Joe Gallaher made one thing clear this past Friday night at Ocean Speedway: This Hobby Stock points battle is far from over. While his son Rob had dominated the first half of the season, Joe is riding a big wave of momentum after visiting victory lane in back to back races.
With only 7 cars making it out to race Friday night, the Hobby Stocks would all race in the same heat race, with Joe starting 3rd while Rob rolled off in 5th. Over the course of the race, Rob would be the only Gallaher Racing driver to find any forward traction, moving up 2 spots to 3rd by the end of the race, while Joe would take 4th.
Since Joe had won the previous race, he’d be forced to start last in the 7 car main event, as Rob started in 3rd. Joe wasn’t content to stay in the back long as he picked off two cars on the opening lap to take 5th.
Before long, Joe would take 4th, before challenging his son Rob for 3rd. Rob would hold off the early challenge from his father, then shifted his attention back to the Top 2. After a Lap 5 restart, Rob went to work on the returning Matt Kile for 2nd.
Kile and Rob Gallaher would race door to door for multiple laps, before Rob cleared for the spot. Just 1 lap later, Rob would inherit the lead as the leader lost their right rear wheel. Just before the caution, Joe had taken 2nd from Kile, meaning Gallaher Racing would restart 1st and 2nd.
After the race restarted with 5 to go, Joe remained glued to Rob’s bumper for the following 4 laps. As the leaders took the white flag, Joe would get into the back of his son Rob, sending him around as the race stayed green. Joe would go on to win the race, while Rob had to settle for 6th.
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