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Wild finish to Brian’s Autobody 75

Winning Stage 2 of the Kevin’s Autobody 75 by less than a metre for Wayne Walsh in his No. 99 was an exciting way to cap off the day at Eastbound Speedway in Avondale on Sunday in the NASCAR Division I series. — Nicole Breen
Winning Stage 2 of the Kevin’s Autobody 75 by less than a metre for Wayne Walsh in his No. 99 was an exciting way to cap off the day at Eastbound Speedway in Avondale on Sunday in the NASCAR Division I series. — Nicole Breen

Walsh, Collins grab stage wins in NASCAR Division I race at Eastbound, Neary, Codner, Lane claim titles in other divisions

To say the latest racing at Eastbound International Speedway was hot would be an understatement.

Two of the four finals on the third week of racing came right down to the wire. That included a three-wide finish in Stage 2 of the Brian’s Autobody 75 at the Avondale track on Sunday.

In that one, Wayne Walsh powered his No. 99 machine to the win as he held off a hive of hornets, including Brandon McFarlane’s No. 23, Josh Collins No. 56 and Robert Petten’s No. 4 for the victory in the race in the NASCAR Whelen All-American series.

Walsh’s margin of victory in the race, which covered a total of 75,000 metres, was less than a third of a metre or about 300 centimetres.

Stage 1 of the Brian’s Autobody 75 also saw plenty of action, including a massive wreck on Lap 1. It happened on the back stretch, resulting in an unfortunate day for young points leader Owen Groves, who suffered major major damage to his No. 9 machine.

The stage eventually concluded with a win for Collins.

One of the most exciting races of the day came in the Sun Life Financial Bandolero Series as Nicholas Codner in his No. 54 and Joey Arsenault’s No. 3 put on a show for the fans with the two switching back and forth for the lead.

Codner came out victorious as Arsenault ran out of time at the end after having to pit to adjust his roof latch. It meant he re-entered the race at the tail of the field, but Arsenault still managed to secure second behind Codner.

The Hanlon Realty US Legends was an exciting 50-lap. caution-free run which featured the return of 2016 US Legend champion Ryan Murray in his No. 33 machine.

Michael Neary jumped out in  front early and took advantage of the clean air and soared to the finish line with a half-track advantage over the rest of the field.

The highlight however, was the battle between Murray’s No. 33 and Gavin Anstey in the No. 85 as they fought for second for the majority of the 50 laps behind Neary.

The Atlantic Dodge Dealers Hobby Stock series marked the return of Devon Morgan in his No. 95 Honda, but it was Kevin Lane and his No. 96 which dominated the race in taking home his second win of the season in the Division 2 NASCAR Whelen All-American series.

The fourth NASCAR races of the season are set for Saturday, July 27, when the spotlight will be on the Action Car and Truck Accessories 75.   

Between now and then. Eastbound will host the IHRA Drag Racing Series July 13-14 and NAPA Auto Parts World Series of Monster Trucks July 19-21..

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