Coming into Saturday night's Big 10 Series Super Late Model race at Concord Motorsport Park, everyone was looking forward to the rematch of Super Late Model rivals Bobby Gill and Freddie Query. The two have battled on the short tracks for many years with all kinds of results to show. And with Gill's regular series, the Pro Cup Southern Division, off this weekend, the two were looking to meet again on the ultra-fast, half-mile tri-oval in Concord (NC).
Well, fans left a little disappointed, as Gill was a no-show and Query, the night's fastest qualifier, led 87 of the 100 laps en route to his second Big 10 Series win of the year.
"We had a good car tonight," said Query after the race. "We weren't looking for all of those cautions at the end because we had built up a pretty big lead."
Query had built a lead of as much as seven seconds at a track where they run low 16-second laps. But a rash of cautions in the second half of the event among some of the top-10 cars and the back markers kept shrinking his lead.
But Query got the jump on every restart and let his dominance coming off of turn three allow him to pull away from any of his nearest competitors, including second-place finisher Jimmy Simpson. In fact, it was Simpson who was the only other driver that was able to lead any laps in the race when he got a jump on Query at the start from his outside pole position.
It took Query only 13 laps to make a forceful move up to the front and never look back.
"It was a clean pass," said Query. "It was a racing pass. Jimmy is a good racer and he outsmarted me on the start and got a good jump. I just had to settle in and get into my groove and get back up there to him. Once I got there, I just made the pass. There was no contact there."
From there, Query cruised while the drivers behind him battled and banged and wrecked their way to the finish of the 110 laps (the series has to finish with five green-flag laps, hence the extended lap count). The multitude of cautions wasn't a surprise to Query.
"Some of these guys have been wrecking the cars a lot and they fix them just well enough to get them running. They just end up wrecking them again. It doesn't look all that good, but as long as they are out of my way, then things are fine."
Among the many accidents was that of Dennis Schoenfeld, who was piloting the familiar silver #15 (usually #5) of Concord-area car owner Richie Wauters. Schoenfield, who was running in the top-five after starting in the back of the pack, took the green on a late restart and proceeded to fall victim of a struck throttle, crashing nearly head on into the turn one wall and destroying Wauter's car.
After several minutes, Schoenfeld emerged from the car, a little woozy but otherwise fine. When asked what happened, he could only mutter "I don't know the throttle just stuck wide open and I was heading straight for the wall."
Mark Reedy finished the night in third, with Big 10 Series point leader Eddie Massengill coming home fourth and Terry Brooks, missing much of his front end after a lap five accident, rounding out the top-five runners.
Eddie Massengill was able to hold onto his point lead in the Big 10 Series.