Mogard Wins Vegas, Hester Crowned Champion

Published On: March 9th, 2017

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(LAS VEGAS, NV) The stars of ASRS were out for the finale of the Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro-Series in Sin City. The championship was a virtual certainty for points leader Ty Hester as the crews unloaded the trucks; however the weekend got off to an interesting start when Hester’s team arrived just in time to start the feature as his team faced travel delays. Faced with a lack of practice time and a penalty to start the race from previous incidents, Hester still had to fight to maintain his 27 point advantage over second place Jason Stewart. Mitch Brown would win the pole for the event followed by Ronnie Osmer, Zachary Bozanich, Tom Giannini, and Michael Adkins Jr. Second in points, Jason Stewart, would start the event in 12th.

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As the event went on, the race began to take on a green complexion as long green flag runs was the theme of the night. When a caution came out halfway through the event, the cars would take the green flag with just short of enough fuel to make it to the end of the event. This would lead to a mixed bag of strategies as many drivers would pit early in the run meanwhile other drivers would try to stretch their fuel tanks to last to the end. The strategy to stay out would not pay off for these drivers.

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When the laps were winding down and the contenders became apparent, the race came down to a thrilling race between Jared Mogard and Michael Adkins Jr. Mogard ended up the victor in what was to be an instant classic in ASRS lore.

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While Mogard celebrated in Victory Lane, Ty Hester had celebrating to do of his own as his run of 8th was more than enough to clinch the championship. With his win, Mogard would vault four positions to finish the season second in points, 24 points behind Hester. Tom Giannini would finish 3rd. Jim Foose would mount a late season charge after his early season was marred by wrecks and ride that momentum to a 4th place finish on the season. Allan Young would finish tied with Foose. Jason Stewart would struggle in the season finale and he ended his season 6th in the standings.

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The drivers will get to enjoy a week off before the ASRS Super Late Model Series will get underway with a new season.

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