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Garner Gets 360 Nationals Championship

Posted: Sunday, August 6th, 2017 at 5:48 am
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Clint Garner has always leaned on the advice of sprint car legends Sammy Swindell and Doug Wolfgang. Both drivers have won their fair share of races and both are Knoxville Nationals champions. Now Clint Garner can say he is on the same level as his racing heroes, as Garner led all 25 laps to win his first 360 Nationals last night at the Knoxville Raceway. Wayne Johnson took off from the start, but before the field could clear turn one, Greg Hodnett spun around causing a yellow and complete restart. On start number two, Garner nailed the green and never looked back. Johnson had a couple of chances to pass late in the race but could not find momentum. Brian Brown got in the action as he drove from 12th two second place with Wayne Johnson completing the podium. In the weekly 305 program, Rookie Eric Bridger all but clinched the points title with a win in the A-Main. Tonight is the fourth night in four races for Knoxville, as the Weld Racing Capitani Classic will bring in close to 70 410 cars in the last chance tune up before the Knoxville Nationals.

A main (started), 25 Laps, NT: 1. 40, Clint Garner, Sioux Falls, SD (1); 2. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (12); 3. 2C, Wayne Johnson, Oklahoma City, OK (2); 4. 87, Aaron Reutzel, Clute, TX (5); 5. 5J, Jamie Ball, Knoxville, IA (4); 6. 14B, Christopher Bell, Norman, OK (11); 7. 15H, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX (15); 8. 94, Jeff Swindell, Bartlett, TN (14); 9. 49X, Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA (6); 10. 27, Greg Hodnett, Spring Grove, PA (7); 11. 17B, Josh Baughman, Odessa, TX (8); 12. 23, Seth Bergman, Snohomish, WA (10); 13. 1M, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO (18); 14. 1, Thomas Kennedy, Winnipeg, MB, Can. (9); 15. 55S, Trey Starks, Puyallup, WA (16); 16. 82, Dusty Zomer, Sioux Falls, SD (20); 17. 4, Jon Agan, Knoxville, IA (13); 18. 3, Nate Van Haaften, Otley, IA (3); 19. 24, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA (22); 20. 2M, Matt Moro, Polk City, IA (23); 21. 36, Jason Martin, Lincoln, NE (21); 22. 26, Tayler Malsam, Seattle, WA (24); 23. 13V, Seth Brahmer, Norfolk NE (17); 24. 70, Calvin Landis, Knoxville, IA (19) DNS – 18M, Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. Lap Leaders: Garner 1-25; Hard Charger: Brown.

305 Results

A main (started), 15 Laps, NT: 1. Eric Bridger (1); 2. Matthew Stelzer (3); 3. Kade Higday (7); 4. Tyler Glass (5); 5. Ryan Leavitt (2); 6. Kelby Watt (8); 7. Mike Mayberry (6); 8. Evan Epperson (12); 9. Chris Walraven (11); 10. Rob Kubli (13); 11. Joe Simbro (4); 12. Brandon Worthington (9); 13. Jon Hughes (10) DNS – Casey Greubel. Lap Leaders: Bridger 1-12, Stelzer 13, Bridger 14-15. Hard-charger: Higday.