Warren Paxton Caps off Championship Season with Velocity 250 Victory

Consistency each week, along with some trips to victory lane paid off for Warren Paxton as he won the Velocity 250 Signs of Innovation Mini Stock feature en route to being crowned the 2018 Great Lakes Concrete Series Champion.

Andy Kamrath won the first heat ahead of Daniel Montanari, Kevin Bridge, Dylan Holmes, Pat MacDonald, Bob Phinnemore, Curtis Stewart, Eric Rainey, Ken Townsend, the 11, and Rob Wells.

Warren Paxton won the second heat ahead of Samantha Shaw, Tyler Seaboyer, Jake Watson, Will Gibbons, Alex Hastie, Stefan Woyslaw, Craig Kamrath, Cameron McGlashan, and Jason D’Antimo.

Andy Kamrath went for the daily double ahead of Bridge, Montanari, Holmes, Phinnemore, MacDonald, the 11, Stewart, and Townsend.

Warren Paxton went for the daily double ahead of Gibbons, Hastie, Watson, Craig Kamrath, Shaw, Seaboyer, Woyslaw, McGlashan, and D’Antimo.

Come feature time, Alex Hastie started pole ahead of Dylan Holmes, Kevin Bridge, Daniel Montanari, Warren Paxton, Andy Kamrath, Bob Phinnemore, Craig Kamrath, Jake Watson, Samantha Shaw, Tyler Seaboyer, Pat MacDonald, Curtis Stewart, Cameron McGlashan, Jason D’Antimo, Stefan Woyslaw, Rob Wells, Will Gibbons, Ken Townsend, Connor James, the 11, and Chandler Bos.

The race would get off to a thrilling start with Hastie, Holmes and Andy Kamrath going three-wide for the lead. It wouldn’t work, though, as contact would made resulting in Kamrath getting into the outside frontstretch wall, ending his race early. Bridge would sneak past the chaos to take the lead on Lap 2 with Hastie and Paxton in toe. Paxton would get alongside Hastie for second on Lap 3, as Holmes and Montanari battled for fourth ahead of Shaw and Watson. Paxton moved into second on Lap 5 ahead of Hastie, Montanari, Holmes, Shaw, Watson, Craig Kamrath, McGlashan, and Gibbons. Montanari would continue to move forward, passing Hastie for third on Lap 8, with Gibbons passing McGlashan for ninth a lap later.

As Paxton caught Bridge for the lead, the caution would fly for Woyslaw going for a spin in turn four on Lap 10; Seaboyer would be deemed involved, and sent to the tail of the lead lap cars with Woyslaw. With 26 laps to go, Bridged led Paxton, Montanari, Hastie, Holmes, Shaw, Watson, Craig Kamrath, Gibbons, McGlashan, Phinnemore, James, Stewart, D’Antimo, Bos, Townsend, Woyslaw, Seaboyer, MacDonald, the 11, and Wells.

The restart would see Paxton take the lead ahead of Bridge as Hastie and Montanari battled for third ahead of Shaw and Holmes, with Kamrath and Watson side-by-side for seventh as Gibbons pulled into the pits, done for the event. Montanari took the third spot on Lap 12, with Shaw getting alongside Hastie for fourth a lap later ahead of Holmes, Watson, Kamrath, and McGlashan. The race would take a twist on Lap 14 with Kamrath losing a tire, causing him to go around and collect McGlashan. McGlashan would hit the outside wall, bouncing off before being hit by Seaboyer. James was also deemed involved in the incident, sent to the tail of the field for the restart.

Paxton got a good restart ahead of Bridge, Montanari, and Shaw as Watson and Hastie battled for fifth. Watson got the spot, with Holmes getting alongside Hastie for sixth. Further up the field, Montanari would get alongside Bridge for second at Lap 17, completing the pass three laps later. Behind them, Shaw continued to run fourth ahead of Watson, Holmes, Hastie, Phinnemore, Woyslaw, and James. James continued to his way back through the field, passing Woyslaw for ninth at Lap 22, as Woyslaw now ran 10th ahead of MacDonald. James would get alongside Phinnemore for eighth at Lap 25, completing the pass two laps later as MacDonald got around Woyslaw for 10th. Stewart would then pass Woyslaw for 11th at Lap 29, as Bos rounded out the top 13 drivers.

Warren Paxton scored the victory ahead of Daniel Montanari, Kevin Bridge, Samantha Shaw, Jake Watson, Dylan Holmes, Connor James, Alex Hastie, Bob Phinnemore, Pat MacDonald, Curtis Stewart, Stefan Woyslaw, and Chandler Bos.

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