GAS CITY, Ind. — Matt Westfall repeated his winning ways of Friday night by posting his third non-wing 410 sprint car feature victory of the season at Gas City I-69 Speedway Saturday night.
He earned $3,000 for winning the 25-lap main event during the second half of the two-day, fourth annual Fall Festival of Speed, which put an exclamation point on the 2022 season for the quarter-mile dirt track.
Westfall started on the pole in the sprint car feature in his familiar yellow Ray Marshall Motorsports No. 33M, which is a DRC chassis with a Gressman-prepped Chevy engine.
Hernandez, who started second, led the first lap. Westfall took command on lap two, but the pace slowed with three laps down due to the first of two caution flags.
Westfall continued to lead following the restart, but Hernandez powered into first place on lap five with his Benic Enterprises No. 2B.
By lap 10 Hernandez had a 1.222-second lead over Westfall, while Geoff Ensign ran in third place followed by Harley Burns and Tye Mihocko.
Westfall had cut Hernandez’s advantage to just 0.505 of a second on lap 14 when the second yellow waved. Ensign was still third at that point, but Mihocko had wrestled fourth away from Burns on lap 11.
Westfall retook the lead from Hernandez on the restart and led the final 10 laps. He had about a one second lead for most of them, but on the last lap Mihocko passed Hernandez to nail down second, and Westfall had a huge 2.046-second margin of victory. Mihocko also finished second on Friday night.
Hernandez finished third on Saturday followed by Ensign and Burns.
Dillon Nusbaum was triumphant in the 20-lap UMP modified feature. Andy Bishop was the star of the show in the 15-lap sportsman stock feature, while Josh Gamblin dominated the 15-lap hornet feature.
Feature (25 Laps): 1. Matt Westfall (1); 2. Tye Mihocko (8); 3. Anton Hernandez (2); 4. Geoff Ensign (3); 5. Harley Burns (5); 6. Dustin Ingle (6); 7. Jake Swanson (13); 8. Thomas Meseraull (16); 9. Devan Myers (21); 10. Rylan Gray (19); 11. Robert Ballou (4); 12. Jack Hoyer (18); 13. Steve Irwin (10); 14. Corey Smith (20); 15. Kyle Shipley (9); 16. Paul Dues (14); 17. Travis Berryhill (12); 18. Keith Sheffer (7); 19. Brayden Clark (17); 20. Corbin Gurley (11); 21. Derek Crane (15)