Daniel Parker didn’t hesitate when asked to rank his victory in Saturday night’s Dirt Cup Challenge “Open Wheel Madness” event at Lake View Motor Speedway. The $3,000 victory against many of the region’s top DIRTcar UMP Modified stars was his biggest ever.
“This is my biggest ever,” Parker said matter-of-factly. “Three thousand dollars is a pretty good bit of money. Kyle Strickler, Kenny Payton and everyone that helps me on this thing; I wouldn’t even be here if it wasn’t for them.”
Parker didn’t appear to be a top contender for the win early in the two-day weekend; however, he made some noise early on Saturday night by dominating his heat race and earning himself a front row starting spot.
Shawn Martin jumped out to the early lead from the pole position and led two laps before the first caution of the night. On the ensuing restart, Parker made a bold move on the bottom of the race track and slid up the track in front of Martin; however, a caution deeper in the field negated the pass.
Following another restart on Lap 3, Parker attempted to make another bonsai attempt at the lead. As he powered into turn three, Parker made contact with Martin and sent him spinning in the middle of the turn.
From that point on, Parker was unchallenged as he pulled away from the field to score his second career Dirt Cup Challenge win.
“I’ve got to give a shoutout to everyone on the car,” Parker began. “I’ll forget somebody so you just have to look at the stickers. Robby, Terry and my whole crew, especially my brother Chris Parker. He believes in me, and without him this wouldn’t be possible.”
Wayne Gray capped off a strong and consistent night by crossing the finish line second, a result he was very pleased with.
“I’ll take second tonight. We worked hard on this thing, thought about it and got it good,” Gray said. “Congratulations to Daniel. He run good and beat us a little bit on tires tonight, but that’s alright. I’ll take second and go home and be glad with it.”
At the end of the night, one thing everyone could agree on was the great show that was put on by Lake View Motor Speedway and the Dirt Cup Challenge.
“There ain’t no doubt. This is a fine place here,” Gray stated. “Scott has done a good job with it. With MAVTV here, you can’t beat it.”
Andy Boahn followed up his runner-up finish Friday night with a third-place finish Saturday. NASCAR Xfinity Series driver and Friday night’s winner Justin Haley finished fourth, while David Taylor completed the top five.
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