(Walker) got into the back of the lapped car and
bowed up to stop and I was on him and just didn’t have anywhere to go. It was just one of those racing deals.
The lappers didn’t get out of the way and I don’t think I would have either if I was about to get lapped. So
we’ll just come back and try to get them next year.” Mayo added. Walker suffered some sheet metal damage also
but was none the worse for wear and soldiered on as the leader.
Walker was then faced with repelling a very fast
Dingus Griffin who started fourth. Griffin welded his nose to Walker’s rear deck over the closing stages of
the event. Griffin also was able to look underneath Walker on a few occasions but was unable to pull even
with the leader. “We had a very good car. It was frustrating to not be able to get by him. It would take a
few laps for us to get rolling and then we would be right there and then another caution would come out. I
kept hoping we would get a long green and get into traffic so I could try to take a shot to the outside but
the caution flags kinda’ fell his way. Then I had to hope he would make a mistake and that kid never did make
one. So we will just come back again and try to do better the next time.” Griffin said after the
Griffin took one last look at Walker through turns one
and two, pulling a nose alongside the race-long leader. But Walker shut the door as the two exited onto the
back straightaway. Griffin looked to pounce again as the leaders received the two-to-go signal from flagman
Adam Stewart. However Walker erased chances Griffin may have had as he was able to pick off Kyle Beard,
putting the young Arkansan between the two leaders. “The lap car hurt us a little. I lost a couple of car
lengths on him (Walker) because of the lapped car.” Walker rolled across the line for the final time with his
arm out the window and his fist pumping in the air. Walker was jubilant in victory lane, climbing atop his
nearly ten year old Warrior Race Car and getting some air as he acknowledged the TST faithful. “We really
needed this win. It’s a big one for us. Thanks to everyone who helped us get hear. All the pieces just fell
into place for us this year and we were able to hold on and get it.” Walker said in his
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