Chappell picks up dramatic final lap victory at Humboldt
Passes leader Whit Gastineau off final turn for the win
by John Rittenoure - OCRS PR
HUMBOLDT, Kansas (June 14, 2019) - Whit Gastineau almost had victory in his grasp Friday night at Humboldt Speedway. But Zach Chappell made a dramatic pass off the final turn and beat Gastineau to the finish line to win his first Ameri-Flex / OCRS Sprint Car main event of the season.
Gastineau drove off the outside front row and opened up a good early lead, but in the closing laps, Gastineau appeared to be slowing some and Chappell reeled him in quickly. Gastineau was able to hold Chappell off until the final turn, but his luck did not hold out.
"He was getting through turns 1-2 real bad there on top," Chappell said of Gastineau who finished second. "Then once I started getting closer to him in lapped traffic I started gaining on him real hard then. I was glad we ran 30 laps tonight or I would have come up short."
"It was just driver error," Gastineau said when asked about his final laps.
When the green flag dropped to start the race Chappell was running fifth behind Job Bob Lee, Avery Goodman, and Casey Wills. On lap two Chappel moved into fourth, was third behind Goodman on lap three then chased after Lee. On lap 16 Chappell battled his way around Lee for second and started chasing Gastineau.
"The car got better all night," Chappell said. "Hard work pays off for you. You just have to keep racing till the checkered flag falls."
Lee held on to finish third with Casey Wills and Terry Easum rounding out the top five.
Sheldon Barksdale, who won at Humboldt earlier this year and was looking to repeat, got caught up in a crash while trying to race three-wide toward the front on the opening lap and flipped hard into the infield. Barksdale was not hurt, however, the car suffered heavy damage. The crash earned Barksdale the M&W Aluminum Hard Luck Award. Terry Easum was the York plumbing Hard Charger after advancing eight positions to finish fifth.
Ameri-Flex OCRS Results
June 14, 2019
Car count: 16
Drive Shafts, Inc. Heat 1 (8 Laps)
1, 20S-Sheldon Barksdale. 2, 5-Joe Bob Lee. 3, 31-Casey Wills. 4, 2W-Whit Gastineau. 5, 15D-Andrew Deal. 6, 62-James Shoun. 7, 53-Michael Longacre. 8, 39-Kimberly Tyre.
Bravado Wireless Heat 2 (8 Laps)
1, 15-Jase Randolph. 2, 4PM-Travis Jenkins. 3, 50Z-Zach Chappell. 4, 22T-Frank Taft. 5, 11-Avery Goodman. 6, 88-Terry Easum. 7, 1-Casey Buechler. 8, 9-Kinzer Edwards. (DQ).
Ameriflex Hose and Accessories A FEATURE (30 Laps)
1, 50Z-Zach Chappell. 2, 2W-Whit Gastineau. 3, 5-Joe Bob Lee. 4, 31-Casey Wills. 5, 88-Terry Easum. 6, 62-James Shoun. 7, 22T-Frank Taft. 8, 15D-Andrew Deal. 9, 4PM-Travis Jenkins. 10, 11-Avery Goodman. 11, 15-Jase
Randolph. 12, 1-Casey Buechler. 13, 20S-Sheldon Barksdale. 14, 39-Kimberly Tyre. 15, 53-Michael Longacre. 16, 9-Kinzer Edwards. (DQ).
Lap Leaders: Whit Gastineau 1-29, Zach Chappell 30.
Margin of victory: 0.236 seconds.
Contingency Award Recipients:
Ameri-Flex Hose A Feature Winner: Zach Chappell.
Drive Shafts Inc. Heat Award Recipient: Sheldon Barksdale.
Bravado Wireless Heat Award Recipient: Jase Randolph.
York Plumbing Hard Charger Award: Terry Easum +8.
M&W Aluminum Hard Luck Award: Sheldon Barksdale.
Amsoil High Point Driver Award: Jase Randolph.
Rod End Supply Recipients: Jase Randolph, Casey Buechler, Sheldon Barksdale.
Wesmar Racing Engines Recipient: Avery Goodman.
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