Lonnie Wheatley - ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (June 30, 2012) – Kyle McCutcheon led little more than a handful of feet, but he held the lead when it mattered by taking the $2,000 ASCS 305 Sprint Car victory at White Sands Speedway.
Rallying forward from the 12th starting position on the top side of the track, McCutcheon used a lapped car as a pick to nip Rickey Hood at the line as the checkered flag flew on the 25-lapper.
Working a similar high line after a lap 12 red flag stoppage that included Billy Briley and David Burns, who got upside down, Hood surged from sixth at the midpoint into the top spot ahead of Carney II on the 21st round.
McCutcheon, who as eighth at the midway red flag that race leader Carney II narrowly avoided, followed Hood around Carney II on the 22nd lap and then slipped by exiting the final corner to take his first series win of the year after coming up just short at Abilene last month.
Hood settled for runner-up honors for the second night in a row, with Carney II setting for the show position after winning his heat race, the $400 Dash for Cash and then leading the initial 20 laps of the feature event.
Dylan Harris and Kyle Sager rounded out the top five, with the balance of the top ten including Derek Drown, Lorne Wofford, Brandon Schure, J.R. Patton and Brandon Black.
White Sands Speedway ASCS 305-ci Sprint Car Results:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 21tx-Brandon Schure, 2. 74b-Derek Drown, 3. 1x-Rickey Hood, 4. 6u-Anton Salopek, 5. 12m-Kyle McCutcheon, 6. 7c-John Carney, 7. 5-Ken McCutcheon.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 224-John Carney II, 2. 9k-Kyle Sager, 3. 2x-Brandon Williams, 4. 186-J.R. Patton, 5. 05-Billy Briley, 6. 52nm-David Burns, 7. 3d-Don Reynolds.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 1m-Dylan Harris, 2. 11p-Preston Peebles II, 3. 18-Lorne Wofford, 4. 777-Brandon Black, 5. 9-Robert Herrera, 6. 110-Mike Stringfield, 7. 99-Chuck Jackson.
"A" Feature (25 Laps): 1. 12m-Kyle McCutcheon, 2. 1x-Rickey Hood, 3. 224-John Carney II, 4. 1m-Dylan Harris, 5. 9k-Kyle Sager, 6. 74b-Derek Drown, 7. 18-Lorne Wofford, 8. 21tx-Brandon Schure, 9. 186-J.R. Patton, 10. 777-Brandon Black, 11. 9-Robert Herrera, 12. 11p-Preston Peebles II, 13. 2x-Brandon Williams, 14. 6u-Anton Salopek, 15. 11-Mike Stringfield, 16. 7c-John Carney, 17. 5-Ken McCutcheon, 18. 3d-Don Reynolds, 19. 99-Chuck Jackson, 20. 05-Billy Briley, 21. 52nm-David Burns.