Madison, WI — Brian Beale edged Zack Riddle to win the 30 lap feature for the NASCAR Late Models.
Riddle outpaced Beale to take the early lead followed by Dale Nottestad and Bobby Wilberg. The top four wasted no time in building a sizeable lead over the fifth place car of Rusty Hansen.
After ten laps Beale was applying heavy pressure on Riddle for the lead while Wilberg was passing Nottestad for third. On lap 14 Beale moved to the inside of Riddle and took a slight lead at the half-way mark. This allowed Wilberg to join the mix and make it a three car fight.
With 12 laps to go Beale increased his lead to two car lengths over Riddle. Just when it appeared Riddle was closing the gap, Beale would increase his advantage coming out of turn two. Beale was able to maintain his lead, but it was down to a car length with 5 laps to go. Riddle continued to close the gap and with two laps to go was on Beale’s rear bumper.
But despite Riddle’s best efforts, he wasn’t able to take the top spot away from Beale. Wilberg finished third followed by Nottestad and Shaun Scheel.
Pat Richgels was fastest in qualifying with a lap of 18.721 (96.149 mph). It was his first-ever fast time at Madison. Bobby Wilberg won the Dash. Wilberg and Zack Riddle were the heat winners.
Madison International Speedway Press Release
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