NATIONAL HOT RODS: WORLD SERIES DEW CUTS THROUGH THE TRAFFIC TO LAND HEAT AND FINAL DOUBLE
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stayed in touch and even managed a last-gasp attempt at an outside pass coming to the flag, but to no avail.
Heat two followed a similar pattern, with Hunn again getting away first and swiftly building a bit of a lead over Pepper, Dew and the rest. But this time Pepper put up a much stiffer defence of his second spot and, try as he might, Dew couldn’t make an outside pass stick despite numerous attempts. In fact, Dew’s car didn’t look to have the grip he’d enjoyed in the first race and it wasn’t until two laps from home that he finally managed to put himself ahead of Pepper.
By this time Hunn was a long way up the road and was actually able to back off and cruise home, still a quarter of a lap clear.
Having annexed pole for the final Dew made the perfect getaway to head the field as they streamed into turn one. It wasn’t long before he was leaving the rest behind.
Initially he was pursued by Stuart Mclaird but it was Hunn who moved up to second on lap two, with Jason Kew also passing Mclaird soon afterwards.
A difference of opinion between Billy Wood and Dynes about whose bit of track was whose saw Dynes go spinning at the East Bend while the rest pressed on, with Kew attacking Hunn’s position and being rewarded with second place down the inside at the West Bend.
The rest of the race became all about whether the leader could deal with the constantly looming knots of backmarkers effectively enough to keep the more experienced Kew at bay.
It turned out to be no problem at all for Dew and, nearing the finish, attention switched to Chris Haird who was coming on with one of his characteristic late charges. Having already put Kym Weaver and Mclaird behind him, the former world champion relieved Hunn of third as they got the last lap board to follow Dew and Kew home.