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Dan Archibald Utilizes Bump and Run for Super Stock Victory

INNISFIL, Ontario — With a bump and run, Dan Archibald was able to get by Johnny Morrison to score the Super Stock victory on Saturday night at Sunset Speedway.

The first heat started off messy with a caution on Lap 3 for Gerrit TIemersma and Matt Bentley making contact going into turn one, with Tiemersma getting up on Bentley’s door before stopping in turn two. The yellow flag then waved again on three laps later for Todd Davenport turning Dwayne Baker in turns three and four for the lead.

Lane Zardo came out on top ahead of Frank Davey, Brandon Passer, Bentley, Davenport, Baker, and Paul Maltese.

The second qualifier was not any cleaner, with Joe Daly getting loose, and being spun by Tom Walters on the backstretch on Lap 2. Then two laps later, Dan Archibald would push Paul Pepper up off of turn four, resulting in more contact down the frontstretch as the pair got sideways together. It’d turn into a four-wide mess with Cory McAllister and Dan Robb pulling alongside, with everybody straightening it back out, only for Robb to spin in turn two courtesy of contact from Pepper.

Dan Archibald picked up the checkered flag ahead of Jason Parker, Johnny Morrison, McAllisters, Walters, Pepper, Daly, and Robb.

Brandon Passer won the third heat ahead of Zardo, Davey, Bentley, Tiemersma, Davenport, Baker, and Maltese.

The fourth qualified featured a quick yellow flag with Pepper spinning Archibald in turns one and two on Lap 6. Tom Walters picked up the checkered flag ahead of Morrison, Parker, McAllsiter, Archibald, Robb, and Pepper.

Come feature time, Tom Walters started pole ahead of Dan Archibald, Johnny Morrison, Jason Parker, Frank Davey, Brandon Passer, Lane Zardo, Matt Bentley, Cory McAllister, Todd Davenport, Dwayne Baker, Paul Pepper, Joe Daley, Gerrit Tiemersma, and Dan Robb.

The drop of the green flag would see a battle for the lead between Walters and Archibald ahead of Morrison, but also see the yellow flag with a caution for McAllister spinning in turn three and four. Ultimately, the field stacked up on the initial green flag, with contact throughout that eventually sent the No. 71 around.

The second attempt was clean and green with Archibald jumping out into the lead as Walters and Morrison ran side-by-side for second, with Parker and Davey side-by-side for fourth. Morrison got the runner-up spot on Lap 4 ahead of Walters, as the battle for fourth continued. Behind them, Passer and Bentley ran side-by-side for sixth ahead of Zardo.

Parker would then get alongside Walters for third on Lap 8 ahead of Davey, as Passer and Bentley battled for sixth ahead of Zardo, Davenport, and Baker. Bentley would then get alongside Davey for fifth on Lap 12, with Zardo alongside Passer for seventh ahead of Davenport. Positions third through eighth remained side-by-side through the next couple laps, allowing Baker to get alongside Davenport for ninth on Lap 15.

At the front of the field, Morrison would track down Archibald for the top spot and take over the lead on Lap 16, as the battles continued through the field. There was no movement through the top-10 with them remaining side-by-side lap after lap, except for Davenport trying to Passer and Zardo three-wide for seventh.

Bentley was able to snag fifth on Lap 19, which allowed Passer to get alongside Davey for sixth. From there on, there were two more rows of driver side-by-side with Pepper running 12th ahead of Robb and McAllsiter. Robb then made his move on Lap 21, getting alongside Pepper.

The battle for sixth got interesting on Lap 23, with Davenport taking Passer and Davey three-wide. It wouldn’t work out in his favor, though, as the yellow flag waved three laps later due to a flat tire for Davenport.

The restart saw a battle for the lead between Archibald and Morrison, with Dan Archibald giving Johnny Morrison the bump and run on the last lap to score the victory. Matt Bentley utilized a three-wide move to finish third ahead of Tom Walters and Lane Zardo. Jason Parker placed sixth, followed by Dwayne Baker, Brandon Passer, Frank Davey, and Gerrit Tiemersma. Dan Robb finished 11th, followed by Paul Pepper, Cory McAllsiter, Todd Davenport, and Joe Daley.

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