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  • Writer's pictureTyler Murray

Wild Last Lap Leads to Close Finish between team-mates

The second season of 4 Wide ARCA started off with a bang! 80 laps was the scheduled distance, and that's all it took to claim a winner. The front pack ran extremely clean the majority of the race, as #11 Austin Reedy spent the race up front, hold off charges from #10 Kyle Benson, #12 Lawson Peel, #13 Craig Lautenslager, and #48 AJ Green. Green himself was one of the only drivers able to poke his nose out front of Reedy, as he took the 5 bonus points for leading halfway, followed by Lautenslager, Peel, Reedy, and #93 Cody Kinsey. After nearly getting to green flag pitstops, issues arose in the tri-oval while trying to pass a lapped car, and the field got bunched back up. This normally kicked off a flurry of yellow flags, but after two incidents, the race restarted with 10 to go, and went all the way to the end. Drivers battled three wide, all trying to gain an edge over the Murray-Reedy Motorsports teammates on the bottom lane. Once the white flag came out, it was all or nothing. The pack made it to the middle of the backstretch until #38 Lance Hill got turned, simultaneous to #12 Lawson Peel being hooked. The entire pack behind Reedy and Benson either got caught up or lifted, leaving the two team-mates to duke it out coming off of 4, and they nearly didn't make it. Benson tried a move on Reedy, lost the car, and started hooking him as the came to the trioval. But luckily, this was Daytona and not Talladega, and the wrecking cars slid across the finish line, with Reedy claiming the win by .011 seconds.

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