Jesse Bunnell overcame significant damage from a Lap 7 crash to win the Dubby Energy 200. Bunnell’s crew was able to make effective repairs following the crash, and fresh tires allowed Bunnell to challenge race leader Derek Pemberton on the final green-white-checker attempt. Bunnell nudged Pemberton out of the way in the final turn and held off Clark Genneken and Pemberton to win his first race of the season.
For Pemberton, it was a heartbreaking end to a promising night. Pemberton led a career-high 27 laps and was in control when a late caution flew with just a handful of laps remaining. On the second GWC attempt, Pemberton got back to the lead, but on the third attempt, Bunnell eventually made his move to win the race.
Genneken, Rafael Rodrigues, Thomas McBride and Levi Allen completed the Top 5. It was each driver’s first Top 5 of the season.
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