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Chris Morrow wins Sunset Speedway Late Model Feature in photo finish

It was only by inches, but the bit of bumper that touched the line first was all it took as Chris Morrow picked up the feature victory on Saturday night at Sunset Speedway.

It marks the third feature victory this season for the driver of the No. 11 Morrow Electric, Advanced Landscapes, Contractor Rental Supply and Duraflo Late Model. It also marks a solid comeback for the entire Morrow team as Morrow dropped out of the feature with a couple laps to go a couple weeks ago due to mechanical issues.

Morrow would start the 50-lap feature in the fourth spot and quickly worked his way to the lead in the early laps. Dwayne Baker would work his way to second after starting fifth and stalked Morrow all race long, before making his move late in the race. Baker went to Morrow’s inside and as the pair came across the line side-by-side, it’d be Morrow with the edge per the transponders.

For Baker, it marks his third top-five finish of the season to date so far. Tom Walters would score his highest finish of the season with a third, followed by Scott Beatty and last week’s race winner Jason Witty. In each of the five events so far this year, Witty has finished in the top-five, giving him the points lead currently.

Kawartha Speedway past feature winner Larry Jackson would jump behind the wheel of Bruce Rankin’s late model and impressed throughout the night in winning his heat and the Dash for the Cash. He also got a good random draw, starting seventh. However, he would get loose on lap two and spin pole sitter/rookie Paul Maltese. Both would suffer damage, hurting them for the rest of the night.

After an impressive run a couple weeks ago, Nick Goetz would have to pull behind the wall early with mechanical issues. Rookies Thayne Hallyburton, Michael Wilkinson and Jarrod Ranson also had rough nights as they would go for separate spins.

Following a blown motor in practice two weeks ago, Sean Cronan was looking to have a good run. However, his bad luck continued as he spun while trying to get underneath Beatty for third at lap 31, and then went for a solo spin later in the feature. Mike Bentley also ran into issues, pulling behind the wall at lap 26 with mechanical issues.

Larry Jackson won the first heat ahead of Taylor Holdaway, Walters, Morrow and Maltese.

Witty won the second heat ahead of Bentley, Baker, Ernie Fumerton and Billy Zardo.

Jackson would win the Dash for Cash ahead of Witty, Bentley, Baker and Holdaway.

 

Special thanks to Ronald Costigan and Kyle Sedan for the notes.

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