MORESHEAD RECLAIMS 600’S LEAD WITH FEATURE WIN
Thomas Moreshead, Jr. took advantage on a restart, and when leader Evan Taylor came into turn four too hot and slid up the track, Moreshead nabbed the low road and rocketed into the lead on the tail end of lap nine.Moreshead powered on to a half-second win over Jessica O’Leary and .75 seconds ahead of third place, Matthew Barboza. David White, who led the division going into the race, was fourth followed by outside polesitter, Joey Lembo.
Taylor and Lembo came hot out of the box at the outset, going door-to-door for two laps before Eric Lebrun spun in turn two, bringing out the caution. On the lap two restart, they were wheel-to-wheel again as Kendra Levesque came up on the outside for a three-wide at the front of the field, with a four-wide going on deep in the pack.
O’Leary fell off and Cassie Meservey and Maddison Birchall jumped into the space behind them. But as Birchall came by, Meservey got into her and she spun between turns one and two. The fourteen cars following scattered to avoid, some spinning, but only Brandon Lillie and Birchall suffered damage. They retired for the evening after just four laps.
Three attempts were made to restart lap four. The first two, officials struggled to get the very large field realigned and crossed over. The length of time was primary reason that officials declared the third attempt at lap 4’s restart would be a single file.Taylor had the front and was chased by Lembo, Morsehead and White.
Into lap six, Morsehead got by Lembo for second with O’Leary third, Barboza and Shea Kulpa in pursuit. Lembo had faded to seventh, behind White. Moreshead was on Taylor’s bumper in lap nine and one lap later, a two-car spin with Barboza and Kulpa resolved itself and they were about to resume, when Dereck Debis was unable to avoid and collided with the duo. Caution was called, and subsequently the red was thrown for Kulpa, who was taken in the ambulance to the pits for observation.
Taylor and Morsehead led off the lap nine restart as Morsehead was able to gain the advantage when Taylor went wide. Barboza also took advantage, grabbing third behind O’Leary.
Lembo also made the move back up to fourth from seventh and White moved in behind him.Kendra levesque took over sixth as Taylor moved back to seventh. Two laps later, Cassie Meservey edged him back.
Finishing grid was established with five to go, as Sarah DeMello moved in ahead of Cassie for the finish. Places six through ten went to Kendra Levesque, DeMello, Cassie, Brett Meservey and Eric Lebrun.