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LaSalle, Illinois (May 5, 2018) - Looking to recover from a disappointing finish on Friday night at the Davenport Speedway, Will Vaught fired from the DirtonDirt.com pole to pick up his first MLRA win of the season. The win for Vaught would not come easy, even though he would lead all 40 laps in the "Land of Lincoln 40" at the LaSalle Speedway.
A lap one caution would quickly bunch the field back up with Friday nights 3rd place driver Mitch McGrath making an early move into second, with Chris Simpson third. The race would go back under the green until a second caution waved on lap eight for a four car incident in turn four.
On the ensuing restart, series point leader Chad Simpson would take off on the high line of the ¼ mile speedway making his way around McGrath and Chris Simpson into the second position. It appeared that Chad Simpson was about achieve back to back wins as he attempted to take the race lead from Vaught off the exit of turn four.
However, as Simpson tried to cut the exit of turn four he would get completely sideways, almost coming to a stop in front of the field. Simpson did a great job of regaining control and avoided disaster, only falling to 5th on the track as the race continued under green.
The race would see another pair of cautions on laps 15 and 22, both of which placed heavy pressure on the 1V of Vaught. The lap 22 caution would see Dennis Erb, Jr. coming to a stop on the speedway following a solid move into the top three near the midpoint of the night's main event.
Vaught would end up catching the tail of the field with about eight circuits remaining which allowed Chad Simpson to again eliminate the margin between himself and Vaught. However, it was Vaught's night as he would work all lines on the speedway to maintain the top spot and secure the win in his Scott Bailey powered machine.
The win for Vaught is his first with the Lucas Oil MLRA since the 2017 series opener at the Lucas Oil Speedway. Following the win Vaught said, "We were very fortunate to be able to start up front for once. We're out here to chase these points and with two DNF's right off the bat it's just been a real struggle. This win might help get our momentum going a little better as we head into the Show-Me."
Chad Simpson came home in the runner up spot, notching his 5th consecutive top five with the series, as he maintains the points lead in his quest for a second title. Simpson commented, "It was another good night for us. I got up high in three and four that one time and about lost it, but the car was just real maneuverable and we're able to move anywhere on the race track and race where we have to. That makes it easy on me."
LaSalle Speedway Contingencies 5/5/18
Chix Gear Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1.Chris Simpson 2.Dennis Erb, Jr. 3.Payton Looney 4.Jay Johnson 5.Dave Eckrich 6.Paul Parker 7.Cole Swibold 8.Spencer Diercks
Casey's General Stores Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1.Mitch McGrath 2.Tyler Bruening 3.Rickey Frankel 4.Jonathan Brauns 5.Billy Drake 6.Rob Toland 7.Jeremy Grady 8.Luke Goedert
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