GREENWOOD, Neb. — Terry McCarl banked $7,750, including lap money, for winning Saturday night’s fifth annual Casey’s Midwest Fall Brawl at I-80 Speedway with the MAVTV Motorsports Network.
It was McCarl’s first victory with the series this season.
“You want to be on the front, but those guys behind me were good and as usual the track was amazing,” McCarl said. “This may be my favorite track in the country because when you come here there’s a top, a middle, and a bottom but it made it tough for me leading. My car was good, but I just didn’t know where to go and the No. 82 got by me there on the bottom in traffic so I jumped down there and I didn’t hear anybody after that. I figured Jack [Dover] was coming. I felt a lot better on the top of one and two, and I figured he was catching me there.”
Challenged early by Jack Dover as the race found slower traffic, the two front runners were lucky to make it the distance as drivers at the back of the field piled up with 11 laps complete. Taking out seven, and flipping five, all drivers were able to walk away. Among the collected, Matt Covington and Don Droud Jr. were able to return to competition.
Utilizing an open red flag, Dover worked a gear change to try and run with the No. 24 but would end up falling back as Thomas Kennedy’s No. 82 came to life. Advanced to fourth following the red, Kennedy found second on Lap 17.
Running down McCarl’s straightaway advantage, the Buffalo Wild Wings No. 82 went to work on McCarl as the pair hit slower traffic. Glued to the hub of the I-80 Speedway, Kennedy stole the lead for a brief moment, only to have the crafty veteran in the No. 24 turn down and around to retake the point.
Caution on lap 30 for Josh Riggins, the restart was called back. Having fought to third, Wayne Johnson slowed suddenly with his brakes failing completely on the restart, causing the field to accordion off the fourth turn.
Back to green, the race was on the cushion as Jack Dover was back to third. Digging his Hoosier into the massive I-80 Speedway cushion, the Speedway Graphics No. 53 was inches off the wall and closing on McCarl.
Dover nearly tapped the wall off the exit of two on the restart, giving up just enough for McCarl to stave off any last lap attempt for the win.
“There on that open red, we switched the gear and I think that’s the difference between me talking about second and first right now,” Dover said. “I think if we would have left the gears along, we could have worked around Terry, but I’m not disappointed. Anytime you can run second with the National guys, especially having not run with them for about five years, it’s a good night.”
Earning the night’s Searsboro Telephone Hard Charger award worth $1,000, Aaron Reutzel came from 13th to complete the podium.
After batting for the lead, Thomas Kennedy slipped back to finish fourth with Josh Baughman coming from 10th to complete the top five.
RESULTS: Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour; I-80 Speedway; Oct. 1, 2016
A Feature (35 Laps): 1. 24-Terry McCarl ; 2. 53-Jack Dover ; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel ; 4. 82K-Thomas Kennedy ; 5. 17-Josh Baughman ; 6. 1-Justin Henderson ; 7. 6-Carson McCarl ; 8. 52-Blake Hahn ; 9. 35L-Cody Ledger ; 10. 18-Ryan Roberts ; 11. 45X-Johnny Herrera ; 12. 22-Rager Phillips ; 13. 13V-Seth Brahmer ; 14. 14X-Jody Rosenboom ; 15. 95-Matt Covington ; 16. 5J-Jamie Ball ; 17. 81BC-Stuart (Stu) Snyder ; 18. 2C-Wayne Johnson ; 19. 14J-Josh Riggins ; 20. 2L-Logan Forler ; 21. 2-Don Droud Jr. ; 22. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. ; 23. 28-Jonathan Cornell ; 24. 44-Chris Martin ; 25. 14-Joey Danley ; 26. 12-Tyler Drueke .
Lap Leader(s): Terry McCarl 1-35
Hard Charger: Aaron Reutzel (+10)
CREDIT: ASCS Racing