Phelps fired first at the start of the 30-lapper, with Tuesday night’s winner Friesen in tow. With a handful of laps in, Friesen surrendered second to Jack Lehner, as Friesen found trouble on the cushion.
At halfway, Phelps still showed the way, running as low as one can go around the track.
As everyone logjammed on the bottom, Britten jumped up to the top with three laps to go. Britten picked off Lehner first before drawing even with Phelps coming to the white flag.
“I finally got something to work for me,” an elated Britten said. “I didn’t really feel like I had that good of a car at the start, bouncing too much and a bit out of control. Jimmy was really good down low, and obviously lap traffic played right into my hands, but sometimes you just have to wait it out a bit. I made an all-or-nothing move through the baja in turn one, and it payed off.”
Phelps was in the same category as Britten, many podium finishes at Volusia but a victory has been elusive. Phelps was about a bumper short of finally putting a tick in the win column.
“We weren’t making any ground on the lapped cars when I tried other lines, so I figured the bottom must have just been really good,” Phelps noted. “I figured it was best to fall in line and just make sure nobody got under me. Peter just got up on the wheel and drove his ass off, he deserved that one, but that is a tough way to lose. We just need to work on being more versatile, we were great on the bottom but just not able to move around enough.”
Lehner had some tough times on Tuesday night, but rebounded big on Wednesday. While the cameras were on the top two, Lehner finished just a few car lengths behind, very much still in contention.
“We had a great piece tonight, it wasn’t like a third place where we were just hanging on,” said Lehner. “We were able to get up there and contend there. I tried to make a run on Jimmy when he was stuck in traffic, but just timed it wrong or didn’t pick the right lane at the time. It worked out for Peter, but just didn’t work for me.”
Kyle Coffey ran a strong race coming from ninth to finish in fifth. Larry Wight completed the top five from his eighth starting position.
DIRTcar Nationals Night #2 Feature (30 Laps): 1. 21A-Peter Britten; 2. 98H-Jimmy Phelps; 3. 2L-Jack Lehner; 4. 23C-Kyle Coffey; 5. 99L-Larry Wight; 6. 88-Mat Williamson; 7. 44-Stewart Friesen; 8. 8H-Max McLaughlin; 9. 118-Jim Britt; 10. 19-Tim Fuller; 11. 12S-Darren Smith; 12. 3H-Justin Haers; 13. 14-CG Morey; 14. 9S-Matt Sheppard; 15. 35LJ-LJ Lombardo; 16. 35M-Mike Mahaney; 17. 16X-Dan Creeden; 18. 83-Brian Swartzlander; 19. 6S-Matthew Stangle; 20. 8S-Rich Scagliotta; 21. JS98-Rocky Warner; 22. 25P-Michael Parent; 23. 215P-Adam Pierson; 24. 3J-Marc Johnson; 25. 11T-Jeff Taylor; 26. 111-Demetrios Drellos; 27. 54-Steve Bernard