DONOVAN AND ROLANDO BATTLE TO FINISH FOR .125 SECOND DONOVAN WINOn Jul 14, 2013
The direction of the 750 feature was determined early as Kaitlyn Donovan was tracked to the front by multi winner Curtis Rolando. Rolando spent the remainder of the race locked onto her bumper until the final lap when he nosed under down the backstretch, headed for the lead. They flew into turn three with Donovan working to hold him off on the outside. Into turn four, Rolando’s nose wavered, bounced off Donovan’s fender and slowed just enough that Donovan gathered it back in to eke out a fender’s worth of victory over her antagonist. Christine Cavallaro held off Donovan’s sister, Shelby, for third. Taylor Bowser, David Lougee and Ashley Kuhn rounded out the field.
Kuhn and Shelby had led off from the front with Bowser and Cavallaro behind them. Lougee and Kaitlyn made up the third row and Rolando started scratch. Kuhn went to the front but Shelby battled back. Cavallaro went under Bowser for third. By lap two, Shelby had a 15-car lead as Rolando came roaring up to third by lap four with Kaitlyn just ahead of him.
The Donovan Duo were running 1-2 by lap five and Rolando was on their bumpers with Cavallaro and Bowser following. Kaitlyn went under Shelby for the lead in lap six as Kuhn retired to the pits. Rolando seized the opportunity to get underneath for second and Cavallaro followed suit into third. By lap nine, Rolando was all over Kaitlyn’s bumper, a role he would play through to the finish.
The halfway point had Donovan and Rolando leading Cavallaro, Shelby, Bowser, Lougee and Kuhn.
The final ten laps so individual battles for position, but the finishing order had been established.
Top speed on the event went to Rolando with a 15.688-second lap. Kaitlyn Donovan’s 15.693 was good for second-best lap.