What won the race: Kyle Hardy of Stephens City, Va., regained the lead from Max Blair on the 20th lap Thursday at Georgetown Speedway and captured the 30-lap Battle of the Bay opener for a $3,000 Pace Performance RUSH Series victory for Crate Late Models.
Quotable: "I was feeling good and then Max snuck by me there and I was like, 'Well, that's the race,' " Hardy said. "He moved up and I passed him where he passed me, so I was like, well, I better not move back from this bottom (groove) here."
Key notes: Hardy's Crate Late Model is unbeaten in three Winchester (Va.) Speedway starts in 2021. ... Hardy also won last year's season finale Crate Late Model feature at Georgetown. ... Max Blair grabbed the lead on lap 19, but lost the point and fell back after being hampered by nosepiece damage. "I was going to pull in when it happened," Blair said, but he managed to finish second. ... Amanda Robinson was fourth on the last-lap restart but was among drivers caught up in a turn-three scramble. ... Polesitter John Waters had a first-lap flat and retired a few laps later. ... Reigning series champ Jeremy Wonderling was involved in a first-lap yellow. ... Cody Dawson won the non-qualifiers' race. ... The Battle of the Bay heads to Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek, Md., on Friday and Winchester (Va.) Speedway on Saturday. ... The miniseries carries a $3,000 points fund. ... At Georgetown, Ross Robinson won Thursday's $3,026 Mark "Coot" Williams Memorial for Super Late Models.
On the move: Trevor Collins of Seaford, Del., started 16th and finished fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Hardy's Rocket Chassis is sponsored by Ingram Race Engines, Sommey Lacey Racing, American Paint Co., Cline Construction, Anthony's Pizza, Auto Glass Experts, Xceptional Wildlife and Cluster Communication.
Points chase: Jeremy Wonderling of Scio, N.Y., is the reigning series champion.
Current weather: Overcast, 57°F
Car count: 48
Fast qualifier: Ross Robinson
Time: 19.552 seconds
Polesitter: John Waters
Dash winner: John Waters
Heat race winners: Ross Robinson, Max Blair, Kyle Hardy, John Waters, Donald Lingo Jr., Devin Brannon
Consolation race winners: Darrell Bossard, Derek Magee, Brandon Sturgis
Provisional starters: Michael Duritsky
Next series race: April 16, Potomac Speedway (Budds Creek, MD) $3,000