Great Lakes Concrete Series

Rick Spencer-Walt Uses Bump and Run to win Spring Velocity at Sunset Speedway

For the second year in a row, Rick Spencer-Walt ended the Spring Velocity at Sunset Speedway in victory lane as he used the bump and run on Travis Hallyburton late to score the win.

When it came to time trials, it’d be Danny Benedict setting the quickest lap. He would roll the dice for the invert, scoring a big 12. That’d put Dwayne Baker on pole ahead of Travis Hallyburton, Paul Maltese, Gord Shepherd, Taylor Holdaway, Jason Parker, Rick Spencer-Walt, Lane Zardo, Jo Lawrence, Josh Stade, Nick Goetz, Bendict, Thayne Hallyburton, Connor James, and T.J. Edwards.

Travis Hallyburton jumped out to the early lead on the drop of the green flag ahead of Baker, Shepherd, Parker and Zardo as Maltese and Stade battled for sixth, with Holdaway and Benedict side-by-side for eighth. Stade got the spot on Lap 5, with Benedict getting alongside Maltese for seventh. Behind them, Spencer-Walt was able to get alongside Holdaway for ninth at Lap 6 ahead of Lawrence and Goetz.

Benedict would take over the seventh spot at Lap 8 ahead of Maltese and Spencer-Walt, with Lawrence alongside Holdaway for 10th ahead of Goetz, Thayne Hallyburton, James, and Edwards. Benedict’s climb continued as he got alongside Stade for sixth at Lap 11, with Spencer-Walt getting alongside Maltese for eighth.

Behind them, Goetz ran 10th as Holdaway and Lawrence battled for 11th. Holdaway got the spot on Lap 14, moving him to 11th ahead of Lawrence and Thayne Hallyburton. Further up the field, Spencer-Walt cleared Maltese for eighth on Lap 15, with Benedict clearing Stade a lap later for sixth. At Lap 18, James would make an unscheduled pit stop under green.

With 19 laps on the board, Travis Hallyburton led Baker, Shepherd, Parker, Zardo, Benedict, Spencer-Walt and Stade, as Maltese and Goetz ran side-by-side for ninth ahead of Holdaway, Lawrence, Thayne Hallyburton, Edwards, and James.

Benedict continued his climb, getting alongside Zardo for fifth at Lap 25 ahead of Spencer-Walt, Goetz, Stade, and Maltese. Benedict would get the spot on Lap 27, as Holdaway and Lawrence both made their way around Maltese for position. At Lap 28, Thayne Hallyburton made his way down pit road for an unscheduled green flag pit stop.

Spencer-Walt looked to continue his charge forward, getting alongside Zardo for sixth at Lap 32 as Goetz ran eighth ahead of Stade and Holdaway. Benedict’s climb continued as he got alongside Parker for fourth at Lap 34, with Spencer-Walt grabbing sixth a lap later. Goetz followed through, moving up to seventh ahead of Zardo, Stade, Holdaway, Lawrence, Maltese, Edwards, and James.

Parker would hold serve in fourth, keeping Benedict at bay, with Spencer-Walt running sixth ahead of Goetz and Zardo, as Stade and Lawrence battled for ninth. Lawrence got the spot on Lap 41, with Holdaway looking to follow him through.

Benedict would make his move forward, officially passing Parker for fourth at Lap 42 as Spencer-Walt tried to follow him through but was unable to make it work. Goetz continued to run seventh ahead of Zardo, Lawrence, and Holdaway. Goetz would then get by Spencer-Walt for sixth at Lap 46, and tried to pass Parker for fifth but was unable to as they made their way through lap traffic. The traffic was beneficial to Lawrence, though, who passed Zardo for eighth at Lap 48.

With 50 laps on the board, Travis Hallyburton continued to lead ahead of Dwayne Baker, Gord Shepherd, and Danny Benedict as Nick Goetz got alongside Jason Parker for fifth once again. Benedict also looked to continue his climb forward, getting alongside Shepherd for third at Lap 53. Meanwhile, Goetz was able to clear Parker for fifth two laps later.

Benedict would make his move into the top-three on Lap 58, getting by Shepherd for third spot as Goetz ran fifth, with Parker and Spencer-Walt side-by-side for sixth. Benedict quickly caught Baker for second and looked to be set to make a move, when contact happened between the pair, sending Baker around. With 15 laps to go, Hallyburton led Shepherd, Goetz, Spencer-Walt, Lawrence, Holdaway, Maltese, Stade, Parker, Baker, Benedict, Edwards, and James.

The restart saw a battle for the lead between Shepherd and Hallyburton, as Spencer-Walt moved into third with Goetz and Holdaway side-by-side for fourth. Hallyburton would clear Shepherd for the lead on Lap 64, with Spencer-Walt looking for a way by. Behind them, the battle for fourth continued as Lwarence ran fifth ahead of Stade, Benedict, and Maltese.

Spencer-Walt was able to clear Shepherd for second on Lap 67, with Goetz looking to follow him through. Goetz was unable to, giving Holdaway an opportunity to challenge for fourth. The challenge would fall short, with Goetz instead able to get by Shepherd for third at Lap 70 as Holdaway and Lawrence battled for fifth.

At the front of the field, Spencer-Walt was able to track down Hallyburton for the lead, giving him a love tap with five laps to go. This would allow Spencer-Walt to get alongside a lap later, taking the top spot with two laps to go. Goetz would then get alongside Hallyburton, completing the pass as they came to the white flag.

Rick Spencer-Walt led the rest of the way en route to winning the event ahead of Nick Goetz, Travis Hallyburton, Jo Lawrence, Gord Shepherd, Taylor Holdaway, Danny Benedict, Josh Stade, Paul Maltese, Coltin Everingham, Jason Parker, T.J. Edwards, and Connor James.

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