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May 3, 2013

Stewart, Garner, Ball win main events


Tyler Groenendyk paced the field in the 18-lap 360 main event early on. A caution for debris came out with a lap in the books. Clint Garner loomed in second, but stumbled coming out of turn four on the restart, allowing Nate Van Haaften to cruise by. It would take three laps for Garner to move back by him.

With six laps recorded, Lee Grosz took a nasty ride down the backstretch after contact with Jon Agan. He was uninjured. It was the second season opener in a row that Grosz suffered a hard crash here.

Groenendyk led Garner, Van Haaften, Russ Hall and Jamie Ball back to green flag racing. Groenendyk set a good pace and maintained his lead. Garner would make his winning move on lap 12 in heavy lapped traffic. He would pull away after a restart with five laps to go for a stopped TJ Muths, and score the win. Groenendyk held onto second, ahead of Van Haaften, Russ Hall and Agan. Joe Beaver, Matt Moro, Ball, Randy Martin and Lou Kennedy Jr. completed the top ten.

Ball claimed quick time honors, while Martin, Thomas Kennedy and Tony Shilling took heat race wins. Muths won the B.

“I timed the restart wrong, and I don’t know if (Van Haaften) hit me or what,” said Garner of the early restart that saw him shuffled back. “I was crossed up, spun out and about ready to hit the cone…at least go on the wrong side of the cone. I did my best to fix it and nobody hit me. We were able to chase Tyler down and he did a great job. I can’t wait to race with him the rest of the season.”

J Kinder held the early advantage in the 12-lap 305 feature. Rookie Jake Strayer and Mike Mayberry were in tow early on before a lap two caution for Denny Dollison. Larry Ball Jr. restarted fifth, and on lap seven, he took the runner-up position from Strayer.

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