(SPARTA, KY) Kentucky is known for it’s bluegrass and another form of horsepower, but on Tuesday night the focus became on the loud form of horsepower as the ASRS Xfinity Series stormed into the 1.5 mile track.
Jared Mogard led the field to the green flag in his newly renumbered 10 car with Michael Atkins, Jr. along side, also in a renumbered ride as his #18 car became the #01 for the remainder of the season.
Early on, the race took a green look, going a full fuel run that forced the entire field to make a green flag pit stop, just as the final driver completed his pit stop, the caution flew for the first time on lap 35.
Three cautions slowed the pace as the 125 mile race saw six leaders swap the lead a total of 12 times in the 84 lap race. One of those cautions flew when Steven Thomas and points leader Justin Vaughn made contact in turn 1, collecting others and effectively taking Vaughn out of contention for the win, which he was poised to race for a top five position.
As the checkered flag flew, it was Mogard picking up the win, his first Xfinity Series win with Atkins, Jr. second, Zac Bozanich was third in the #91, while Eric Barile and Ty Hester rounded out the top five.
Justin Vaughn continues to lead the championship standings by just one point over Jim Foose as the Xfinity Series heads to Pocono Raceway for the first time in series history on August 2nd.
(MADISON, IL) The winning train of Zac Bozanich made a stop in Madison, Illinois Tuesday evening and in the shadows of the “Gateway Arch” put on a show for the ages.
Bozanich led the field to the green flag in the #91 Toyota Tundra and seemed unstoppable until pit strategy came into play midway through the 100 mile race at Gateway Motorsports Park, for a period of time (14 laps to be exact), it seemed as if Bozanich would not take home the victory after a dominating run at the 1.25 mile oval.
Early on the race pace was slowed by four cautions in the first 34 laps, Jordan Harnish and Shawn Musick suffered damage in the lap 14 crash that collected others including Ty Hester, John Kennedy and Steven Trombly. Championship leader Robby Baskins suffered damage when his #46 made heavy contact with the outside wall early in the going. Championship runner-up Jim Foose spun on lap 34 and collected Eric Barile’s #14.
Despite the incidents early, many drivers continued on and the race ran relatively close between drivers. The challenging corners of Gateway provided close action as drivers tried different lines and shifting patterns to maximize handling and speed.
Jason Stewart’s #1 took it’s turn leading on lap 28 before giving way to Bozanich on lap 32. Jared Mogard and Zac Bozanich traded the lead seven times between themselves before Bozanich took the lead for the final time on lap 64.
Bozanich took the checkered flag, his third in a row in the Camping World Truck Series with Mogard second, Alex Bates battled back to third after early trouble. Mitchell Brown and Curtis Aho rounded out the top five.
Robby Baskins continues to lead the championship standings, as he has after all the Camping World Truck Series races in 2016, extending his lead to 32 over Foose as the series takes a week break before returning to action at Kentucky Speedway July 5th.
(CLERMONT, IN) Jared Mogard came up short two weeks ago at Five Flags Speedway in winning in the Super Late Model Tour, but he wouldn’t be denied at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Five Flags winner Jim Foose won the pole and led the field to the green flag. Foose would lead the first 18 laps before giving way to Justin Blackdeer as Foose brought the #42 to pit road for tires and fuel.
Blackdeer would take his shot at the lead, leading for 30 circuits before Mogard wrestled the lead away. A late race caution set up Ty Hester to take the lead after strategy put the #36 out front. Hester’s lead would only last 7 laps before Mogard completed the pass and took the lead for the final time.
Mogard would cruise to victory, with Hester second, Blackdeer third, Rex Hoyle finished fourth while Foose rounded out the top five.
Matt Vaade continues to lead the championship standings, but his lead has been cut over the past two races with TJ Graves just 11 points back. Foose is just 12 points back, while fourth Ernest Smith, Jr. is only 18 points out of the lead after eight races. The Super Late Model Series heads to South Boston Speedway June 29th.
(NEWTON, IA) The Camping World Truck Series was founded on short tracks and the newest short track on the schedule, Iowa Speedway, which joined the series in 2009, ranks high on the list of best short tracks in the series.
Robby Baskins ran the fastest lap in qualifying and was joined by Michael Atkins, Jr. on the front row for the green flag. The green didn’t last long as entering turn 1 on lap 2 a pile up collected several drivers, including championship hopefuls Jim Foose and Gene Collum.
The green flag was a common sight as several early cautions damaged many driver’s hopes before longer green flag runs came into play in the race’s second half. Robby Baskins established himself as a favorite for the win, but he had competition from Zac Bozanich and Jared Mogard.
Mogard led the most laps, 60, before slipping back to second in the late going as Bozanich made his way to the lead. A late race restart with five laps to go set Bozanich on his way to victory, as the 7/8 mile track was hard to pass, making track position key at the end.
Bozanich won his second Camping World Truck Series race in a row, Mogard was second followed by Robby Baskins, Atkins, Jr. and Eric Barile rounded out the top five.
With a third place finish, combined with Foose’s 23rd place showing, Robby Baskins extended his points lead to 27 points as the Camping World Truck Series heads to Gateway Motorsports Park next week.
(ROCKINGHAM, NC) Rockingham Speedway’s Camping World Truck Series history might be short, but the famed 1 mile high banked track has provided such great racing in it’s short time on the schedule. What makes Rockingham so good is the fact that it’s not perfect, the surface is worn, the shape is a bit awkward and the high banks provided multiple grooves as drivers search for any grip.
Zac Bozanich led the field to the green with Jared Mogard set to lead the outside lane, but Mogard’s truck didn’t start on the grid and moved championship leader Robby Baskins to the front row. Mogard’s #00 would start, but joined the race after the green flag flew. Bozanich and Michael Atkins, Jr. fought side by side for lead for several laps.
The first 77 laps ran caution free, including a green flag pit stop for everyone between lap 48-52. Bozanich set such a blistering pace and the tires fell off so much that just five drivers remained on the lead lap when the first caution flew. Alex Bates received the Free Pass, while three drivers took the wave around, which can be a risky move at a track as slippery as Rockingham.
Two more cautions flew, one on lap 88 for Mitchell Brown, and the race ended under the caution as Shawn Musick and Joe Johnson made contact, collecting Gene Collum and others.
Bozanich remained on the track following the lap 88 caution, while the rest of the lead lap drivers pitted. But the gamble paid off as Bozanich was leading as the final caution flew, taking home his first Camping World Truck Series win. Atkins, Jr. was second followed by Travis McQuistion, Robby Baskins and Jim Foose rounded out the top five.
Baskins was able to add one point to his lead in the championship standings which now stands at 6 points over Jim Foose. The Camping World Truck Series takes next week off before returning June 14th Iowa Speedway.