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Rick Spencer-Walt Scores Feature Victory at Sunset Speedway

Rick Spencer-Walt is proving he is a driver to watch every week at Sunset Speedway, as he scored his fourth feature victory of the 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series campaign on Saturday night.

The early laps saw a battle for the lead between Gord Shepherd and Travis Hallyburton with Nick Goetz running third ahead of Spencer-Walt and Ernie Fumerton. However, the action was quickly halted with the first yellow flag flying on Lap 6 for Kendra Adams and Al Inglis going around in turns one and two. With 30 laps to go, Shepherd led Hallyburton, Spencer-Walt, Fumerton, Thayne Hallyburton, Jordan Latimer, Taylor Holdaway, Brittney Gresel, Ron Quesnelle, Danny Benedict and Paul Maltese.

The restart saw the battle for the lead between Shepherd and Travis Hallyburton continue with Goetz continuing to run third ahead of Spencer-Walt, Thayne Hallyburton and Latimer as Holdaway and Quesnelle battled for seventh. The battle for the lead came to a head on Lap 10, though, as the pair of leaders tangled, with Travis Hallyburton going around in turn three.

With both drivers sent to back, Goetz would inherit the lead for the restart. So with 26 laps to go, Goetz led Spencer-Walt, Thayne Hallyburton, Latimer, Holdaway, Quesnelle, Fumerton, Benedict, Maltese, Chris Morrow, Adams, Mike Wilkinson, Travis Hallyburton, Shepherd and Inglis.

Goetz’s lead did not last long, as he was passed on the restart with Spencer-Walt grabbing the top spot. Goetz slipped back into second with Thayne Hallyburton and Latimer side-by-side for third. Quesnelle moved his way up to fifth by Lap 11 ahead of Holdaway, with Gresel and Fumerton side-by-side for seventh.

Maltese then took Holdaway and Gresel three-wide for sixth a lap later, moving into the sixth spot at Lap 13, with Benedict now three-wide with Gresel and Holdaway. Ultimately, the move did not work for Benedict as he fell back in line behind the pair. Further up the field, Thayne Hallyburton cleared Latimer for third at Lap 15 with Quesnelle continuing to run fifth ahead of Maltese, Gresel and Holdaway. The caution then flew on Lap 17, though, with Benedict and Travis Hallyburton getting together in turn two.

Spencer-Walt got another good restart ahead of Goetz, Thayne Hallyburton and Latimer, with Maltese alongside Quenelle for fifth. Quesnelle got the spot on Lap 20, with Shepherd getting alongside Maltese next. Shepherd then cleared Maltese for sixth two laps later, bumping Maltese back to seventh ahead of Gresel, Holdaway and Fumerton before the caution fell on Lap 18 for Adams going around in turn four.

Spencer-Walt got another good restart, but the yellow flag waved again on Lap 24 as Holdaway and Fumerton tangled in turns one and two.

Spencer-Walt kept the good restarts going, continuing to lead ahead of Spencer-Walt, with Thayne Hallyburton side-by-side with Latimer for third. Shepherd then slipped by them both for the spot on Lap 25, with Thayne Hallyburton grabbing fourth a lap later. Maltese then followed him through for fifth at Lap 27 ahead of Latimer, as Quesnelle ran side-by-side with Morrow for seventh.

With just six laps remaining, Spencer-Walt continued to lead ahead of Goetz, Shepherd, Thayne Hallyburton, Maltese and Latimer. Shepherd then got alongside Goetz for the runner-up spot with four laps to go, with the pair battling throughout the remaining laps of the feature.

Rick Spencer-Walt picked up the victory ahead of Gord Shepherd, Nick Goetz, Thayne Hallyburton and Paul Maltese. Jordan Latimer finished sixth, followed by Ron Quesnelle, Brittney Gresel, Chris Morrow and Al Inglis. Danny Benedict finished 11th, followed by Mike Wilkinson, Ernie Fumerton, Kendra Adams and Taylor Holdaway.

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