WAR win. Shuman, driving the pink No. 77 in honor of Jesse Hockett, ran a strong second. Crawley, driving the No. 75 Hockett Racing entry, was third with Hagar running fourth. Rounding out the top five was Moore.