Rounds, Orians Pick Up Eldora Sprintacular Wins


Last Tuesday night, the Sprint Series took over the Eldora Speedway with not one, but two 40-lap features as the Winged Sprints joined the Non-Wing series for a double header event in the Eldora Sprintacular.

Race Winner – In the Non-Wing feature, a mistake by early leader Chad Miller allowed Zak Rounds to take over out front and he would have an epic battle with Kenneth Drake for the lead. The two would trade sliders back and forth for a handful of laps before some contact between them would drop Drake back, and left Rounds still in the lead. Rounds would then hold off a couple charges by Dave Bodio, but he would hang on to cross the finish line under the yellow and checkered flags to pick up his 2nd career SARA victory, also becoming the first driver to pick up a win in both of our dirt series this season.

Pole Winner – Time Trials and an invert would set the lineup for the feature for this race and it was Dave Bodio that earned the pole with a lap of 15.103 seconds.

Hard Charger – Russell Berry qualified back in the 16th spot and gained 8 spots on the night to finish 8th.

Title Fight – After battling for the lead and then falling back, Kenneth Drake would recover for a 3rd place finish, which was enough to take over the points lead from David Krikorian by 1 single point heading into the Week 6 race at Volusia.

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After the Non-Wing race was complete, the Winged Sprints took over for their own 40-lap feature that would count only towards the three-race Triple Crown series.

Race Winner – Alex Orians would take the lead away from Dante Curtis on lap 2, and then dominated the race, pulling away on each run, and never looked back. Orians would go on to lead 39 laps on his way to his first career SARA win, and holds the lead in the Triple Crown Series.

Pole Winner – Ray Farlow made his return to SARA and picked up his 4th career SARA pole with a lap of 13.724 seconds.

Hard Charger – Clay Snider started in the 11th spot and climbed his way up onto the podium with a runner-up finish, gaining 9 positions.

The next Winged Sprint Triple Crown event will take place on July 11th at Williams Grove as a standalone event.