Teammates Daniel Armstrong and Scott Heath started the Great Southern Equipment 300 at East Bay Raceway Park in row 12 – the final row of the starting field. After 300 grueling laps around the 1/3 mile, the two found each other close once again, this time at the front of the field.
Armstrong survived attrition, a track power outage, and subsequent scoring issues to take the inaugural event over his teammate, lapping the entire field in the process. With 100 miles of racing in a Kart, he only had one word to describe what he was feeling in victory lane.
“Sore. Not really tired, just beat up,” Armstrong said on the Speed51.com broadcast. “It means a lot to come out here and run good. Thanks to everyone that helped out and shout out to Tony Stewart.”
He and Heath traded jabs leading up to the race, with Armstrong saying he was going to lap him. The two raced nose-to-tail for the final 80 laps of the event, keeping Heath from getting his lap back and have a chance to rally toward the end.
“I was kind of riding behind him and they kept giving him the move-over flag and he finally got out of the way. I didn’t want him on the lead lap because I knew we had 80 more to go. I told him I was going to lap him.”
Heath qualified second-fastest for the main event, but was sent to the tail for the start after track officials found illegal fuel in his tank after qualifying. He quickly worked his way to the front, claiming the lead by lap 75.
With a 1-2 finish, Heath was proud of the effort shown by the team.
“We’ve got the best team and they worked so hard, it’s important to our success,” Heath said. “Armstrong and everybody over in his pit area, we just work so good together. No matter if he wins or I win, we’re a team. That’s what makes us dominant.”
Despite being teammates, Heath would not have made it easy if they would have raced for the win.
“Oh, it would’ve been nasty.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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