(PENSACOLA, FL) Wining at the famed Five Flags Speedway is tough enough, but it’s even tougher when a driver starts at the rear of the field and charges forward. For Jim Foose, who had never won at Five Flags Speedway in many attempts, that’s exactly what he did.
Jared Mogard led the way in qualifying, but was sent to the rear of the grid for missing the drivers meeting, moving Matt Vaade to the point with Jordan Harnish second. Jim Foose, AJ McCall and Shawn Musick also were moved to the rear of the field for infractions at the Thompson race two weeks ago.
Foose’s #42 started dead last after a penalty for incident points at Thompson, but the #42 didn’t last long in the back as a lap two tangle between Jordan Harnish, Ty Hester and others moved the #42 to sixth in the running order. Matt Vaade got out to a sizeable lead as the race went green for nearly 50 laps before Jim Foose and TJ Graves bumped, sending Graves’ #22 spinning and collecting and finishing off the Harnish #48 car.
Shawn Musick stayed on track to lead a lap before pitting, handing the lead over to Vaade. Vaade would lead a race high 73 laps before pitting on lap 75 for tires, leaving Foose on track to inherit the lead. Mogard and Musick remained on the track, dropping Vaade to fourth.
The final 22 laps went caution free as Foose held off Mogard and Vaade, both making several charges towards the lead, but Foose’s #42 was able to hold them off at the end of 100 laps. Mogard would settle for second, Vaade third, Ernest Smith, Jr was fourth with Hester rebounding to finish fifth.
The Super Late Model Tour takes two week hiatus before returning to action June 15th at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Matt Vaade holds a 19 point lead over Graves, while Foose moves to third ahead of Smith, Jr.