Madison, WI — Bobby Wilberg won the 30 lap feature for the NASCAR Late Models.
The field came to the green flag led by Brody Willett and Bobby Wilberg with Wilberg taking the early advantage. On the second lap Zack Riddle pulled to the outside of Willett to race for second with John Baumeister Jr. also in the mix along with Dale Nottestad. On lap 4 Riddle took the second spot while Wilberg was opening up an eight car length advantage out front.
Two laps later Baumeister Jr. worked his way to third with Nottestad moving up to fourth as the top five were putting some distance between themselves and the rest of the field. A caution flag for a spin on lap 13.
Wilberg paced the field back to green followed by Riddle, Baumeister Jr., and Nottestad. Baumeister Jr. and Nottestad were racing side by side for third while Riddle was keeping pace with Wilberg. With ten laps to go Wilberg’s lead was a single car length over Riddle. With eight laps to go the lead was back to two car lengths and growing while Baumeister Jr. cleared Nottestad for third.
But Riddle was not about to let Wilberg run away from him as he narrowed the gap to less than a car length with four laps to go. Riddle gave it everything he had, but Wilberg was not to be denied tonight as he picked up his first win of the season by a 0.24 second margin over Riddle. Baumeister Jr., Nottestad, and Willett completed the top five.
“This one feels really good. I knew Zack was strong so this was a good win,” said Wilberg. Wilberg has won over 60 feature races at Madison in multiple divisions in his twenty-five years at the speedway.
Nottestad set fast time with a trip of 18.573 (96.915 mph). Riddle won the DASH. Nottestad and Wilberg were heat race winners.
Madison International Speedway Press Release
Photo Credit: Jess Ridener