Thomas Cook First In Sportsman

The 25 lap Sportsman got off to a wild start as Delbert Legrow and Thomas Cook made contact coming to the green flag, sending the field scattering. When all was done 11 cars had come together blocking the front stretch bringing out the red flag. Amazingly all drivers pulled away and were able to continue. When the race officially got started Cook got a little better start as he took the top spot away over Brent Kelsey, Delbert Legrow, Anthony Rassmussen and Ryan Stabler. With all drivers opting for the bottom lane Cook and Kelsey were able to pull away from the rest of the field and make it a 2 car battle for the lead while Legrow, despite a bent axle, was holding a solid 3rd with Rassmussen and Stabler challenging. Kelsey was charging hard looking for his first ever Sportsman win while Cook was looking to put a rough start to the year behind him. Kelsey tried all he could but Cook was strong at the halfway point while Legrow held onto 3rd with Johnathon Ferguson charging from 12th 4th while Stabler continued to complete the top 5. On lap 20 Robert Delormier broke the front end on his car bringing out the caution flag. On the final restart the handling started to fade on Thomas Cook's ride while Kelsey started to take advantage. On the final lap Cook slid up off turn 2 allowing Kelsey to sneak down low. The 2 drivers made contact in turn 3 nearly spinning out. The 2 drivers were able to gather their cars and charge to the checkers off 4. Thomas Cook was able to prevail taking his first win of 2017 with Kelsey crossing 2nd over Legrow, Ferguson and Ryan Stabler.