Heady Puts Another Feather In His Cap With Warrior 99 Victory

The tour type modified combination of Caleb Heady and Tommy Baldwin Jr. has been a dream come true. This team is on a hot streak that has 8 top 5 finishes in a row with the SMART tour. The latest finish was his victory in the warrior 99 at the Caraway Speedway.

   Heady drew the outside pole starting spot alongside pole sitter Jonathan Brown. Brown also set fast time in qualifying then redrew the pole and blasted out to become the initial leader with Heady, Bobby Labonte, Luke Fleming and Bobby Measmer Jr. in tow.
      It didn’t take Heady long to sniff out the lead and by lap three he made an inside pass to take over the lead. Heady pulled out to a fifteen car length lead while the rest fell into single file running in tire saving mode.
    By the lap thirty stage break caution the entire field regrouped and on the restart Brown out-dragged Heady to lead for the second time. Again the rest of the field set a conservative pace trying to save tires for a later charge.
   The second yellow flag flew on lap 45 for a minor spin. This caution was the chance for the leaders to pit, handing the lead over to Luke Fleming with Measmer Jr. starting beside. The restart only lasted one lap until the caution light came on again for a stalled car on the front stretch. Fleming ran out to the lead again but Measmer challenged him for the next few laps pulling along side but Fleming would prevail … until lap 56. Measmer pulled off a pass by Fleming, but Fleming wasn’t going to let Measmer get away and the two dueled for the lead again. On lap 65 Fleming took the top spot back allowing Labonte to take advantage and slip into second place.
   While Fleming and Labonte tried to break away, back in the pack Heady knew he was running out of time and started to pick off competitors one at a time. By lap 73 Heady put Brian Loftin in his rear view mirror for fourth place.
  On lap 77 Labonte finally wrestled the lead from Fleming while Heady picked off Measmer for third place and five laps latter took over the runner up spot from Fleming.
   On lap 86 a four car crash on the back stretch eliminated Jonny Kay from the marathon. This caution opened the pits for a beehive of activity among most of the leaders, among them was Labonte, Hirschman, Loftin, Gary Putnam, Fleming and Burt Myers.
   Heady stayed on track inheriting the lead with Brandon Ward second. With laps running out quickly the heavy hitters who took on a new Hoosier started to put on the pressure and Burt Myers charged from the sixth spot into second place in two laps. Following Myers was Hirschman coming from seventh into third.
   Lap 88 brought out a caution and Myers used his fresher tire to power into the lead on the restart but Heady wasn’t going to give up easily. Heady got beside Myers for two laps and took back the lead on lap 91.
   The last caution came on lap 95, another minor spin. Heady on older tires looked like a sitting duck with Myers, Hirschman, Labonte and Loftin breathing down his neck, but the 17 year old driver looked like a veteran driver and wasn’t going to let this one slip away, holding on to win his first 2022 victory with the SMART tour. Burt Myers turned in a brilliant performance finishing second. Labonte took the third podium finish from Hirschman in the last laps. Brian Loftin rounded out the top five.
Summary
Jerry Hunt Super Center 30 Lap Stage Break- Caleb Heady
Carolina Drilling Blast to the Front- Dennis Holdren
Fastest Lap of the Race-Bobby Labonte
Free Hoosier Race Tire-Jonny Kay
Pace O Matic Hard Charger-Jason Poole
Josten’s Lap Leader- Caleb Heady
Bankers Life Halfway Leader- Luke Fleming
Fastest Qualifier- Jonathan Brown-16.060
Finish
1   7NY-Caleb Heady
2   1-Burt Myers
3   25-Bobby Labonte
4   60-Matt Hirschman
5   15-Brian Loftin
6   14- Bobby Measmer Jr.
7   77-Gary Putnam
8   2-Brandon Ward
9   07VA-Dennis Holdren
10 22-Jonathan Brown
11  4-Jason Myers
12  12-Anthony Bello
13  79P-Jason Poole
14  99-Jamie Tomaino
15  41-Bussy Beavers
16  21-Tommy Neal
17  02-Troy Young
18  6-Greg Butcher
19  21W-Jimmy Wallace
20  01-Brian Weber
21  40-Luke Fleming
22  48-Jonny Kay
23  03-Craig Young
24  00-Kevin Orlando
25  79-Jeremy Gerstner

26  37-Dan Speeney

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