(RICHMOND, VA) The debut of the ASRS Pro Series came in with a bang, as drivers headed to Richmond International Raceway to compete in the first ASRS Pro Series race since February 2015.
Jake Douglas was fast in qualifying and paced the 27 drivers in attendance, Justin Fuller joined him on the front row for the green flag. The fun was short lived for both, as they crashed on lap two. Both were able to continue, but Douglas never regained the speed he had at the start, Fuller on the other hand blasted through the field in his #54.
Jared Mogard showed up as the man to beat early in his #10, taking the lead and holding it for a total of 77 laps. Michael Atkins, Jr., Joe Johnson, Josh Buckley, Stephen Pearce and Jamie Vaughn also took turns leading the field. Fuller’s run through the field came to an end on lap 69 after contact with Jim Foose sent the #54 spinning before making contact with the frontstretch wall.
Eight cautions flew to slow the pace, but Mogard had the field covered the second half of the 100 lap race. The amount of green flag racing increased as the race went on, with fewer cautions flying in the second half of the race.
Mogard sailed to victory, with Atkins, Jr. second followed by Jim Foose in third, Gary Nichols fourth and Joe Johnson fifth.
Following the race, many drivers were ready to move on to Kansas Speedway October 12th. Others were singing the praises of the newest addition to the ASRS line-up and saying the Pro Series is destined to grow over the course of the next two months.
Next week the Pro Series is off while the Super Late Model Tour heads to Southern National Motorsports Park.