Bobby Wilberg picked up his first-ever 602 Late Model feature win at Madison by holding off Ray Hellenbrand. It was the seventh different division Wilberg has won in at Madison.
Bobby Frisch and Jason Stark brought the field to the green flag. Stark powered his way out to the lead and put four car lengths between himself and Frisch. On lap 7, Bobby Wilberg edged his way past Chase Hunter for third and took second from Frisch one lap later though still eight lengths behind Stark.
At the half-way point, Wilberg was starting to cut into Stark’s lead and with fifteen laps to go it was down to five car lengths. Three laps later it was down to two car lengths just before a spin in turn two brought out the first caution of the race.
Wilberg took the lead on the restart as Stark appeared to lose power and before a lap could be completed a spin on the backstretch brought out the yellow flag. Wilberg continued to lead with Ray Hellenbrand a length behind the leader. Hellenbrand gave it his best shot, but the veteran Wilberg was able to hold him off at the stripe.
“It means a lot to win this one,” said Wilberg who was driving a Joe Shear tribute car.
Bobby Frisch and Bobby Wilberg won the 8 lap heat races. Tom Carlson was quick qualifier with a lap of 18.903 (95.223 mph)
Feature: (1-10) Bobby Wilberg, Ray Hellenbrand, Brian Johnson Sr., Chase Hunter, Christopher McQuality, Clayton Storey, Jason Stark, Bobby Frisch, James Storey, Mike Winters, Rick Coppernoll-DNS, Tom Carlson-DNS
Heat One: Bobby Frisch, Brian Johnson Sr., James Storey, Christopher McQuality, Clayton Storey, Rick Coppernoll
Heat Two: Bobby Wilberg, Chase Hunter, Jason Stark, Ray Hellenbrad, Mike Winters, Tom Carlson-DNS
Qualifying: (1-10) Tom Carlson, Jason Stark, Bobby Wilberg, Mike Winters, Chase Hunter, Ray Hellenbrand, Bobby Frisch, James Storey, Brian Johnson Sr., Christopher McQuality
(11-12) Rick Coppernoll, Clayton Storey