With challengers in the mix on day two, the young Daniels showed wisdom beyond his years. Yesterday’s fastest qualifier result carried over to today’s second round, and he lined up on the front row for his Semi. The 18-year-old missed a shift at the start and found himself mid-pack, but he quickly recovered and weaved his way to the front to grab another win. He backed that up with another victory in the thrilling four-lap shootout -- the Memphis Shades Babe DeMay Challenge -- crossing the line .024 of a second of the competition to take the prize money and his second win of the day.
In the Main Event, Daniels grabbed the holeshot but wasn’t able to make a clean break from the pack. He was shuffled to the runner-up spot early in the race and then searched for different lines to find an advantage. The defending AFT Singles Champion stayed in the top three and took over the lead a couple of laps after the halfway mark. In typical Springfield Mile fashion, it all came down to the final lap and a drag race out of Turn 4 to the finish line. Daniels was passed in Turn 3, but he kept his cool and positioned himself to use the draft and take the win by .022 of a second.
On the SuperTwins side, only one practice session before the Semi race presented challenges with the changing track conditions. Lined up on the third row, Beach got a decent start inside the top 10 and was eighth when the red flag came out, while Carlile came back from 11th to ninth to line up behind his teammate in the staggered restart. The dirt track/road racer got a good start and was sixth but ultimately crossed the line ninth, with Carlile right behind in 10th.
Next up for the Estenson Racing team is another Progressive American Flat Track doubleheader at the legendary Sacramento Mile on September 11-12.