MOTHER NATURE WINS BATTLE OF STATES
Ben was poised for a possible repeat as Battle of the States winner Saturday night but Mother Nature swept in and stole the show with continuous light rain. After last weekend’s disappointment at the USCS opener at Hattiesburg Speedway, Ben was slated to start from the pole of Saturday night’s round two Battle at Whynot Motorsports Park.
On Friday night Ben started 5th in his heat and maneuvered his way into the lead with three laps to go. On the final lap, it was three wide in the middle of turns 3 and 4 with Ben getting roughed up a little and finishing third. He straightened out the front bumper and nose and lined up third for the feature event. Ben got a great start and quickly used the inside groove to make his way into second. As the green-flag laps unfolded Ben found the cushion to his liking as he reeled in the leader. During a late race restart Ben checked up for the leader who had tagged the outside wall. Tennessee’s Ashley Newman dove to the inside, assumed the lead with Ben in tow. The pair ran to the checkers nose to tail with Ben taking second.
Track officials started Saturday’s activities early in an attempt to out-race Mother Natures impending moisture. Ben started fifth in his heat race and once again used the hub of the racetrack to advance to second. Passing points added to his second place finish placed him on the pole for the Battle of the States Championship. A minor chassis adjustment for the ever-changing track conditions along with tire prep and Ben was ready for the 20-lap shootout. Unfortunately Mother Nature arrived earlier than forecasted and the feature events were cancelled to be re-scheduled later in the season.
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