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Broken axle canít stop Anton Hernandez at Vado Speedway Park

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November 29, 2019  |  by Bryan Hulbert

Clipping an infield tire with three laps to go in the Griffin’s Propane Non-Wing A-Feature, Anton Hernandez refused to quit and in a wild final lap of action, the Arlington, Texas shoe shot the gap with the left front dangling for the win to open up the Turkey Bowl at Vado Speedway Park.

“I guess I just needed to give myself a challenge,” said Anton Hernandez with a laugh. “I can’t thank everyone enough for getting me here to race this weekend. I still don’t know how I held on to it, much less finished, but that was a crazy finish.”

Trailing the lead the opening laps, Hernandez pulled even with early race leader Kyle McCutcheon several times, but was not able to take the point. Dropping to third on Lap 5, Don Grable took over the runner-up spot in traffic and began closing on McCutcheon for the lead. Caution on Lap 8, the restart saw Grable shoot to the lead as McCutcheon swapped his line.

Short-lived, however, Grable snagged a rut in the fourth turn, giving Anton Hernandez the run and the lead. Surviving numerous cautions, and finally, the busted front axle, the race for the lead was three deep with Charles Davis, Jr. nearly getting by Hernandez and Grable with Grable holding onto second by inches at the line. Charing forward 14 positions, Rick Ziehl grabbed fourth with Josh Hodges in fifth.

Casey Shuman made up four spots to sixth with Colt Treharn in seventh. Spencer Hill, Travis Oldfield, and Michael Fanelli made up the top ten.

RESULTS

360 NON-WINGED SPRINT CARS

Heat 1 (Lineups): 1-Johnson.R 2-Shuman.C 3-Davis.C 4-Ziehl.M 5-Carney.J 6-Hernandez.A 7-Grable.D 8-Little.G.

Heat 2: 1-McCutcheon.K 2-Floyd.G 3-Dykes.D 4-Fanelli.M 5-Deskins.S 6-Treharn.C 7-Kesterson.A 8-Hulsey.C.

Heat 3: 1-Taylor.Z 2-Hodges.J 3-Herrera.R 4-Oldfield.T 5-Hill.S 6-Ziehl.R 7-Jonas.J.

Feature: 1-Hernandez.A 2-Grable.D 3-Davis.C 4-Ziehl.R 5-Hodges.J 6-Shuman.C 7-Treharn.C 8-Hill.S 9-Oldfield.T 10-Fanelli.M 11-Kesterson.A 12-Dykes.D 13-Herrera.R 14-Little.G 15-Deskins.S 16-Johnson.R 17-McCutcheon.K 18-Taylor.Z 19-Floyd.G 20-Ziehl.M 21-Jonas.J 22-Hulsey.C 23-Carney.J.