Johnny Avila led a race-high 55 laps en route to his second victory of the season at Bristol’s concrete oval. It was the first race of a Bristol double-header that saw AW Motorsports sweep both events.
Avila led much of the first two thirds of the race, however pit strategy calls shuffled the running order late in the race. Tyler Saville stayed out on old tires with 45 laps remaining, with Jeff Yenisch taking two tires to catapult into second position. Yenisch took the lead shortly thereafter but faded to fifth at the end of the race.
Steve Yenisch took second after surging late. Todd Cray finished third, and challenged for the lead for much of the race. Mark Jenkins finished an impressive fourth place after starting at the rear.
The second race of the double-header was an exciting affair, with Jesse Bunnell making a last-lap pass to steal the win from Hunter Waters.
Duane Hunt and Adam Matz looked poised to put MPH Alliance in victory lane, leading the first 21 laps, however an unfortunate incident with a lapped car took them out of the event with heavy damage.
That left the door open for Bentley Glaser and Todd Cray to take control. Eventually, Waters surged to the front and was in control until the green/white/checkered finish.
Bunnell stayed close enough to challenge, and pulled off the photo finish at the line for his first win of the season. It’s Bunnell’s fourth career win and second on dirt in ASL.
The Elite Series heads north of the border next Sunday to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for its first ever race at the storied road course. Tune in live on Trackside E-Sports!