NA­TIONAL HOT RODS: WORLD SE­RIES DEW CUTS THROUGH THE TRAF­FIC TO LAND HEAT AND FI­NAL DOU­BLE

Na­tional Hot Rods

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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.

Haird charged through to third

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