In one of the most exciting features of the whole season at Sunset Speedway thus far, Brandon McFerran and Warren Paxton ran side-by-side for the entire 25-lap feature, battling for the lead. In the end, it’d be McFerran snatching up the victory for his second of the season.
“I was worried, to be honest,” he commented. “If I would’ve slipped up once, he would’ve been gone. I was just running a clean race; he was running a clean race – that’s how racing should be. I’d race against that guy every day of the week, if I could.”
The night didn’t start off pretty with Justin Holmes spinning Steve Belanger in the heat. McFerran went on to score the victory just a nose ahead of Nicole Podewils. Terry Woodley finished third, followed by Billy Melenhorst, Eric Yorke, Gerrit Tiemersma, Holmes and Fred Jordan.
Jordan Howse won the second heat ahead of Miles Tyson, Doug Butler, Danny Benedict, Ben Melenhorst, Andy Kamrath, Warren Paxton, Samantha Shaw, Ryan Toon and Jake Watson.
Warren Paxton would win the b-main ahead of Holmes, Yorke, Watson, Jordan, Toon and Charlie Smith.
Jordan Howse would run into mechanical issues during the Dash for Cash. Meanwhile, Brandon McFerran went for the daily double ahead of Yorke, Woodley, Kamrath, Benedict, Tiemersma, Butler, Ben Melenhorst, Tyson and Billy Melenhorst.
Come feature time, it’d be Brandon McFerran staring pole ahead of Warren Paxton, Billy Melenhorst, Ben Melenhorst, Terry Woodley, Jake Watson, Justin Holmes, Samantha Shaw, Fred Jordan, Gerrit Tiemersma, Andy Kamrath, Nicole Podewils, Ryan Toon, Eric Yorke, Danny Benedict, Miles Tyson, Doug Butler, Charlie Smith, Kendra Adams and Jordan Howse.
The feature didn’t start out cleanly with Kamrath making contact with Jordan, which sent Jordan for the spin. The second attempt at starting the race was much cleaner with McFerran and Paxton both getting away cleanly, side-by-side for the lead. The pair continued to run side-by-side for the lead as Howse headed down pit road on lap two with mechanical problems.
The battle continued between McFerran and Paxton as Billy Melenhorst moved into third ahead of Ben Melenhorst while Holmes and Woodley battled for fifth. Holmes would get the spot on lap 10, only to have Butler along his side for the spot. Butler would then take the fifth spot at lap 11, with Yorke, Kamrath and Benedict following him through. Butler then continued his climb to the front, passing Ben Melenhorst for fourth at lap 18, with Yorke trying to follow through for fifth. Meanwhile, Adams headed down pit road with mechanical problems, followed by Shaw a lap later.
At the front of the field, McFerran and Paxton continued to run side-by-side for the lead. The pair would remain side-by-side throughout the whole 25-lap feature, with Brandon McFerran edging Paxton at the line to take the victory in the No. 64 Peter D. Laird Transport, Sauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park, Road Ranger, East End Car Wash, B&B Towing, Creative Edge Graphics, Finish Line Painting & Restoration, DS McClure Farms, AMD Electric, Ultimate Finishes and Matalco Mustang. It marks McFerran’s second win of the season, and notably, he has yet to finish outside of the top-five this season thus far.
Paxton would finish second behind the wheel of his No. 33 Blue Mountain Honda, Graham Landscape, Whole Sale Tire Solutions, J.F. Kitching and Sons Haulage and Georgina Auto Sales Honda Civic for his second runner-up finish of the season. Doug Butler finished third for the third time this year, followed by Billy Melenhorst and Eric Yorke. For both Melenhorst and Yorke, this race marked their first top-fives of the season.
Ben Melenhorst was sixth, followed by Andy Kamrath, Danny Benedict, Miles Tyson, Justin Holmes, Gerrit Tiemersma, Nicole Podewils, Terry Woodley and Jake Watson
Please note that these results are unofficial and the track should be consulted for the full, official feature results.