On Tuesday night, the Sprint Series took on Lakeland’s USA International Speedway for double features as the Winged Sprints joined the Non-Wing series for Twin 35-lap races in the Lakeland Clash.
Race Winner – In the Non-Wing feature, David Krikorian was inverted to the pole and led the opening 12 laps of the race. Meanwhile Dave Bodio was working his way back up through the pack after being inverted back, and was up to third behind Krikorian and Robinson. As the top two battled for the lead, Bodio swung to the inside and as the two leaders each made a mistake, Bodio would pass both cars in the same corner and came out with the lead. Bodio would never look back, and went on to lead the final 23 laps on his way to picking up his 2nd straight win in the series, and his 4th career SARA victory.
Pole Winner – Time Trials and an invert would set the lineup for the feature for this race and it was Dave Bodio that earned the pole with a lap of 20.334 seconds.
Hard Charger – Austin Jones started at the back of the top ten and moved up 3 spots on the night to finish 7th.
Title Fight – Kenneth Drake finished on the podium in 3rd and was able to extend his points lead over David Krikorian up to 7 points with three races remaining.
Up Next – Next week the Sprint Series will head back to Eldora for a 40-lap feature, and with a tight points battle for the title, this could be a crucial race in the championship outcome.
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After the Non-Wing race was complete, the Winged Sprints took over for their own 35-lap feature that would count only towards the three-race Triple Crown series.
Race Winner – With Time Trials and an invert setting the field, Derek Robinson benefitted from the invert to start up front and took full advantage of it. He held of Triple Crown points leader Alex Orians early in the race, but then eventually pulled away out front. Robinson would lead all 35 laps to pick up his first Dirt victory, and his 24th career SARA win.
Pole Winner – David Krikorian set the fast lap in Time Trials with a lap of 18.926 seconds.
Hard Charger – Clay Snider just missed the invert and started 8th, and quickly moved up into the top three where he ran for most of the night, gaining 5 spots to finish 3rd.
Triple Crown Title – Alex Orians won the first two Triple Crown events, setting himself up for a solid night in the finale. Orians ran in the runner-up spot all night, which is all he needed to do to score the Triple Crown Championship, scoring finishes of 1st, 1st, and 2nd for a total of 4 points.