Tyler Lallier knocked Sparky Arsenault out of the lead he had held for 22 laps, then went on to win the Sportsman event and protect his divisional points lead from Kid Chaos – Corey Fanning – who had won the two previous races. Paul Lallier sailed in battling for second with Kyle Casper, who was able to collect the runnerup award, forcing Paul to settle for third.
Arsenault and Fanning rounded out the top five.
Sparky bounded off the pole at the outset and Austin Erickson got past Chris Gomes for second to chase Arsenault into lap six before Smokin’ Joe Kohler got past into second. On Kohler’s tail came Casper as Sparky built a ten car lead. Erickson was another ten cars up on Kohler. But it all collapsed as Tim Watson spun between turns three and four.
Arsenault and Erickson were door-to-door on the lap 5 restart. Sparky was back in the lead coming off turn four and Kohler ducked under Erickson. Three laps later, Kohler held second and Casper was now underneath Erickson with Adam Pettey and Chad Baxter giving chase. Sparky took it out to a six-car lead and then Kohler, Casper and Erickson got Nose-to-tail behind him. From there it was six lengths back to Tyler. Steve Axon was under Perry and moved ahead leaving room for Paul Lallier to pass underneath as well.
Midpoint of the 30-lapper had Sparky still leading as Gomes spun out of turn two. He and Kohler went wheel-to-wheel on the restart before Arsenault moved ahead leaving room for Casper to go under into second. Lallier then dropped under Kohler as Paul got below Erickson behind them. Fanning was coming past Axon, looking for seventh.
Tyler shed Smokin’ Joe and got under Casper into second, but Eric Schwegel spun down the front stretch, bringing caution with 12 laps to go.
Sparky had Casper on his high side and Tyler was under Kohler, ahead of Paul and Fanning. Arsenault nosed out and grabbed the lead again in turn two while Tyler pushed under Casper. Craig Pianka and Jesse Melberg got together on the backstretch and Melberg banged into Pianka under caution and was sent to the pits. They lined up for the second try at the lap twelve restart with Arsenault coming out with the lead once more. Lallier was quickly past Casper and onto the leader’s tail and then underneath. Sparky was loose and Paul cleared under into second. Casper followed and Arsenault dropped into fourth with Fanning at his back.
Five laps remained as Casper nosed under Paul and they ran side-by-side. Casper grabbed second with two to go and Paul dropped into third. Tyler ran home for the win.
Sixth went to Steve Axon, followed by Baxter, Kohler, Erickson and Pianka.