Anthony Martin used consistent pressure an a bold move in traffic to pass teammate Parker Thompson and claim the Freedom 75 at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Starting in second, Martin followed Thompson for the opening 61 laps of the 75-lap event. He mounted multiple challenges on the .686-mile oval’s inside lane, but Thompson continued to ride the outside, maintain momentum and hold the lead.
That all changed on lap 60.
Stuck behind the lapped car of Garth Rickards, Thompson quickly lost the slim lead he’d built up. When he tried and failed to overtake Rickards, Martin seized the opportunity by executing a bold move of his own. The drivers ran side-by-side, inches apart but tight traffic from additional lapped cars forced Thompson to cede the spot.
Martin cruised from there to the finish.
“The car was really, really good,” said Martin after taking the victory. “Parker (Thompson) definitely made it a hard job for me to get past him, but the lapped traffic played into my hands.”
Thompson came home in second to give Cape Motorsports w/ Wayne Taylor Racing a one-two result. Victor Franzoni took the final spot on the podium.
Jordan Lloyd ended the day in fourth, with Yufeng Luo completing the top five. Robert Megennis, Rickards, Ayla Agren, Dakota Dickerson and Lucas Kohl rounded out the top 10.
Luke Gabin and Austin McCusker finished out the field.
About the author
A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.
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