Joshua Furr dominated a caution-free first half of Monday night’s Speed51 Elite Homeplace Beer Series event at the virtual Texas Motor Speedway, while Jared Rexing dominated a caution-marred second half of the race. It was no surprise it came down to Furr and Rexing in the final laps racing for the win.
Furr found himself in third with three laps to go. He pounced on a mistake by Tyler Foti to take second, then stalked Rexing down to make the winning move. Furr was able to get inside Rexing in the final two corners, stealing the spot and the win away on the final lap.
After falling off the lead lap and taking the wave-around at one point in the race, the string of yellows in the second half of the event made it hard for Furr to make his way back to the front.
“The second half of the race I was regretting making it a long-run car. That car was so good on long runs, I was just hoping we’d have a long enough run at the end but we didn’t, we kept having cautions,” Furr said on the broadcast. “When I was 20 to go, I was saying I could do this. Then we had one with ten to go. I think the car came around at the end just enough.”
Furr had hoped to make the race-winning moves the easy way, with the top two taking each other out in the final laps. When that didn’t come to fruition, he took matters into his own hands and drove his way to victory lane.
“I knew that was going to be the best way to do it. My car had been so good at turning, you could get to the center of the corner and the front would just point left and you could get a better run out of the corner than everybody else, especially in turn two because it flattens out a little bit more.
“I knew when I got around the No.40 [of Foti] and was going after the No.10 [of Rexing], coming off turn four to the white flag I knew I had an option. I could go to the inside of him or try to park it a little more on corner entry into one,” he added. “I tried to park it and hoped I could get enough of a run and get back to the gas early and he wouldn’t stop us in the middle of the corner. He didn’t and I got a good enough run to the inside and full sent it into three and cleared him, and that’s all she wrote.”
Rexing took over the lead after pit strategy nearly put Furr a lap down and he would lead to lap-99, but once again proved the lead isn’t where you want to be in the final laps. While he held of repeated attempts by Foti in the closing stages, Furr was too much for him on the final lap.
“I ran a pretty good race strategy-wise and the car just wasn’t feeling right, so I wasn’t expecting to be able to battle for the lead at all. To come that far and finish second was a win in my book,” Rexing said. “I did everything I could to hold him off but I got in the gas a little too early and let him on the inside on the backstretch and it was over then.”
Chuck Sweeting, Foti, and Josh Adams rounded out the top five.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo credit: Brent Wentz on Twitter