Dylan Cappello came into the 2015 looking to defend his 2014 Lucas Oil Modified Series title. He made his intentions known on Saturday at Kern County Raceway Park by taking home a $4,000 check after leading all 75 laps.
Cappello got the lead at the start from fast qualifier Austin Barnes and was hardly contested during the early going of the non-points event.
That was until Tim Esmay spun with 15 laps to go allowing second place runner Scott Winters an opportunity to close in to challenge on the restart.
But that restart didn’t help Winters as Cappello was able to get some space and cruise to the big payday.
“Between the last practice and qualifying we changed the whole car and threw a bunch at it. It was real tight in practice,” Cappello told Speed51.com powered by JEGS after the race. “We got out front and I knew the others were saving their tires in the back, and I didn’t want to be too harsh on mine. I was a little worried at the end, but it all came together.”
Winters felt he needed more than 15 laps to give Cappello a challenge.
“I think on a long run our car was a little better,” Winters said. “On a short run with cold tires, his (Capello) car ran real well. It was just a matter if I could make the right move and get under him at the end, but just ran out of time.”
Austin Barnes, who was the fast qualifier, finished third in today’s race after winning the Dash on Friday night.
“We were good all weekend long, and we put on a set of new tires, now we have a blistered right rear,” Barnes explained after the race. “After Cappello got by me, I did everything I could to conserve it.”
Taylor Miinch finished fourth and Eddie Secord rounded out the top five.
The 2015 Lucas Oil Modified Series will officially start on Saturday, March 14th at Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
– Kevin Ramsell, Speed51.com Director of Business/Midwest Editor. Twitter: @KevinRamsell
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