Trevor Clark scored his second career victory in the Nuka-Cola Series at Eight Bowl Superspeedway, after the race went into it’s third Green-White-Checkered attempt. Clark edged Nathan Carroll by about half a car-length at the line, while Brandon Athan finished in third. Wayne Sargent, who finished fourth, scored his best career series finish in the underfunded #89 Chevrolet, while Dillon Young rounded out the Top-5. Truck Series winner Mark Luft finished in sixth. Seventh and Eighth place finishers Steve Broome and Lincoln Jolly both scored their best career finishes as well.
Caroline Coleman led the field to the green flag after winning her first career pole position in group qualifying on Friday. Coleman would go on to finish 10th, leading a total of three laps, but it wouldn’t be an easy finish, as Coleman would be involved in one of the late crashes at the end of the race.
Overall, the race started out much like the truck race, pretty tame, but lots of two and three wide action through the field and lead changes galore. But things began to change pretty quickly, with the first caution flag of the race coming 34 laps in, after Paul Poulin cut a tire in the middle of the pack, collecting Jordan Kolat and Jacklyn Powell. Teams would make pit stops during this caution, putting most just outside of making the finish on fuel.
After the race resumed, it was followed not too long after, by a second caution, this time with Joshua Tomlinson after he cut a tire in turn four on lap 59, and spun around. Meanwhile, Tina Iser was turned around in Turn 1 further down the track, and collected Chris Hausen, Kevin Dugan Jr. and Stephanie Toombs.
When Joanna Ryba ran out of fuel in her #2 Chevrolet, the caution would come out once again, this time with four laps left. This caution set Joseph Tanner up as the leader for the first overtime attempt. The attempt was short-lived, however, as Eileen Barnes was turned around in turn 3 by Anthony McGuffin, sparking the first big one of the race, collecting Wayne Sargent, Kayla Lanier, Joanna Ryba among others. At least a dozen cars were involved.
Steve Broom would lead the field to the green on the second overtime attempt. This time, Michelle Don-Konics and Chris Yon getting together in turn 3 sparked a second big one, which involved a little more than half a dozen cars this time around. Broome, who held the lead through this entire attempt, would be forced to pit after he and several others ran out of fuel before the final restart.
In the final restart attempt, Jim Dilbeck and Eugene McCune collected Sam Ryder in the middle of turn 2, crashing while the leaders were allowed to race back to the checkered flag without the race ending under yellow. Nathan Carroll gave Trevor Clark a huge shove in turns 3 and 4, pushing past race leader Brandon Athan and giving the pair of Ford drivers a 1-2 finish.
For Carroll, the second place finish moves him up three spots in the points to take over the point lead going into the next race at Texas. Third place finisher Brandon Athan moved up seven spots, into the Top-10, while Trevor Clark moved up 16 spots to 29th. It’s possible Clark could be granted a waiver to compete in the Nuka-Cola Series Chase for the Championship, but he would have to make the Top-25 in points, and compete in all of the remaining races this season, something that his team originally had planned not to do. Team Penske may make an announcement regarding this prior to Texas, where Cup regular TJ Howard was originally scheduled to drive the car.