Alex Ruppert came into National Open 32 as an underdog pick of announcer Kasey Kreider to win it all. After setting quick time on Friday night it became apparent that Ruppert might just be that driver.
In victory lane for the quick time the races defending winner Brenden Bright emerged as Ruppert crew chief for the weekend as the team chased a National Open title.
Ruppert’s win in Friday’s heat race earned him the pole for the main event setting the stage for an incredible National Open story.
Ruppert started from the first spot on Saturday, but never had an easy time at the front of the field. He was challenged often and even at one point seen the lead slip away to former National Open winner Jesse Maurer. Ruppert raced his was back into the top spot for good leading the rest of the way to take the biggest victory of his Micro Sprint career.
Ruppert led much of a feature event earlier in the season, but tangled with a lap car that took him out of contention for the win. Meaning this checkered flag was his first at the speedway on the biggest stage the track presents all year.
Colin White quietly worked his way into contention for the win, much like he did during Hyper Racing 600 Speedweek, when he was the hard charger at Linda’s Speedway’s event. White started 12th and got to second, but couldn’t pick off Ruppert. In fact for much of the closing laps of the he had to hold off Logan Rumsey.
Rumsey came from the seventh starting spot to the top three at lap 30 in a battle with White and Jesse Maurer.
Maurer held every position in the top five at one point in the race settling for the fourth spot. Shjon Dove enjoyed his best run of the season in the biggest race of the season running the family owned 3d to a fifth place finish.
Ryan Kunkle recovered from 22nd place and raced his way to sixth when the checkered flag fell followed by his teammate Jarid Kunkle, Christian Bruno, Richie Hartman, and Garyt Smith.
Mason Peters was the hard charger of the event. Dakota Barlet was credit with the hard luck award after a fantastic effort to get the final transfer spot in the B Main before wrecking his car in the opening laps of the A Main. Barlet was okay after the wreck.
Olivia Haworth and Brad Brown were the C and B Main winners on Saturday night.
54 drivers took time for the National Open for the 600 Micro Sprints.