Dayymo Wert held off a hard-charging Alex Light to pick up the win in the Dancing Ghost 90 Dash at South Alabama Speedway for the Short Track Simulation Circuit (STSC).
Wert led the final 45 laps of the 90-lap event, but the win did not come easily. Light charged through the field in the closing laps, but was unable to chase down Wert in time.
The win is a particularly surprising one for Wert, as just making the A-Main was a feat in itself for him on this day. After qualifying 41st out of 58 cars to show up at Kinston, Alabama, Wert started 20th in the 30-lap B-Main. Nonetheless, that was enough time for Wert to race his way into show, edging Yuno Wozy by 0.003 seconds on the final lap of the B-Main. From the last spot on the grid, Wert passed everyone to score the victory.
In fact, the top four finishers had all transferred from the B-Main into the Dancing Ghost 90 main event. Light won the B-Main, while third-place finisher Wooba Bally was seventh in the B-Main and Wes Winston came home fourth after finishing sixth in the B-Main. Oats rounded out the top five after starting 21st, the last driver to make the A-Main field on qualifying speed.
Charlotte Bowey started on the pole for the A-Main, but lost a lap on pit road after an early caution and ultimately finished 22nd. Chester Curd led 28 laps following Bowey, but also encountered issues on pit road. This opened the door for Wert to inherit the lead.
The championship hunt was not without its own share of drama. Points leader Kurt Gunnabee crashed out of the race on lap 36, finishing 26th. However, many of his closest competitors also struggled. Joe Trickle moved up to third in points as Jack Stevens failed to make the A-Main after an incident in the B-Main with Gooney Harrak and Leonid Yakubovich. Still, Trickle only finished 19th and couldn’t gain much ground on Gunnabee.
The big winner out of the title contenders at South Alabama was Danny Vandoorne. Vandoorne finished 18th, just ahead of Trickle, but that was enough to bring him within eight points of Gunnabee with two races remaining. Despite a roller coaster season, Vandoorne – one of only two drivers with a pair of wins on the season – has firmly entrenched himself in the championship chase.