Bayer Conquers Creek
Lonnie Wheatley, SAPULPA, Okla. (August 20, 2015) – Kevin Bayer flirted with the Creek County Speedway cushion for a full 25 laps en route to victory lane in Thursday night’s POWRi West Midget feature atop the ¼-mile clay oval.
Bayer gunned into the lead from the outset from the front row outside, fighting off some late race challenges from Andrew Felker and Matt Sherrell to pick up the $1,000 triumph aboard the No. 91 BOSS chassis.
It was Bayer’s second POWRi West win in just three starts this season.
While Bayer jumped to the early lead, pole starter Michelle Decker and Anton Hernandez diced for second as fourth-row starters Sherrell and Felker picked their way through traffic.
By the time the race’s first of two cautions flew after 16 laps when Blake Edwards went up in smoke, Sherrell had moved up to second with Felker right there with him in third.
And when the second caution flew three laps later when Chad Howell and Shannon McQueen got tangled up in turn four, Felker had moved around Sherrell for second.
Felker went after Bayer right away, sliding into the lead for a brief moment in turns three and four on the 20th lap only to have Bayer cross back under to retain command.
Sherrell rejoined the mix, with Bayer briefly slipping away as Sherrell and Felker traded sliders. The duo closed back in on Bayer on the final round but fell just short at the stripe as Felker nipped Sherrell for runner-up honors.
Decker crossed the stripe fourth with Hernandez rounding out the top five.
Decker, Bayer, Grady Chandler and Hernandez topped heat race action for the 27-car field with Ty Hulsey winning the “B” Main.
“A” Main Finish: 1. 91k-Kevin Bayer (2), 2. 11a-Andrew Felker (8), 3. 35-Matt Sherrell (7), 4. 4m-Michelle Decker (1), 5. 52-Anton Hernandez (6), 6. 3f-Blake Hahn (14), 7. 73-Jason McDougal (12), 8. 59-Grady Chandler (3), 9. 21-Ty Hulsey (17), 10. 23-Hannah Adair (4), 11. 2b-Bob Harr (18), 12. 16-Nigel Calvert (20), 13. 14-Tony Rossi (15), 14. 24-Hunter Fischer (19), 15. 7-Shannon McQueen (5), 16. 4c-Chadd Howell (13), 17. 9$-Kyle Clark (9), 18. 8h-Harli White (16), 19. 17e-Blake Edwards (10), 20. 8-Alex Sewell (11).