New York driver Whitey Kidd pulled out a late-race, $5,000 victory in the East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals Saturday evening, Dec. 2, in Trenton’s Cure Insurance Arena in New Jersey.
Kidd, who had started 13th, took the lead from sixth-starter Alex Bright on a restart with two laps remaining in the 40-lap event.
Pole-sitter Kyle Lick grabbed the early-race lead and held off several challengers until Bright slipped by at the line just before a caution flag on the 19th lap of the race. Lick was involved in a major crash on the following restart and Bright held the top spot until Kidd slipped by at the end. Bright finished second, with recent Etters transplant Brian Carber coming from the 22nd starting spot for third.
Tim Buckwalter finished fourth, with another driver who now lives in Etters, Austin Quick, finishing fifth. Sprint-car racer Ryan Smith was sixth, with Delaware driver Luke Thomas earning the hard-charger award for his seventh-place finish. Thomas had advanced through the D, C and B mains to start 23rd in the feature. Lick returned from the mid-race accident for eighth, with Eddie Strada and Kenny Miller in the top 10.
In Friday’s four 15-lap qualifying features, Bright, Tim Buckwalter, Quick and Jesse Maurer were winners.
Modified driver Billy Pauch Jr. was a top contender until being eliminated in an accident, settling for a 19th-place finish. Lincoln sprint car champion Brian Montieth moved from the C Main to the B Main, but fell a few spots short of qualifying for the A Main. Another local sprint-car racer, Steve Buckwalter, moved from the D Main to the C Main, but failed to advance any further.