Fraser Jr. Two-For-Two at Petty International Raceway
RIVER GLADE, NB (August 6, 2011) – Frank Fraser Jr. won Saturday's Napa Sportsman Super Series 150 at Petty International Raceway - and even though it was his second consecutive win with the series at Petty, and even though he led more than 120 of 150 laps en route to the win – the victory was hard fought and especially meaningful for the second-generation racer from Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia.
Fraser stretched his lead to more than 10 car lengths in the first 75-lap segment of the show, but the second half saw he and SFR teammate Colby Smith (Cape Sable, NS) battle nose-to-tail and door-handle to door-handle, with Frank Fraser Sr. lurking in third.
"That was awesome," said Fraser Jr. in Victory Lane. "It could have gone either way at the end – with me and Colby so close. It's only because our cars are so equal that I was able to hold him off. I wish the old fella' (Fraser Sr.) had been a little bit closer to make it a three-way-battle."
"I was just hanging back in third waiting to see if those two were going to wreck each other so I could win," said Fraser Sr. who passed more cars than anyone starting in 13th and then having to come from the back twice after being penalized for being involved racing incidents that resulted in two cautions.
Smith agreed with Fraser Jr. on the finish.
"We had enough to get to there and make him sweat but not enough to get around him," said Smith.
All three podium finishers were driving cars out of Fraser Sr.'s SFR shop in Shubenacadie. NS.
The Napa Sportsman Super Series 150 saw 14 caution periods and took a little more than two hours to complete; twenty-seven teams entered the event, round four of six on the series schedule. The win will allow Fraser Jr. to stretch his series point lead with standings and complete race results expected to be released by series coordinators later this week.
Doug Matchett, Mike Raeburn, and Jamie Weston were the top three finishers, respectively, in the Atlantic Open Wheel feature.
The 4-cylinder division saw Bob Hallihan first, Mike Edwards second, and Mike Weagle third.
Petty International Raceway is back in action for the 47th running of the River Glade International with 100 laps of sportsman action Friday August 26 and 100 laps of Maritime Pro Stock Tour action Saturday August 27.
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