Daniels showed good speed from the start, qualifying second and taking the win in his Semi with his teammate Rush right behind. Although his efforts didn’t land him pole position for the Main Event, the fast kid from Illinois grabbed the holeshot and in spite of some pressure behind him, led flag-to-flag for his third win of the season. The only rider in the class to win more than one race so far in 2020, Daniels capitalized on his strong 2-1 finish at the doubleheader weekend in the Keystone State, gaining 34 points on the competition to claim the points lead.
Coming off of his first win of the season, Rush was looking for a repeat. He had a solid runner-up finish in the Semi, but Saturday’s track was the opposite of Friday’s Round 7. With some rain the night before and cooler, overcast conditions, it started out with grip at the beginning of the day but that went away. Rush went with his setup from the night before, which unfortunately didn’t work in the slick conditions. The Californian got off to a decent start in the top five, but was struggling to find grip and found himself back in ninth. Rush kept pushing and moved up a spot with five laps to go and held onto eighth to earn more points in the championship.
The AFT SuperTwins team also faced challenges as the track lost its grip. JD Beach started the day not far off the pace, but the changing conditions slowed that forward momentum. Starting from the second row in his Semi, the multi-time road race champion got off to a flying start to grab the holeshot, but the lack of grip made it challenging to fight up front and he finished seventh. Unfortunately, Beach was unable to pull off another inspiring holeshot as he was sidelined from the start with a technical issue. His teammate Carlile continued to make progress to record the best result of his first full season in the premier class, crossing the line 13th.
The Estenson Racing gets a weekend off before heading to Mesquite, Texas, for the American Flat Track Dallas Half-Mile doubleheader on September 25-26.