Holstein Wins Thriller, Hester Pads Point Lead

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By Tom Gianinni

(CLERMONT, IN) The penultimate event of the Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn season saw a lot of action as a long winless streak was snapped and a championship was all but decided. As the field rolled into Lucas Oil Raceway Park the points lead was comfortable for Ty Hester who led Danny Rodgers by 10 points.

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Hester’s night got off to a good start when Rodgers and his team could not make the trip out to Indianapolis Hester’s night was even better when he was able to win the pole with a time of 21.420. Hester was followed by Jared Mogard, Jonathan Holstein, Mitch Brown and Zachary Bozanich. Points contenders Jason Stewart and Tom Giannini started 14th and 15th respectively. Trouble would strike early for Stewart as his car found the wall on lap one. His race would be an uphill climb from there as he struggled all night to gain and maintain track position with his damage.

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Track position was the name of the game from that point forward as even though there were 12 cautions for 61 laps, the leaders would not come down pit road once for tires or fuel. That would not matter to Hester and Mogard who led a combined 93 laps of the 100 lap event. Trouble would strike them late as Hester made contact with the left rear of Mogard in the closing laps. While the wreck ended Hester and Mogard’s chance for victory, the wreck was also a big blow for Giannini as he was collected in the incident. Hester would go on to finish 6th and Giannini 14th.

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With that differential, Hester saw his points lead grow to 27 points over Jason Stewart and 29 points over Giannini with one race remaining. Jonathan Holstein was the biggest beneficiary of the incident as he used his strong run to capitalize on the leader’s woes and claim his first ASRS victory since 2012.

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We caught up with Holstein in Victory Lane: “Wow, I still can’t believe we come out of there with a win tonight. It was great finally having a little luck on my side to go along with the speed. I believe my last win come in 2012 here at ASRS and it feels great to be back racing here full time and competing for wins driving for LA Simsport. I can’t thank all my teammates enough, we have worked hard to get better each week. The results are finally starting to come. Back to back weeks one of us has found victory lane. I really have no words to describe my emotions right now! Thanks to all my sponsors, especially Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn and Staples CAD Tech for believing in my driving talent! Now, lets all go enjoy a nice big bag of Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn! This win is Sweet and Salty!” The series finale is in Las Vegas next Wednesday as a champion will be crowned in Sin City.

Bozanich Takes Daytona Victory

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By Jared Mogard

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL) The 2017 American Sim Racing Series kicked off its 2017 campaign at the high banks of the Daytona International Speedway. The series opener seen fifty one drivers show up in hopes of grabbing a spot in the 36 Truck starting field. After qualifying was done it seen Josh Walker in the #60 grab the pole position and to his outside was Jonathon Holstein in the #70.  They would bring the field to the first green flag of the season.

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The 125 mile race would go green till lap 19 just shy of when drivers would have had to make green flag pit stops. The race would go back green on lap 22 which if the race had gone green would set up an exciting finish as the drivers would be short on fuel.

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The hopes of running the remaining 28 laps green would come to an end on lap 31 as Danny Rogers was sent spinning after contact with Michael Atkins, Jr.. The race went back green on lap 36 setting up a 14 lap run to the end. The last 14 laps were exciting as the field raced two by two as the checkers came closer and closer. The race would see its final yellow on lap 44 for a wreck in the back of the field.

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This would set up a Green-White-Checkered finish to the end. The field went back green on lap 49 with the yellow not coming out. However a crash off turn four coming to the checkered flag triggered the big one.

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The race seen 9 different leaders but when the checkers flew it was Zac Bozanich cruising to his 7th career ASRS victory with his teammate Josh Walker finishing 2nd . Defending series champion Jim Foose finished 3rd, Danny Rodgers was 4th, and rounding out the top 5 was Jonathan Holstein.

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Much like the Xfinity Series the top 8 drivers in the standings will lock into the Truck Series Chase and these drivers kicked off their 2017 Truck series chase hopes off well.

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Next week the Trucks head to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Sam Maxwell Customs 100 next Tuesday even. As always be sure to tune into Off Camber TV as they are the official broadcast team of the 2017 ASRS Truck Series ALL season long.  Look them up on Facebook and give their page a “like”.

Bray and Walker Win Twin Races at Daytona

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By Tom Gianinni

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL) Rain was falling in Daytona but in between the raindrops the ASRS Skeeber Flobs Kettle Corn Pro-Series was able to fit in its Twin 75 races at Daytona. Daytona is known to fulfill dreams and crush them at the same time. For Ty Hester who rolled into Daytona with a slim points lead, his dream of being champion became more likely while his competition saw their hopes get lower.

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The action got started in the late afternoon as Bradley Cross and Steven Trombly led the field to the green for race #1. It did not take long for the “big one” to strike as the field was slowed for a big wreck on lap 4. The wreck started when Thomas Bergeron and Pete Baskins made contact on the backstretch. The wreck would have major points implications as four drivers in the top 5 were involved. Jared Mogard, Allan Young, Tom Giannini and Danny Rodgers all sustained damage in the wreck meanwhile points leader Hester was able to avoid receiving any damage in the melee.

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The action would only increase from there as rain threatened to end the race early and drivers battled for the win after a late yellow. Edward Bray was the victor in what would be his first ASRS win. Bray was followed by Mitch Brown, points leader Ty Hester, Steven Trombly and Gary Nichols.

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As the sun went down, the grid was set for race #2. Kris Titus and Zachary Bozanich led the field to the green but as the case in the first race, the “big one” struck early yet again, this time on lap 6.

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The wreck did not do much to calm the drivers down. After being single file for just a few laps after the restart, the drivers became restless yet again much to the delight of fans. The race was dominated by Zachary Bozanich who led all but one lap.

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That one lap would prove to be the most important one as it would be Josh Walker that led the final one after dodging a spectacular wreck coming to the finish line. Like Edward Bray, the victory was the first in ASRS for Walker. He was followed by Jason Stewart, Pete Baskins, Scott Haller and Danny Rodgers.

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Hester currently leads the points standings by 10 over Danny Rodgers.  With only 2 races left, the stakes are high for Hester as the Skeeber Flobs Kettle Corn Pro-Series rolls into Lucas Oil Raceway for the Indy 125 next Wednesday.

Coyer Takes Daytona Victory

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(DAYTONA BEACH, FL) Daytona usually marks the opening of a new season, but the ASRS Xfinity Series has been racing for seven weeks now, with six different winners along the way.

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Qualifying saw 45 drivers attempt the 32 car starting field.  Failing to qualify were: Robby Baskins, Thomas Bergeron, Brandon Boyd, Steve Buhala, Jake Douglas, Austin Foutch, Dan Mathews, Jared Mogard, Gary Nichols, Ronnie Osmer, Robert Padavich, Jason Stewart and Travis Wright.

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Jonathan Wall led the field to the green after turning the fastest laps in qualifying, but mechanical issues kept the #10 from leading the field to the green.  Jamie Vaughn and John Kennedy made up the front row for the green flag.

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Cautions slowed the race pace considerably, with eight of them during the 150 mile event.  The lead changed hands 14 times among nine drivers.

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Zac Bozanich appeared to have the car to beat with the #91 Toyota, but a late race incident that collected several contenders took dwindled the field down to a 10 drivers on the lead lap.

John Kennedy looked like he was going to take the #89 to the win, but a last lap bump from Josh Walker send Kennedy sliding and allowed Zac Coyer to take the lead in the #31 with Jamie Vaughn pushing.  Vaughn stayed on the back bumper of Coyer until turn 4 when he pulled out to pass, Coyer appeared to be a sitting duck before attempting to block Vaughn entering the tri-oval, the two made contact that sent Vaughn spinning through the grass and Coyer sailed to victory.  Vaughn was able to finish second as he spun through the tri-oval grass, Alex Giese was third followed by Matt Doza in fourth and John Kennedy fifth.

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Ty Hester leads Sam Maxwell by 12 points after Daytona.

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The Xfinity Series takes a short break after racing seven weeks straight, it will return to action March 14th at Auto Club Speedway.

OCTV Joins ASRS To Broadcast Full Truck Series

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(CLEVELAND, OH) Off Camber TV (OCTV) has joined the American Sim Racing Series to broadcast the full 25 race 2017 ASRS Truck Series Schedule.  OCTV joined ASRS for the final two races of the 2016 season.  

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The 2017 campaign kicks off Tuesday, February 21 at Daytona International Speedway as the tailgaters are set for the Sam Maxwell Customs 125.  Defending series champion Jim Foose looks to capture his second Daytona win, and first in eight years, while 2016 runner up Robby Baskins looks to defend his Daytona win from one year ago.  Both drivers are among the thirteen drivers exempt from having to qualify for the race on time.  

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Qualifying for the season opening Sam Maxwell Customs 125 at Daytona has a unique qualifying format that see those thirteen drivers guaranteed starting positions in the 36 truck field, allowing 23 drivers to qualify on time.  

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“This is a huge deal for all of us at ASRS and we our partners at OCTV, as we have an opportunity to grow together” ASRS President Jim Foose said of the new partnership.  “The coverage they gave us in the closing races of the 2016 season was phenomenal and how they covered the excitement and edge of your seat action of the season finale at Homestead-Miami, I knew then that I wanted to work with this group for 2017 and for many years to come.  We’ve had broadcasters in the past that focused their attention and the cameras on a few drivers, leaving the rest of the field and a majority of the action out of the broadcasts.  With the guys at OCTV, I know if there’s action they will focus on it, even if it’s for 35th position”.

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The addition of broadcasting back to the ASRS Truck Series brings things full circle for ASRS.  Early in 2016 changes led to the series being dropped by another broadcaster before the first race took the green flag.  That was a tough blow but ASRS survived, rebuilt and rebounded even stronger than it was before “the split”.  

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“We couldn’t have done the broadcast deal without our great members and their support of them, several drivers sponsored race broadcasts this season and we had a few sponsors approach us for ways to get involved in the league and the Truck Series for 2017” Foose said.  “Every single race of the 25 race schedule is sponsored this year, we’ve never had that in the past, these guys are an awesome group to work with and by far the best group of drivers I’ve ever worked with.”

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The ASRS Truck Series runs 25 races from February to November, running at all the tracks the NASCAR trucks race on plus Auto Club Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway, Richmond International Raceway and Rockingham Speedway.  2017 will mark the debut of Eldora Speedway as the inaugural dirt race for the series.  

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OCTV broadcasts several racing series and can be found online at www.offcambertv.com/ as well as on Facebook, Youtube and Twitch.  

Hester Wins Crash Marred New Smyrna 125

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By Tom Gianinni

(NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL) A full moon was out as ASRS competitors rolled into New Smyrna last night. 25 drivers showed up for the 125 lap event which meant everyone was able to make the show. The color of the night was yellow as the race was slowed 13 times for 64 laps. As time trials came to an end, Alan Young found himself on the pole. Taking to Young’s outside was Bradley Cross, followed by Beau McGuire, Jonathan Holstein and Zachary Bozanich.

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Track position was the name of the game that followed as the lead drivers did not duck down pit road for fresh tires even once. Conditions made for difficult passing as Zachary Bozanich and Bradley Cross took their turns leading a combined 116 laps. All Ty Hester would need to lead was 9 laps in his victory. His victory was not without fireworks as he had made contact with several cars throughout the race.

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Tempers were hot after the race as several drivers were upset with Hester. Jim Foose was sent spinning by Hester; we reached out to Foose for comment after the race: “We needed a good finish tonight and Hester took that away from us, I think we could have won this race but he dumped us and ruined that chance. It’s a miracle we fought back to finish 5th with the ASRS Dirt Racing Series Chevrolet tonight.” Foose was not the only driver visibly upset with Hester at the end of the night. We also reached out for comment from Jared Mogard who was not as fortunate to rally for a top 5 as he finished a disappointing 18th: “We had a good run, finally carrying momentum from yesterday’s Xfinity race. We were 2nd riding behind our teammate Zach and the #36 just drove in over his head and wrecked us. Tough deal but we’ll be back next week. Just have to thank my sponsors Maxxed Out, Mountain Dew, Club Midwest and Maxxed Out Motors.”

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When asked in Victory Lane, Hester was thrilled with his victory but disappointed in the manner it came about: “Getting the win tonight and taking over the unofficial points lead always makes a night great. This one is really overshadowed by what I had to do to get there. Early on in the race, I got into the #42 and turned him around. Then later on got into the left door of the #01 and turned him making a pass. Definitely didn’t want to do any of that. Ready to move onto Daytona next week.” Zachary Bozanich finished 2nd, followed by Bradley Cross, Allan Young and Jim Foose.

With Michael Atkins Jr. and Danny Rodgers not making the trip down to New Smyrna, the door was wide open for Hester to jump up 4 positions and assume the points lead over Jared Mogard. Alan Young also jumped 4 positions to assume 3rd. Tom Giannini would remain in 4th place as mechanical issues ended his night when his car jumped out of gear. Rodgers and Atkins now round out the top 6. The Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro-Series rolls into Daytona next week for some super speedway racing.

Maxwell Hits Las Vegas Jackpot

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By Jared Mogard

(LAS VEGAS, NV) The sixth round of the 2017 ASRS Xfinity Series brought the teams to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for 100 laps of action tonight. It would be Justin Brown setting fast time and taking the pole award,  to his outside bringing the field to green would be Sam Maxwell to start this 100 lap event. Three drivers failed to qualify: #2 Jordan Harnish, #08 Gary Nichols, and #35 Michael Cunic.  The race would see 8 caution flag periods for 29 laps with 11 different lead changes.

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Sam Maxwell would jump to the early race lead before having to do battle with Jake Douglas, Zac Bozanich, and Justin Brown. The battle was a good one until there was contact with Zac getting into the wall and bouncing off getting into Jake Douglas resulting in the first yellow flag of the event. Ty Hester would take the lead and would hold it till Jared Mogard would work his way to the front to take the lead. Mogard would go on to lead the next 51 laps which extended through multiple yellow flag periods and a few pit stops.

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The final set of pit stops came with just under 30 laps to go where Mogard who was the race leader brought the field down for their final stop of the event. A slow stop would cost Mogard the race lead. The beneficial after pit stops would be Sam Maxwell would got out of pit road first and regained the lead. What turned out to be the final restart would come with 25 laps to go which seen Sam Maxwell take his #98 to the race lead and never looked back as he would cruise to victory. The yellow would come out with 3 laps to go thus ending the race under yellow. Sam Maxwell and Justin Brown finished 1st and 2nd flip flopping from their original starting spots. Zac Bozanich was 3rd, Jared Mogard 4th, and Ty Hester the series point leader finished with a solid 5th place finish.

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After six the Xfinity Series Championship Standings, which see the top 8 in the standings make the Xfinity Series “Playoffs” see Ty Hester still atop the standings, Sam Maxwell 2nd, Justin Brown 3rd, Jason Stewart 4th, Allan Young 5th, Jonathan Holstein 6th, Tom Giannini 7th, and tied for the 8th and final spot Zac Bozanich AND Jared Mogard.

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Next week the ASRS Xfinity Series hits the high banks of the Daytona International Speedway for 60 laps of plate racing.

 

 

ASRS Is Getting Dirty!

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(CLEVELAND, OH) It’s almost time to get dirty for the stars of the American Sim Racing Series, as for the first time in league history, ASRS is going dirt racing.  Words like “cushion, slidejob and tacky” will be added to driver’s vocabulary in 2017.  

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Officials have announced that Thursday Night Thunder will return in 2017, as ASRS kicks the dust up on dirt track racing.  Dirt Late Models will be the featured division will special appearances by the dirt Street Stocks and ground pounding Sprint Cars.  In addition to the Thursday Night Thunder program, the Camping World ASRS Truck Series will head to Eldora Speedway for the inaugural Dirt Derby, as the tailgaters hit the high banked clay oval.  It will mark the first time the trucks have been back in the ASRS home state of Ohio since the 2010 season.  

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“When iRacing announced they were adding dirt to their simulation, we all laughed and thought it was an April Fool’s joke, but then came the Eldora announcement and that was followed by Williams Grove joining as well and it started to become reality” said ASRS President Jim Foose.  “We immediately went to work on a format that paid respect to dirt track racing formats, and we’ve come up with several ideas along the way before settling on this format” Foose continued.

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Thursday Night Thunder began in 2004 with the ASRS Weekly Racing Series at Mansfield Motorsports Park (interestingly enough, Mansfield is returning to it’s rich history as a dirt track for 2017) before the Camping World Truck Series ran Thursday Nights from 2005-2011, a move to Tuesday evenings shuffled the line-up and the Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro Series, Super Late Model Tour, Street Stock Challenge and the Open Wheel IndyCar Series all have been a part of Thursday Night Thunder before it was discontinued in 2015.  

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A big special event using the dirt cars is planned for the end of November, and could be a two or three day event.  

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Information about the American Sim Racing Series is available at www.americansimracing.com

Truck Series Field Increased, New Qualifying Procedure Announced

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Beginning in 2017 the Camping World ASRS Truck Series field size will increase from 32 starts to 36 starters.  The new field size will also present a few unique elements for the Camping World ASRS Truck Series.

The championship point system will remain virtually untouched, with the winner receiving 32 points plus a three point win bonus, second place will receive 31 points and the remaining finishers will have championship points distributed at one point increments until the 32nd place finisher.  Drivers finishing 32nd-36th will receive one point each.  This change allows the point system to remain consistent across all series, while awarding points to the final four finishing positions.  Drivers failing to qualify will receive zero points, but will be credited with a qualifying attempt for chase seeding.

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The Charter system introduced in 2016 will be eliminated for 2017.  Under the new system no driver will be “locked into” all races in a season.  Instead the top 20 drivers in the championship standings will earn a guaranteed starting position in the next scheduled event.  The Top 20, will be dynamic and is subject to change after each event.  This leaves a minimum of 15 starters on qualifying time.  The final position will be reserved for a past Truck Series Champion or past ASRS Champion and if none fail to qualify it will go to the next fastest qualifier.  In the event a Top 20 driver misses a race or takes a “free pass provisional”, that position in the top 20 will go unused.  In other words, 20th will be a hard cut off line, with the 21st place driver in the standings being required to qualify on time.  Drivers must maintain a >75% attendance rate to receive a guaranteed starting position.

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For the first four races, the 2016 chartered drivers will be locked into the starting field.

 

The qualifying session will now become a 10 minute session; gaining 5 minutes from the race session which will now be run with an 80 minute time limit.

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“At ASRS we want the most competitive starting field we can have, however we also want to give our top performers a safety net if something goes wrong during their qualifying attempt” ASRS President Jim Foose said.  “While the charter system worked very well for the administrative side, it was not well received by many of our drivers.  We found a major flaw in it during the Xfinity Series event at Charlotte in which two of our top 10 drivers in the championship failed to qualify because of it and that is something that is unacceptable to me.  When the Xfinity season started nobody expected to have the amount of drivers attempting to qualify for these races, and then for it to grow and still have 45 drivers attempting to qualify for the fifth race, that was unexpected, but it is a good problem to have.  With the Camping World ASRS Truck Series being our premier series, I think it should have larger fields and with the tracks we go to now in that series, we have plenty of room to accommodate the extra four trucks, Eldora may be the only exception and we will work on a format for that race as we learn more about the track and how much room we have on pit road.  I know NASCAR fits 32 trucks there, but I don’t know how iRacing will set it up”.

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The 2017 Camping World ASRS Truck Series kicks off Tuesday February 21st at Daytona International Speedway and all 25 races will be broadcasts on Off Camber TV.

Giannini Scores Emotional Win in Kentucky

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By Tom Giannini (ASRS PR)

(SPARTA, KY)The sun was out in Sparta, Kentucky and so were the ASRS competitors for the Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro-Series. The stakes were high going into the Kentucky 100 as the top 4 in points were separated by a mere 9 points. Michael Atkins Jr. was hoping for a continuation of his early success as he entered the event as the points leader. 26 drivers entered the 67 lap event which meant there were no drivers that had to miss the show. The pole went to Tom Giannini with Zachary Bozanich starting on the outside of the front row. Jason Stewart, Mitch Brown and Lee Staples rounded out the top 5 to start the event.

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Tom Giannini would not be denied in this one as he took his pole to an early lead. The lead was not large by any means as Zachary Bozanich and Jason Stewart all took turns swapping the lead with Giannini in the first half. As the field approached the halfway point, green flag pit-stops were underway with all drivers knowing they can make it to the end on fuel with this one pit stop. Giannini was the first of the leaders to make the move to pit road and after pit-stops cycled through Giannini found himself with a 3 second lead over Jason Stewart. Giannini would not look back as the race amazingly went caution free.

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Running a paint scheme featuring his late grandmother, Giannini was asked about it in victory: “I wanted to win so badly with the passing of my grandmother last week. She was on the hood and she gave me a hotrod today. I’m really happy for my Evolution Motorsports guys and I’d like to congratulate my teammate Steve on a great run himself.” The final results featured a top 5 of heavy hitters with Jason Stewart finishing second, Mitch Brown finishing third, Zachary Bozanich fourth and finally Danny Rodgers rounding out the top 5.

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The standings were tight entering the event but were even tighter when the smoke cleared. Michael Atkins Jr. was able to conserve his point lead with his 12th place finish but the field became even tighter with the addition of Giannini to the top 4. The top 4 of Adkins, Rodgers, Jared Mogard and Giannini are all separated by a slim 8 points. The Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro-Series rolls into New Smyrna next week for the New Smyrna 125 on Wednesday night.

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