Alberson picked up his second runner-up finish of the season along with earning the Casey’s Hard Charger of the race by advancing five spots, while Hurst finished in third. Daniel Hilsabeck rebounded from a roll-over at the Show-Me 100 to collect a career best MLRA finish of fourth along with being credited with the Swift Springs Move of the Race. Justin Duty rounded out the top five finishers at the line.
“We had to work on it a little bit tonight, but it was good”, noted Jackson of his Cornett powered Rocket XR-1 Chassis from Cedar Creek Beef Jerky Victory Lane. “When you get good race cars up there it’s hard to get by them, so you know the first few laps are pretty crucial. We were able to get a pretty good start and hold them off.”
Alberson completed another solid night and noted, “I feel like I was pretty good right there if I had clean air, I got close to Tony that one time and I pushed real bad, and that’s just kind of the nature of the racing there. Tony did a great job, he has been good all year and congrats to them guys.”
“Seems like the key here is to be able to turn on the gas, you know when that cushions got speed like that. We were just way too tight early in the night, but I think we are a little closer now and maybe if I can get our starting spot a little better we can race with these guys,” concluded Alberson, who continues to hold down the second spot in the MLRA’s Midwest Sheet Metal Championship Standings.
Hurst, the series defending champion continued his hot streak with his fourth top five finish in the series last five races. He said of his podium run, “Not too bad, I’ll take it. We just got to work on it for tomorrow and hopefully get a little more speed. There was nothing on the bottom, it was too fast on the top and they’ve got to mess up to get around them. You just have to have a free car to rotate around that cushion and we just didn’t have one of them tonight, we were a little too tight.”
Saturday Night Showdown: Lucas Oil MLRA action at the Salina Highbanks continues with the 8th Annual Freedom Classic on Saturday night June 19th, when drivers battle it out in a $5,000 to win and $500 to start weekend finale. Gates will open at 5PM, with racing action going green at 7:00 PM.