"Man it feels good to finally make it to victory lane this year," said the 44-year-old veteran, who drives for NASCAR's Clint Bowyer. "Caleb [Baker] and Tommy [Grecco] have worked their tails off this year and they deserve much of the credit for this win," said McDowell. McDowell bolted to the lead at the start of the feature. He and Don O'Neal ran one-two for the first 33 laps of the race, until O'Neal brushed the wall in turn four, causing the #71 MasterSbilt house-car to lose several spots in the running order.
Owens made tremendous headway through the pack and joined the leaders as the 13th place starter battled with 4-time series champion, Earl Pearson Jr. Owens cleared Pearson for third with 11 laps to go. He then set his sights on the duo of McDowell and Birkhofer. The three frontrunners made the crowd rise to their feet as they battled around the 3/8ths mile oval. McDowell took the win by two car lengths.
"I was racing hard there with Jimmy at the end," said Birkhofer, who drives the J&J Steel, MB Customs sponsored machine. "I pulled alongside of Dale, but I just couldn't get enough momentum on the bottom to pass him. That was a very good race and I hope the fans enjoyed that." Owens, in the Mike Reece, Reece Monument Company, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford Fusion came home third and cut the Lucas Oil Championship Point's Lead of Scott Bloomquist down to only 140 points.
Completing the top ten were Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN; Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, GA; Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN; Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC; and Tim Isenberg of Marshfield, WI.
In preliminary action, McDowell was the Red Buck Cigars Fast Qualifier with a lap of 14.826 seconds among the 39 entrants on hand. Heat race winners were McDowell, Tyler Reddick, Tim Isenberg, and Don O'Neal. The B-Mains were taken by Brad Neat and Chris Wall.