So close that he could taste victory. One corner away and it would have been his. However, after getting trapped behind some lap cars, Brandon McFerran would finish second to Warren Paxton.

The young driver would start off his night strong at Sunset Speedway as he would win both of his heats.

He would start 16th in the feature, though quickly sliced and diced his way through the field, moving up to eighth by lap three. There would then be a caution at lap six for Dan Archibald going around while running side-by-side with Ben Melenhoust. The result of both drivers being sent to the back would move McFerran up to sixth for the restart.

On the restart, he would quickly move up past Brian Love for fifth, looking for a way around Steve Belanger for fourth. He would clear Belanger and Tyler Johnston on lap seven, looking for second by Eric Yorke. He would clear Yorke on lap 11 and begin to try and wheel in leader Ken Townsend. McFerran would catch Townsend on lap 14, making a pass for the lead, just before the caution came out for Archibald stopping on the track.

On the restart, McFerran would fend off a charge from Yorke to keep the lead. He would continue to lead lap after lap, dodging his way through lap traffic that continued to have McFerran three-wide at times.

Going into turn four on the last lap, there were two lap cars side-by-side, forcing McFerran to the high side. McFerran made the run up there, though they slid up, blocking his way through. The result would be Warren Paxton taking the bottom side and passing McFerran for the win. McFerran would fight his way through the mess to come home second.

Photos are available on McFerran’s website – – with thanks once again to Debbie Jo Zardo for some of her photos.

Special thanks to the sponsors for the support: Peter D. Laird, Meisner Construction, Thringco (Bev Thring), East End Car Wash, Roadranger,, and John J Mcferran & sons trucking.