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$50,000 GOPHER 50 WINNER!!

deercreek jul80.002 seconds. That was the margin of victory as Bobby banked a $50,000 payday Saturday night in the 44th annual Gopher 50 Lucas Series race at Deer Creek (MN) Speedway. He started tenth and marched toward the front using the bottom and middle grooves in the first half of the 75-lapper reaching fifth by lap 35. He jumped to the top of the track in the later stages and let the sparks fly in his pursuit of the lead. Running second on the final lap, Bobby slid in front of the leader going into the final corner and came out ahead of a drag race to the checkers in a photo finish. "He [O’Neal] made a little push and every time he would pull me off two, I knew three and four was going to be the one I was going to slide him," Bobby said. "It was like well he bobbled, and I’ve got to go for it, it’s the last lap. I took it in there, I am sure I was slow, and I might have bottled him up in turn four and I got the cushion pretty good. I was worried about the wall because it kind of sticks out. I got the cushion, and the car was pointed down the hill and then I thought I was going to go for it and shoot it straight and gas it to the line. I heard Hudson to my left and we were both probably turning 9500 rpm’s coming to the line. What a race and finish! Thanks to my crew, sponsors, fans, and family for their support!”

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