Twitchy Race Reports
(HOMESTEAD, FL) The Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series took the track for one final time in 2017 as the Championship Finale took place at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The night had 35 drivers make the trip for the 67-lap event.
Following qualifying it was Nick Kohan putting his #57 on the pole alongside him would be championship contender Devin Serra in 2nd, Jordan Ashelin 3rd, Zack Calloway 4th, and Jonathan Holstein rounded out the top 5. The race had only 1 yellow flag which came with just 2 laps to go. As mentioned there was only 1 yellow flag during the event which made for lots of green flag racing and pit strategies to come into play.
The race was dominated by Nick Kohan as he would lead the first stint of the race. Kohan, Ashelin, and Serra drove away from 4th place running Jared Mogard during the first part of the race. Mogard would drive away from the rest of the pack by roughly 3 seconds. The top 3 drivers would begin pit stops on lap 28. This would be a key point in the race and Mogard and most of the rest of the field stretched their fuel to lap 33. There were apparent two different strategies with the top 3 drivers making it a two pit stop race with the rest of the field trying to make it a 1 stop race. The winning strategy turned out to be the 1 stop race. Ashelin would be the first to pit on roughly lap 45 while Devin Serra would pit on lap 50.
Nick Kohan went into heavy fuel saving mode trying to catch a late race yellow to give him a chance at the win. That yellow he was looking for did not come out fast enough. Jared Mogard would pass Kohan with just 8 laps to go and would not look back. The yellow would come out as the field was coming to 2 laps to go for a single car wreck in turn 3. This would give Jared Mogard his 5th SMC Truck Series Win in 2017 and his 26th Career ASRS Victory. Also, Mogard would make it two in a row as he won last week at Phoenix. As for the Championship 4 it was Jason Stewart who went with the 1 stop race strategy to come home 5th and would fend off Allan Young who was 6th to claim the 2017 Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series Championship. This would be Stewart’s first career Championship at ASRS. As mentioned Young was 6th right behind Stewart, Serra who missed played the strategy by a little finishing 12th, and Foose who struggled a bit throughout the race ended up 16th.
It’s been a fun year for the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series on behalf of ASRS, Twitchy Race Reports, and Sam Maxwell Customs we want to thank all the drivers, the fans for tuning into the live broadcast, and speaking of broadcast we want to thank Prime Time TV for coming on board for the final two events of the Truck Series to bring it to you fans. We look forward to what the future holds with them.
Until 2018 we wish you a happy off season!!!!!