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May 21, 2013

Owens takes Harold Leep Jr. Memorial Race

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 On the restart, Allen would overtake Decamp in turn two to move into the runner-up spot. DeCamp would get a little high thereafter, and Waddell would take back another position she had lost earlier. A yellow would fly again as Kent, who arrived just in time to transfer from the B-Feature after attending his sister’s wedding earlier in the evening, got into the back of Hill and the two cars were left stalled. Hill would be towed in, while Kent would rejoin the field at the rear. 

Once back under the green flag, Owens stretched out to a couple of car lengths’ lead almost immediately while positions behind him were being fought tooth and nail. White and Wood Jr. were going at one another, and Gastineau was looking to muscle in as well.

Working the 17th round, Wood Jr. would take a spot from DeCamp in turn one. DeCamp had to feel like the kid in school who gets picked on because just after losing a spot to Wood Jr., White was all over him, trying to get in to the top five. White would make the pass for position, then Gastineau was all over DeCamp’s bumper and eventually got by him. Gastineau quickly caught up to White and the battle was on, but for these two top gunners, their battle wouldn’t last long. Coming down the front straight for the 20th lap, the two made contact and Gastineau shot to the infield by several feet. “The Gasman” kept the gas pedal mashed, executed a 360 and blazed back out onto the track; however, he would lose several position.

Smith, who had quietly picked his way through the field, was giving DeCamp all he wanted then. As the white flag was deployed on the next circuit, DeCamp had a problem and parked his car high in turn four. Owens would take the checkers, followed by Allen, Waddell (who had her best finish since her victory at Salina one year ago), Wood Jr. and White. The rest of the top 10 were Smith, Brian McClelland, Wills, Morton and Gastineau.

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