Wesley Smith (POWRi Photo)
CALIFORNIA, Mo. — Wesley Smith would fend off all challengers in an instant classic feature event at Double X Speedway with the Lucas Oil POWRi Wingless Auto Racing Sprint League and electrify the sell-out crowd to celebrate his eleventh career WAR Feature Achieve victory in the exciting 25-round Main Event.
Jack Wagner, Wesley Smith and Steven Russell, who flew onto the tight corner course with 22 competitors entered, saw Jack Wagner, Wesley Smith and Steven Russell each see an early competition victory as Jack Wagner clinched the high point honors with a fourth-to-run You first and notch a bar grid for the feature event.
Going into the first green flag start, high point qualifier and polesitter Wagner would battle in the first two turns ahead of his front row companion Wesley Smith as Smith would gain the early race advantage.
Intense feature racing action ensued with Wesley Smith at the helm, an onslaught of drivers flanking the front runner with Jack Wagner, Riley Kreisel, Steven Russell, Chris Morgan and Joe B. Miller all attempting to take down the leader in one of the both of the closest races in recent POWRi WAR history.
The drama of the late race would come into the picture as Smith would hold the lead of the field after the restart with five laps remaining. Riley Kreisel and Joe B Miller would catch up late on the leader and cross the finish line side by side, with Kreisel securing the lead in second place and leaving Miller just inches in third place.
“My steering was thrown after bouncing off the inside wall at turn four and the outside wall again at turn two, but I gave everything the car and driver had out here, it was a great time,” said an excited one Wesley Smith on the winning track at Double X Speedway.
Chris Morgan kept chasing forward and finished fourth late while Steven Russel slipped on the final lap to round out the top five finishers.
Feature (25 rounds): 1. 12-Wesley Smith; 2. 91-Riley top; 3. 122-Joe B Miller; 4. 24LCR-Chris Morgan; 5. 1JR Steven Russell; 6. 11W-Wyatt Burks; 7. 74-Xavier Doney; 8. 77-Jack Wagner; 9. 28-Kory Schudy; 10. 26-Zach Clark; 11. 16-Anthony Nicholson; 12. 44-Jason Howell; 13. 11X-Tom Curran; 14. 8D Terry Babb; 15. 73-Samuel Wagner; 16. 88G-Garrett Hulsey; 17. 41-Brad Wyatt; 18. 27-Justin Johnson; 19. 52-Dean Bowers; 20. (DNF) 15E-Dakota Earls; 21. (DNA) 33-Bryson Smith; 22. (DNA)00-Broc Elliott.